Know These Interesting Facts About Maldives
The Maldives is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world and a beautiful tropical island with white sandy beaches, azure sea water and exotic and colorful coral reefs. Private beach huts are the best accommodation option in this tropical paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean. This island of wonderland has some interesting realities that you may not know about.
It was here that the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting was held
For an island country like the Maldives, drastic climate change and rising sea levels pose a major threat. A number of Islands have already been evacuated due to the increase in water in the ocean and the degradation of freshwater resources. To draw attention to the same, President Mohamed Nasheed moved the October 2009 cabinet meeting directly to the seabed.
It is an island founded by an exiled Indian prince
Since the History of The Maldives was recorded, this island country has always been of great importance due to its convenient location along certain trade routes. The people who first settled the island came here only from India. The exact date is not known, but the provisional date was before 269 BC. According to legends, there was no government yet at that time. Only a peaceful community worshiping the sun and water lived there. It is said that the first real kingdom here was founded by Sri Soorudasaruna Adeettiya, the son of a ruler of Kalinga, a kingdom in India
This island consists of more than 1190 coral islands in its 26 first-class atolls
The Maldives has more than 1190 low-lying coral islands, grouped into 26 atolls, which can be seen on 200 inhabited islands of the Maldives, as well as on 80 Islands with tourist resorts. Archipelago enjoy a wonderful location along and across the main shipping lines of the Indian Ocean. The atolls of the Maldives are actually part of a larger structure called Laccadives-Chagos Ridge, which stretches for 2000 km. 99% of the Maldives is Water.
It is the lowest and flatter nation in the world
The bottom of The Island of The Maldives is on average 1.5 meters, or 4 feet 11 inches, and the highest point is located at a certain place on The Island of Villingili, which is 2.3 meters – 7 feet 7 inches, which is the lowest on earth. Since the Nation is at the lowest level, it still has to worry about whether it could decline, especially due to the drastic climate changes that are continuously occurring.
Alcohol is available only at resorts and hotels
The Maldives is an Islamic country, tourists are also required to follow and respect their traditions while visiting it. Alcohol can only be consumed in hotels and resorts, as it is prohibited everywhere else. It is also not allowed to take with you from the premises of the complex. The importation of alcohol, pork and pork products is unlawful according to Muslim beliefs. During the month of Ramadan, even tourists are supposed to adhere to Muslim customs, such as: Avoid drinking, smoking and eating during the day. Some restaurants located away from the main streets can serve tourists.