Places Covered - Maldives
Maldives is a classic destination which offers a perfect combination of Sun, Sand and beach. Enjoy the clear blue lagoon, shimmering waters, fine sandy beach throbbing with activity and energy and one the most beautiful holiday destinations of the world. Maldives is an Island situated in the gigantic Indian Ocean and is visited by thousands of holiday goers throughout the year.
The weather conditions of Maldives permits you to plan a holiday package to this island throughout the year without any barriers of season except the monsoons when the island receives heavy rainfall. The wonderful hospitality exuded at the innumerable hotels and resorts of Maldives leaves an indelible mark in your memory and makes you come back for more. Each island of the inhabited islands of Maldives is blessed with beautiful stunning resorts that captivate your senses and leave a sensual aura around you. You can enjoy a quiet honeymoon full of wonderful surprises and lots of romantic moments or you can enjoy a fun-filled family vacation with your children in any of these resorts. There are flights from almost all major airports like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and other international destinations for Maldives. You can enjoy all sorts of water sports like snorkeling, scuba-diving, jet skiing, parasailing, swimming, Kite-surfing, kayaking, water-skiing, etc.
Maldives holiday packages takes you around the beautiful exotic conglomeration of islands and atolls that are blessed with mesmerizing coral reef and an opportunity to explore the marine life at its best. While enjoying your unforgettable holiday in Maldives, do not forget to also indulge for a few nights on the cruise ships that take you on a thrilling journey of the sea and the islets. You can enjoy a variety of Maldives holiday packages customized as per your need including your travel arrangements, hotel reservations, local and international means of transportation.
For most vacationers, sun-baked days, moonlit nights, sandy beaches and warm, crystal-clear water from the basic ingredients tor the perfect holiday. Nowhere is this more evident than in Maldives, a delightful cluster of equatorial coral islands in the deep blue Indian Ocean.
The local term for Maldives (pronounced mawl-deevs) is Dhivehi Raajje, the "Island kingdom''. The inhabitants, who call themselves Dhivehin (islanders), speak their own unique language, Dhivehi. Indian traders called the country Maladiv, Sanskrit for "garland of islands", a name that was adopted by other European languages from the Portuguese. Certainly, the country appears like a festoon of green flowers strewn across the blue velvet Of the Indian Ocean. Its nearest neighbours, India and Sri Lanka, lie about 600 and 670 kilometres (372 and 415 miles) to the north and east.
The archipelago, 823 kilometres (51(0 miles) long, is 130 kilometres (81 miles) at its widest point. These islands are scattered over about 90,000 square kilometres (34,750 square miles). Tiny specks in a vast expanse of ocean, only 199 of some 1,100 coral islands are inhabited.
The islands form twenty-six natural atolls, each enclosed by a coral reef cut by several deep, natural channels. Each island is also surrounded by a protective coral reef and shallow lagoon. Most of these low-lying islands are no more than two metres (seven feet) above sea level and can be explored in ten minutes.
Maldives, like many other tropical island ecosystems has few land animals. But the protective coral reefs around each island have created magnificent underwater gardens, home to millions of multicoloured fish, corals and shells.
For its people, life in this maritime environment has been difficult. Yet archaeological finds in this century suggest that the islands were inhabited at least 4,000 years ago. It is believed the first Dravidian settlers were followed by Aryan immigrants around the time of 500 BC. Today more than 2 lacs locals clearly display a diverse mix of African, Malaysian, Indian and Arabic influence in their facial features.
Throughout its known history, Maldives has been independent except for a brief fifteen-year spell of Portuguese rule in the sixteenth century.
Travel and tourism is a major industry in Maldives, the holiday destination is extremely popular with sun-seekers and honeymooners form Europe and India. A variety of airlines operate between Maldives and Indian destinations of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kerala.
For centuries it drifted in the limbo of the Indian Ocean, a tropical paradise of countless tiny islands known to only a few.
For islanders, life has always been difficult. But for a few visitors the temptation to become a "lotus-eater" was irresistible. The dazzling white beaches had an allure all their own. Bounded by an infinite expanse of ocean, under the deep blue of the equatorial sky, warmed by the sun and cooled by the breezes that whispered through the palms, life seemed like a prolonged idyll. Coconuts were there for the taking and the sea teemed with fish.
But the advent of tourism in the 1970s has brought dramatic change. No longer just a scatter of dots in the Indian Ocean, Maldives now beckons the world and few can resist the entreaty.
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