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Minicoy Island, Lakshadweep

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The Minicoy Island Lighthouse, which was established on 2 February 1885 at the southern end of the Minicoy Island ('Minicoy' is "Maliku" in local usage) in the Indian state of Lakshadweep during the British regime, is 49.5m in height and has now a range of 40nmi it is built in brick masonry and has a lantern and gallery.The lighthouse area in the southern part of the island was once exclusively occupied by the British while the local people preferred to live in the northern part. It has modern instrumentation of electrification and an automatic system of shining mirrors that flash light every 15 seconds. It is also equipped with Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS). The lighthouse was brought under the control of the Government of India when the Indian National Flag was unfurled over its top on 2 April 1956.There is another smaller lighthouse on the island, at its northern end, which was established on 19 November 2008, following the construction of a new jetty with improved landing facilities. It has a focal plane of 22m.HistoryFollowing the opening of the Suez Canal in 1862, which reduced the distance by sea between Europe and Far East, Lord Ripon, then Governor General of British India, decided to build the light house in 1882 itself, which would have a 360 degree visibility, towering over the surrounding tall coconut trees.
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  • April 11, 2017
    Minicoy is the Last Indian Island in Arabian Sea and is the southern most island in Lakshadweep. It is second largest island with dense coconut groves & crescent shaped and has one of the largest lago...  more »
  • March 29, 2017
    Minicoy island has a semi-lunar shape.It is the only island in Which the Mahl language is spoken and on all the other islands Malaylam is spoken.This island is ideal for tuna fishing.  more »
  • January 18, 2017
    Have travelled to many beach locations. A trip to Minicoy is special due to the below: - Lovely bluish green waters and white sand. Fell in love with the colors. We can see different colors of the wat...  more »

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