Lakshadweep - Laquedives

Laquedives - océan Indien- Lakshadweep
Les îles Laquedives, en anglais Laccadive Islands (Lakshadweep)
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Lakshadweep Islands


Lakshadweep Islands in English, is an Indian archipelago in the Indian Ocean. 
It forms with Amindivi Minicoy Islands and the Territory of Lakshadweep.
The Amindivi islands, English Amindivi Islands, is an archipelago in India the Indian Ocean.

It forms with the Lakshadweep Islands and the Territory of Lakshadweep Minicoy. Minicoy in Dhivehi, Maliku or Malicut, India is an atoll located in the Indian Ocean.
It forms with the Lakshadweep Islands and the Territory of Lakshadweep Aminidivi. 

The atoll consists of Minicoy Island, the only one inhabited with 9495 inhabitants, and the islet of Viringili. Lakshadweep is a territory of India. Located in the seas of Arabia and the Lakshadweep, it is composed of Lakshadweep, Minicoy and Amindivi. Established in 1956, the country took its current name in 1973.

The island's name literally means "one hundred thousand islands" (or of laksha lakh hundred thousand dweep: Islands). The anglicized form of Lakshadweep is similar to Maldives, Sanskrit Maladweepa.

The territory is between 8º and 12º 13 'N latitude and longitude 71º and 74º is It consists of 27 islands of which 10 -. Kavaratti, Agatti, Amini, Kadmat, Kiltan, Chetlat, Bitra, Andrott, Kalpeni and Minicoy - are inhabited.

Located 220 miles closer to 440 km from the port of Kochi in Kerala, its waters extend over 20,000 km².

The population of the State of Lakshadweep was about 60 000 in 2001. On most islands, the inhabitants speak a dialect of Malayalam.

According to local popular belief, they descend traders shipwrecked on the islands during a particularly intense storm. However, the people of Minicoy, the southernmost atoll, speak Mahl, a dialect of Dhivehi, the language of the Maldives.

The ethnicity of the island is similar to Malayalam coastal inhabitants of the State of Kerala and were influenced by Arab traders.
Almost 99% of the population is Muslim effect.

The islanders are called themselves the "Div-i" or "Aminidivi".

  • Country: India
  • Status: Territory
  • Capital: Kavaratti
  • Language: Malayalam

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Tourist focal islands

Agatti has one of the most beautiful lagoons in Lakshadweep. The airport is built on this island.

Bangaram is a tiny teardrop shaped island, which lies very close to Agatti and Kavaratti.

Kavaratti is the Headquarters of the Administration and the most developed island.

Kalpeni along with two small islets of Tilakkam and Pitti and the uninhabited island of Cheriyam in the north form a single atoll.

Minicoy is, in a sense, isolated from the main group of islands and lies about 200 kms south of the northern group.

Kadmat is 8 km long and only 550 metres wide at its broadest point.
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