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BITRA ISLAND


Bitra island With an area of around 11 hectare, Bitra is the smallest inhabited island in Lakshadweep. The climate is warm throughout the year. The island is covered by thick brushwood and shrubs, and is rich in coconut palms. The people are mainly Muslims and they speak a local version of Keralas language, Malayalam. Bitra has the largest lagoon in Lakshadweep. This magnificent lagoon is on the north-eastern tip of a large coral ring reef. Coral growths and multi-colored fish are abundant in this lagoon. A shrine, dedicated to Malik Mulla - an old Arab saint who is said to have been buried there, is the main attraction. The shrine is a place of pilgrimage for other islanders. Bitra is situated 48 km west of Chetlat.

BITRA is the smallest inhabited island in the territory.Till 1835 BITRA was the breading ground for a number of sea birds,a favourite hunt of KILTAN and CHETLAT people.There is a small shrine of Malik Mulla,an old Arab Saint who is said to be have been burried here.The shrine is a place of pilgrimage for the people of other islands.Surprisingly the first permanent settler at BITRA was a women from CHETLAT who with her son set up a permanent settler at house around 1945. In the territory having a land area of 0.105 sq km. It has a length of 0.57 km and a width of 0.28 km at the broadest point. This is is at a distance of 483 km (261 nautical miles) from Kochi. The island is located at 11° 36 N I and 72° 11 E longitude. Though the land area is Small, its lagoon area is 45.61 sq km.

The main attraction of Bitra is the shrine of Malik Mulla, an Arab saint who is believed to have been buried here. It is a pilgrimage centre for followers of Islam. Full of corals and multi-coloured tropical fish, diving and snorkelling are the popular activities in the Bitra Island.

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