Formerly Laccadive, renamed Lakshadweep in 1973, the archipelago consist of 36 coral islands in the Arabian Sea, about 185 miles (300 km) off the Kerala coast. Thirty two sq. km of land surrounded by 4200 sq. km of lagoon rich in marine wealth. The precious heritage of ecology and culture is supported by an extremely fragile ecosystem.
The islands form the smallest of the Union Territories of India and the country’s only coral islands. This charming isolated destination has only 10 of its islands inhabited. They are Minicoy, Andrott, Kavaratti, Kadmat, Agatti, Amini, Kalpeni, Kiltan, Chetlat and Bitra. The uninhabited islands consists Bangaram, Tinnakara and Suheli. Kalpity, Parali 1 & 2, which are nearby Agatti island.