Byramgore Reef

Byramgore Atoll
Native name: Cheriyapanniyam
Byramgore Atoll
Location Arabian Sea
Coordinates 11°54′N 71°49′E / 11.900°N 71.817°E / 11.900; 71.817Coordinates: 11°54′N 71°49′E / 11.900°N 71.817°E / 11.900; 71.817
Archipelago Lakshadweep
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 1
Major islands
Area 0.1 ha (0.25 acres)[1]
Length 21.5 km (13.36 mi)
Width 6.3 km (3.91 mi)
Highest elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Territory Union territory of Lakshadweep
District Lakshadweep
Island group Aminidivi
Tehsils of India Aminidivi
Subdivisions of India Bitra
Population 0 (2014)
Pop. density 0 /km2 (0 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Malayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
ISO code IN-LD-01[2]
Official website
Avg. summer temperature 32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 28.0 °C (82.4 °F)

Byramgore Reef, also known as Chereapani Reef (Malayalam: Cheriyapanniyam), is a coral atoll[3] belonging to the Amindivi Subgroup of islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India. It has a distance of 1,940 km (1,210 mi) south of the city of Delhi.


Byramgore Reef is located 33 km south of Cherbaniani Reef and 41 km to the northwest of Bitrā Par, in the northwestern area of Lakshadweep at 11°54′N 71°49′E / 11.900°N 71.817°E / 11.900; 71.817. The whole northern part of the atoll is submerged.[4] The total length of the atoll, including the submerged part, is 21.5 km, with a maximum width of 6.3 km. The lagoon area is 172.59 km2 (66.64 sq mi).


There are a few sandbanks on the reefs, but little land is above the surface at high tide. The atoll is visited by pelagic birds, including the lesser crested tern (Sterna bengalensis) and greater crested tern (Sterna bergii).[5]


The bank belongs to the township of Bitra of Aminidivi Tehsil.[6]


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