Sunday, 4 March 2012

MALDIVES



The Maldives are a holiday paradise. They are a chain of coral islands and all with pure white sandy beaches, palm trees swaying in the wind, crystal-blue lagoons and sunny days. The climate has around 90oC and a fresh sea breeze with moonlit nights. There is nothing amiss for a holiday in paradise. A frequent but brief cloudburst of rain keeps the vegetation green and lush.
In the local language it is known as the Island Kingdom -- Dhivehi Raajje. The Maldives are 600km from India on the north-east and Sri Lanka 670km on the east. There are 1,190 islands making an 823km long chain but only 200 are inhabited. The islands built a double line of 26 atolls and each with a coral reef around. The land on each island is about two metre above sea level. It also takes about ten minutes to walk around.
Most of the crops grown are coconuts, bananas, mangoes, breadfruits, cassava, sweet potatoes and millet.
THE CAPITAL MALE - MALDIVE
ONE OF THE ISLANDS
Their main economy is tourism which is increasing rapidly and there are holiday resorts on 70 islands. Another big income is fishing, especially for Tuna.  Boat-building and handicrafts give also an income and employment. Their main food is rice but it has to be imported.

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The Maldives don't have a lot of wildlife but the bats, rats, mice, shrews, reptiles and insects have been brought in from ships. The herons and some other birds have taken up residence. There also other rare migratory birds. All those islands are surrounding by coral reefs teeming with fish and beautiful sea-life. A wonderful, natural paradise for divers. Tourists might see the bottle-nose dolphins swimming around the reef edges.
The only way to the Maldives is by air to the capital, Male. Travelling from island to island can be done by small boats. These boats are like Arab dhows and called dhoani. The alternative is by water taxis, private schooners and yachts.
The Maldives were created by volcanic eruptions. Those eruptions from the Indian Ocean floors formed cone-line islands and eventually sank back after the volcanoes eruptions lessened, leaving coral reefs.
It is believed, the Maldives were inhabited about 400 years ago. The people were mainly from southern India called Dravidian and from Sri Lanka called Sinhalese. There are ruins to be found of Buddhist and Hindu temples.
In the 13th century Marco Polo reported that the Andaman Islands are populated by cannibals. In 1858 a colony was founded on the largest of the islands. Today, the islands are a diver's paradise.
The population is of mixed African, Indian, Malaysian and Arab descendants. The Portuguese ruled the island for 15 years in the 16th century. Apart from that they always were independent. In 1968 they became a republic. The main language is Dhivehi which is an Indo-Iranian mixture. It is also written from right to left like Arabic. Over the last 50 years English became the second language.

MULIAA'GE -- THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN MALE.
HOLIDAYS
It might not be the cheapest of your holidays but it will certainly be the most memorable one.
Travel to the capital Male and visit the VIP lounge.
A Maldives Holiday can include staying in a water villa elevated above the turquoise waters with sea-view over sun trenched white sandy beaches and palm trees swaying in the prise.
Pampered and spoiled with spa treatments.
Experience a magnificent underwater world with professional supervising scuba-dives.
A DHOANI WITH NO LANTEEN SAILS
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