Suheli Par

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Suheli Par
Suheli Par is located in India
Suheli Par
Location of Cora Divh in Lakshadweep
Location Arabian Sea
Coordinates 10°04′N 72°18′E / 10.07°N 72.3°E / 10.07; 72.3Coordinates: 10°04′N 72°18′E / 10.07°N 72.3°E / 10.07; 72.3
Archipelago Lakshadweep
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 3
Major islands
  • Valiyakara
  • Cheriyakara
  • Suheli Pitti    
Area 0.888 km2 (0.343 sq mi)[1]
Highest elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Territory Union territory of Lakshadweep
District Lakshadweep
Island group Laccadive Islands
Tehsils of India Kavaratti
Subdivisions of India Kavaratti
Demonym Malayali
Population 10 (2014)
Pop. density 11 /km2 (28 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Malayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
PIN 682555, 682559, 682557
Telephone code 04890, 04895 ,04896
Official website
ISO Code IN-LD-07[2]
Literacy 84.4%
Avg. summer temperature 32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 28.0 °C (82.4 °F)
Sex ratio /
unit_pref Metric

Suheli Par is a coral atoll in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. It is an oval-shaped 17 km long atoll surrounded by a zone of rich marine fauna.


Suheli Par is located at 10°05′N 72°17′E / 10.083°N 72.283°E / 10.083; 72.283, 52 km to the SW of Kavaratti, 76 km to the south of Agatti, 139 km to the west of Kalpeni and 205 km to the NNW of Minicoy, with the broad Nine Degree Channel between them.[3] The Lagoon area is 87.76 km2 (33.88 sq mi).[4]


There are three islands on the reef encircling the lagoon.[5]

  • Valiyakara Located at the northern end of the lagoon.[6] This island has retained most of its original vegetation. It has also some largely stunted, unkempt coconut trees and is visited occasionally by workers who collect the coconuts. Hermit crabs are found in abundance.[7] There is a lighthouse on this island. Light ARLHS LAK-015.[8]

It has a size of 0.395 square kilometres (0.153 square miles).

  • Cheriyakara Located on the southeastern side of the lagoon and slightly smaller than Valiyakara. This island has a large coconut plantation. Between mid-October and mid-April, fishermen of Agatti and Kavaratti stay in temporary settlements on this island (average yearly population of 10) They catch tuna in the surrounding waters of the atoll and process it on the island. Its size is 0.383 square kilometres (0.148 square miles).
  • Indira-Shastri Dweep is a long sandbank located between the two islands. It was used as a breeding ground by terns.[9]

Its size is 0.11 square kilometres (0.042 square miles).


Both islands have coconut trees, as well as Pandanus, Scaevola taccada, Tournefortia argentea and Pemphis acidula bushes. The grey heron and the black-capped kingfisher have been observed in this atoll. Owing to the rich marine life there was a proposal to declare Suheli Par a marine national park.[10]

In 2006 a ship from Seychelles ran aground on this atoll, but there was no oil spill reported.[11]


  1. ^ "Islandwise Area and Population - 2011 Census" (PDF). Government of Lakshadweep. 
  2. ^ Registration Plate Numbers added to ISO Code
  3. ^ Hydrographic Description (Indian Ocean Pilot)
  4. ^ Info
  5. ^ Suheli Par - Oceandots at the Wayback Machine (archived December 23, 2010)
  6. ^ CMFRI bulletin 44
  7. ^ Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria - Fishes of Lakshadweep
  8. ^ Valiyakara/Suheli Par North (Laccadive Islands) Light ARLHS LAK-015
  9. ^ Birds of Lakshadweep Islands
  10. ^ A.G.K. Menon, Marine Park of Lakshadweep, a report submitted to the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, 1976
  11. ^ Vessel gets stuck off Lakshadweep, no oil spill reported

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