Endless picturesque landscapes welcome tourists when they visit Maldives, an archipelago comprising many small islands in the Indian Ocean. It is one of the top South Asian destinations offering numerous attractions to global travellers. There are 26 natural atolls in Maldives which serve as ideal vacation spots. Exploring Maldives is a wonderful experience where tourists get fascinated by its exotic beaches, exhilarating water sports and many other attractions.
Top Attractions in Maldives
Grand Friday Mosque
Also known as Masjid-al-Sultan, this biggest mosque of Maldives was built in the 17th century by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar, which is also one of the most popular places in the country. Featuring graceful minarets, fine coral engravings along with the tombs of national heroes and members of royalty; this majestic mosque in capital Male can accommodate up to 5,000 people.
It is the official residence of Maldivian president in Male which was commissioned by Sultan Shamsuddeen III in 1914. The glorious building was completed in 1919 which is a colonial style bungalow famous as ‘Muliaage’. However, people are not allowed to visit the building and can only see it from outside.
The National Museum contains many spellbinding artefacts of Maldivian culture. Some of the items are royal antiques, embellishments, traditional costumes, a handwritten miniature Koran, coins, furniture, Buddhist relics and armaments. Those interested in the history and culture of Maldives must visit this museum in Male’s Sultan Park.
The place houses significant government buildings such as Presidential Jetty, Police Headquarters, National Security Services, Islamic Centre and some commercial buildings. Apart from these, a huge Maldivian flag at the centre of the square grace the place.
As Maldives is an island nation, it comes out as a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. The availability of wide range of water sports is sufficient to satisfy your more daring side. All these activities make up for a delightful experience. Manta Point, Alimantha Island, HP Reef and Banana Reef are some notable places offering these activities.
Go snorkeling and find as many as 70 species of coral in Maldives’ coral reefs. There are more than 700 species of fishes along with serene and extensive marine life.
Divers will enjoy it thoroughly as the crystal clear waters of Maldives allow for amazing visibility of marine life at an extent of up to 60 meters.
Abundance of surfing areas makes the islands of Maldives an alluring destination to undertake surfing expeditions. The thrilling activity is an enlivening experience for novices as well as experienced persons.
It is a stimulating way to get the bird’s eye view of Maldives’ boundless sea beauty. The daring souls can also go for sailing, parachuting, kayaking, catamaran sailing, waterskiing, etc.
Experience the World of Wellness and Fitness
After trying your hands at water sports, pamper yourself with spa. Various resorts in Maldives serve tourists with their lavish and sophisticated spa treatments which come with state-of-the-art sauna and spa facilities. These spas contain traditional healing techniques which introduce tourists with a rejuvenated body and spirit. In addition, yoga and meditation sessions help in gaining a holistic experience. Also, the picturesque surroundings at these resorts will ultimately uplift your spirit.