The Kavaratti Island is the headquarters of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. This island is at a distance of 404 km (218 nautical miles) from Kochi and is located between Agatti Island on the west and Andrott Island on the east. It lies between 10o 32' and 10o 35' N latitude and 72o 35' and 72o 40' E longitude, having an area of 4.22 sq km. Maximum length of the island is 5.8 km and width is 1.6 km. It has a lagoon having a length of about 6 km and an area of 4.96 sq km.
The island is 2 to 5 m above the mean sea level on the western side and 2 to 3 m on the eastern side.It is located in the centre of Lakshadweep archipelago. Strangely Kavaratti has a small inland lake at its Northern end. The island itself is stretched over an area of slightly more than 4 sq kms and has the maximum percentage of non - islanders as residents.
As is the case with other islands of Lakshadweep, Kavaratti has warm sandy veaches where toursits can unwind themselves. Though the beaches are narrow, the lagoons around Kavratti are fabulous with star fish, anemones, sea cucumers, countless multi- hued fishes astounding corals. Located to the west of the Island the lagoon is best suited for swimming, kayaking, wind surfing and canoeing. To the South of the Island lies Chicken Neck point which is an absolutely fantastic place for water sports including scuba diving and snorkelling. A glass bottom boat ride offers tourists and opportunity to view the rich marine life and an array of extraordinary corals.
Kavaratti has the maximum number of mosques in Lakshadweep. Out of the 52 mosques Jamnath, mohidden and Ujra are prominent ones.
Jamnath mosque is a massive structure having the largest tank of any mosque in the islands. Mohidden Mosque is an ancient mosque that lies to the North- West of Kavaratti. One of the oldest and most striking is the Ujra mosque built by Sheikh Mohammad Kasim. The 17th century structure has an ornate ceiling, said to have been carved out of a single of driftwood.