About 500km from the southern tips of India , shining like pearls, scattered across the Indian Ocean , the famous Robinson Crusoe Islands. Independent since 1965 from the British, became a Republic in 1968. The Maldives comprises of about 1190 islands grouped into atolls with coral reefs protecting the amoeba shaped shiny islands. Coconut palms spread around the small islands with white sandy beaches ringed around the island. Deep blue sea engulfing the shallow, crystal clear water with the most beautiful coral reefs, the realms of the underwater world in it, is breathtaking.
The population of the country currently stands about 260,000. Malidivians love their tradition of food clothing and sports. A uni-language, with a common one religion unites our people with peace and tranquility without political or racial disputes where you will experience natural peace and harmony.
The Maldives straddles the equator and has a tropical climate with two monsoons. The Southwest with rain and moderate wind, the season for Maldivian farmers, to plant the tropical vegetations, and the Northeast monsoon, with clear skies and sunny days for the foreign visitors, the later the lasts about 7 months a year.
It has become increasingly easy to access Maldives as Scheduled and chartered flights are operated regularly. The charming country and its people are always ready to welcome the foreign visitors with open arms only to treat them with One & Only Maldivian Hospitality. The tourists will be granted a thirty-day visa on arrival.
Maldives : General Information
Name: Republic of Maldives
Location: Indian Ocean, about 500km from Sri Lanka & India
Political Status: Independent Republic
Population: 300,000 ( approx)
Religion: 100% Sunni Muslim
Geography: Coral Islands grouped into atolls with fringing reefs
Climate: Tropical, Aveg Temp 30°C
Access: Scheduled and chartered flights from Europe Middle East & Asia
Visa: 30-days tourist Visa on arrival
Customs: No illicit drugs, pornography, firearms, alcohol, dangerous animals.
For Maldivians, who love a good story, it is somehow fitting that the early history of the country is enshrined in myth and legend. There is the story of the Rannamaari, a tale about a sea monster than demands a virgin sacrifice every full moon, until a brave man from Morocco, Mr Abdul Barakaath-Ul Barbary decides to confront the monster and prohibit him from coming into the Maldives.
There is the story of Bodu Thakurufaanu, renowned for its length, who saved the Maldives from Portuguese Invaders. These stories, while very much anecdotal, are based on the real facts that form the history of the country. Written accounts portray a Maldives whose people have traveled far and wide, adventurers whose geographical isolation had not limited the boundaries of their world. Maldives today remains very much like it had then – small, but not lacking; isolated, but not invisible.
1st Century AD -
The Roman manual of Navigation, the Periplus Maris Erythraei mentions islands that are assumed to be theMaldives
2nd Century AD -
Ptolemy refers to the Maldives in his geography 362 AD Roman historian records a visit of a Maldivian delegation to Rome, bearing gifts to emperor Julian 662 AD A historical Chinese document records that the King of the Maldives sent gifts to the Chinese Emperor Kao-Tsung of Tang Dynasty
1153 - Maldives converts to Islam
1558 - The Portuguese invade the Maldives
1573 - Mohamed Thakurufaanu liberates the Maldives from the Portuguese
1752 - The Malabars invade the Maldives for three months
1887 - Protectorate signed with Great Britain
1932 - The first Constitution of the Republic of Maldives enacted
1953 - The first Republic with Mohamed Ameen as President
1954 - End of the first Republic as Ameen is ousted; the Maldives reverts to Sultanate with Mohamed Fareed as ruler
1965 - Independence from the British
1968 - End of the Sultanate; second Republic begins with Ibrahim Nasir as President
1972 - The first island resort is developed; tourists begin arriving to the Maldives
Malé International Airport and the Gan International is the international airport of the country. Sri Lankan Airlines fly direct to Gan international airport 4 times a week via Colombo. Thrivandrum, Bangalore, Mumbai (India), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Doha (Qatar) Gatewick, Heathrew (United Kingdom), Viena (Austria) Milan (Italy) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), as well as many charter flights from Asia and European countries.