Those who think that the Maldives is exclusively a honeymoon destination, need to visit the country to see that the beautiful islands have a lot more to offer.
Maldivian cuisine, for starters, is worth a try. Milaidhoo Island has opened the first modern Maldivian restaurant in the Maldives, called Ba’theli. It is one of the few fine-dining restaurants in the world, which encourages its diners to come barefoot. Ba’theli’s architecture reflects its heritage, as it takes its name from the local word for a traditional wooden sailing boat and has been built in the shape of three boats that stand on stilts over the lagoon. One boat is the restaurant, a second boat is the bar-lounge and a third boat is the kitchen.
The Islamic Centre opened in 1984 is a popular attraction for tourists. It is known for excellent architecture fused with traditional Maldivian and Islamic concepts. The magnificent golden domes of the Centre ornament the skyline of Male’. The interior of the mosque is adorned with intricate wood carvings and Arabic calligraphy.
Sultan Park is located in front of the Republican Monument unveiled to mark 30 years of independence. The Sultan Park is the best public spot in Male’ with large trees and colourful flowers. The Sultan Park site was the home of Maldivian Royal Palaces. The National Museum first opened in 1952 and underwent a major revamping process and a brand new National Museum was opened in 2010. The museum preserves a wealthy collection of items.
Artefacts and relics from the pre-Islamic period to post-Islamic period are displayed here. Regal dresses and items associated with Maldivian royalty can be explored.
A rich collection depicting Maldivian craftsmanship and artistry is on display.
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