Location Arabian Sea
Coordinates 11°28′59″N 73°00′18″E / 11.483°N 73.005°E / 11.483; 73.005Coordinates: 11°28′59″N 73°00′18″E / 11.483°N 73.005°E / 11.483; 73.005
Archipelago Lakshadweep
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 1
Major islands
  • Kiltan
Area 1.78 km2 (0.69 sq mi)[1]
Length 3.2 km (1.99 mi)
Width 0.7 km (0.43 mi)
Highest elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Territory Union territory of Lakshadweep
District Lakshadweep
Island group Aminidivi
Tehsils of India Aminidivi
Subdivisions of India Kiltan
Largest settlement Kiltan village (pop. 1500)
Population 4041 (2016)
Pop. density 2,270 /km2 (5,880 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Malayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
PIN 68255x
Telephone code 0489x
ISO code IN-LD-03[2]
Official website
Literacy 84.4%
Avg. summer temperature 32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 28.0 °C (82.4 °F)
Sex ratio 1.041 /

Kiltan or Kiltān Island (Malayalam: കിൽത്താൻ) is a coral island belonging to the Amindivi Subgroup of islands of the Lakshadweep archipelago in India. It has a distance of 1,947 km (1,210 mi) south of the city of Delhi.


In the past, the island was part of an international trade route between the Persian Gulf and Ceylon.[3]


Kiltan is one of the populated islands of Lakshadweep. It is located 47 km to the northeast of Amini Island and 37 km to the southeast of Chetlat Island. The reef and lagoon (total area of 3.76 km2 (1.45 sq mi)) are located to the west of the island and the length of the dry land area is 3.2 km.[4]


Traditionally the basic earning method was fishing and coconut production. Now the island people have moved to several directions, including Government jobs (Education, Police, Communication, Transportation, Business and IT also), private job opportunities such as Construction (buildings, road), Plumbing, Electrifying etc.


The population in Kiltan was 3945 as per census 2011. Most people from Kiltan, as in Amini and Kadmat, belonged to the Koya, Mali and Melacheri families.[5] The language spoken is Jasari, a form of Malayalam, as in other islands. But the peoples don't use its script because its writing was stopped too earlier period. Kiltan has rich folk cultures and warm hospitality to its tradition. Most of the island is rural, with the bulk of population concentrated near the jetty.


The island belongs to the township of Kiltan of Aminidivi Tehsil.[6]


  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. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act - Kiltan
  4. Hydrographic Description (Indian Ocean Pilot)
  5. R. H. Ellis, A short account of the Laccadive Islands and Minicoy, AES reprint 1992
  6. Tehsils info

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