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Inhabited island
The old mosque of Kudahuvadhoo famous for its fine masonry
The old mosque of Kudahuvadhoo famous for its fine masonry
Kudahuvadhoo is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 2°40′N 72°54′E / 2.667°N 72.900°E / 2.667; 72.900Coordinates: 2°40′N 72°54′E / 2.667°N 72.900°E / 2.667; 72.900
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Indian Ocean (2°40' North; 72°54' East)
Administrative atoll Dhaalu Atoll
Distance to Malé 179.70 km (111.66 mi)
 • Length 1.150 km (0.715 mi)
 • Width 0.875 km (0.544 mi)
Population (September 2014)
 • Total 2,506[1]
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Kudahuvadhoo (Dhivehi: ކުޑަހުވަދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Dhaalu or South Nilande Atoll in the Maldives.

It is the capital of the atoll. According to Census 2014 conducted in September 2014, Kudahuvadhoo had a resident population of 2447.[2] (this number includes the residents of Gemendhoo and Vaanee evacuated to Kudahuvadhoo after the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004).

Kudahuvadhoo has one of the mysterious mounds known as hawittas. These mounds are the ruins of Buddhist temples from the pre-Islamic period (before 10th century) that have not been excavated yet. Thor Heyerdahl who explored the island in the early 1980s wrote that the ancient coral-stone mosque of Kudahuvadhoo possesses some of the finest masonry ever seen in the world.

Kudahuvadhoo is a fast developing island in Maldives. The government has decided to develop an airport in Kudahuvadhoo by the end of this year. The airport project now has been started with Netherlands company .

People from other islands come to Kudahuvadhoo for better education and health facilities. And also Kudahuvadhoo is the central urban hub in whole central area of Maldives which include Faafu atoll, Meemu atoll, Dhaalu atoll.

On March 19, 2014 the New York Post said that residents of Kudahuvadhoo reported having seen a low-flying airplane travelling North to South-East towards Addu (the southern tip of the Maldives) resembling the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared midflight to Beijing from Malaysia on March 8, 2014. [3] This lent credence to one of the theories that the flight had been commandeered by someone who intended to land the plane in a remote area. Kudahuvadhoo had no airstrip. The Male International Airport 182km NNE of Kudahuvadhoo was one that the pilot had practiced landing on, using his homemade flight simulator.[4] The claim that the sighted jet was MH370 was subsequently rejected by Malaysia's minister of transport and defence.[5]