The Amini Island is at a distance of 407 km (220 nautical miles) from Kochi and located between Kavaratti Island in the south and Kadmat Island in the north. This island has an oval shape with a width of 1.20 km at the broadest point and a length of 2.70 km. It lies between 11o 06′ and 11o 08′ N latitude and 72o 42′ and 72o 45′ E longitude, having a land area of 2.60 sq km and lagoon area of 1.50 sq km.This oval shaped island is 2-3 m above the mean sea level, with a depression at the centre.
Corals and sand stone is used for building purpose. Talented craftsmen living here are famous for making walking sticks with tortoise shells and coconut shells.It’s also famous for stone engravers and has a rich tradition of folk songs.The island got its name for the Arabic word ‘Amin’ meaning “faithful”
The climate of Amini 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)||2956|
|Access by||Air and Sea from India,South-west coast.|
|Location||11o – 07 * North Latitude 72o – 44 East longitude|
|Distance to Malabar coast||407 kms from Kochi|
|Total geographical Area||2.60 sq.Kms|
|Maximum Length||3 Kms|
|Temperature||32oC (Max.) to 28oC (Min.)|
|Highest Rainfall||241.8 mm.recorded in 24 hours|