Lighthouse Overview

Ranked 2 of 3 sightseeing in Minicoy

Lighthouse, also known as South Side Lighthouse, was constructed by the British in 1885. It is counted amongst the oldest lighthouses in Lakshadweep and was under the British control until India’s independence. It has a height of around 300 ft, which makes it visible even from a distance.

The Lakshadweep Islands, Arabian Sea and Virgin Islands can be seen from the top of this Lighthouse. It is surrounded by coconut groves and white sand. A commemorative postal stamp of INR1 was issued on 2nd February 1985 to mark the completion of 100 years.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Sanjeev Gupta

Sanjeev Gupta5.0/5

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360 degree view of Minicoy

A visit to the Lighthouse is one of the attractions at Minicoy island. The lighthouse is situated near the southern end of the island is about 50 meters in height and is functional. There is a small fee of Rs. 20 for carrying a camera or Mobile phone with a camera inside. At a given time only about 10-15 persons can climb the spiral stairs. It can be a tough climb for older persons and those with medical conditions. The last flight of stairs is quite steep to climb. Once at the top the climbing ordeal is forgotten as we get a 360-degree view of the Minicoy island and the sea surrounding it. The island appears fully covered with lush green trees and the blue waters surrounding the island are truly mesmerising. Not to be missed.

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  • 360 degree view of Minicoy
  • 360 degree view of Minicoy
  • 360 degree view of Minicoy

Chandranath Shirwaiker

Chandranath Shirwaiker4.3/5

73 reviews

The over a century old light house

This lighthouse was built by a French company in 1885. One has to climb up the circular stairs to reach the top. On the way up one gets to know the changes that happened over the years like from a kerosene wick lamp to the present halogen lamp system. The circular prism arrays convert the lamp light to a beam which can be seen over twenty kms. The panoramic view from the deck of the lighthouse is fascinating. One overlooks the lagoon and the spread of the island.

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Lighthouse, Minicoy

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Chandranath Shirwaiker

A view from the LH deck
Lighthouse, Minicoy

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Sanjeev Gupta

lighthouse in background