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Maliku Island, Lakshadweep
Maliku Island also known as the Minicoy Island or the Maliku Atoll is the southernmost island of the Lakshadweep Island group. Historically part of what is today known as a separate nation, Maldives, Minicoy bears several similarities both culturally and linguistically to the Maldives. It’s a relatively small island which is around 10 kilometers in length and around 1 kilometer broad in its broadest area. The island was assigned to India in 1976 following an agreement signed between India and Maldives. In 1982, it briefly was the center of controversy owing to some remarks by top politicians in the Maldives but the matter was quickly put to rest.
The island is covered almost entirely with coconut palms and boasts of an amazing natural sand patch in the north which makes for an amazing holiday place. The food and the ambience on the island are nothing short of the best, most unadulterated and secluded tropical experience Lakshadweep has to offer. One must make it a point to do a day trip to this wonderful dot on the map.