The history of the Maldives includes a hard-fought struggle for freedom led by Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu; find out more about this national hero at Utheemu Ganduvaru.
Local Island Excursions
Before delving into this attraction, one should keep in mind the importance of visiting inhabited islands from a Maldives resort; all-inclusive packages aside, properties such as Kandolhu Maldives provide such experiences so you can discover local culture and traditional livelihoods to make for more enriching holidays.
Why Visit Utheemu Island
Depending on where you are staying, plan a trip to Utheemu Island in the HaaAlif Atollto visit Utheemu Ganduvaru. Its significance lies in the fact that it was the home of Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu who played a significant role in defeating the Portuguese to gain independence for the nation.
The Fight for Freedom
Upon defeating the Maldivian sultan at the time, the Portuguese took control of the country in the 16th century. Muhammad Thakurufaanu with the aid of his brothers and some others took it upon themselves to fight for freedom and this lasted several years. In 1573, the Portuguese were finally overthrown and Thakurufaanu was subsequently made the sultan.
Explore A Hero’s Home
Utheemu Ganduvaruis the place where he grew up; though it’s considered a wooden palace, it’s not lavish but a simple abode. Now a museum, one can learn more about this national hero and glimpse into traditional living; highlights include wood carvings, swing beds, ornate trinkets and a hole in the wall across from well-placed drapes which combined for a pinhole camera-like effect to monitor outside activity!