The main language spoken in Lakshadweep is officially considered a dialect of Malayalam but sounds more like Tamil. Both Tamil and Malayalam are Dravidian languages spoken in the southern parts of mainland India.

The language spoken in Maliku is very different. It is an Indo-European language called Divehi-bas, which is written in a script called Thaana-akuru. This language is spoken by the Maldive islanders to the south. It is the national and official language of the Maldives.