AN EVENING IN BITRA.
The Lakshadweep islands are located in the Arabian Sea, about 200 miles off the coast of Kerala.
The group consists of 27 islands of which only 10 are inhabited. The capital of Lakshadweep is Kavaratti and the largest island is Minicoy. The main language is Malayalam except for in Minicoy, where ‘Mahal’ is spoken.
The ‘Lakshadweep Development Corporation Ltd’ runs several passenger ships connecting the islands to mainland India. Being employed on board one of the passenger vessels of LDCL, I had the privilege of visiting ‘Bitra’ the day before yesterday.
Bitra is the smallest island in the archipelago, with an area of 0.17 sq kilometres. The twelve families that inhabit the island has a total strength of just 210. The chief occupations are fishing and the cultivation of coconuts for coir and copra(dried coconut).
A thirty minute walk around the island fetched me some good pictures.
Antony Paul Valluvassery.