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Kaashidhoo (Kaafu Atoll)

Kaashidhoo
The remains of ancient Buddhist temples (Kuruhinna Tharaagandu) on the island of Kaashidhoo
The remains of ancient Buddhist temples (Kuruhinna Tharaagandu) on the island of Kaashidhoo
Kaashidhoo is located in Maldives
Kaashidhoo
Kaashidhoo
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 04°57′20″N 73°27′53″E / 4.95556°N 73.46472°E / 4.95556; 73.46472
CountryMaldives
Administrative atollKaafu Atoll
Distance to Malé86.42 km (53.70 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length2.825 km (1.755 mi)
 • Width1.025 km (0.637 mi)
Population
(2018)[1]
 • Total2,441 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Kaashidhoo (Dhivehi: ކާށިދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Kaafu Atoll.

History

Kashidhoo archaeological site is one of the most historically significant on the island. It is the largest pre-Islamic remnant uncovered on Kaashidhoo; excavations have uncovered parts of a Buddhist Monastery that existed in the 7th and 8th Centuries AD. The project focuses on conserving the area that has already been excavated, helping to protect the site from erosion and weathering. Since the site is built almost entirely of coral stone, the conservation work is essential to making sure that generations of Maldivians can continue to view this important site, US Embassy statement expressed.

Geography

The island is 86.42 km (54 mi; 47 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2] It is located at the northern tip of Malé atoll and is the fifth biggest island in the entire Maldivian archipelago. Kaashidhoo is well known for its wealth in coconut trees.

Kaashidhoo is included in the Malé Atoll. However it is an atoll by itself geographically. For the ease of administration the island is placed under Kaafu Atoll.

Kaashidhoo Kandu

The Kaashidu Kandu, also known as 'Kardiva Channel' is the broad channel separating some of the central atolls of Maldives. The island of Kaashidu lies roughly in the middle of this channel which runs in a SW-NE direction. It appeared in old French maps as 'Courant de Caridoue'.

Demography

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006 1,696—    
2014 1,728+1.9%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 34. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  • Divehi Tārīkhah Au Alikameh. Divehi Bahāi Tārikhah Khidmaiykurā Qaumī Markazu. Reprint 1958 edn. Malé 1990.
  • Divehiraajjege Jōgrafīge Vanavaru. Muhammadu Ibrahim Lutfee. G.Sōsanī.
  • Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999.