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Top 06 Historical Places to visit in the Maldives - Experience history without books!

The Maldives is a collection of many islands, all hosting a rich history that's hundreds of years old. Some not so much. Let's check out some of the most interesting locations here.

1

Bluetribe Moofushi

The Maldives in is history has always been linked to its beautiful waters, and from it, the many water sports it offers. Bluetribe Moofushi is one of the best places you can find here to experience various water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, diving and a whole lot more. This location is also ideal for spotting various creatures like whale sharks, manta rays and countless fish.

2

Utheemu Ganduvaru

Utheemu Ganduvaru is the residential place of Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan. Known for many reasons but most notable for his daring actions in saving the people of the island back in the day from Portuguese conquerors. The hero of this beautiful place, this location has etched itself as an important part of Maldivian history.

3

Hukuru Miskiiy

One of the most iconic places in the Maldives and one of the most historically significant is Hukuru Miskiiy. This is a 15th-century mosque that was built by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar. This mosque is built utilizing various blocks coral that has been engraved with breathtaking designs. Within the mosque, you will note beautiful wooden panels inscribed with prayers in Arabic. Another iconic facet is how the tombstones of sultans, nobles and heroes use more corals carvings which can be seen outside the mosque in the cemetery. After many years, even today, Hukuru Miskiiy still stands as a functional mosque and is an important part of your visit.

4

Banana Reef

Known the world over for its clear banana shape, the Banana Reef spreads from north to south across a span of three hundred meters. You'll witness a whole array of gorgeous marine life which include the rare Bannerfish, Napoleon Wrasse and even Moray Eels.

5

National Museum

While Male is quite a small capital city, the Maldives National Museum located here is the main attraction. An important part of the Maldives travel guide by Adaaran Resorts, the national museum is located right inside Sultan's Park which is a beautiful public park. Before it became the museum, this building used to be a part of the old palace which was then converted. The museum is home to many ancient exhibits including Thor Heyerdahl's archaeological discoveries, various stone carvings and the sultan's belongings. Found within here are also items which range from historical to cultural importance from both the Islamic and Pre-Islamic eras of Maldivian history. If you're on the lookout for a place to stay while you visit the locations on this list, Adaaran Resorts Maldives is a great option.

6

Kuruhinna Tharaagandu

Testifying that Buddhism has existed in Maldives' ancient history is the Kuruhinna Tharaagandu temple remains. Located on Kaafu atoll in Kaashidhoo, you'll witness the remnants of this old and complex Buddhist temple. Thus far, there have been sixty-four coral stone structures that have been unearthed. You'll also note the remnants from old sacrifices of the Aldabra giant tortoise, implying that these creatures lived within the Maldives or on other islands apart from Aldabra.