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Inhabited island
Dhevvadhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 00°33′32″N 73°14′37″E / 0.55889°N 73.24361°E / 0.55889; 73.24361Coordinates: 00°33′32″N 73°14′37″E / 0.55889°N 73.24361°E / 0.55889; 73.24361
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Gaafu Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé 403 km (250 mi)
 • Length 0.600 km (0.373 mi)
 • Width 0.520 km (0.323 mi)
 • Total 1,005
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Dhevvadhoo or Devvadū (Div: ދެއްވަދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of the administrative division known as Northern Huvadhu Atoll (code letter: Gaafu Alifu). It is a sizeable round island located almost in the centre of Huvadhu Atoll. Some of the ancient kings of Maldives traced their ancestry to certain families of this island.

Archaeological Remains[edit]

There are many Buddhist archaeological remains in Devvadū. It is likely that it was an important island in that period of Maldivian History.

  • A mound called “Dhevvadhoo Usgadu”, probably a large Stupa is on the north-east of the island, about 285 feet (87 m) from the shore. It is 200 feet (61 m) long, 96 feet (29 m) wide and 4 feet (1.2 m) high.
  • A ruin also called “Usgadu”, measuring 96 X 64 feet (20 m) with a height of 4 feet (1.2 m) is on the northwest, about 485 feet (148 m) from the shore.
  • Near this “Usgadu” there is another mound 116 feet (35 m) long, 52 feet (16 m) wide and 4 feet (1.2 m) high.
  • There is a third mound 69 feet (21 m) long 47 feet (14 m) wide and 4 feet (1.2 m) high within this area.
  • On the north-west there is another “Usgadu”, measuring 120 X 49 feet (15 m) with a height of 4 feet (1.2 m). It is about 385 feet (117 m) away from the shore.

None of these ancient remains have been properly investigated yet.


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  • H.C.P. Bell, Excerpta Maldiviana. Reprint Colombo 1922/35 edn. Asian Educational Services. New Delhi 1999
  • Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84-7254-801-5
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