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    The Maldives | A Paradise for Peaceful Retreat Amidst Nature

    For ages, Maldives has been a favorite destination for tourists around the globe. This island archipelago has a picturesque setting. A collection of 1192 islands amidst the vast and pristine setting of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is known as the perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, photography enthusiasts, soul seekers, and adventure aficionados. But what makes it the perfect holiday destination? People say it is the only place where you get the mesmerizing combination of clear blue sky, pristine blue waters, clear grey sand, and immense peace within your heart. Yes! Isn’t this the image of your perfect holiday destination?

    With a total land size of merely 298 square kilometers, Maldives is the smallest country in Asia. The island nation of Maldives has coral reefs, sandbars, clear beaches, and a lot of blues to enjoy. However, the country doesn’t have any major hill, lake, river, or mountain, though some dunes can reach up to a height of around 2.5 meters. Therefore, if you are a beach person or you are looking for a relaxing holiday just to be with yourself and be lazy, Maldives is the perfect destination.

    This absolutely doesn’t mean that the country has limited options for tourists.

    Best Time to Visit the Maldives

    The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April. The warm, tropical climate is punctuated with average highs of 29° C to 31°Cand average lows of 24°C make it ideal for visitors to enjoy the balmy outdoors. It is the perfect time to laze around on the soft, sandy beaches.  Low humidity and little rain mark the months between January to April. May to December, it rains sporadically, drenching the destination completely. The chance of storms alternating with long spells of sunshine during this time is high.  Moreover, during this time, the possibility of plankton is high, reducing the visibility to a considerable extent. The resorts and flights are available at cost-effective rates, making it a perfect time to visit for budget-conscious travelers. People can also plan a trip to this stunning destination in the last week of July when the country celebrates its Independence Day. They plan a lot of events and fun activities to mark this day. 

    Also Read. 15 Stunning Beaches Of Maldives That Will Make You Go Head Over Heels

    History and Culture of The Maldives

    The Maldives came into existence in the 5th Century BC and were inhabited by people from India and Sri Lanka. These people followed the Buddhist religion, but later, many people adopted the Islam religion. Gradually, Islam became a prevalent religion in the Maldives. Today, a lot of mosques can be scattered all over the country. The Sultan’s Park and the Islamic Center are known for its architectural brilliance. In the erstwhile times, cowrie shells found in abundance were used as a form of currency. The country enjoyed strategic importance due to its location on the primary marine routes passing through the Indian Ocean. Around 1558, Male was dominated by the Portuguese, but they were expelled from the country after a couple of decades. In the 17th century, the destination came under the control of a sultanate protected by the Dutch rulers. On 26th July 1965, the islands gained independence as part of an agreement signed with the UK. Today the country enjoys a presidential democracy. 

    The Maldives enjoy rich traditions and culture. Its closeness to South India and Sri Lanka influenced its culture immensely. Dance and music are based on African rhythms. Bodu Beru is the traditional Maldivian dance that is performed accompanied by the rhythm of the drums. Fish and rice are stapled foods. Maldivians also enjoy foods infused with a variety of spices. Roshi is the traditional dish of the country. A lot of folklores and mythical stories are part of the Maldive's cultural fabric. These stories are passed on from generation to generation. The Maldivians are known for their exquisite craftsmanship. They are experts in coir rope making, mat weaving, lacquer works, calligraphy, and various jewelry.

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    Things to Do in the Maldives

    Planning a trip to the Maldives? Besides picturesque views, like a vast expanse of white, sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters lapping the palm-fringed shores, luxury bungalows extending above the waters, and mesmerizing sunsets, the Maldives is also known for some of the most exciting things to do in the Maldives. Sip cocktails, bask in the sun, watch the sunset from your lovely bungalow, or engage in exciting water-based activities. 

