Embassy of India
Address: Athireege Aage, Ameeru Ahmed Magu, Henveiru, Male - 20125
Working Hours: 9.00 AM to 11 PM (Sunday to Thursday)
Contact No.: (00960) 3323015, 3323016
Indian citizens do not require a Visa to travel to the Maldives. Indian citizens are only required to carry their passports, voter ID card, accommodation proof, and sufficient foreign exchange to travel to the Maldives.
The densely populated capital of the Maldives, Male is an island nation situated in the Indian Ocean. It is primarily famous for its colourful buildings and mosques. The Islamic Centre known as the Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam consists of a mosque, a distinctive gold dome, and a library. Also, close to the harbour, a famous fish market provides the day's catch, and another produce market offers fresh local fruit.
National Museum - Maldives' National Museum may be considered a viciously ugly and dreadful building gifted by China, but it yet consists of a well-labelled collection of historical artefacts that help to trace the unique history of these remote islands. Unfortunately, back in 2012, the museum was attacked by a mob of religious extremists during the ongoing protests against former president Nasheed in 2012. At this time, the most precious items including 30 ancient Buddhist coral stone carvings from the country's pre-Islamic period, were ruined for being 'idols'.
Muleeaage & Medhu Ziyaarath - This popular palace in Male was built for the Sultan back in the early 20th century. Apparently, he was overthrown before he could reside in, the building was instead used for government offices for approximately 40 years. The palace became the president’s house back in 1953 when the first republic was proclaimed. At the eastern end of the palace’s compound, behind an intricate blue-and-white gatehouse, the Medhu Ziyaarath is the tomb of Abul Barakat Yoosuf Al Barbary, who was the one to bring Islam to Male in 1153.
Grand Friday Mosque - This impressive mosque in Male is famous for its golden dome which dominates Male’s skyline and has become a sign of a symbol for the city. Constructed with the help from Malaysia, Pakistan, Gulf States, and, Brunei, the Grand Friday Mosque is outstanding in its plainness, been built with white marble and free from any kind of decoration. Opened in 1984, it is also the biggest mosque in the entire country.
China-Maldives Friendship Bridge - This bridge in Male is an incredibly impressive place to visit which links the city of Male to the airport island of Hulhule. However, unlike most of the causeways connecting islands in other areas of Maldives, this bridge goes over the open sea. Due to this, the vast concrete supports are planted in the seabed.
Flights from major Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Cochin, and Bangalore are operational till the Male airport. A few of the popular airline carriers operating flights to the Maldives are Air India, Spicejet, and Jet Airways. Apart from Male airport, International flights to India are also operational from Hanimaadhoo International Airport situated in Haa Dhaalu Atoll, Hanimaadhoo island. Brahim Nasir International Airport, which is famously known as Male International Airport (MLE) is apparently the only airport, which links the Maldives to all major South-East Asia countries such as Sri Lanka, India, and China.
Typically having a tropical monsoon climate, the Maldives has two dominating seasons: a dry season, which is primarily associated with dry northeast winter monsoons and a wet season which is associated with moist southwest monsoons as well as storms and strong winds. The dry season experiences little rain along with low humidity level. This season lasts from December to April. On the other hand, the wet season is primality characterised by rainfall and stronger lasting from the months between May and November.
Tourists who are looking forward to indulging in adventurous activities such as diving can choose either of the seasons as both the dry and wet seasons have their advantages. Some of the significant benefits during the dry season include superb visibility. Also, during this time the currents start to weaken as they start to flow in November from the northeast. On the other hand, at the time of the wet season, the water temperatures are a certain degree lower which seems to attract more significant numbers of hammerhead sharks as well as reef sharks to congregate and to do so in shallower waters than in the dry season. During this season, even though the visibility isn't as good, the currents are less.
Packing the essentials products like clothes and footwears usually depends on what the weather conditions are like in Male. Here is a list of some of the travel essentials one must never forget to pack:
Bis Keemiya – Consisting of a gently sautéed mixture of spiced onions, hardboiled eggs and shredded cabbage, this is a delightful pastry which is not only deliciously chewy but is also light and flaky.
Boshi Mashuni – A dish consisting of salsa and a salad, boshi mashuni is a tasty combination of shredded and crunchy ingredients such as spices, banana flowers, fresh coconut, lime, onion and Maldivian chilli along. The dish also comes with a savoury background thanks to all the basic kitchen ingredients like curry leaves, cumin, and turmeric.
Garudhiya - This authentic Maldivian fish soup consists of various citrus and spices. Fresh tuna is the main ingredient, which provides that all-important umami flavour to the soup. Apart from that, fish cubes are cooked along with curry leaves, water, onion, garlic and chilli. After that, the entire lot is seasoned with a hint of lime and delicious and crunchy fried onions.
Majeedhee Magu - This one of the most prominent and popular streets for shopping in the entire Maldives. It deals in everything from textiles, clothing to electronics. This is the idyllic place to be for the shopaholics who are looking for neat deals. Apart from that it also offers a range of locally-made accessories, which quite an enticement for all the fashionistas out there.
Chaandhanee Magu - Another popular street market in the island country is Chaandhanee Magu, which attracts people who are looking for gift shops, miniature boats, locally-made t-shirts, and various other craft products and mats. Apparently, the mini replicas of Maldivian sailboats, knowns as dhonis, are quite popular among the visitors.
Lot No 10488, Nirolhu Magu, Hulhumale 23000, Maldives
M.a Male Faru, Athamaa Goalhi, 20196, Maldives
Lot No 10398 Ahigas Maghu, 20026, Maldives
When going on a trip to Male, Maldives, it becomes important to be aware of some of the health care centres to avoid any mishappenings caused due to an emergency. Below is the list of some healthcare centres you can contact when in need:
Location: Sosun Magu, Malé 20040, Maldives
Contact: +960 331-3553
Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital
Location: Kanbaa Aisa Rani Higun, Malé, Maldives
Contact: +960 333-5335
Location: Faamudheyri Magu, Maafannu 20189, Maldives
Contact: +960 300-2255
The currency of Male is Maldivian Rufiyaa
The official language is spoken in the Maldives in Dhivehi. Even though the locals easily understand English; it is always better to keep a few local phrases handy for a great trip. Here is a list of some of the most common phrases used in the Maldives.
|Good morning||Baajjaveri hendhuneh|
|My name is…||Aharenge namakee..|
|Nice to meet you||'ayn hwa...?|
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