Ha. Thakandhoo

Discover the rich history & natural beauty of Thakandhoo Island in Maldives! Home to the tomb of Ali Thakurufaanu, who led the fight against the Portuguese.

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Episode 7 – Ha.Thakandhoo

Ha.Thakandhoo is the island with the smallest resident population in the atoll. The island has had a history of fisheries being the main occupational sector, even though that is no longer the case now.

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Thakandhoo Island, with its modest population of 949 people, holds the revered tomb of Ali Thakurufaanu—a heroic leader who valiantly fought against the Portuguese invasion to save the Maldives. Despite his sacrifice and the challenges faced by the islanders, Thakandhoo’s legacy lives on. The tomb stands as a symbol of courage and resilience, paying homage to Ali Thakurufaanu’s selfless efforts.

Thakandhoo Alithakurufaanu Ziyaaraiy
Thakandhoo Alithakurufaanu Ziyaaraiy

Overcoming Challenges: Island Life and Livelihoods

Thakandhoo Island grapples with various challenges, including limited access to education, healthcare, and employment opportunities. Despite these obstacles, the islanders have shown resourcefulness and resilience. They have found ways to sustain their livelihoods through activities such as thatch weaving and cultivating and selling crops like leafy greens and bananas to nearby islands. Their determination and adaptability are testaments to their indomitable spirit.

Mangroves, Coral Reefs, and Clear Seas of Thakandhoo

Spanning 43 hectares, Thakandhoo Island showcases stunning natural features that captivate visitors. The island boasts two magnificent mangroves and is blessed with a sea on both sides. Its crystal-clear waters teem with breathtaking coral reefs, making it an ideal destination for diving enthusiasts. The island’s pristine natural beauty offers a tranquil escape and a chance to explore the wonders of marine life.

Thakandhoo Aerial
Thakandhoo Aerial

Thakandhoo’s Historical Landmarks

Thakandhoo Island’s rich history is evident in its significant landmarks. The Great Cemetery, one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in the country, stands as a testament to the island’s historical legacy. Adorned with numerous stone tombstones, some bearing inscriptions dating back 300 years, the cemetery serves as a connection to the island’s past. Additionally, the Great Wall and a well within the cemetery further contribute to its historical significance.

Thakandhoo Cemetery
Thakandhoo Cemetery

Unlocking Tourism Potential of Thakandhoo

Thakandhoo Island holds immense potential for heritage tourism development. Historians believe that Thakandhoo is one of the few islands where people have continuously inhabited since the first migration to the island. This rich historical legacy presents an opportunity for visitors to explore and immerse themselves in the island’s vibrant culture and heritage. The tomb of Ali Thakurufaanu, the Great Cemetery, and other historical remnants create a tapestry of stories waiting to be discovered.

Promoting Well-being: Social Centers and Sporting Achievements

Thakandhoo Island places importance on promoting well-being within its community. The islanders take pride in being the second island in the atoll to have electricity, a testament to their determination and unity. The community has also developed a social center, a football field, and a futsal pitch, encouraging sports activities and fostering a healthy lifestyle. Thakandhoo’s achievements in football surpassing other islands in the atoll stand as a testament to their passion and dedication to sports.

Thakandhoo Aerial
Thakandhoo sports grounds
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