After being temporarily closed down, this historical treasure is ready to be discovered again from the 13 of December. One of the most popular attractions the destination has to offer, the Utheemu Ganduvaru in Haa Alifu Atoll will be open for you to hear the story of Maldives’ National Day, and how it gained independence from the Portuguese.
Utheemu Ganduvaru is the birthplace and home of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, the hero behind the Maldives’ victory over the Portuguese occupation in the year 1573. It is said that his brothers and he fought the Portuguese for 8 years. The legendary vessel Kalhuohfummi played a huge role in this fight. From island to island they travelled to defeat the Portuguese until they reached Male City and freed the Maldives. Then, Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu ruled the Maldives for 12 years until his death in 1585.
This over 500 years old architectural masterpiece will be open every day except Fridays from 8 30am to 1 30pm. Visitors are to note their names one day before and 50 visits are allowed per day. However, tourists are not yet allowed to visit the attraction even if it has opened for locals and foreigners living in the country.
When the place reopens for tourists, you can choose to stay in one of the many luxury resorts nearby such as the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa. Excited? So are we!