The Glitz and Glamour, the city of Malé is located in the Kaafu Atoll, right next to the airports islands (Hulhumale). There are twelve airports in the Maldives, out of which four are international, and the rest are domestic airports. The Maldives International Airport which is called Velana International Airport is located in Hulhumale, and not in Male (the capital) as most people think.
Malé is the densely populated capital of the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It’s known for its mosques and colourful buildings. The Islamic Centre (Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam) features a mosque, a library and a distinctive gold dome. Near the harbour, a popular fish market offers the day’s catch, and a produce market is stocked with local fruit.
Islam is the official religion, specific laws are applied on the inhabited islands. And in the case of Malé, which is the most populated island in the archipelago, the dress code is more restricted than other islands so make sure you cover chest and thighs there.
HOW TO GO FROM MALDIVES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO MALE?
You can go from Maldives International Airport to Malé by ferry, by bus or by car. Ferries leave from the airport every 10 minutes from 6am to 11:59pm and every 30 minutes from 00am to 5.59am.
In 2018 a 2.1km bridge called Sinamalé Bridge was built, travellers can now go from the airport to Male Island by car and by bus in 15 minutes.
THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS IN THE CITY OF MALE
- Grand Friday Mosque
The Grand Friday Mosque is a major attraction in Malé. Masjid-al- Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam as it is formally called, is the largest mosque in Maldives and draws several pilgrims as well as architecture lovers throughout the year.
- Victory Monument
Built in memory of the victory of the Maldivian soldiers over the Tamil Tigers, a militant organization. Situated away from the noises of city life, the monument is a place where people come to seek peace and tranquillity. Painted in an angelic-white colour, its central feature being a white, green and red coloured circular symbol. Representing the invasion, the Maldives, and the blood of the fallen heroes, respectively.
- Sultan Park and National Museum
The park is a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Malé, large trees surrounded by greenery make for stunning early morning and late evening views of the sky. It is free for locals but foreigners are asked to pay 5 USD to enter.
- Tsunami Monument
A monument built in the remembrance of the incident of the tsunami on 2004. Each steel rod represents the lost life of a person in the tsunami, the spheres represent the atolls affected by the tsunami.
- Local market
Relatively small market located almost next to the fish market. Good place to get a feel for the kind of vegetables and spices used by the Maldivian’s.
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