Kinbidhoo (Thaa Atoll)

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Inhabited island
Kinbidhoo jetty.JPG
Kinbidhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 02°10′08″N 73°03′52″E / 2.16889°N 73.06444°E / 2.16889; 73.06444Coordinates: 02°10′08″N 73°03′52″E / 2.16889°N 73.06444°E / 2.16889; 73.06444
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Thaa Atoll
Distance to Malé 228.05 km (141.70 mi)
 • Length 0.930 km (0.578 mi)
 • Width 0.675 km (0.419 mi)
 • Total 1,351
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Kinbidhoo (Dhivehi: ކިނބިދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Thaa Atoll. In the order of the inhabited islands, Kinbidhoo is the 12th island and the island code is N-12.

Kinbidhoo is situated closest to Veymadoo, the capital of Tha Atoll.

2004 tsunami[edit]

Kinbidhoo was struck by the tsunami that followed the Indian Ocean earthquake on December 26, 2004, which swept across the western coast of Sumatra and the whole island flooded completely, destroying some houses and farms, although there were no casualties.


There were important Buddhist ruins in an area of this island. The islanders call this place Veyru.The most conspicuous was a large Stupa whose stonse had been removed and looked like a very steep small hill. Muhammad Ismāīl Dīdī, led a Maldivian expedition to this island in order to explore the Buddhist ruins in the 1960s. Some excavations were conducted and a report on the Buddhist remains of Kimbidu Island was published.[1]

Unfortunately the Buddhist site was not protected after excavation and has been heavily vandalized in recent times. The steep hill that marked the location of the ancient Stupa has been almost flattened out. That place is facing erosion.


  1. ^ Divehi Tārīkhah Au Alikameh. There is a chapter on Kimbidu Stupa with pictures.