A land that remained hidden 
By - Ravisha Poddar

The Coral Island

Lakshadweep, meaning 'one lakh islands,' is a cluster of 36 archipelago serving as the maritime boundary between the Arabian Sea and the Laccadive Sea

Online Controversy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lakshadweep visit sparked a social media feud with the Maldives. Praise for Lakshadweep led to calls for boycotting the latter

Celebrity Support

Movie stars, politicians, and industrialists rallied behind the PM's appeal to boost tourism. Infrastructure development announcements flooded the island


Over 90% of the island's population relies on agriculture, a key GDP contributor in Lakshadweep. However, recent developments hint at a shift from an agriculture-based to a tourism economy

Coconut - The Hero

The abundance of coconut palms made coconut cultivation a major economic activity. Each year, 10 crore coconuts are cultivated and consumed both locally and on the mainland

Making by-Products

4.  Coir and coir products

3.  Copra

2.  Neera (coconut inflorescence sap)

1.  Coconut oil & Desiccated Coconut

Over the years, coconut farmers also diversified, offering various products like:

Mixed Cultivation

Besides coconuts, millet, sweet potatoes, and bananas are cultivated on the island. Water logging in the hinterlands facilitated rice cultivation, enhancing Lakshadweep's agri-economy

Role of Fisheries

Managed by the Department of Fisheries, Lakshadweep's fisheries also play a crucial role. Fishery boat building and marketing involve a large portion of the island's population

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