Chetlat Island

Chetlat Island is a coral island belonging to the Amindivi Subgroup of islands of the Lakshadweep archipelago in India. It has a distance of 432 km (268 mi) west of the city of Kochi.

Chetlat Island
Chetlat Island is located in India
Chetlat Island
Chetlat Island
Location of Chetlat Island in Lakshadweep
LocationArabian Sea
Coordinates11°41′N 72°42′E / 11.683°N 72.700°E / 11.683; 72.700
Adjacent toIndian Ocean
Total islands1
Major islands
  • Chetlat
Area1.174 km2 (0.453 sq mi)[1]
Highest elevation2 m (7 ft)
TerritoryUnion territory of Lakshadweep
Island groupAminidivi
Tehsils of IndiaAminidivi
Subdivisions of IndiaChetlat Island
Largest settlementChetlat (pop. 10)
Population2400 (2016)
Pop. density2,044/km2 (5294/sq mi)
Ethnic groupsMalayali, Mahls
Additional information
Time zone
Telephone code04899
ISO codeIN-LD-02[2]
Avg. summer temperature32.0 °C (89.6 °F)
Avg. winter temperature28.0 °C (82.4 °F)
Sex ratio50% /


Local history says that islanders were cruelly treated by Portuguese seafarers in the past.[3]

Coir twisting was the traditional occupation of the inhabitants and average Chetlat coir used to be equal to first-class coir of the other islands in Lakshadweep.[4]


Chetlat is one of the populated islands of Lakshadweep. It is located 37 km to the northwest of Kiltan Island. The reef and lagoon are located to the west of the island and the total dry land area is 1.174 km2 (0.453 sq mi).[5] There is a small scale yearly growing sand spit on the northern point of the island. It has a lagoon area of 3.79 km2 (1.46 sq mi).


Chetlat is the sole inhabited island of the township of Chetlat Island of Aminidivi Tehsil.[6]


The inhabitants on the island are engaged in very small scale farming and fishing which are mainly for the island consumption.


The island has a small jetty on the west coast and a helipad on southpoint.

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  1. ^ "Islandwise Area and Population - 2011 Census" (PDF). Government of Lakshadweep. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ Registration Plate Numbers added to ISO Code
  3. ^ "Chetlat" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  4. ^ R. H. Ellis, A short account of the Laccadive Islands and Minicoy, AES reprint 1992
  5. ^ Hydrographic Description (Indian Ocean Pilot)
  6. ^ "Tehsils info" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2016.

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