Bangaram Atoll

Bangaram Atoll
Native name: ബങ്കാരം
Nickname: Bunnagara Atoll
Bangaram Atoll
Location of Bangaram Atoll in Lakshadweep
Geography
Location Arabian Sea
Coordinates 10°57′N 72°17′E / 10.95°N 72.29°E / 10.95; 72.29Coordinates: 10°57′N 72°17′E / 10.95°N 72.29°E / 10.95; 72.29
Archipelago Lakshadweep
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 6
Major islands
  • Bangaram
  • Thinnakara
  • Pirli 1
  • Pirli 2
  • Pirli 3
  • South Bangaram
Area 1.234 km2 (0.476 sq mi)[1]
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)
Administration
Territory Union territory of Lakshadweep
District Lakshadweep
Island group Laccadive Islands
Tehsils of India Kavaratti
Subdivisions of India Agatti Island
Largest settlement Thinnakara (pop. 30)
Demographics
Population 40 (2014)
Pop. density 32 /km2 (83 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Malayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
PIN 68255x
Telephone code 04896
ISO code IN-LD-06[2]
Official website www.lakshadweep.gov.in
Avg. summer temperature 32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 28.0 °C (82.4 °F)
Sex ratio 1/

Bangaram (Malayalam: ബങ്കാരം) is an atoll in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. It has a distance of 2,022 km (1,256 mi) south of the city of Delhi.

Geography

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 / 10.933; 72.283. Bangaram atoll is connected to the reef of Agatti through a shallow submarine ridge.[3]

Islands

Demographics

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.[6] Thinnakara, has a construction camp (~30) for the new resort being built on its west coast.[7]

Administration

The island belongs to the township of Agatti Island of Kavaratti Tehsil.[8]

Tourism

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.[9] 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.[10]

Flora and Fauna

The Atoll is popular for its serene setting. Numerous species of tropical birds are found on the island.[11]

References

  1. "Islandwise Area and Population - 2011 Census" (PDF). Government of Lakshadweep. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-07-22.
  2. Registration Plate Numbers added to ISO Code
  3. "Bangaram - Oceandots". Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
  4. "Pub 173. Sailing Directions (Enroute): India & The Bay of Bengal" (PDF). National Imagery and Mapping Agency. 2002. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  5. Birds of Lakshadweep Islands
  6. Bangaram Islands Archived 2011-05-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. resort]
  8. Tehsils info
  9. Tourism in Lakshadweep
  10. "Bangaram Island". Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  11. 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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