Even before you land at the Male International Airport, the aerial view of the cerulean blue waters, complemented by the bright and warm sun and sandy beaches, transport you to an island paradise. Once you land, you may charter a private plane or a boat ride to take you to your very own island getaway. Once there, relaxation and rejuvenation are often the only things on a tourist’s mind!
However, the cluster of islands in the heart of the Indian Ocean are home to some iconic places filled with mesmerising views that are a worthy distraction from the never ending sunny beaches. A few trips to some of these places will help you appreciate the local culture, the marvellous natural sceneries the islands are privy to and memories that will undoubtedly last a very long time.
Amongst the best places to visit in the Maldives is the Sultan Park. A public park formerly home to the Royal Palace, the Sultan Park also houses the National Museum. It also provides visitors the opportunity to settle down under a shady tree and enjoy the beautiful landscape before them. Tourists can also be advised to make a visit to the local Fish Market where the local fishermen gather to sell freshly caught fish to the resorts. The Local Market, conveniently located in the vicinity of the former is also worth a visit for it houses Maldivian delicacies such as native types of soup and other delicious dishes.
The Grand Friday Mosque is an iconic attraction in Maldives as well. Commissioned by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar, the mosque is the oldest in the entire country. Also known as Hukuru Miskiiy, the Grand Friday Mosque also ranks among the top places to see when in Maldives. Tourists that venture outside their Maldives resort hotel will also find visits to different islands, both habited and non-inhabited, truly rewarding in terms of experience and sceneries.. However, if you are still searching for a resort, Anantara Veli, Maldives can be recommended wholeheartedly for not only is it reputed but it also delivers on its promise of an amazing holiday in the sun.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.