Maldives is a tiny nation located at the southern tip of Indian Ocean, officially named as the Republic of Maldives. It lies south of India and Sri Lanka, around 700 miles off the east coast of Asia. This country has been under political influence of many nations including France, England, Japan, China, India, Pakistan, UK, in addition to several others. In fact, during the period of British rule in Maldives there were two separate Dutch Republic and French possessions. In the recent past, the two foreign military forces have come together to form the Republic of Maldives.
Maldives has been under political influence of India since the time of the Mutiny. During this period, an Indian mutiny was hanged by the island for supporting Indian independence movement. Since then Maldives remained an integral part of Indian politics. On the other hand, most of the people who are not residents of Maldives are sympathetic to the Indian Independence movement. For this reason, the government and people of Maldives have always supported the peaceful Independence movement of Maldives.
The country is blessed with some of the best beaches in the world. Its turquoise blue waters and white sandy beaches offer a great deal of opportunity for water sports and adventure sports lovers. These offer a wonderful chance for a relaxing holiday, while you enjoy the sun and sand on your own or with your family and friends. Whether you are travelling alone or with your family, these are the perfect places to relax.
There is another tourist attraction that is worth exploring on your Maldives trip. The marine park known as the Venna Marine Reserve is situated on the south-western tip of the country’s beautiful north coast. Here you will find a large variety of coral and hundreds of exotic fishes. The reserve was created in close association with the Indian Institute of Oceanography (IIMO) and is one of the largest marine reserves in the world.
Diving lovers will love the place. The dive sites here stretch for miles and offer an exciting opportunity to watch sea creatures like lobsters, sharks and turtles. There are also a number of interesting wreck sites which offer a fascinating insight into the country’s marine history. The capital of the country, Male, offers a good mix of commercial and residential activities. Other destinations near Male include Helem and Mahulai, which are famous for their beautiful beaches.
If you are looking for a place to go for nightlife, then you will not be disappointed with Male. There are many clubs and bars scattered around the city and they are open till late. The capital city of Male also has a vibrant nightlife, which visitors to the country’s capital find extremely attractive. A few hours away from Male, you will come across another hot tourist destination called Malegaonkar. This is located at the southernmost tip of the country and is well worth exploring by day, because the scenarios here are absolutely stunning.