    1. Enjoy the Sunset Cruise and Watch The Sun Giving Way to the Darkness. There is no more romantic destination on this Earth than the stunning Maldives. Experience a luxurious sunset cruise across the emerald green, clear waters of the Indian Ocean. These cruises set off by 6 pm and languidly sail out into the vast expanse of open waters. Soak in the unspoiled panoramic views of the sandy beaches, beautiful lagoons, and scenic islands. It is approximately a 2-hour cruise that includes some light snacks like canapes and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, enabling you to savour the luxurious experience. If you are traveling as a couple and wish to spend a romantic night, take a break from the smorgasbord and enjoy a sunset pier dinner!

    Also Read. 12 Best Islands In Maldives That Are Perfect For Honeymoon

    2. Feast on The Stunning Views of The Maldives from the Flight. As your flight comes closer to the Maldives, you will see little atolls rising like droplets of turquoise pearls from the dark blue water of the Indian Ocean. There are hundreds of atolls scattered around the ocean bed. It seems as if Sapphire gems are sprinkled all over the area. As you go further, you will see water villas and bungalows extending into the sea. Fly low enough to enjoy the stunning aerial views that will always remain in your memory.

    3.  Witness The Abundance of Marine Life With Scuba Diving in Maaya Thila When in the Maldives, do enjoy scuba diving. The destination is known for its premier scuba diving facilities. There is no dearth of affordable PADI dive centers. Book a slot for you and enjoy a discovery dive. Check for several diving options at Maaya Thila for any of the reefs. Witness the world of abundant marine life like whale shark migration, stingrays, sea turtles, and reef sharks. Dive into the incredibly clear waters, enjoy warm and inviting waters, and lose yourself in the vibrant colour of corals.

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    4. Explore the World of Corals Through Snorkelling in the Maafushi Islands
    If you are not keen on diving, go snorkeling! Pristine reefs on the ocean bed in the Maldives are sure going to open the world of vibrant colours and beauty in front of you. There is no need to go deep into the ocean to enjoy witnessing the coral reefs. Go for snorkeling and check out sea turtles lazying around in the warm waters. Watch them. munching on the reef. Spend some time in clear waters. surrounded by schools of colourful fish floating with the tides. It feels as if you are looking at a giant aquarium!

    5. Experience An Adrenaline Rush with Skydiving in the Maldives.
    You can experience thrilling skydiving activity and take a dive towards the turquoise ocean. While taking a leap, do check out the stunning atolls of the Maldives. If you are enjoying this experience for the first time, take help from an experienced instructor and jump with him in tandem. If you are an experienced skydiver, you can plan this activity with seasoned jumpers or solo. Experience the adrenaline rush coursing through your veins while enjoying 360°C views of the stunning ocean and villa views. This activity alone is worth enjoying when holidaying in the Maldives.

    Also Read. 10 Things To Do In Maldives For A Kickass Beach Vacay

    6. Banana Ride- A Perfect Adventure Activity for Thrill-Seekers
    If you love the blend of water-based and thrilling activity, the banana boat ride is perfect for you. It is a fun adventure boat ride and gives you excitement just like Jet Ski. This boat can accommodate up to ten people and is a perfect activity for those who live life on the edge. The activity will keep you entertained, strengthen your muscles, and improve your cardiovascular system. This activity is available at most of the resorts in the Maldives.

    7. Dolphin Watching at Muli Channel in the Meemu Atoll
    Set out in search of cute and docile dolphins in a relaxing Dhoni. You will be taken deep into the Indian Ocean near Meemu Atoll, where you will come across diverse species of dolphins. Watch them playing and having fun in deep blue waters. Their playful antics will surely steal your heart. Since they are used to visitors, many times, they come closer to the dhoni and will show their friendly antics. It is one of the most moving and fun-filled excursions in the Maldives.

