Kaashidhoo (Kaafu Atoll)

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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
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 04°57′20″N 73°27′53″E / 4.95556°N 73.46472°E / 4.95556; 73.46472Coordinates: 04°57′20″N 73°27′53″E / 4.95556°N 73.46472°E / 4.95556; 73.46472
Administrative atollKaafu Atoll
Distance to Male86.42 km (53.70 mi)
 • Length2.825 km (1.755 mi)
 • Width1.025 km (0.637 mi)
 • Total2,441 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Kaashidhoo (Dhivehi: ކާށިދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Kaafu Atoll.[2]


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.[citation needed] The project focuses on conserving the area that has already been excavated, helping to protect the site from erosion and weathering.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]


The island is 86.42 km (54 mi; 47 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[3]

Kaashidhoo is included in the Malé Atoll.[citation needed] However, it is an atoll by itself geographically. For the ease of administration, the island is placed under Kaafu Atoll.[2]

Kaashidhoo Kandu[edit]

The Kaashidu Kandu, also known as Kardiva Channel, is the broad channel separating some of the central atolls of Maldives.[citation needed]


Historical population
2006 1,696—    
2014 1,728+1.9%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [4]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ a b "Maldives". www.atollsofmaldives.gov.mv. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  3. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  4. ^ "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.