Key Facts about Kavaratti Island

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The Prime Minister received a warm welcome in Kavaratti, Lakshadweep, recently as he arrived to inaugurate and lay the foundation for numerous development projects.

About Kavaratti Island

  • Kavaratti is the capital of Lakshadweep (smallest Union Territory of India) and its most developed island.
  • It lies 360 km of the coast of the State of Kerala.
  • It is located in the centre of the Lakshadweep archipelago. It is located between Agatti Island on the west and Andrott Island on the east.
  • It has an area of 4.22 sq km. The maximum length of the island is 5.8 km, and width is 1.6 km. 
  • The island is 2 to 5 m above the mean sea level on the western side and 2 to 3 m on the eastern side.
  • There is a shallow lagoon on the western side of the island, and coconut palms grow on the northern side. 
  • The island is home to 12 atolls, five submerged banks, and three coral reefs. 
  • Strangely, Kavaratti has a small inland lake at its northern end.
  • Kavaratti town is noted for the carved wooden pillars and roofs of its mosques and the carved stones of its graveyards. 
  • It has the maximum percentage of non–islanders as residents.
  • Languages Spoken: Malayalam and Mahl
  • Karavatti has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under the flagship Smart Cities Mission.

Q1) What is an atoll?

An atoll is a ring of land surrounding a pool of water called a lagoon. This kind of island forms from a volcanic island circled by a coral reef.

Source: PM Narendra Modi Arrives in Kavaratti To Inaugurate, Lay Foundation for Development Projects (Watch Video)