    8. Island Hopping in the Maldives to Enjoy Multiple Flavours of the Destination
    If you have a lot of time to spare, you can also indulge in island hopping and check out different atolls and see how they are distinctive from each other. An archipelago of more than a thousand islands, the Maldives has no dearth of attractions like soothing corals, salubrious climate, pristine beaches, magnificent views, and thrilling activities. Embark on an island hopping tour and check out islands like Maafushi Island, Huraa Island, Gulhi Island, and more. All these places to visit in the Maldives are unexplored gems, known to very few travelers.

    The Maldives offers you a lot to do, especially if you are a nature enthusiast or love adventures. Apart from all this, you can also try your hands at fishing, surfing, flyboarding, and, of course, exploring the Maldives Island beaches. The Maldives, therefore, is the perfect destination to laze around and soak in scenic beauty all around and be adventurous at the same time.

    How To Reach The Maldives

    Referred to as the ‘Manhattan of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives' sparkling beauty is incomparable to any other island destination. A relaxed stay in the stilted water villas, scenic vistas of turquoise blue Indian Ocean, a candlelit dinner with your soulmate with a glass of champagne in your hand, and enjoy mesmerizing views of the setting sun. Enjoy your tryst with nature by visiting this awe-inspiring destination. The destination is well-connected with different parts of the world with diverse modes of transportation. Here’s how you can arrive at this scenic destination in the most convenient and hassle-free way. Have a look.

    International Airport of the Maldives

    • Velana International Airport (VIA)
    • Maafaru International Airport (NMF)
    • Hanimaadhoo International Airport (HAQ)
    • Maamigili International Airport (VAM)
    • Gan International Airport (GAN)

    By Air One of the best ways to reach this tropical paradise, the destination is through flight, as the country enjoys an excellent network of flight services to and from different parts of the world. Depending on which destination you plan to visit in the Maldives, you can book your flights. The journey from Delhi to the Maldives takes approximately seven hours. 

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    By Train
    The Maldives is not connected by train as it is an island nation. 

    By Road
    The Maldives is an island country and is not connected by road. 

    By Cruise
    There are a lot of cruise options from India. Some are direct cruises between the two destinations, while some can be taken from the Maldives to arrive at the chosen resort island. Options of big-size cruises and a catamaran cruise are available. The Maldives cruises originate from Mumbai and Kochi. The famous options available are Louis Cruise, Noble Caledonia, Jalesh Cruise, and Costa Cruise Lines.

    Frequently Asked Questions Related to The Maldives

    Q 1. What is the Maldives famous for?
    A 1. The Maldives is a picturesque destination, nestled in the azure blue Indian Ocean, is famous for turquoise waters, luxurious over-water villas, lush greens, soft, sandy beaches, and loads of thrilling activities. 

    Q 2. What language is spoken in the Maldives?
    A 2. The national language spoken in the Maldives is Dhivehi, but Maldivians can also speak English.

    Q 3. Do they speak English in the Maldives?
    A 3. Yes, people in the Maldives speak English. 

    Q 4. Why is the Maldives the best place to visit in Asia?
    A 4. The Maldives is the best place to visit in Asia as this island nation is blessed with nature’s choicest marvels. Scenic beauty, combined with thrilling activities, ensures a pleasurable holiday experience.

    Q 5. How many days in the Maldives is enough?
    A 5. The Maldives is a country known for its scenic attractions and thrilling views. You can enjoy staying here for as many days as your schedule and budget allow. Stay here for a minimum of three days to soak in the beauty of this place. 

    Q 6. What is the famous food in the Maldives?
    A 6. Fried Yams, Mas Huni, Garudhiya, Masroshi, Boshi Mashuni, Bis Keemiya, Maldivian Live Lobster, and Saagu Bondibai are a few of the lip-smacking delicacies of the Maldives that is every foodie’s delight.

    Q 7. Do I need a visa to the Maldives?
    A 7. Indian passport holders can travel to the Maldives without any visa as it is available on arrival. They must visit the country for tourism purposes and should not exceed their stay for more than 90 days.

    Q 8. Is the Maldives safe to travel to?
    A 8. Yes, the Maldives is completely safe to travel to.

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