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.
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|
|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|
|Temperature||32oC (Max.) to 28oC (Min.)|
|Highest Rainfall||241.8 mm.recorded in 24 hours|