|Native name: ബങ്കാരം|
Nickname: Bunnagara Atoll
|Coordinates||10°57′N 72°17′E / 10.95°N 72.29°ECoordinates: 10°57′N 72°17′E / 10.95°N 72.29°E|
|Adjacent bodies of water||Indian Ocean|
|Area||1.234 km2 (0.476 sq mi)|
|Length||1.22 km (0.758 mi)|
|Width||0.7 km (0.43 mi)|
|Coastline||3.9 km (2.42 mi)|
|Highest elevation||1 m (3 ft)|
|Territory||Union territory of Lakshadweep|
|Island group||Laccadive Islands|
|Tehsils of India||Kavaratti|
|Subdivisions of India||Agatti Island|
|Largest settlement||Thinnakara (pop. 30)|
|Pop. density||32 /km2 (83 /sq mi)|
|Ethnic groups||Malayali, Mahls|
|Avg. summer temperature||32.0 °C (89.6 °F)|
|Avg. winter temperature||28.0 °C (82.4 °F)|
The atoll has a roughly rectangular shape and is 8.1 km in length with a maximum width of 4.2 km. and with a lagoon area of 36 km2 (14 sq mi). It is located over 400 km (250 mi) off Kochi & 525 km (326 mi) from Kollam Port in the Indian Ocean.
Bangaram atoll is about 7 km (4.3 mi) northeast of the island of Agatti and 25 km (16 mi) to the southeast of Perumal Par, in the western Lakshadweep archipelago at 10°56′N 72°17′E / 10.933°N 72.283°E. Bangaram atoll is connected to the reef of Agatti through a shallow submarine ridge.
- Bangaram Island, the largest island in the atoll, with a land surface of 0.623 km2 (0.241 sq mi) is located at 10°56′24″N 72°17′10″E / 10.94°N 72.286°E. There is a long brackish pond in the center of the island fringed by screwpine and coconut palms.
- South Bangaram Cay, the smallest island in the atoll, with a land surface of 0.001 km2 (0.00039 sq mi) is located at 10°55′59″N 72°16′41″E / 10.933°N 72.278°E. It is a small sand cay.
- Thinnakara, another large island in the atoll, has a land surface of 0.522 km2 (0.202 sq mi) . It is located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) East-Northeast of Bangaram island, at the edge of the lagoon basin 10°56′42″N 72°18′54″E / 10.945°N 72.315°E.
- Parali 1, Parali 2 and Parali 3 are three small islets at the eastern fringe of the reef 10°57′18″N 72°19′48″E / 10.955°N 72.33°E. The Islets have a total land surface of 0.089 km2 (0.034 sq mi)
Bangaram Island, the main island in the atoll, has a small population of 10. Bangaram Island Resort was located on the east coast of this island. Thinnakara, has a construction camp (~30) for the new resort being built on its west coast.
The Bangaram Island Beach Resort opened to tourism in 1974, but the lack of commercial flights made access difficult. Tourism took off after the Agatti Aerodrome on the nearby Agatti island was commissioned and regular commercial flights from Kochi were established. The resort had 60 cottages. Current alcohol regulations in Lakshadweep allow consumption of alcoholic drinks only on Bangaram Atoll. The resort closed down on 2011. The new Thinnakara is owned by locals from Agatti. It will offer numerous adventure activities, including scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing beside white sand beaches, a calm lagoon and a sparkling, clear coral reef.
Flora and Fauna
- Satellite picture showing the atolls of the Lakshadweep except for Minicoy
- One of the islands of Bangaram Atoll
- View of the lagoon off Bangaram Island
- "Islandwise Area and Population - 2011 Census" (PDF). Government of Lakshadweep. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-07-22.
- Registration Plate Numbers added to ISO Code
- "Bangaram - Oceandots". Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
- "Pub 173. Sailing Directions (Enroute): India & The Bay of Bengal" (PDF). National Imagery and Mapping Agency. 2002. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
- Birds of Lakshadweep Islands
- Bangaram Islands Archived 2011-05-10 at the Wayback Machine.
- Tehsils info
- Tourism in Lakshadweep
- "Bangaram Island". Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
- Satish Pande; et al. (Jan–Feb 2007). "An ornithological expedition to the Lakshadweep archipelago: Assessment of threats to pelagic and other birds and recommendations" (PDF). Indian Birds. 3 (1). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
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- Lakshadweep travel guide from Wikivoyage