Chetlat Island

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Chetlat Island
ചെത്ലാത്
Chetlat Island is located in India
Chetlat Island
Location of Chetlat Island in Lakshadweep
Geography
Location Arabian Sea
Coordinates 11°41′N 72°42′E / 11.683°N 72.700°E / 11.683; 72.700Coordinates: 11°41′N 72°42′E / 11.683°N 72.700°E / 11.683; 72.700
Archipelago Lakshadweep
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 1
Major islands
  • Chetlat    
Area 1.174 km2 (0.453 sq mi)[1]
Highest elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Administration
Territory Union territory of Lakshadweep
District Lakshadweep
Island group Aminidivi
Tehsils of India Aminidivi
Subdivisions of India Chetlat Island
Demographics
Demonym Malayali
Population 2400 (2016)
Pop. density 2,044 /km2 (5,294 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Malayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
PIN 68255x
Telephone code 0489x
Official website www.lakshadweep.gov.in
ISO Code IN-LD-02[2]
Literacy 84.4%
Avg. summer temperature 32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 28.0 °C (82.4 °F)
Sex ratio 50% /
unit_pref Metric

Chetlat Island (Malayalam: ചെത്ലാത്) is a coral island belonging to the Amindivi Subgroup of islands of the Lakshadweep archipelago in India. It has a distance of 1,933 km (1,201 mi) south of the city of Delhi.

History[edit]

Local history says that islanders were cruelly treated by Portuguese seafarers in the past.[3]

Coir twisting was the traditional occupation of the inhabitants and average Chetlat coir used to be equal to first-class coir of the other islands in Lakshadweep.[4]

Geography[edit]

Chetlat is one of the populated islands of Lakshadweep. It is located 37 km to the northwest of Kiltan Island. The reef and lagoon are located to the west of the island and the total dry land area is 1.174 km2 (0.453 sq mi).[5] There is a small scale yearly growing sand spit on the northern point of the island. It has a lagoon area of 3.79 km2 (1.46 sq mi).

Administration[edit]

Chetlat is the sole inhabited island of the township of Chetlat Island of Aminidivi Tehsil.[6]

Economics[edit]

The inhabitants on the island are engaged in very small scale farming and fishing which are mainly for the island consumption.

Transportation[edit]

The island has a small jetty on the west coast and a helipad on southpoint.

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Islandwise Area and Population - 2011 Census" (PDF). Government of Lakshadweep. 
  2. ^ Registration Plate Numbers added to ISO Code
  3. ^ Chetlat
  4. ^ R. H. Ellis, A short account of the Laccadive Islands and Minicoy, AES reprint 1992
  5. ^ Hydrographic Description (Indian Ocean Pilot)
  6. ^ Tehsils info

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