Kiltan

The Kiltan Island lies 51 km north-east of Amini Island, between 11° 28′ and 11° 30′ N latitude and 72° 59′ and 73° 01′ E longitude, and has an area of 2.20 sq km. It has 3.4 km length and 0.6 km width at the broadest point. On the northern and southern ends of the island, there are high storm beaches. This island is 394 km (213 nautical miles) away from Kochi. Its lagoon area is 1.76 sq km.

KILTAN lies 51 kms. north-east of AMINI on the international trade route between the Persian Gulf and Sri Lanka.On the northern and southern ends of the island there is a high storm beach.The island is thick in flora and is fertile. The summer nights in KILTAN are warmer and it is usual for the people to sleep outside their homes,on the beaches. KILTAN has a rich tradition of folk dances.

Climate

The climate of Kiltan 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
Population (2011) 3946
Density (per Sq. km) 2248
Access by Air and Sea from India,South-west coast.
Location 11°- 29* North Latttude 73°- 04* East longitude
Distance to Malabar coast 394 kms from Kochi
Total geographical Area 2.20 sq.Kms
Maximum Length 3.4 km
Width 0.6 km
Temperature 32oC (Max.) to 28oC (Min.)
Humidity 70-75%
Highest Rainfall 241.8 mm.recorded in 24 hours
Literacy Rate 83.68