Maalhos (Baa Atoll)

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Maalhos
Inhabited island
Maalhos is located in Maldives
Maalhos
Maalhos
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 05°08′06″N 73°06′30″E / 5.13500°N 73.10833°E / 5.13500; 73.10833Coordinates: 05°08′06″N 73°06′30″E / 5.13500°N 73.10833°E / 5.13500; 73.10833
Country Maldives
Administrative atoll Baa Atoll
Distance to Malé 115.06 km (71.49 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length 7.650 km (4.753 mi)
 • Width 0.500 km (0.311 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 484 (including foreigners)
Time zone UTC+05:00 (MST)

Maalhos (Dhivehi: މާޅޮސް) known as one of the inhabited islands of Southern Maalhosmadulhu Atoll, code letter Baa Atoll.

History[edit]

By historical researches the researchers have found that Buddhism was the main religion of Maalhos. Hassan Ibraahim (aaveli) found a damaged part of a budda head from the old grave yard.

Geography[edit]

The island is 115.06 km (71 mi; 62 nmi) northwest of the country's capital, Malé.[2]

Demography[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006 392—    
2014 460+17.3%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]

Economy[edit]

Tourism[edit]

The island is open for day trips by tourists that would like to get to know the local culture and way of life. The island has a small port, small shops and cafes. Here is a 360° panorama of The island white sand beach with fallen coconuts. Maalhos is just a couple of minutes away from the nearby resort islands.

Culture[edit]

In this island there is the custom once every year to take a bath in seven different wells (haiy valhuń feń veruń). This is probably an ancestral Dravidian custom. The Pulaya or Cheruman, an agricultural caste of Kerala, used to take a bath in seven different tanks when they were considering themselves polluted. During the eid festival, men cook 'firihenun kekkun' and serve dinner to the women of the island and vice versa. a Jungle Parade by the people of Maalhos is a modified edition of the parade by the Army.

References[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. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 12 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 August 2018.