Geographical position: The state of the Maldives (in other words – the Maldives) consists of atolls. Atolls are elevations on the ocean floor (coral islands or archipelagos) that look like a ring surrounding the lagoon (solid or ripped apart by straits). The Maldives are located between Sri Lanka and India in the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean. The total area of the Maldives is 298 km². There are no mountains, rivers or lakes in the Maldives.
City Male is the main administrative center and capital of the Maldives. The capital is inhabited by over 100 thousand people. The local language Dhivehi is recognized as the official language in the Maldives. Most of the country’s residents consider themselves Sunni Muslims.
Maldives on the map
Holidays in the Maldives – a tour to the paradise islands
Brief description: Many tourists believe that the Maldives is not located close to the farthest corner of the continent. Asia… But this is not an obstacle for the many travelers who come here to breathe the cleanest air in a beautiful paradise … The Indian Ocean with its cote d’azur and white beaches surrounded by fruit trees and palm trees with coconuts grow with pleasure to welcome the guests of the Maldives!
The Maldives has a subequatorial monsoon climate and has two wind seasons – dry (northeast monsoons) and rainy (southwest monsoons). The air temperature in the Maldives is constantly changing, from +23 to + 33 ° C, and the water in the coastal areas warms up from +24 to + 33 ° C, which allows tourists to swim here in the waters of the Arabian Sea in the Indian Ocean all year round.
History of the Maldives
Historical records about this island state began more than 50 million years ago after the eruption of the local underwater volcanoes. The first settlers settled the lands of the Maldives about 4 thousand years ago … It is assumed that they were sailors. Later, the Maldives were settled by defectors from nearby countries (Sri Lanka and India), and then the Arabs came here.
European countries (Portugal, Holland and England) tried to colonize this state from the middle of the 16th century, but in vain. Only at the end of the 19th century did the Maldives come under British rule. The Maldives received their complete freedom in 1965.
The cultural life and local traditions were significantly influenced by the Indian peoples and Islam. In the Maldives, due to the preached faith, Islam, all Muslim holidays are celebrated. In addition, national holidays are celebrated here, for example: Independence Day.
The local national cuisine has developed under the influence of Indian and Arab dishes. They eat mainly fish, rice, seafood and vegetables. Very popular in the Maldives and spices. Coconut is a traditional ingredient in many dishes and recipes here. The locals also love to cook different puddings and treat them to all guests.