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Maldives Tourism And Travel Guide
27.8° C / 82.1° F
November to April
5 to 8 Days
Male International Airport (3.5 kms)
Maldives, a tropical Island Nation surrounded by the vastness of the Indian Ocean, comprises of 26 atolls made up of numerous coral islands. Lying southwest of India and Sri Lanka, Maldives is an eternally coveted destination for its white sand beaches, and blue lagoons. It is one of the world's most geographically dispersed countries, as also the smallest Asian country in both area and population. Tourism in Maldives is filled with beaches, beaches and more beaches. Read this travel guide to know more about Maldives.
How To Reach
Being a country of many islands, the most convenient way to reach Maldives is only by air. However, if you have the time and budget for something more flamboyant and luxurious then take one of the International cruises that navigate the Indian Ocean.
You will be landing at the Male International Airport when you fly into Maldives. It is well connected to most major countries of South-East Asia, including India, China, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Maldives is also fairly well connected to the Gulf countries and Europe by direct and charterd flights. This is the only international airport of Maldives.
No railway connectivity to Maldives is possible and neither are there rail lines internally.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Maldives is between November and April. This is peak tourist season so it might be a bit busy, although this is when you can do the most here - cultural activities, sightseeing and a variety of water sports. The monsoon runs from May to October, peaking around June. While Maldives is beautiful in the rainy season, most tourists sail away during these months, leaving the islands serene and a perfect hub for budget travelers and nature lovers.
Things To Do
Visit Maldives National Museum:
The National Museum of Maldives at Sultan Park is the erstwhile palace of the Sultan of Maldives. Here you can find several well-kept artifacts from an era gone by, narrating the tales of Maldivian history. Take a close look at the antiques, furnishings, embellishments and currency from the Sultan's reign.
Visit the Grand Friday Mosque:
The Grand Friday Mosque is one of the most coveted tourist attractions of Male. It is a well-maintained Islamic centre, with a distinct architectural style. It is also called the Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam and is the largest mosque of Maldives.
Go to Manta Point for scuba diving:
When in Maldives, you just have to go scuba diving from Manta Point. You can go scuba diving or snorkelling with Manta Rays that weigh around 5000 pounds and float effortlessly with a wingspan of 25 feet.
In Maldives, the cuisine consists largely of rice, coconut (grated and in milk form) and Garudhiya - a clear fish broth served with rice, lime, chili, and onions. There are many eateries to choose from. You can go to The Lighthouse Restaurant, one of the most stylish and well-known restaurants of Maldives. You can also try Ithaa, the first all-glass undersea restaurant in the world.
Head to Majeedhee Magu to seek the best shopping experience in Maldives. You'll find almost everything under the sun here. You'll make the most of this place if you are a true shoaholic and have an eye for detail. If you are looking for exciting souvenirs then Chaandanee Magu would be the ideal place for you with its gift shops boasting of a peculiar range of curios.