The Agatti Island is at a distance of 459 km (248 nautical miles) from Kochi and is located the west of Kavaratti Island. It lies between 10o 48′ and 10o 53′ N latitude and 72o 09′ and 7o 13′ E longitude, having an area of 3.84 sq km, with a maximum length of 10 km and width of km. It has a north-east, south-west trend with a long tail on the south. The lagoon area of this island is 17.50 sq km.
In Agatti coral growths and multicoloured coral fishes abound in its lagoons. Fishing is the most important industry of Agatti which is perhaps the only island besides Minicoy getting surplus fish. Next to Fishing, Coir and Copra are the main industries . Agatti is the Air Port stopover from Cochin on the way to Bangaram which can be seen on the northern horizon.
The climate of Agatti is similar to the climatic conditions of Kerala. March to May is the hottest period of the year. The temperature ranges from 25oC to 35oC and humidity ranging from 70 -76 per cent for most of the year. The average rainfall received is 1600 mm a year. Monsoon prevails here from 15th May to 15th September. The monsoon period raises temperature to the mercury level between 27- 30 degrees. During the monsoon time, boats are not allowed outside the lagoon because of the violent sea. The presence of the reef maintains calm at the lagoon.
|Island at a glance|
|Density (per Sq.km)||1969|
|Access by||Air and Sea from India,South-west coast.|
|Location||10o -51 * North Latitude 72o longitude, located 459 kms, from Cochin|
|Distance to Malabar coast||459 km from Kochi|
|Total geographical Area||3.84 sq.Kms|
|Maximum Length||6 Kms|
|Temperature||32oC (Max.) to 28oC (Min.)|
|Highest Rainfall||241.8 mm.recorded in 24 hours|