The Republic of Maldives houses 26 naturally formed atolls with island chains where each and every island is surrounded by blue lagoons with turquoise waters. The republic Square, Islamic Centre, Friday Mosque, Medhu Ziyaaraiy Shrine, Sultan Park, National Museum and the Tsunami monument are some major attractions of the Male city. We can move around the islands through speed boats and public ferry rides or through the sea planes. The string of islands are known for its rich coral reefs and great underwater life. Maldives is a idyllic place for destination wedding, jet skiing, kayaking, scuba diving, underwater spas and yoga, honeymoon have, parasailing and kite surfing. We can also learn about the people and culture of Maldives through Island Hopping, visiting the heritage sites and museums.
Male Hukuru Miskiiy It is a old Friday mosque that dates back to 1656 which is located in a short distance from President's residence, Muliaage in the capital of Male. The building was built using the coral stones and interior features a well refined works on wood with lacquer finish. We can spot some 17th century cemeteries with coral made headstones. It is a place that is allowed for a visit through prior permission from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
Tsunami Monument It was devastating morning for the South Asian countries on 26th december,2004 because of the 9.3 magnitude of earthquake that happened under the sea led to a huge Tsunami waves of 100 feet heights. Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Thailand, Indonesia and India were the countries that was affected by this natural calamity which took many lives and complete deterioration of the properties. This Tsunami Monument was built to remember the dark day and the lost lives in Male. The architecture of the monument signifies the important features of the island. The 20 steel created balls symbolizes the atolls and the tall design to signify the high waters of Tsunami. The iron rods that are placed vertically in the centre is engraved with names of the lives lost . It remains as the tragic monument but also a reminder of hope to survive again from the huge catastrophe. An evening stroll is the best time to visit it along with the orange sunset.
National Museum It is a place that excites all the history buffs to visit. The National Museum of Maldives was once a palace of the Sultan of Maldives situated in Male. It was open to the public during the Maldivian National Day, in 1952 to know the significant past of this island nation. It was a three storey building which was demolished by a fire and yet stands tall as a two storey building. The renovation for the building was sponsored by the Chinese government in the year 2010. The museum displays a huge collection of arts and artifacts from the times of Buddhism till the now formed nation of Islam.