Established on 2 February 1885, the lighthouse was built at the southern end of the Minicoy Island. This was a time when India was completely engulfed under the atrocities of the British rule. About 162 feet in height, this lighthouse has a viewing range of around 74 km and has been completely built-in brick masonry.
In the past, the lighthouse area in the southern side was exclusively built by the Britishers while the locals preferred to live in the northern part. Talking about the features of the lighthouse, it has all kinds of modern instrumentation of electrification along with an automatic system of shining mirrors which lights up in a gap of around every 15 seconds.
If you are a history lover then you will definitely like this place. Talking about history, this lighthouse was brought under the control of the Indian government when the Indian flag was unfurled over it on 2 April 1956.
The winter season is the best time to visit Minicoy Island. The most favourable months for you would be from September to May. This is a great time for sightseeing activities and exploring around.
The opening of the Suez Canal in the year 1862, helped reduce the overall distance between Europe and countries lying in the east. It was during this time that the General Lord Ripon, who was also the Governor-General of British rule at that time had decided to build a lighthouse sometime in 1882. The main purpose behind it was to have complete 360-degree visibility of the area.
Thus, keeping this thought in mind the board of trade then decided to establish their own lighthouse on the Minicoy Island for providing safe passage of their vessels who would be traversing the Eight Degree Channel. Following this, the site of the island was also selected in 1882 and the construction work then began in 1883 and then finally completed in 1885.
This lighthouse, strategically situated on the sea route from Aden to Colombo and Suez to Singapore passes just south of the Minicoy Island on the Indian Coast Line leading to Colombo which was also known as the lifeline of the empire. It is also important to note that after the completion of this lighthouse no shipwrecks had occurred on the island. It is the lone surviving historic structure of the British period in the Lakshadweep islands.
And after India's independence, the Sri Lankan government decided to transfer all the functions of the lighthouse formally to our country. This legal formality was completed on 19 September 1963.
1. Kalpeni Islands. Located at an approximate distance of 218 kilometres from the west of Kochi, these islands are a great attraction for exploring nature’s beauty. If you love vast panoramic views of the great horizons of the sea then this is the kind of destination which you must visit.
2. Viringili Islands. It is an uninhabited islet situated at the southwestern end of the Minicoy’s reef. And perhaps it is one of the geographical reasons that it has been scattered with gravel and bushes. However, this is something which adds on to the overall beauty of the island.
3. Kavaratti Islands. This island is famous for having the most number of mosques all over Lakshadweep islands. So, if you are a religious person then you will surely be liking this place.
4. Agatti Island. Famous for its rich natural scenery and crystal clear waters, Agatti Island is truly a fun place to visit. This place lets you relax and unwind and perhaps that is what absolutely matters, isn’t it?
Travelling to Minicoy Island via road and train network is not possible owing to its location. The only way to travel here is via air route and then taking a boat or a ferry to reach here.
By Air. The nearest airport from this place is the Cochin Airport. It is well connected with other Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata. The distance from Kochi to Minicoy is about 400 km. After deboarding your flight, you would further need to fly to Dharavandhoo Island. And from there, hire a ferry to reach your destination. It will take you somewhere around 6-7 hrs timeframe to reach here.
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