Maldives Culture and Lifestyle – The Values of Maldives!

We all know that the Maldives is one of the best tourist destinations in the world but how many of us know that it is a country that boasts a rich and vibrant culture and a nation that is bound by norms and traditions that has been followed for centuries.

Cultural History

The earliest settlers of the Maldives were believed to be seafarers from India of Aryan origin and it is also believed that later, settlers from Africa and Sri Lanka too arrived and began to inhabit the pristine islands.

Social Norms and Religion

The Maldives is a strictly Muslim nation and the sharia law and other restrictions are strictly imposed on the people of Maldives. Failing to follow these laws may result in high penalties and severe punishments. But tourists don’t have to worry much as they mostly spend their vacation at hotels or Maldives luxury resorts and wear anything they like. But remember when visiting the populated areas of the Maldives you should wear clothing that will cover shoulders and legs.


The national language of the Maldives is Divehi. This is a distinctive language that is only spoken by Maldivians. The language, however, has many similarities to Sinhala which is a language spoken in Sri Lanka.


Maldives food is primarily based on seafood which is the ocean surrounding the Maldives is very much abundant in. Tuna is a staple in Maldivian cuisine and it is very much influenced by Indian and Sri Lankan food preparation methods. You can savour traditional Maldivian food in almost all the resorts located in the archipelago and Naladhu Private Island Maldives is one of them.

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The Chadstone Shopping Centre – the fashion capital

Housing over 550 stores including 38 luxury brands, The Chadstone Shopping Centre is one of the major hot spots in the fashion capital of Australia. It is a popular place to hang out with friends and family to have a memorable time in Melbourne.

Shop till you drop
Whether it’s homeware or diamond jewellery you wish to purchase, there is just one place you need to stop by. The Chadstone Shopping Centre is the place to find all that you need. Discover clothing stores under world-renowned brands like Calvin Klein, meet your health and beauty needs in places like Bath and Body Works and find toys for your kids at Toyworld.

Take a meal break
Be it satisfying your tiny hunger or satisfying a roaring hunger, The Chadstone Shopping Centre does not disappoint! Find the most mouthwatering Asian dishes at places like Ajisen Ramen and D’elephant Thai Cuisine, cheesy Italian dishes at Rozzi’s Italian Canteen and or simply bite into a soft, frosted cupcake at The Cupcake Queens.

Time for some fun
Dining in style has a whole new meaning to it at Hoyts! Enjoy some yummy snacks while you sit back in your powered recliner seat and enter the world of a great movie in 3D. Take your pick from Ben & Jerry’s serving cold deserts, Artie’s Bar & café for drinks and Chur Burger for…well burgers and other small snacks of course. Not to mention, Lego Land, just perfect for kids between ages 3-10 and parents. Explore a world of Lego everything!

Services and facilities
Furthermore, the mall offers facilities such as available parking space, Wifi and language assistance. The mall also includes parenting rooms and ATMs, banks and even hairdressers. If you are a traveller lodged at Oaks On Collins or any other hotels on Collins Street Melbourne, the malls just a short drive or bus stop away. Do stop by and taking your shopping experience to another level!

Travel Tips to explore Sigiriya and Sri Lankan traditions – The wonder of Sigiriya

Located in the amazing hill country of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya gained its fame through the giant rock fortress planted in the midst of a jungle by nature. The place is also rich in plants and wildlife making Sigiriya a famous tourist destination.

Sigiriya Rock| Img by: Poswiecie via Pixabay

The Sigiriya Rock

The huge boulder that is nestled in the lush green forest is indeed one of a kind. An ancient King named Kasyapa found this rock and decided to build his palace on the very summit of it. On the top of the rock are the ruins of the magnificent palace, gardens, and ponds. The landscaping and plumbing systems are still a mystery waiting to be uncovered! The entrance to the fortress is sculpted in the shape of lion paws, half way up are the archaic frescoes of women, close by is a wall called the mirror wall covered in graffiti.

Pidurangala Rock

The journey to the top of Pidurangala rocks begins with a visit to the Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple. Here lies the ancient statue of a reclining Buddha and some lovely cave paintings done by artists thousands of years ago. The hike up the mountain rock from here onwards is an enjoyable one. Reaching the summit of the rock, the highlight that comes into view the Lion Rock which is a small distance away from Piduranagala. It offers a fantastic view of the rock indeed!

The Cobra Hood Cave

The is a natural formation of rock linked to the Lion Rock in Sigiriya. It is surprisingly shaped much like the hood of a cobra (thus the name). Inside the cave are also a few remnants of the stunning frescoes similar to those seen on the way up the Sigiriya rock.

Dankinigiriya Viharaya

Drop by this ancient praying ground to marvel at the ancient rocks that surround the area. There are also remains of the age-old monastery that used to exist. If you are accommodated at a Sigiriya hotel in Sri Lanka, for instance, the likes of Habarana Village by Cinnamon, stop by this wondrous attraction.




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