Top Ten Maldive Attractions

 Top Ten Maldive Attractions

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       The Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of 26 atolls oriented north-south off India’s Lakshadweep islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 km (430 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 km (250 mi) south-west of India. During the colonial era, the Dutch referred to the country as “Maldivische Eilanden” in their documentation, while “Maldive Islands” is the Anglicized version of the local name used by the British, which later came to be written “Maldives.” The archipelago is located on top of the Chagos-Maldives-Laccadive Ridge a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives also form a terrestrial ecoregion together with the Chagos and the Lakshadweep. The atolls of the Maldives encompass a territory spread over roughly 90,000 square km (35,000 square mi), making it one of the world’s most dispersed countries in geographic terms. Its population of 313,920 (2010) inhabits 200 of its 1,192 islands. Maldives’ capital and largest city Malé had a population of 103,693 in 2006. It is located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll, in the Kaafu Atoll. It is also one of the Administrative divisions of the Maldives. Traditionally it was the King’s Island where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties were enthroned. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in both population and land area. With an average ground level of 1.5 m (4 ft. 11 in) above sea level, it is the planet’s lowest country. It is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 meters (7 ft. 7 in); the Maldives’ forecast inundation is a great concern for the Maldivian people.

  1. Meeru Island
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    Meeru Island is home to Meeru Island Resort, an Island holiday resort on the easternmost tip of North Malé Atoll in the Maldives. The Island is also known as Meerufenfushi. Meeru Resort is some 50 km from the capital Male. The 70-acre (280,000 square m) island is surrounded by a lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only resort on the island of Meerufenfushi. The resort is made up of different types of rooms. There is a choice of restaurants and bars on the island as well as a coffee shop.
    Links: Resorts, Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meeru_Island,
  2. Malé
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    Malé is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. It is located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll (Kaafu Atoll). It is also one of the Administrative divisions of the Maldives. Traditionally it was the King’s Island, from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located. The city was also called Mahal. Formerly it was a walled city surrounded by fortifications and gates (doroshi). The Royal Palace (Gan’duvaru) was destroyed along with the picturesque forts (kotte) and bastions (buruzu) when the city was remodeled under President Ibrahim Nasir’s rule after the abolition of the monarchy. However, the beautifully decorated Male’ Hukuru Miskiy remains. In recent years, the island has been considerably expanded through landfilling operations. Over the years there have been many coup attempts and protests centered in Male as a result of demand for greater democracy in the Maldives.
    Links: Cities, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal%C3%A9,
  3. Thoddoo
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    Thoddoo is one of the inhabited islands of Alif Alif Atoll in the Republic of Maldives. This island is the largest producer of watermelon in Maldives. Watermelons are commonly produced during the holy month of Ramadan when demand in Malé peaks and prices are high. There are important Buddhist ruins in an area of this island and some key remains were found. Muhammad Ismāīl Dīdī, leading member of the committee exploring the Buddhist ruins of Toddu Island in the 1950’s, was amazed at the care with which a Buddha statue they found had been buried. His mind wandered back to the time of forceful conversion and his opinion was: “Even though the people in Malé had already become Muslims, (Toddu) islanders were still attached to the Buddhist tradition. However, knowing that they had to submit to the official religion, they decided to hide the idol they used to worship and did so with utmost care. As fast as they could, they removed the idol (budu) from its pedestal and placed it on a depression of the floor of the surrounding temple compound filling it with fine sand. They buried it very respectfully along with other holy implements and flower garlands, circling the perimeter with stones. They didn’t destroy the temple building itself, probably because our ancestors of this island hoped that after a short time, the Buddhist religion would establish itself again. Then they would be able to reinstate the idol to its original position.” Unfortunately the Buddhist sites were not protected after excavation and have been vandalized in recent times.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoddoo_(Alif_Alif_Atoll),
  4. Mosque in Hulhumalé
    Mosque in Hulhumalé
    Hulhumalé or Hulhulemale is a reclaimed island located in the south of North Male Atoll, Maldives. The artificial island was reclaimed to establish a new land mass required to meet the existing and future housing, industrial and commercial development demands of the Malé region. The official settlement was inaugurated by President Gayoom on May 12, 2004. The development and management of the island is undertaken by a Government owned corporation called Housing Development Corporation (formerly Hulhumalé Development Unit /Hulhumalé Development C-operation ) which was incorporated on March 23, 2005.
    Links: Top Ten Mosques, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulhumal%C3%A9,
  5. Links: Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maldives,