The mention of Maldives floods the mind with the images of secluded beaches lined with palm trees, vibrant coral reefs and marine life, ultra-luxurious resorts and a strong desire to have a beach vacation here.
The sovereign Republic of Maldives is a collection 26 atolls arranged like pearls in a string. The Maldives dotting the Indian Ocean, southwest of India and Sri Lanka, Maldives boasts a unique geography and topography. The Maldivian language has contributed to the English word “atoll”, which was derived from the Maldivian word “Atholhu”. The island nation is located on top of an underwater mountain range and is spread across an area of 90,000 square kilometres. A population of over 400,000 resides within 185 islands out of the 1190 islands that comprise the Maldivian archipelago. The rest of the islands are used for agriculture and economic purpose. The roots of native Maldivians have been traced back to Sinhala’s of Sri Lanka, Marathi’s and Gujarati's of India, Arabs, Malays and Northern African. The Maldives became an Islamic state in the 12th century, strengthening its cultural ties with Africa and Asia. Today the Maldivians live in utmost harmony irrespective of their mixed racial roots. They are revered all over the world for their hospitable nature. Don’t be surprised if you are handed a beautifully decorated coconut drink when you reach the Maldives.
Apart from a unique cultural experience, Maldives is blessed with the spectacular natural beauty. If you are on the look-out for a place to unwind and have a purely relaxation centric vacation, then the Maldives is the place for you. Renowned for their water villas all over the world, Maldives gives you the chance to take a break from the hustle bustle of your daily lives and pamper yourself with the best of what life has to offer.