Giraavaru (R) - [ Male Atholhu (Kaafu Atoll) ]

The Giraavaru people (Tivaru people) are the indigenous people of Giraavaru Island, part of the Maldives. Of Dravidian origin, and the earliest island community of the Maldives, their presence predates Buddhism and the arrival of a Northern kingly dynasty in the archipelago. Their ancestors were ancient Tamil people from Malabar Coast, present day Kerala.Their former status was rather like the palm-tree tapping lower castes of Kerala, and other Divehis regarded them as impure. They themselves averred that their customs and morals were purer then those of other Divehis. The Giraavaru cast was isolated and thus an endogamous society of relatively low population, for more than a millennia. As a result the Giraavaru population showed a number of genetically inherited disorders when they were forced into assimilation (Population approximately numbering around 40's at the time).

General Information

DMS Latitude 4° 12' 1'' N
DMS Longitude 73° 24' 46'' E
Area (ha) 3.00
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Island status Under Ministry of Tourism
Leased info To: Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
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Bait Found Yes
Reef fish found Yes
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Agricultural islands
Regional ports
Historical islands
Picnic islands
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Biosphere reserve

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Historical Place

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Island Gallery