Kaashidhoo (Kaafu Atoll)
The remains of ancient Buddhist temples (Kuruhinna Tharaagandu) on the island of Kaashidhoo
|Administrative atoll||Kaafu Atoll|
|Distance to Malé||87.54 km (54.39 mi)|
|• Length||2.825 km (1.755 mi)|
|• Width||1.025 km (0.637 mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+05:00)|
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.
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.
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'.
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- 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.
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