Where Is The Maldives and What Is The Weather Like?

Maldives is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, located off the southeast coast of India. There are 1,190 islands and 26 atolls in total, rising no more than 1.8 metres above sea level. The coastline of Maldives is extensive, reaching some 644km. Because it is so close to the Equator, the climate is humid though still pleasant; so much so that the islands are a revered tourist destination for discerning travellers. There are two main seasons in the Maldives: winter (which tends to be dry) and summer (which is rainy). The temperatures hover between 24ºC and 33ºC though even in the warmest months, the welcoming breeze blowing from the Indian Ocean makes the weather pleasant and welcoming.

Maldives is known for being the smallest Asian country and it also has a tiny population (just 350,000 people!). It is perhaps most famous for its paradisiacal beaches, whose beauty is comparable with only a handful of beaches in the world. Think turquoise waters, powdery white sand, colourful coral reefs and gorgeous grand luxury resorts. Maldives is a haven for those into water sports – riding in a glass bottomed boat, snorkelling and diving and water skiing are just a handful of the many sports you can practice in the waters of this pristine archipelago. Touring the islands is also a must for those with a true love of the sea. Maldives is also known for its cuisine, which is based on fresh fish and seafood. Staple dishes include garudhiya (a clear tuna soup), rihaakuru (a fish paste made by boiling tuna) and various types of curry (made with coconut milk obtained from the many cultivated coconut trees which pepper the islands).

A Brief History of The Maldives

Archaeological evidence suggests that the islands were inhabited as early as 1500 B.C. They were settled in approximately 500 B.C. by Aryan peoples. Persian and Arab historiographers note that prior to 1153, Maldives was ruled by women; the last recorded Queen reigned in the 16th century. In the early 12th century, the Buddhist nation adopted the religion of Islam. Later, it was occupied by the Portuguese (in the 16th century) and the southern Indian Moplas. In 1887, it accepted protection from the British, though the Sultan continued to rule. In 1953-1954, Maldives officially became a republic. In 1968, the sultanate was abolished and the nation was declared a republic.

Maldives: Native Flora and Fauna (Wildlife)

Maldives boasts a diverse number of plants and animals. Its warm climate and fertile soil layer give rise to dense grasses and shrubs, as well as palm trees (the symbol of this seaward-looking nation), flowering plants and vines. Land animals include flying foxes, lizards, beetles, small rodents and crabs, which roam the many beaches. The sea is home to a wide array of fish, including the parrot fish, unicorn fish, butterfly fish and many more. Serene turtles can also be found swimming in the welcoming waters. Some of the larger sea faring creatures include manta rays, dolphins, sharks and stingrays. Currently, biodiversity in Maldives is being threatened by the destruction of natural habitats and the overuse of available resources. The growing population is also straining the island’s natural resources.

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