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Kalpeni Atoll
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Kalpeni Atoll
Location Arabian Sea
Coordinates 10°05′N73°38′E / 10.09°N 73.64°E / 10.09; 73.64 Coordinates: 10°05′N73°38′E / 10.09°N 73.64°E / 10.09; 73.64
Type Atoll
Archipelago Lakshadweep
Adjacent to Indian Ocean
Total islands7
Major islands
Area3.084 km2 (1.191 sq mi) [1]
Highest elevation0 m (0 ft)
Flag of India.svg  India
Territory Union territory of Lakshadweep
District Lakshadweep
Island group Laccadive Islands
Tehsils of India Andrott
Subdivisions of India Kalpeni
Largest settlementKalpeni(pop. 4500)
Population4526 (2014)
Pop. density1,467/km2 (3800/sq mi)
Ethnic groups Malayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
PIN 682557
Telephone code04895
ISO code IN-LD-07 [2]
Official website www.lakshadweep.gov.in
Avg. summer temperature32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature28.0 °C (82.4 °F)
Sex ratio 1.122/

Kalpeni is an inhabited Atoll in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. It has a distance of 287 km (178 mi) west of the city of Kochi.



Kalpeni is 218 kilometres (135 miles ) west from the port of Kochi and lies 71 kilometres (44 miles) south of Andrott and 201 kilometres (125 miles) to the NNE of Minicoy, with the broad Nine Degree Channel between them. Suheli Par atoll lies 139 kilometres (86 miles) to the west of Kalpeni.

Kalpeni forms a single coral atoll along with the uninhabited islands of Cheriyam, Tilakkam, Kodithala and Pitti islet. [3]

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. It has a lagoon area of 25.6 km2 (9.9 sq mi).

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


The island belongs to the township of Kalpeni of Andrott Tehsil. [11]


Kalpeni has a beach at the northern tip of the island called Tip Beach where one can do snorkeling, 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.[ citation needed ]

There is a 37-metre-high (121 ft) 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.[ citation needed ]

Light House Kalpeni Light House.jpg
Light House

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  1. "Islandwise Area and Population - 2011 Census" (PDF). Government of Lakshadweep. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2016.
  2. Registration Plate Numbers added to ISO Code
  3. "Kalpeni - Oceandots". Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. Area and Population
  5. News
  6. Cheriyam News
  7. Cheriyam News
  8. Cheriyam News
  9. Official Plans
  10. Kalpeni Official
  11. "Tehsils info" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2016.