Through this chapter, we will know the detailed and important information of Lakshadweep, in which important and interesting information like history, geography, economy, education, culture and world famous tourist places located in the state have been added. Apart from this, the recent developments and changes in the state of Lakshadweep have also been explained in detail. This chapter is full of interesting facts for the competitive aspirants as well as the readers.

Quick General Knowledge

State LevelUnion territories
Statehood1 November 1956
Largest CityMinicoy Island
Total Area32.62 km किमी
Current Chief MinisterMr. Praful Patel
Current GovernorMr. Praful Patel
State BirdBrown noddy
State FlowerStrobilanthes kunthiana
State AnimalButterfly
State TreeBread fruit
State DanceParichakali

Lakshadweep (लक्षद्वीप)

Lakshadweep is one of the 7 union territories of the country located in the Indian Ocean in the southwest of India. Its capital is Kavaratti. The total area of Lakshadweep is 32 square kilometers. It is known as the smallest union territory of India.

The ancient name of Lakshadweep was laccadive. Lakshadweep originated in ancient times due to volcanic lava. Lakshadweep was ruled by the Raja of Chirakkal in the 16th century. After some time some islands came under the rule of Tipu Sultan. The British East India Company arrived here in 1799. Later in 1854, the entire Lakshadweep came under the rule of the East India Company. After independence, these islands became part of the Republic of India and in 1956, it was declared a separate union territory and named it Lakshadweep. In 1964, the administrative headquarters of the place was shifted from Calicut calicut (Kerala) to Kavaratti.
Lakshadweep is a group of 36 islands and its total area is 32 sq km. , Which extends up to 30,000 square miles in the Arabian Sea. The global position of the continent is 71 ° –74 ° E longitude and 8 ° –12 ° 13 ″ north latitude. Out of the 36 islands, only 10 islands are inhabited and these ten islands are Androth, Amini, Agati, Bitra, Chetleet, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy. The state bird of Lakshadweep is 'Sooty Turn'. The state tree of Lakshadweep is 'roti fruit'. The state animal of Lakshadweep is 'Butterfly Fish'.
Lakshadweep has a tropical type of climate, the climate is pleasant throughout the year. The maximum temperature here is 35 ° C and the minimum temperature is up to 25 ° C. The seasonal conditions here are very similar to Kerala. The average annual rainfall here is 1600 mm. Happens till then. Humidity in this region varies from 70 to 76 percent.

The administration of this Union Territory is overseen by the Governor, who is appointed by the President of India. The island comes under the jurisdiction of the Kerala High Court, which is located in Kochi, Kerala.

The current Lt. Governor (Administrator) of Lakshadweep is Praful Patel (Administrator) (Additional Charge), he was sworn in as the Deputy Governor of the island on 5 December 2020.

Ropes, twine, corridor mats, mats and rugs made of coconut fiber are made. There are seven factories of coconut fiber which are under the government sector.
The most important crop of Lakshadweep is coconut, it is the highest coconut in the world, the highest amount of oil is found in the Lakshadweep coconuts, compared to other coconuts in the world. The main industry here is the production of coconut fiber. Coconut, banana, papaya are cultivated in fruits here.
According to the 2011 census, Lakshadweep has a literacy rate of 92.28%. The syllabus of Kerala is applied here. There are many schools in Minicoy and Kavaratti. There is a junior college here in Lakshadweep after class X. Education is available here only up to class 12th and one has to go to mainland to study further.
Ropes, twine, corridor mats, mats and rugs are made from coconut fiber. There are seven factories of coconut fiber which are under the government sector.
According to the 2011 census, Lakshadweep has a population of 65,000. The population here is about 34,000 males and females 31,000. The sex ratio here is 946 females for every 1000 males. In 2011, the population density of Lakshadweep was just 2013 people per square kilometer.
The traditional dress of Lakshadweep is quite simple, with men wearing white or colored lungis with the ends stitched together and women wearing raw, unstitched versions with silver belts around their waists. Women also cover their heads with thattam – a type of long dupatta, and wear a fitted long-sleeved choli with embroidered fronts. Jewelry is worn in abundance, with multiple ear and nose piercings being quite common. However, today the advent of purdah system and salwar kameez has changed the traditional dress of women in the communities here. Men have also changed their attire from a generally bare chest to modern day shirts.
The tradition and culture here is deep which has been going on since ancient times. There are various traditions and customs here. Lakshadweep is inhabited by four main communities called Malmi, Aminidivi, Melacheri and Koyas. Aminidivi are local people. The Koyas are known as landowners and Malmi is a working class. The main religion here is Muslim. The people here are actually descendants of migrants from Southwest Asia. Most of the population here is indigenous. Most of the population can also be called tribal. They fall under the category of Scheduled Tribes. Most of the people of Lakshadweep belong to the Sunni sect.
Most people here use the Malayalam language and are spoken as a local language. Minicoy people use the Mahi language, but nowadays people speak a little Hindi and English. Grandha is the modern script of Malayalam.
The local food of Lakshadweep includes sea fish and coconut. There is a lot of consumption of coconut water here. Here you can also enjoy spicy non-vegetarian food with spicy dishes. Other main delicacies of Lakshadweep can also be enjoyed here like idli, dosa and chawal.
Due to its proximity to Kerala, many religious customs and traditions are influenced by Kerala. Lakshadweep has found a large amount of Muslim religion in the main festivals of Muharram, Bakrid and Milad-Un-Nabi and Eid-ul-Fitr.
The major tribes in the tribal group of Lakshadweep are Aminidivis, Koyas, Malmis, Melacheris etc. Formerly the Union Territory of Lakshadweep was known as Lakshadweep, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands, a name which was changed to Lakshadweep by an Act of Parliament in 1973. The Lakshadweep subgroup was earlier known as "Cananore Island" after the coastal city.
Lakshadweep means 'millions of islands' in Malayalam and Sanskrit. According to its name, this island is very beautiful, which is visited by tourists from all over the world every year. Other major tourist destinations here are Ujra Mosque, Agatti, Banagaram, Kalpeni, Kadmat, Kavaratti and Minicoy, Bangaram Islands, Kavaratti Islands, Kalpeni Islands, Minicoy Islands, Kadmat Islands, Agatti Islands, Androth Islands, Bitra Islands, Pitti Bird Sanctuary, etc. are quite famous.
There is only one district in Lakshadweep, which is Lakshadweep itself.

Lakshadweep FAQs:

The capital of Lakshadweep is Kavaratti.

The current Lt. Governor/Administrator of Lakshadweep is Mr. Praful Patel.

Parichakali is the main folk dance of Lakshadweep.

The official language of Lakshadweep is Malayalam.

The state animal of Lakshadweep is Butterfly and the state bird is Brown noddy.

Lakshadweep has a state flower Strobilanthes kunthiana and a state tree Bread fruit.

The largest city in Lakshadweep is Minicoy Island.

Lakshadweep is spread over an area of 32.62 km किमी with the total of districts.

Lakshadweep was established on 1 November 1956, after which Lakshadweep got the status of Union Territory of India.

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