The Maldives is an island nation located in south India on the Lackshadweep Islands. The territory has 1,192 islets and 250 islands that are inhabited. The tourism industry has been the key element to boosting the islands economy and there are eighty-seven resorts in operation currently. The island is comprised of coral debris and living coral reefs, which acting as a natural barrier forms lagoons around the islands.
The capital of Maldives is Male', many historical and religious structures of importance are located here. There are houses with ancient exhibits of Thor Heyerdahl, an archaeologist, who found carvings and statues belonging to the sultan.AttractionsArtificial Beach
Artificial Beach is a man made beach located in the Maldives and is very popular with the locals, because the capital city has no other beaches to speak of. There are sports shows, games, and live music shows held on the beach during the summer months proving that this was a much needed addition to the city. It is a place to go in the city when people want to get away and relax from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city.The Hukuru Miskiiy
The Hukuru Miskiiy, translates to mean “Friday Mosque”, was built in 1656, during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim. The inside and outside of the mosque was constructed using coral stones, which contain Arabic sayings and intricate carvings. The roof, windows and supporting framework are composed of teak, red sandalwood and redwood. Inside the mosque are the remains of past sultans, heroes and noblemen. The name “Friday”, has an important significance because it is the day when all men go to the main temple at noon, for prayers and religious counsel.Islamic Center
The most famous and impressive of all Maldives landmarks would have to be the Islamic Center, which was opened in 1984. The Centers Grand Friday Mosque is the largest in the Maldives and attracts some 5,000 worshipers every week. The mosque has a shiny gold colored dome which makes it standout and inside are ornate wood carvings and Arabic calligraphy.Beaches
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.There are almost 1200 islands with sandy beaches where the tourists can enjoy the serenity of nature, exciting water sports, absolute togetherness with loved ones and luxurious/ economic accommodation.Famous island beaches
- Mirihi Island Beach
- Bandos Island Beach
- Fun Island Beach
- Kanuhura Island Beach
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.Shopping
Shopping is the favourite activity for the locals especially in the evenings, when it is cooler. The Majeedhee Magu, which is the main road on the island, has along its sides various shops selling goods from the smallest commodities to virtually everything you could think of. The shops are well stocked with garments, perfumes and cosmetics, jewellery, watches or electronics, to name just a few.
Male is bursting with shops and stalls that sell everything from fresh fruit to sophisticated toiletries and lovely light cotton sarongs in myriad colours. The Baa Atoll has many handicraft shops. These have local ware like lacquer inlaid earrings and ornamental knick-knacks, and cotton sarongs. Maldives
imports most of its consumer goods including furniture for the hotels so things are nowhere near cheap. But the local stuff like the succulent fruits are great and sarongs will make friends at home happy. Shops are open from 0830 hrs to 2300 hrs Saurday-Thursday and 1300-2300 hrs on FridayEating
A vacation to Maldives is almost incomplete without trying out the food sold in its numerous restaurants and eating joints. The restaurants in Maldives serve both local as well as international food. Seafood is particularly famous and common in these restaurants. One can find all types of food in Maldives like Chinese, Thai, and Indian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan as well as Continental dishes. Most of the food is imported except seafood. Cuisine consists of curries, fries, snacks, rice preparations, meat dishes and desserts.
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