The Maldives are an island nation located in the Indian Ocean. It consists of a group of atolls southwest of India and nearly 700 km southwest of Sri Lanka. They are the small islands, Asian, state and territory and population. Capital Male is the largest atoll. Maldives does not have any great pond or river and a shortage of drinking water.
Shrouded in legends and myths mosaic of countless parts scattered in the Indian Ocean, they live a world of its own peace and privacy. Tours magical lagoons, luxury hotels and holidays pearly beaches, predicting a unique romance. Fabulous coral gardens lead on an unforgettable journey into the depths of the sea. A tale that sends the sunset and meet the first rays of the sun. Ideal place for lovers .... Trip to the Maldives is desirable for underwater divers .... This plane landed as if you directly into the sea and the boat takes guests to many hotels dotted all of their island. Sea, beach and sun - a real idea of perfection.
Comprise 26 atolls of Maldives archipelago, bringing together 1,190 coral islands., Spanning 90,000 square kilometers, which makes the Maldives one of the most scattered and torn into large area island country in the world. Coral reefs and beaches of sand make up the 960 km long underwater mountain chain that rises from the Indian Ocean. Only 203 islands are inhabited, the largest is the island of Male. It is the only port and only city - the eponymous capital. Most of the islands are surrounded by coral reefs. Average 5-10 inhabited islands has a 20-60 uninhabited atoll. The island state is the lowest in the world - is 2.3 meters at its highest point.
Over the past 100 years the sea level has risen by 20 centimeters in the area. Around 1970 the level has dropped by 20 cm, but there are estimates showing that it is likely that by 2050 the islands disappear.
Today, the Maldives have 89 resort with 17,000 beds for nearly 600,000 tourists visiting the country every year. They are preferred because they have approximately temperate climate, clean blue water, white sand beaches of the year-round practice water sports and for the incredibly rich and fascinating underwater world.
Culture of the island nation is influenced by a variety of sources, mostly located close to India and Sri Lanka. After the long Buddhist period brought the ancient kings, Sunni Muslims carry Islam. Although this is the main religion in some places visible in parts of Sufism. Today is the official religion Sunni population and a condition for citizenship.