Koda Kilhi is a muddy spot in the marshes sorrounding Bandaara Kilhi. The area is popular amongst locals and visitors as a natural mud bath. A mud bath at the Koda Kilhi is truly a unique experience to be enjoyed. Not only is it relaxing to take a dip in this natural mud bath, but it is also believed by some to be beneficial for the skin. To reach there, you will need few minutes of tracking from the main road or to canoe through the lake. It is better to take a local guide with you.
Kalho Akiri Gando
Kalho Akiri Gando or sometimes referred to as Black Stone Beach is a beach behind the airport on the south west side of the island, known for its distinctive darkened pebbles found only in the area. While this beach is not ideal for swimming as it has strong waves and currents, seasonal swells bring waves good for surfing.
Board Walk (Nature Park)
A board walk extending out to the wetlands and marshes surrounding Dhadimagi Kilhi at the Fuvahmulah Nature Park.
Board Walk (Bandaara Kilhi)
A board walk extending out to the wetlands and marshes behind Bandaara Kilhi and Koda Kilhi.
Bandaara Kilhi is one of the two fresh water lakes in Fuvahmulah. With a depth reaching 15 feet and covering a distance of 14 acres, the lake is the largest fresh water body in the Maldives. The lake is surrounded by an extended wetland vegetation, with the popular mud bath ‘Koda Kilhi” located within the area. The area is a government protected reserve.
Dhadimagi Kilhi is one of the two fresh water lakes in Fuvahmulah. Encompassed by large areas of wetland, the lake and the surrounding wetlands are a protected reserve in the island. The lush green vegetation of the area is home to a rich variety of plants and wildlife.
Maaneyre is a beach in the south western side of the island. The area has the largest man-made channel in the island, which was used for travelling. The channel is famous for rip currents that flow out to the sea. This area is especially beautiful during low tide and is a good spot for viewing the sunset.
One of the most renowned beach areas in the island. Visitors can relax and rejuvenate at the community park adjacent to the beach, where you can catch the refreshing sea breeze or marvel at the beautiful colors of the dusk or enjoy the beautiful night sky, depending on the time of the day. The area is ideal for friends and family for a barbeque, where you can make memories over delicious food and local drinks like Kurumba. You can also grab a bite from the takeaway outlets and savor the local flavors while you unwind by the sea.
Geragando Fanno is a beach area in the south west side of the island, which is an ideal spot to learn surfing. During high tide, the waves that break off the reef gradually come to the shore creating excellent conditions for beginners. Multiple local surf schools provide surf lessons in the area to visitors to the island.
Fuvahmulah Havihtha is an ancient ruin of what is believed to be a Buddhist Stupa in the north of the Island. The site, located in the region known as “Veyregan”, once held a cluster of pre-Islamic religious structures that have since fallen into ruins. These structures were part of a monastery that dates back to at least 1500.
Vasho Veyo is an ancient circular bath skillfully handcrafted by locals using coral stone. This ancient stone pool complete with stone steps was previously used for bathing by the inhabitants of the area. It is one of the few pre-Islamic structures to be found well preserved in the Maldives.
A 450-year-old mosque built by a man called Ali Adafi Kaleyge. Ali Adafi Kaleyge, along with four others were the first to resettle in Fuvahmulah, after the island was deserted for a second time in their history after being forced to flee due to an epidemic that killed a large portion of the island’s population.
Hukuru Miski is an almost century old mosque built with coral rubble masonry, timber and lime plaster. It is of the most significant mosques in the island being one of the first multi-story building on the island. The mosque served as the only Friday prayer mosque in the island for years.
The current mosque was built on the order of Al-Sultan Muhammed Shamsuddeen III during the time he spent on exile in Fuvahmulah in 1930’s after demolishing an existing mosque that dated back to 17th century.
The cemetery within the mosque compound is the burial site of some of the most important figures in Maldivian history. This includes the grave of Prince Hassan Inzuddeen; the son of Al-Sultan Muhammed Shamsuddeen III and Samiya Faashana Kilege, a royal who formed his own breakaway kingdom.
The Genmiskiy Mosque, located on north of the island, stands as a timeless testament to the island’s rich history and its journey towards Islam. With origins dating back to the 1300s, this historic mosque built with limestone is not only one of the oldest on the island but also one of the most culturally significant religious landmarks in the Maldives.
Nestled within its compound, the Genmiskiy is steeped in historical and religious importance. The grounds encompass not only the mosque itself but also a communal well, a rectangular ancient circular bath known as ‘Genmiskiy Veyo’ and a cemetery with enclosed shrines “ziyaarat” of revered religious figures.
The mosque has witnessed centuries of change and adaptation, undergoing structural modifications over time. The remnants on the west side of the mosque bear witness to these changes made over the years. The mosque is also believed to be the final resting place of Aboo Bakuru Naibu, a figure of religious nobility from Meedhoo.
In the past, the Genmiskiy Mosque served as a center for religious life in the island, hosting Friday prayers and Eid prayers, and as a gathering place for the ancient Sufi practice of venerating the saints ‘Wali’. Today, it remains a revered site, not just for its religious significance but also as a living museum of the island’s transition from pre-Islam to Islam.
The Genmiskiy Mosque and its surrounding continues to stand as a symbol of heritage, faith, and cultural continuity. Its timeless presence invites visitors and locals alike to connect with the island’s storied past, celebrating the enduring spirit of this historical and religious landmark.
A well within the compounds of Gen Miskiy, it has a unique tale of its own. Crafted from uncarved sandstone, this well was used as a refreshing groundwater source by the locals. There’s a captivating story associated with the four corners of the well, suggesting that each corner offers a distinct taste.
The Genmiskiy shrine is constructed using sandstone and protected by a brick enclosure. Originally, there were three tombs housed within the shrine. However, the tombstone on the left is no longer discernible. One of these tombs holds the remains of Ah Naib Al-Hafiz Abubakr, potentially the first proselytizer of Islam in the island.