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Kavaratti Island
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Location Arabian Sea
Coordinates 10°34′N72°38′E / 10.57°N 72.64°E / 10.57; 72.64 Coordinates: 10°34′N72°38′E / 10.57°N 72.64°E / 10.57; 72.64
Archipelago Lakshadweep
Adjacent to Indian Ocean
Total islands1
Major islands
  • Kavaratti
Area3.93 km2 (1.52 sq mi) [1]
Length5 km (3.1 mi)
Width1.5 km (0.93 mi)
Highest elevation1 m (3 ft)
Flag of India.svg  India
Territory Flag placeholder.svg Lakshadweep
District Lakshadweep
Island group Laccadive Islands
Tehsils of India Kavaratti
Subdivisions of India Kavaratti
Largest settlementKavaratti(pop. 10,000)
Population11,473 (2014)
Pop. density2,920/km2 (7560/sq mi)
Ethnic groups Malayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
PIN 682555
Telephone code04896
ISO code IN-LD-05 [2]
Official website lakshadweep.nic.in/ISLAND_web/kavaratti/index.htm
Avg. summer temperature35 °C (95 °F)
Avg. winter temperature25 °C (77 °F)
Sex ratio 1.227 /

Kavaratti /kʌvəˈrʌti/ is the capital of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep in India. Kavaratti is a census town as well as the name of the atoll upon which the town stands. It is well known for its pristine white sand beaches and calm lagoons, which makes it a popular tourist destination. It is located 332 km (206 mi) west to the city of Kannur, 351 km (218 mi) west of the city of Kozhikode, and 404 km (251 mi) west of the city of Kochi.



The island is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long and tapers to a point at one end from a maximum width at the other of 0.75 mile (1.2 km). There is a shallow lagoon on the western side of the island, and coconut palms grow on the northern side. Kavaratti town is noted for the carved wooden pillars and roofs of its mosques and the carved stones of its graveyards. The town has administrative buildings, a bank, numerous mosques, and an aquarium. Tourism is of growing importance to the economy.


The island of Kavaratti lies 360 km (190 nmi) off the coast of the state of Kerala at 10°34′N72°38′E / 10.57°N 72.64°E / 10.57; 72.64 . [3] It has an average elevation of 0 metres (0 feet).

The closest island is uninhabited Pitti islet, located 24 km (13 nmi) north of Kavaratti. The inhabited island of Agatti lies 54 km to the NW and Suheli Par 53 km to the SW.

Kochi is the closest major city on the Indian mainland at a distance of 404 km (218 nmi). It has a lagoon area of 8.96 km2 (3.46 sq mi).


The 2011 population for Kavaratti was 11,210 based on the 2011 census of India. [4] Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Of the 1797 families on the island, 57 (about 3%) are below the poverty line.

The literacy was 88.6% for Kavaratti. This was an increase from 44.4% in 1971. The male literacy rate was 94.1%, while the female literacy was 81.66%. [4] In Kavaratti, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

The most commonly spoken languages are Malayalam, Mahl and English. [5]


Kavaratti has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen Aw). March to May is the hottest period of the year. The year-round temperature ranges between 25 and 35 °C or 77 and 95 °F. Humidity range is 70 to 76 percent. [6]

The monsoon rains usually start at the end of May and continue through early November. The island receives an average of around 1,675 millimetres (66 in) of rain during the year.

Climate data for Kavaratti
Average high °C (°F)30.2
Average low °C (°F)23.7
Average rainfall mm (inches)27.4
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The beach of Kavaratti A beach at Kavaratti, Lakshadweep.jpg
The beach of Kavaratti

Tourism is one of the primary industries on the island. The island has pristine white sand beaches, favored by tourists for sun bathing. The calm lagoons on Kavaratti island are ideal for water sports and swimming. [7]

A number of hotels and resorts have been developed on Kavaratti in recent years. The waters around the coral atoll are rich in diverse marine life. The Kavaratti Aquarium has a rich collection of corals and a vast collection of tropical fish specimens.

The other major industries on the island are fisheries and agriculture. Coconut is the dominant crop on the island. With the ascent of tourism, the fishing industry has seen a major decline.


Water Sport at Kavaratti Kavaratti Island, Lakshadweep, India 20160324- DSC1618.jpg
Water Sport at Kavaratti

Among the most popular means of travel to Kavaratti from the Indian mainland is via an overnight voyage by passenger ships. A number of passenger liners operate from Kochi to Kavaratti and other Lakshadweep islands.

The nearest domestic airport is Agatti Airport on Agatti Island 54 km (29 nmi) away, followed by helicopter or boat transfers from Agatti to Kavaratti. [4] Commercial flights usually operate from Kochi to Agatti.

The closest international airport are the Cochin International Airport in Kochi and the Calicut International Airport at Kozhikode on the mainland.

Water supply

Ground water is the major source of water supply to Kavaratti. The island has 190 ponds to collect monsoon waters and 1325 wells.

With increasing population, the Government of India commissioned a low temperature desalination plant (LTTD) in Kavaratti in May 2005. The desalination plant established at a cost of 5 crores has a capacity to supply 100,000 litres of drinking water every day. [8] [9]

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