Also famous as Maliku, Minicoy island is an adorable destination situated amid the mighty Arabian sea. And what makes this island worth travelling to is its simple beauty. Talking about history, it is said that the Minicoyers settled here a long time.
However, what really makes this place interesting is that it also has a somewhat negative reputation. Yes, there are some cannibals scattered all over its geography which comes across as a thing to worry about. In the local language, this place was known as "Minikaa-raajje". The meaning of this word is the Cannibal Kingdom. And did you know that the ancient name of this place was Mahiladu, which essentially means women’s island?
There is practically every reason why you should be planning a trip to Minicoy Island. Being the second largest island in Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island is all about making new memories and having some real fun. And the fact that it has been covered with coconut trees, this island comes across as a very interesting travelling option to explore.
The name Minicoy Island has been derived from one of the Arab trader’s term for the island itself which is known as Jazirat al-Maliku. The locals had settled here a long time ago. And there is also an interesting story about its name. It is said that once upon a time, a British Official was roaming around this place. On meeting one of the local islanders, he asked him what the name of this place was? The islander told him that he was from Maliku, however, he himself resided in Minikka raajje. The official, amid a certain sense of confusion, thought that both the names were the same so he mixed them both ending up with Minikaa. Later on, Minikaa became Minicoy.
Lighthouse. This lighthouse was constructed sometime in 1885 by the Britishers. Being one of the oldest lighthouses in Lakshadweep it carries a certain sense of charm about it. Standing tall at an immense height of approximately 160-170 feet, the lighthouse has been a centre of attraction for a long time now.
Juma Masjid. This masjid is of immense significance both in historical as well as religious terms. Believed to be built during the medieval period this masjid is also home to a collection of rare artefacts.
Visit Agatti Islands. It is the only island known for having an airstrip. Apart from that, this place is also well renowned for its water sport activities. And whatever’s left is lavished upon by the breathtaking flora and fauna.
Go for Scuba Diving in Lakshadweep. Overall, Lakshadweep is a gem of a place to discover and explore the raw beauty of nature. And while your trip, one of the best ways to have fun would be to go for scuba diving.
Visit Bangaram Island. It is one of the largest islands in the atoll. And the brackish pond located in the very centre of this island makes the overall beauty of this place worth giving a shot.
The most suitable time to visit Minicoy Island is during the winter season and the onset of summers. It is overall a great time for sightseeing activities.
Travelling to Minicoy Island via road or train is not possible. The best way to reach here is through flight network.
By Air. The nearest airport from Minicoy Island is the Trivandrum airport. It has good connectivity with other cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chandigarh. After you deboard your flight you would need to further cover a distance of around 398 km. For this, you can hire a boat to reach out to this place.
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