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Bitra Island is the smallest and the least populated island in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep about 260 km off Kochi in Kerala. Its total land area extends only up to 0.1 square kilometres and the lagoon area measures an impressive 45 square kilometres.

Bitra is the largest lagoon in the Lakshadweep archipelago. It can be accessed by both air and sea. The temperature in Bitra remains mostly warm throughout the year; in the range of 28-32° Celsius with an average humidity of over 70%. It is also an area of heavy rainfall.

Bitra Island was once known as Tree Island because of its heavy undergrowth and shrubs. Initially, many birds were the only year-round residents on this island as the acute lack of drinking water made human settlement difficult.

Continuing human activity in the form of game and egg hunters interfered with the birds’ habitat. With the increased awareness of the picturesque islands along with the improved amenities and transportation facilities, a small group of residents from southern Indian states made Bitra their home.

The main attraction of Bitra is the shrine of Malik Mulla, an Arab saint who is believed to have been buried here. It is a pilgrimage centre for followers of Islam. Full of corals and multi-coloured tropical fish, diving and snorkelling are the popular activities in the Bitra Island.

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