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6 Things We Wish We Knew Before We Went to the Maldives -Stay informed!

The Maldives is more than just a heavenly vacation destination, the country also has a rich culture and biodiversity. Here are some intriguing facts you might not have thought were true about the Maldives.


It was first colonized by an Indian sovereign

As per legend, the Maldives was first colonized by Indians, the exact date is not remembered but it is known to have happened before 269 BC. Maldivian history says the islands were first owned by a serene tribe who adored the sun and sea. Be that as it may, the lord of Kalinga in India was annoyed with his child and kicked him out to go live in the Maldives - which was then referred to just as Dheeva Maari. Sovereign Sri Soorudasaruna Adeettiya, later set up the Adeetta Dynasty.


It's an Islamic country

Anybody making a trip to the islands should know that the Maldives is an Islamic country which pursues severe laws. The Maldives were originally changed over to Islam in the mid-twelfth century by Islamic holy men, who went with the traders. By the sixteenth century, the chain of islands had been colonized by the Portuguese, who attempted to change over the occupants to Christianity, and yet failed to do so.


3. Maldivians are very superstitious

A few people in the Maldives believe in the otherworldly things, particularly in magic. An example of this is the well-known coconut that was kept by police in 2013. Found 'dallying' outside a police station during the presidential elections, the coconut was blamed for being there to fix the election results. After blaming the coconut for being a dark magic object, the police evidently went to a holy person to check for the curses. No such evil was discovered, the coconut was announced to be innocent in the end.


Travellers must follow the Muslim law

Because of the nation's strict Islamic laws, liquor is banned in every place but at resorts, and it can't be taken out of the property. Travellers are required to comply with all laws while on the islands, and this incorporates abstaining from having food or drinks out in the open during the month of Ramadan. You may find a couple of caf├ęs that cater to the people who don't fast.


The marine life

Regardless of the time of the year you are visiting, there are about ten to twelve types of whales and dolphins that swim close to the coral reefs. The Maldives has collected such positive reviews for its amazingly differing marine life, that the greater part of the extravagant Maldives 5 star resorts, for example, the Amaya Kuda Rah Maldives encourage visitors to watch these lovely animals swimming close to the islands.


Underwater Cabinet Meetings

Discussing its marine life, environmental changes and the sea's rising levels are a major worry for the Maldives. To raise more attention to environmental changes, President Mohamed Nasheed, arranged the 2009 bureau meeting at the bed of the sea. This may sound like a joke, but the president and thirteen officials wore scuba diving outfits and sat around tables that had been recently taken underwater.

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