Kudahuvadu Island

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The island of Kudahuvadu lies in the South Nilandu Atoll. It main feature is the mysterious mound known as hawitta. Mounds like the one on Kudahuvadu are found on several other islands in the Maldives. They are thought to be the ruins of Buddhist temples, but archaeologists never thoroughly investigated them.

The explorer Thor Heyerdahl commented that Kudahuvadu's old mosque had some of the finest masonry he had ever seen, even though the island is so isolated. In the Islamic world Kudahuvadu had always been famous for its finely carved tombstones though.

Kudahuvadu is 160 km south of Malé.


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