Minicoy Island, Lakshadweep
Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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 ((DGLL), under the Ministry of Shipping, and the Cochin Directorate of DGLL has the responsibility to maintain it.FeaturesWhen established in 1885, the tower of the lighthouse designed by Sir James Douglass, was built with bricks brought from London, to a height of. It was fitted with a first order optic and kerosene wick lamps. Optics had an active focal plane of. The exterior surface of the lighthouse was given a coat of white paint while the lantern roof was painted in red colour. In 1928, petroleum vapor burners with mantle were installed. It gives a powerful flash every 15 seconds and is seen from 40nmi away. A Radar transponder (RACON) was fitted in 1985, and in 1998, it was fitted with a Differential Global Positioning System (DGPSPlan to visit Minicoy Island and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Lakshadweep attractions using our Lakshadweep tourist route planner.
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