Interesting facts about Lakshadweep islands


Lakshadweep is an archipelago of islands in the Arabian sea which together forms union territory under the Indian Union.

Lakshadweep islands are notable for their scenic beauty, white beaches and coral reefs. These islands are also called coral islands as they were supposed to be formed on the corals.

Lakshadweep islands, India

Let us learn about interesting facts about Lakshadweep islands

  • Lakshadweep islands as a union territory was formed in the year 1956. It’s an archipelago of 36 islands.
  • Do you know, that during independence neither India nor Pakistan had sovereignty on the Islands.
  • However Lakshadweep islands being close to Indian Malabar coast, its quite obvious for India to gain control.
  • Pakistani leader Mohammad Ali Zinnah had sent troops to Lakshadweep to capture it, knowing his plot then iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had also sent Indian troops to capture the same.
  • By the time Pakistani troops reached the islands, Indian troops already conquered it. Seeing the Indian flag off the coast Pak troops returned back.
  • Lakshadweep islands were being called by various names Laccadive, Minicoy and Amin dive islands prior to 1973. In 1973 they got the collective name Lakshadweep.
  • Lakshadweep was initially merged with Madras Presidency and during the formation of Kerala State in 1956, Lakshadweep was made part of Kerala. However in the same year it was declared to be Union Territory.
  • Do you know that Lakshadweep islands are also called coral islands as they were formed on the upsurge of coral reefs.
  • Out of 36 islands only 10 are inhabited and major islands are agatti, Minicoy, kalpeni, kadmat, kavaratti, Bangaram.
  • Lakshadweep has an airport called Agatti Airport on the island of Agatti.
  • Lakshadweep is home for 400 species of plants, 101 species of birds, 603 species of marine fishes
  • Population of Lakshadweep – 64,473 as of 2011 census having literacy rate of 91.85%
  • The channel which separates Lakshadweep islands and Maldives is Eight Degree Channel.
  • Do you know the majority language spoken in Lakshadweep is Malayalam , In Minicoy Mahi (or Mahl) is widely spoken. People also speak Hindi and English and their tradition is similar to the Malabar tradition of Kerala.
PM Modi recently visited Lakshadweep islands

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