All about Agatti Island
Much known for its blissful beauty of coral reefs, Agatti Island is one of the islands of Lakshadweep situated on a coral atoll. It is sparsely populated and stretches over an area of 7.6 km. The small island is marked by white sand beaches with crystal clear waters. It is undeniably a paradise for beach lovers and offbeat travellers. Agatti Island is also the only island of Lakshadweep with an airport hence making it easily accessible.
Location of Agatti Island
Agatti Island is located on the west of Kavaratti Island, 459 km from the shores of Kochi. It spreads over an area of 3.84 sq km and lies between 10o 48′ and 10o 53′ N latitude and 72o 09′ and 7o 13′ E longitude. The lagoon area of this island is 17.50 sq kms.
Climatic conditions are similar to that of Kerala. Temperature ranges between 25oC and 35oC while humidity ranges from 70 -76 per cent for most of the year. March to May is the hottest period every year. The average rainfall received is 1600 mm a year. Monsoon prevails from 15th May to 15th September. During monsoon, boats are not allowed outside the lagoon because of the violent sea.
Top Sights in Agatti Island
Golden Jubilee Museum
It is the only museum in entire Lakshadweep. The two storey museum displays old sculpts of the traditional Minicoy sailboats called ‘jagdhoni’. The diverse range of collection includes antique pots, wooden chests, jars and a wide collection of gold coins. These artefacts reflect the historical moment of the past before the Islamic period.
It is the most ancient mosque in Lakshadweep that was constructed during the 16th century. The mosque is situated amidst the palm groves and has intricate carved tombstones that reveal skilled craftsmanship and spectacular masterwork. Built in the traditional style that resembles the art work of the Malabar Temple, the mosque does not have a minaret. The calm and serene environment brings peace to the mind and soul
Agatti is popular for Coral Island. Visitors can view gorgeous coral reefs during boat ride. Other colourful fishes, unique aquatic animals and underwater plants can also be seen from the magnifying glass inside the boat. For adventure enthusiasts, there are several water sports.
Water Sport Activities
• Boat rides at Bangaram Island
• Kayaking at Agatti Beach
• Windsurfing and Parasailing in Agatti Island
• Scuba Diving and Water Skiing
• Late night walks at the Beach
• See Aquatic Life – Fishes and Underwater Plants
Bangaram Island has a private resort where tourists enjoy short boat rides and late night walks on the beach. Souvenirs such as artificial jewellery of coral reef, beads and handicrafts are also sold along the beach.
Special permit is required to enter the island and that can be received after showing a confirmed place of stay. There are only two resorts on the island
Things Not to Do
Picking Coral Reefs is punishable by law. Consuming alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all islands except Bangaram.