When ibn Battuta arrived in the Maldives he went ashore at Kinolhas, ‘a fine island containing many mosques‘.
It does look like the kind of place you would want to stop:
People locally have a clear idea of where the settlement might have been in ibn Battuta’s time. Unfortunately, not much remains of the built heritage. The Heritage Inventory 2011 had mentioned the existence of a shrine to a respected person known as Uthman Thakurufaan, a mosque, and two marble tombstones with fine carvings and calligraphy dated to September 1480 AD. Since marble is not available in Maldives the slabs were thought to have been brought to Maldives from abroad, perhaps from Gujurat, and the inscription likely to have been written by someone well versed in the technique overseas.
However all that remains of this is more in the realm of archaeology than of standing structures.
On to Fainu, sometimes described at ibn Battuta’s stopping place – indeed, there isn’t much between the two islands:
Fainu to the left, Kinolhas to the right.
Plenty of archaeology at Fainu too – we were shown around by knowledgeable members of the island Council.
Shiura working the phone – always busy setting up our next visit
And on to Inguraidhoo, which is etymologically linked to ginger – so we wondered whether it might have a trade connection, but nobody there could tell us the origin of the name. The old mosque has been replaced by a new one and coralstone rubble is everywhere.