DAY 07, 10th February 2022

HA. Utheemu

Located in the Haa Alif Atoll, Utheemu is the birthplace of Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu where him along with his brothers lived and grew up. Utheemu Ganduvaru, translating to Utheemu Palace, is well preserved and demonstrates the lifestyle of the rich centuries ago. This historical location is visited by more tourists than any other building in the Maldives.

Population

986


Island is

46.99 HA


Cordinates

6.831, 73.112

Geographic atoll

Haa Alif


Harbor capacity

151,000 sqft


Harbor depth

2.7 m


Guesthouses

n/a


Health post contact

6500568


Services

Activities

Population

986


Size

46.99 HA


Cordinates

6.831, 73.112

Geographic atoll

Haa Alif


Harbor capacity

151,000 sqft


Harbor depth

2.7 m


Guesthouses

n/a


Health post contact

6500568


Services

WaterPoliceStampInternetRestaurantsHealth post

Activities

FishingBBQ

Welcome Ceremony

Activity 1, 10th February 2022

Welcoming the guests with Coconut Drinks and performing a traditional dance on a boat called “Kurufali Jehun”, where performers dance sitting on the boat in two rows, holding Oars. This dance is sometimes also performed on land.

Visiting Utheemu Palace (Utheemu Ganduvaru)

Activity 2, 10th February 2022

On the way to visit the Utheemu Palace, locals will demonstrate the traditional Maldivian local ways of living. Utheemu Ganduvaru is the home of Bodu Thakurufaanu. Utheemu Ganduvaru is the birthplace and home of Sultan Muhammed Thakurufaanu, where the national hero lived and grew up centuries ago. Today, it is a site of great historical importance, with fascinating 500-year-old wooden interiors, including swing beds (used to keep cool in the heat), lamps that burn coconut palm oil and elaborate wooden carvings, and a large palm-thatch shed used as a sleeping room for guests. It is among one of the most visited places in the Maldives, and is among the major highlights of this rally.

Visiting Kanduvalu Mosque

Activity 3, 10th February 2022

Kanduvalu Mosque is the mosque is where the iconic Muhammad Thakurufaanu prayed as a child, giving slight evidence of how long the mosque has been here. The Tomb of Muhammad Thakurufaanu’s father, Utheemu Hussain Khatheebu Thakurufaanu, is found near the entrance of the mosque. The Tomb of Utheemu Kalhu Ali Khatheebu Thakurufaanu (Muhammed Thakurufaanu’s Grandfather) is also present here in the cemetery on the mosque grounds.

Stalls at the Utheemu Palace region

Activity 4, 10th February 2022

These stalls will demonstrate cultural and traditional handcraft works of the Maldives, along with exquisite Maldivian cuisine.

Fishing Trip

Activity 5, 10th February 2022

An all inclusive fishing trip ending with a fantastic barbeque to be arranged by the locals for any of the visitors who would like to participate, at a small fee of USD 20.

A Short Performance of the Bodu Thakurufaanu Story

Activity 6, 10th February 2022

A short drama performed by the locals highlighting the legendary tale of our country’s King and hero, Bodu Thakurufaanu.

Folklore by Elderly Locals

Activity 7, 10th February 2022

A unique series of stories told by the elderly of the island.

Evening “Dhafi Negun”

Activity 8, 10th February 2022

It is a form of Maldivian dance carried out throughout the years, where performers wear traditional attire and dance with special sticks in hand.

A Ceremonial Evening Feast

Activity 9, 10th February 2022

Presenting a variety of exquisite Maldivian food for all our visitors.

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