Kiltan is one among the inhabited islands in Lakshadweep with a 2.20 sq. Kms area. It is located 11o-29 degree towards the north latitude, 73o-04 degree east longitude and is located 394 kms, from the main land Cochin. Kiltan lies 51 kms north-east of AMINI on the international trade route between the persian Gulf and Sri Lanka.The island is only on 3 kms.On the northern and southern ends of the island there is a high storm beach.The island is thick in flora and is fertile.The summer nights in Kiltan are warmer and it is usual for the people to sleep outside their homes,on the beaches.KIltan has a rich tradition of folk dances.The island is fertile and thickly planted. The heat of the summer is unbearable and the people prefer to sleep outside on the beaches in cubicles made of cadjan leaves. Several such cubicles can be seen lined up along the western beach during summer months.
The climate of Kiltan is similar to the climatic conditions of Kerala. March to May is the hottest period of the year. The temperature ranges from 25oC to 35oC and humidity ranging from 70 -76 per cent for most of the year. The monsoon period raises temperature to the mercury level between 27- 30 degrees. During the monsoon time, boats are not allowed outside the lagoon because of the violent sea. The presence of the reef maintains calm at the lagoon.
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