Sun, sand and sea, a thousand 'Robinson Crusoe' islands, massive lagoons with different depths and infinite shades of blue and turquoise, dazzling underwater coral gardens; a perfect natural combination for the ideal tropical holiday destination. However there is more to the Maldives than just that.
A genuine tourist in Maldives would feel like a shimmering oyster silently getting pampered by the cool blue waves and patted by palm breeze! It's not an exaggeration, but a promise of heavenly holiday at Maldives. It's a must see and must sell destination with properly managed facilities and infrastructure without destroying the beauty cover of the land. It's a delight for water-sports lovers, artist, and anthropologists. Male the capital city may not be one that is buzzing activities, but has modest attractions of National Museum, Sultan Park, White Islamic Center, and Grand Friday-Mosque, touching the placid skies. Maldives has numerous resorts, which may not be very cheap, but the services and the quality of accommodation justify the matching prices. If one wants a respite from the madding crowd - Maldives is the perfect choice!!
The Maldives are tropical, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures around 30°C throughout the year. However, rainfall increases considerably during the April-October southwest monsoon, particularly from June to August.
Area 300 km2
Language Maldivian Dhivehi, English spoken by most government officials
Time UTC 5
Male' fish market | The Islamic Centre | The Local Market | Huskuru Miskiiy | Mulee-aage | The National Museum
A proud history and rich culture evolved from the first settlers who were from various parts of the world travelling the seas in ancient times. The Maldives has been a melting pot of different cultures as people from different parts of the world came here and settled down. Some of the local music and dance for instance resemble African influences, with handbeating of drums and songs in a language that is not known to any but certainly represents that of East African countries. As one would expect there is a great South Asian influence in some of the music and dancing and especially in the traditional food of the Maldivians. However many of the South Asian customs especially with regard to women - for instance the Sub Continent's tradition of secluding women from public view - are not tenets of life here. In fact women play a major role in society - not surprising considering the fact men spend the whole day out at sea fishing. Many of the traditions are strongly related to the seas and the fact that life is dependent on the seas around us.
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