Maldives

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This island country is located to the south of the Lakshadweep islands in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives is collection of 1,192 islets out of which two hundred are inhabited. The atolls and islets were formed from coral structures. In terms of population, the Maldives is the smallest Asian country. Travelers from Indian and Sri Lanka were the first settlers on the islands. The official language is Dhivehi; English is used in commerce and education.

The Islamic Centre is called the architectural landmark of Male, the capital of Maldives. The main attraction is its golden dome and it can be seen as you approach it. It was completed in 1984. The centre has a big mosque that can accommodate 5000 people at a time, an Islamic library, a conference hall, classrooms and some offices.The Local Market in the city is divided into small stalls where each stall sells vegetables, fruits, meat, nuts and breadfruit chips, home made sweets, pickles and bananas. You can also buy smoked and dried fish. All the items are locally cultivated or caught from the islands.

Travelling by one of the island’s cruise boats, you get to see the local life near the sea and lagoons. Clear blue waters, quiet beaches and plenty of marine life make the cruising a delightful experience. Most of the boats are equipped with professional diving equipment, accommodation facilities and the crew are qualified diving instructors.