THE MALDIVES - The Sunny Side of Life

If you’ve ever seen pictures of a tropical island with sparkling blue water that stretches as far as the eye can see, private beach huts on white sandy beaches, and coral reefs that teem with life, chances are their pictures of the Maldives. This tropical paradise sits in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is made up of 1,190 coral islands and atolls that stretch over90,000 square kilometers(35,000 sq mi). Ninety-nine percent of the nation of the Maldives is ocean water, but it still supports a rich, 3,000-year-old culture, and an amazing educational system.

History: The Maldives (formerly called the Maldive Islands) were first settled in the 5th century B.C. by Buddhist seafarers from India and Sri Lanka. According to tradition, Islam was adopted in 1153. Originally, the islands were under the suzerainty of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). They came under British protection in 1887 and were a dependency of then-colony Ceylon until 1948. An independence agreement with Britain was signed July 26, 1965. For centuries a sultanate, the islands adopted a republican form of government in 1952, but the sultanate was restored in 1954. In 1968, however, as the result of a referendum, a republic was again established in the recently independent country. Ibrahim Nasir, the authoritarian president since 1968, was removed from office and replaced by the more progressive Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in 1978. Gayoom was elected to a sixth five-year term in 2003. Democratic elections in 2009 changed hands from Gayoom to Mohammed Nazir.

Geography: Coordinates - coordinates: 3.2000 degrees N, 73.2200 degrees E
Maldives consists of 1,190 coral islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls. It stretches 820 kilometres north to south and 120 kilometres east to west. 202 islands are inhabited, 110 are exclusive resort islands.
Area: 300 Sq Kilo meters.

Weather: Generally warm and humid. Sun shines all year through. Average temperature around 29 - 32 degrees Celsius.
The weather between October and April is generally warm and sunny with isolated spells of rain, more to cool the ground and settle the coral dust. May to September is considered as the monsoon season when it rains on and off with a strong gust of wind.

Capital: Male’ – pronounced as Maley.

Population: 393, 595 with a growth rate of -0.09%. Ethnicity is South Indians, Sinhalese, and Arabs.

Currency: The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa and Laaree. The exchange rate for US Dollar at the time of writing is MRf.11.82 for the dollar. One Rufiyaa is equivalent to 100 laarees. Rufiyaa bank notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500. Coins are in the denominations of MRf.2.00, MRf.1.00, 50 laarees, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 laaree.

Language: Dhivehi is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. English is widely spoken by Maldivians.

Time zone: GMT + 5 hours

Visa: All most all countries enjoy tourist visa on arrival facility for their citizens. It would be however important that all supporting documents like the hotel booking, flight, etc are available for verification.

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