They allowed Prince Koimala to settle on that large sandbank in the midst of the waters tainted with fish blood.
Trees were planted on the sandbank and it is said that the first tree that grew on it was the papaya tree.
who arrived from the neighboring shores of the modern Indian Subcontinent and coastal Ceylon.
Comparative studies of Maldivian linguistic, oral, and other cultural traditions, in addition to folklore, point to a strong Dravidian influence on Maldivian society, centered in Malé, from ancient times.
However, one day, a prince from the Subcontinent called Koimala arrived in the Malé Atoll sailing from the North on a big ship.
The people of Giraavaru spotted his vessel from afar and welcomed him.
The Island of Malé is the fifth most densely populated island in the world, and it is the 168th most populous island in the world.
Since there is no surrounding countryside, all infrastructure has to be located in the city itself.
Traditionally the first inhabitants of the Maldives, which include the Giravaru people, didn't have kings.
They lived in a simple society and were ruled by local headmen.
Owing to the large amount of tuna fish offal and blood, the waters around that sandbank looked like a big pool of blood (maa ley gandeh).
"Maa" (from the Sanskrit मह "Maha"), meaning big, and "Lē" meaning blood.
A palace was built and the island was formally named Maa-le (Malé), while the nearest island was named Hulhu-le.