Thuraakunu (Haa Alif Atoll)

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Thuraakunu is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 7°6′18″N 72°54′07″E / 7.10500°N 72.90194°E / 7.10500; 72.90194Coordinates: 7°6′18″N 72°54′07″E / 7.10500°N 72.90194°E / 7.10500; 72.90194
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Ihavandhippolhu Atoll
Administrative atoll Haa Alif Atoll
Distance to Malé 329.89 km (204.98 mi)
 • Council Thuraakunu Island Council
 • Length 0.9 km (0.6 mi)
 • Width 0.38 km (0.24 mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 347
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)
Area code(s) 650, 20

Thuraakunu (Dhivehi: ތުރާކުނު) is the northern-most island in Maldives, one of the fourteen inhabited islands of Haa Alif Atoll and is geographically part of the Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the Maldives. It is an island-level administrative constituency governed by the Thuraakunu Island Council.

Thuraakunu is the closest island to Minicoy. Formerly there was direct trade between both, and fishermen from both islands used to visit each other. This exchange continued even after Minicoy became part of the Indian Union after independence. However, after 1956 the Indian government forbade these visits. Now, despite the geographical proximity and ethnographic similarities, people from both islands are not allowed to meet each other.


  • Bell, H.C.P.: The Maldive Islands, An account of the physical features, History, Inhabitants, Productions and Trade. Colombo 1883.

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