Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the whole world. The picturesque islands, serene beaches, striking lagoons, mesmerizing sunsets and breathtaking sunrises, make your Maldives holidays a great fun. There are a large number of islands making up Maldives, out of which almost 200 have been inhabited. Of these, around 88 have been set up exclusively for the purpose of tourism and serve as sea resort islands.
Maldives Islands boast of lush greenery and, situated right in the middle of azure waters, look straight out of a fairy tale. Corals and sand bars that adorn the islands add to its attraction, while the wild flowers dotting its landscape provide colors to its surroundings. Laze around in the sun, go on long walks or just explore the various adventure sports offered by Maldives. The natural scenery of the islands is completely awe-inspiring and once there, I’m sure you will never ever feel like coming back to the hectic pace of city life.
Male - Capital of Maldives!
Male, the capital of Maldives, is one of the most populated islands and also serves as its commercial hub. One of the major attractions of the city is the Grand Friday mosque, also known as Masjid-al-Sultan Mohammed Thakurufaanu-al-A "z" zam. It is the biggest mosque in the whole of Maldives and boasts of exquisite architecture and stunning artwork. A visit to the National Museum, situated in Male, is the perfect way to explore the rich past of the island. The Mulee Aage Palace dates back to the early 20th century and stands adorned with intricate carvings.
Built by Sultan Mohamed Shamsuddeen III, for his son, this palace today serves as the office of President. For the art aficionados, there is Esjehi Art Gallery that displays the traditional as well as contemporary artwork of the people of Maldives. Since Male has no beach of its own, an Artificial Beach has been created there, which today forms one of the most popular hangouts of the younger generation. Other places in Maldives that are worth having a look at include the Fish Market, Hukuru Miskiiy (the oldest mosque in Maldives) and Jumhooree Maidan.
Beach of Maldives - Sun, Sand and Sea!
As you think about Maldives, the first picture that comes into mind is that of serene and sandy beaches of Maldives, spreading for miles and occasionally disturbed by the lapping of sea waves. Undoubtedly, beaches form the single most popular attraction of the islands. Since Maldives has so many beaches, you can easily find one that is devoid of people and offers you the opportunity to stroll or laze around in peace and refresh your soul. Make sure to visit Nalaguraidhoo Beach, in the South Ari Atoll, with beauty that can hardly be described in words.
Ready for Adventure!
For those who love to indulge in adventure, Maldives offers a host of adventure sport options. Right from scuba diving to snorkeling to windsurfing, the list is just endless. The speedboats, sailing boats and banana boats available at the islands are just perfect for indulging in cruising. For those who prefer to relax a bit, there is the opportunity of indulging in fishing, one of the main commercial activities in Maldives. In case you want more adventure, there is diving, snorkeling and parasailing. By any chance, if even this is not enough to get your adrenalin pumping, you can go surfing. The best surf points in Maldives are in Male, its capital and include Chickens Point, Cokes Point, Gurus Point and Honky's Point.
Maldives is full of hotels and resorts, right from the high-end ones to the budget ones. On one hand, you will find 5 star hotels with world-class facilities at your asking, on the other hand, will be hotels with the minimum possible cost, but with all the basic facilities. Then, there are the guesthouses that further satisfy the need of tourists for budget accommodation. In short, whatever be your need or your budget, you will surely find a decent Maldives hotels.
How to Reach
The main international airport of Maldives is situated at Male and connects the islands with the major countries of the world, like Dubai, Colombo, Kuala Lumpur, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), etc.
From the countries that are situated near Maldives, there is another mode of transport for reaching there - waterways. You an easily get ships from countries like India and Sri Lanka, for reaching the islands.