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5 Famous Landmarks in Maldives You Have to Visit - Iconic Attractions in the Paradise Islands

Maldives is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. While many who visit the islands opt to limit their experiences to the indulgences that luxury resorts offer, quite a number of visitors choose to travel across its territories to discover the charming facets of the land's culture, heritage as well as natural beauty. The following article includes some of the most popular attractions in Maldives that you should consider visiting.

1

The Male Friday Mosque

The Male Friday Mosque

This stunning place of worship was built back in the year 1658, making it one of the oldest mosques in Maldives. The main material used in the construction of this mosque is coral which heightens its unique appeal by great degrees. Several rounds of refurbishments took place over the years, each adding a fair share of beauty to this iconic place. There are intricate carvings here that showcase the grandeur of traditional art of wood carving of Maldives. This mosque was also added to the cultural UNESCO World Heritage tentative list in the year 2008 making it one of the most famous landmarks in Maldives. Attesting to the strength of Islamic faith in Maldives, the mosque has been continuously used every since it was built.

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Tsunami Monument

Tsunami Monument

The year 2004 brought one of the most devastating natural disasters to the land of Maldives. 74 people lost their lives and many others lost their properties. The mysterious oceans displayed its fearsomely overwhelming power when it swept over its boundaries and entered the territories of man to ruin and destroy. The tsunami of 2004 will forever remain etched in the memories of those who experienced its shocking and horrifying effects.

The Tsunami Monument in Maldives was erected in the memory of the precious lives that were lost that day. The names of those who departed are engraved on this monument which is located in the southeast of Male.

3

Hanifaru Bay

Hanifaru Bay

The legendary Hanifaru Bay is one of the most remarkable spots in Maldives that should not be missed. The world's largest gathering of manta rays occurs at this stunning destination. Along with the glorious manta rays, magnificent whale sharks can also be spotted with ease when snorkelling here.

The best time to visit Hanifaru Bay is between the months of June and November. Tour operators such as The Maldives Travels can be contacted if you wish to explore the marvels of this spectacular UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

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Ariadhoo Buddhist stupa

Ariadhoo Buddhist stupa

In the Alif Dhaal Atoll you will find a little uninhabited island named Ariadhoo. In this island, the remains of an old, forgotten way of life are found. Among these ruins which are now dolefully scattered across the sandy shores, an old Buddhist stupa is to be discovered. These ruins indicate that the island which now lies bare, was at point in time bustling with life. They also give you glimpse of the ancient culture of Maldives.

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Ithaa undersea restaurant

Ithaa undersea restaurant

This list would be incomplete if it didn't include details of an extravagant showcase of supreme luxury that the islands are well known for! The iconic Ithaa undersea restaurant gives you truly a mesmerizing experience of fine dining underwater. It's the world's very first all-glass restaurant beneath the ocean waves. It provides a truly sensational dining experience that will remain unforgotten for years. The food at this restaurant is quite delicious too, making it quite a popular destination in Maldives. You will be able to savour your victuals in the company of schools of fish that will placidly swim all around you in the haunting silence of the seas.