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Indira Point

Indira Point
Indira Point is located in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Indira Point
Location in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
Indira Point is located in India
Indira Point
Location in India
Country India
State Andaman and Nicobar Islands
District Nicobar
Tehsil Great Nicobar
Elevation 47 m (154 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 27
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
2011 census code 645188

Indira Point is a village in the Nicobar district of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. It is located in the Great Nicobar tehsil.[1] It is the location of the southernmost point of India's territory.


  • Etymology 1
  • History 2
  • Administration 3
  • Demographics 4
  • References 5


The village is named after Indira Point, the southernmost point of India's territory, itself named after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The point was formerly known as Pygmalion Point and Parsons Point.[2] It was renamed in honour of Indira Gandhi during mid-1980s. The announcement was made by the local Member of Parliament when Indira Gandhi visited the local light house on 19 February 1984. The official renaming ceremony happened on 10 October 1985.[3]


The Indira Point lighthouse was commissioned into service on 30 April 1972.[4][5]

After the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, the southernmost tip subsided 4.25 metres.[6] Four scientists studying leatherback sea turtles and 16-to-20 families living next to the lighthouse went missing.[7]


The village comes under the administration of Laxmi Nagar panchayat.[8]


The village lost a number of its residents in the 2004 tsunami. According to the 2011 census of India, Indira Point has only 4 households left. The effective literacy rate (i.e. the literacy rate of population excluding children aged 6 and below) is 85.19%.[9]

Demographics (2011 Census)[9]
Total Male Female
Population 27 27 0
Children aged below 6 years 0 0 0
Scheduled caste 0 0 0
Scheduled tribe 1 1 0
Literates 23 23 0
Workers (all) 27 27 0
Main workers (total) 27 27 0
Main workers: Cultivators 0 0 0
Main workers: Agricultural labourers 0 0 0
Main workers: Household industry workers 0 0 0
Main workers: Other 27 27 0
Non-workers 0 0 0


  1. ^ "Andaman and Nicobar Islands villages" (PDF). Land Records Information Systems Division, NIC. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  2. ^ K. Raja Reddy (2005). India and ASEAN: foreign policy dimensions for the 21st Century. New Century Publications. p. 44.  
  3. ^ HPS Virk (5 March 2015). Rendezvous: Forbidden Land of the 'Nicobar Islands'. FriesenPress. pp. 114–115.  
  4. ^ Indira Point Lighthouse, Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships, Ministry of Shipping.
  5. ^ Indira Point Lighthouse: 4.25 m of subsidence in the 26 Dec 2004 earthquake
  6. ^ Joyce A. Quinn; Susan L. Woodward (31 January 2015). Earth's Landscape: An Encyclopedia of the World's Geographic Features. ABC-CLIO. pp. 34–.  
  7. ^ Islands' death toll could reach 15,000 by Luke Harding. Sydney Morning Herald, 1 January 2005.
  8. ^ List of Villages, Integrated Management Information System (IMIS), Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
  9. ^ a b "District Census Handbook - Andaman & Nicobar Islands" (PDF).  
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