Tourist Places in Minicoy Lakshadweep
Minicoy is an important center for tuna fishing and a tuna-canning factory on the island processes the catch. A 300-foot-tall lighthouse built in 1885 by the British is a majestic landmark.
The crescent-shaped Minicoy is a popular tourist hot spot and surrounded by land of natural beauty. It lies in the southern most area of Lakshadweep and is the second largest only to Andretti, it also owns the biggest lagoons amongst all the islands.
Culture of Minicoy Island
Minicoy is an important center for tuna fishing and a tuna-canning factory on the island processes the catch. A 300-foot-tall lighthouse built in 1885 by the British is a majestic landmark. Viringle (also called the smallpox island) is a small islet that you see on the south belt, measuring barely 200 meters.
What made it unique?
Women are respected and loved by the men folk. Marcopolo had addressed this society as a "female island” in one of his travelogues for this reason as well as because men are never home for very long durations of time when they are at sea.
It’s a non-local and matrilineal Muslim society where a man will live in his wife’s house and owns the wife’s surname after marriage and still continues to earn a living for the family.
The women manage family affairs and household chores in the long absence of their husbands. Again, divorce and remarriage are accepted socially and not a taboo. They have a very liberal approach towards social customs unlike other Muslim colonies.
village system having a cluster of houses headed by a wise old man called “Mooppan”, he is like a sarpanch. This system is followed by all the villages within the island. Mahl is a language used by common people.
The Tourist Attractions on Minicoy Island are Boat Racing, Juma Mosque, Dances, a light house, and Underwater shipwrecks.Underwater shipwrecks:
These wrecks are like virtual museums underwater, with large fishes feasting on the remains of the wreck. The ship is called S.S. Hoechst and other 2 ships were wrecked in the oceans of Minicoy, within 8-meter depth of the island reef.
It is rumored that because of these shipwrecks the construction of the lighthouse was initiated in 1885 by the Britishers.
How to Reach Minicoy Island
The island is located 398 km away from Trivandrum. The tourists can take a ferry to the island. The nearest airport is well-connected on the island with the mainland.
The only civilian airport of Lakshadweep is the Agatti Aerodrome. There is a helicopter service as well from Agatti. The flight from Cochin to Agatti takes about 1 hour 30 minutes and is operational on six days per week. Explore more about Lakshadweep Tourism