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Native ameLakshadweep Islands
Typeunion territory
Established date1956-11-10
Largest cityAndrott
AdministratorJ. K. Dadoo
Total Area12.4 sq mi (32 km2)
Total Population64429
Official languagesMalayalam, English
Ethnic groups≈84.33% Malayali
≈15.67% Mahls
Other information
Time zoneIST (UTC+5:30)

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Lakshadweep ( ; Lakṣadvīp), also known as the Laccadive Islands, is a group of islands in the Laccadive Sea, 200 to 440 km off the coast of the South West Indian state of Kerala. The islands form the smallest Union Territory of India. The total land area is 11 sq mi or 32 km2. Ten of the islands are inhabited. Lakshadweep is the northern part of the erstwhile Lakshadweepa. The islands are the northernmost among the Lakshadweep-Maldives-Chagos group of islands, which are actually the tops of a vast undersea mountain range, in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.

The land area is 32 km2 (12.4 sqmi);; the lagoon area is about 4200 km2 (1621.6 sqmi), the territorial waters area is 20000 km2 (7722 sqmi) and the economic zone area is 400000 km2 (154440.9 sqmi).

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