Minicoy (Maliku)1885. Active; focal plane 47 m (154 ft); white flash every 15 s. 48 m (157 ft) round brick tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is red. The lighthouse is staffed. DGLL’s photo appears above. A photo appears above, Priya Sivaraman has another excellent closeup photo, another photo shows visitors on the gallery, Lighthouse Digest has a February 2001feature on the lighthouse by I.C.R. Prasad, Michel Forand has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. The Maldives government also has a page on the lighthouse with several photos. The island has great strategic importance, because the sea route from Suez to Singapore passes through the Eight Degree Channel just south of Minicoy. To protect this lifeline of the Empire, the British shipped bricks from England to build this great lighthouse in the tropics, designed by Sir James Douglass. Following India’s independence, the light station continued to be operated by Trinity House until April 1956, when it was assigned to DGLL; the title to the property was finally transferred to India in September 1963. The 50th anniversary of Indian control was celebrated in 2006. Located on the southwestern shore of the island. Site open, tower open by arrangement with the keepers. ARLHS LAK-009; Admiralty F0758; NGA 27468. – The Lighthouse Directory
Note: Minicoy, located well to the south of the other islands of the territory, has a distinct population and language and is geographically part of the Maldives archipelago. In fact it is claimed by Maldives, although it has been governed from India since the late 18th century. The name Minicoy, applied by the British, is an error; the islanders call their home Maliku. There is a resort on the island, with transportation and day tours available.