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Satellite picture showing the atolls of the Lakshadweep except for Minicoy
Tip Beach
Tip Beach entrance at Kalpeni
Kalpeni is located in India
Coordinates: 10°04′09″N 73°38′42″E / 10.069093°N 73.644962°E / 10.069093; 73.644962Coordinates: 10°04′09″N 73°38′42″E / 10.069093°N 73.644962°E / 10.069093; 73.644962
Country India
State Lakshadweep
District Lakshadweep
 • Total 2.79 km2 (1.08 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 4,419
 • Density 1,600/km2 (4,100/sq mi)
 • Official Malayalam
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 682557
Telephone code 04895
Vehicle registration LD-07
Sex ratio /
Literacy 84.4%

Kalpeni is an inhabited island in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India with a population of 4418 (2011 Census). Kalpeni is 218 km west from the port of Kochi and lies 71 km south of Androth and 201 km to the NNE of Minicoy, with the broad Nine Degree Channel between them. The uninhabited Suheli Par atoll lies 139 km to the east of Kalpeni.

Kalpeni forms a single coral atoll along with the uninhabited islands of Cheriyam, Tilakkam and Pitti islet.[1]

The eastern and southern shorelines of the island have accumulations of coral debris, the result of a violent storm that hit the area in 1847.

Kalpeni was the first island in the Union Territory where women were allowed to go to school and get an education.


Kalpeni has a beach at the northern tip of the island called Tip Beach where one can do snorkelling, sea bath and kayaking. Because of the coral reefs present in the sea near the beach, the water is shallow and calm, making it an excellent spot for beach activities.

There is a 37 m high lighthouse in Kalpeni from whose top one can see a bird's eye view of the island, the lagoon with the smaller islands, the reef and the surrounding ocean. From the top of the lighthouse, one can visualize the abundance of coconut trees and the ground is not visible due to dense packing of the tops of these trees.

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  1. ^ Kalpeni - Oceandots at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)

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