6 Facts about Maldives
Maldives is a country in South Asia, which is located in the southwest of Sri Lanka. Since the weather of the tropical nation is warm and humid, Maldivians normally wear shirts or any comfortable clothing made out of cotton. The country where people speak in Dhivehi and world renowned for its rich marine life. In the previous article, Maldives was even listed as one of the 5 Best Diving Spots in the World. Now, let us talk pass the marine biology, but learn more about the natural beauty of the Maldives.
Maldives is composed of 99% water and 1% land. Due to the unpredicted climate change and rising ocean level in 2009, the first underwater cabinet meeting was ordered by their President, Mohamed Nasheed. All the government officials, including the president wore a scuba gear. This act was to raise concern and awareness to climate change.
Coconut under Arrest!
Maldivians believe in black and white magic. This lead to a report in 2013, where a coconut was under arrest due to loitering around during presidential elections. The reason for the detainment of the alleged coconut, was because studies show that coconuts are used as a frequent ingredient for magic spells and rituals. However, no spell caster was proven guilty and he was released on the same day. To see the news, click here.
Zero Tolerance to other Religion
Tourist are advised to worship their own God or follow their own religious belief privately. However, travellers are prohibited from bringing religious materials into the country. Maldives is a Muslim country and disobedience may act to disrespecting or offending their own religiosity. This might lead to a prison sentence or lifetime imprisonment as well.
Founder was an Exiled Indian Prince
Prince Sri Soorudasaruna Adeettiya established the first kingdom in Maldives. By then, Maldives was known as “Dheeva Maari” and legend say that the King of India was displeased and sent away his son to the island.
“Education is the key to success” this applies to Maldivian people where residents make the education program difficult. A hundred percent of children are enrolled in primary school, which requires above average grades to move on to the next level. Annually, 99% percent of students graduate.
Safest Travel Destination
It’s pretty much obvious that Maldives is one of the top tourist destinations worldwide. Rich with over 1200 corals islands. The tropical country last year won the award for “World’s Leading Beach Destination” and “Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination” according to World Travel Awards 2015. Weekends are during Friday and Saturday and alcohol are forbidden outside resorts.
When you thought that a place just only offers what it was known for, think again. In this destination article, we entice you to see for yourself the wonders of the Maldives. I bet the island will tell you more than just diving and marine adventures.
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