PEOPLE,Culture & language


The most widely-spoken language in Lakshadweep is Malayalam. Malayalam is spoken by the local people in all the islands of Lakshadweep except the island of Minicoy.

Mahl, a dialect of Dhivehi language, is spoken on the island of Minicoy. Besides Mahl and Malayalam, many local residents can also speak Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Tamil and Urdu.


Lakshadweep has a local population of about 64,000 and most of these are descendants of migrants from the Malabar Coast of southwest India, whose lifestyle and beliefs are similar to those of coastal Kerala's.

People in the islands of Lakshadweep celebrate all the major Islamic festivals as a majority of the islands’ population follows Islam. Some of the festivals that are widely celebrated in islands are: Eid Ul Fitr, Bakri Eid, Milad Ul Nabi and Muharram.

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