Viringili (Maliku Atoll)

Nickname: Small Pox Island
Location of Villingili Island in Lakshadweep
Location Arabian Sea
Coordinates 8°16′41″N 73°00′40″E / 8.278°N 73.011°E / 8.278; 73.011Coordinates: 8°16′41″N 73°00′40″E / 8.278°N 73.011°E / 8.278; 73.011
Archipelago Lakshadweep
Adjacent bodies of water Indian Ocean
Total islands 1
Major islands
  • Villingili
Area 0.025 km2 (0.0097 sq mi)[1]
Length 0.15 km (0.093 mi)
Width 0.20 km (0.124 mi)
Coastline 0.8 km (0.5 mi)
Highest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Territory Union territory of Lakshadweep
District Lakshadweep
Island group Minicoy Islands
Tehsils of India Minicoy Tehsil
Subdivisions of India Minicoy Ward
Population 0 (2014)
Pop. density 0 /km2 (0 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Malayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
PIN 682559
Telephone code 0489x
ISO code IN-LD-09[2]
Official website
Avg. summer temperature 32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 28.0 °C (82.4 °F)

Villingili (Dhivehi: ވިރިންގިލި ; Malayalam: വിരിന്ഗാ), is an uninhabited islet in Lakshadweep, India. It is located at the southwestern end of Minicoy's reef, in Maliku Atoll.


It is the location where the lepers of Lakshadweep were banished, where they lived in abject conditions


The island belongs to the township of Minicoy of Minicoy Tehsil.[3]


Viringili is barely 200 m in length. It is fringed with gravel and it is covered with bushes. A few stunted coconut trees grow in the center of the island. It has a distance of 0.6 km (0.37 mi) from Minicoy.


  1. "Islandwise Area and Population - 2011 Census" (PDF). Government of Lakshadweep.
  2. Registration Plate Numbers added to ISO Code
  3. Tehsils info

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