Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Maldives Indian Embassy in the Maldives Indian High Commission H. Athireege Aage, Ameer Ahmed Magu, Malé 20125, Maldives Contact Number: +960 332-3015 Visa Process for Indian Visitors to the Maldives The following documents are required to get a visa to the Maldives Original Passports with 6 Months Validity from date of travel Appropriately signed and completed Form 1 latest passport sized colored photograph (35mm in width and 44 mm in length) Confirmed hotel reservation Valid tickets return tickets or for onward destination Photo copies of important documents such as bank statements About the Maldives The Maldives is a South Asian island country, located in the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India. The Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed countries, as well as the smallest Asian country by both land area and population. Male is the capital and most populated city of Maldives; it is traditionally called the "King's Island" for its central location. The Maldives is blessed with incredible beauty and splendour of nature. With 1200 islands and 26 atolls, this island country holds a great enticement for tourists across the globe for its exotic islands, clear blue seas, magnificent beaches, and a variety of water sports. Though not exhaustive, the following are the major places to visit in the Maldives: Male: It is the largest city, and the major attractions are- The Grand Friday Mosque, Scuba diving and snorkelling, Male Fish Market, Male’s National Museum, Tsunami Monument, Dive Club Maldives, and Underwater Scooters. Sun Island: Also, famous as the Sun Island, Nalaguraidhoo Island in South Ari Atoll has stunning beaches, beautiful tropical flowers, and lavish greenery that pulls a great number of tourists wanting to bask in the lap of nature. Banana Reef: Located in North Male Atoll, Banana Reef is globally renowned for being one of the best diving sites in the world and famous places in the Maldives. Alimatha Island: Alimatha Island is in Vaavu Atoll. With its azure, crystal clear waters — apt for diving, snorkelling and boating, the island is a perfect spot for a family vacation and honeymoon. Artificial Beach: The carnival beach: Situated in North Male Atoll, this beach is the favourite haunt of the swimming enthusiasts and among the top tourist places in the Maldives. The Artificial Beach is an open area and has certain restrictions on clothing as per the local law. Utheemu Ganduvaru: Located in the Northern part of the Maldives, Utheemu is a small island and one of the historically significant tourist places in the Maldives. Biyadhoo Island: Another popular island among the best places to visit in the Maldives, is the Biyadhoo Island, stationed in South Male Atoll it is called “the Scuba-diving Island”. Veligandu Island Beach: Located in North Ari Atoll, Veligandu Island is a reasonably small island with astonishing greenery. How to Reach Maldives from India Male International Airport (MLE) is the primary airport, which connects the Maldives to all major countries in South-East Asia including India, China and Sri Lanka. It is connected well to the major hubs in India including Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi. Importing alcohol, pork or pornography (very broadly defined) into the Maldives is forbidden, and luggage is scanned on arrival. Best Time to Visit The ideal weather is between November and April. The high season falls between December and March. The monsoon prevails from May to October, peaking around June. It is worth paying higher prices and sticking to the dry season as there is nothing to do on a rainy day except drink, work out or scuba dive. What to Pack? If you are planning to visit the Maldives, please carry sunscreen lotions, beachwear and sunglasses. When packing for your Maldives holiday, fill your suitcase with loose dresses that you can throw on over your bikini or beach wear. Women can carry kaftans. Also, do not forget to pack essential medicines and oral hydration packs. Since it is a Muslim country, there are a few essential and strictly enforced rules regarding dressing and other things. Women are barred from wearing bathing suits or revealing clothing (i.e. nothing revealing the elbows, shoulders, or knees), but many rules do not apply on resort islands. Top Delicacies If you are in the Maldives, do not forget to taste the local dishes. The use of coconut in Maldivian recipes is significant. Fish is cooked in several ways including boiled, smoked, sun-dried or processed. Processed tuna, or Maldive fish, is produced in the Maldives and is a staple of Maldivian cuisine. Pork and alcohol are banned except for the resort islands. The most popular Maldivian breakfast is Mashuni. It is a smoked tuna dish with coconut. You can also try the popular breadfruit curry Banbukeylu Harisa. Indian Restaurants in Antalya Bombay Darbar Restaurant Located at: Nirolhu Magu, Hulhumale, Hulhumale 23000 Cuisine: Indian, Asian Contact No. : +960 993-8696 Tandoori Flames Located at: Lot No 10398 Ahigas Maghu, 20026, Maldives Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani Contact No.: +960 335-0627 The Indian House Located at: Lot 10056, NIrolhu Magu - Goalhi 06, Hulhumale 20057 Cuisine: Indian, Italian Contact No.: +960 335-7788 Shopping List Essentials Shopping may not be one of the definite things to do in the Maldives but it surely it is a great place to buy mementoes that will remind you of your beautiful Maldivian trip. So while you’re not lying on the beach, you can surely visit some sites to satisfy your shopping needs. Male Local Market is a huge market and one of the most popular street markets in the Maldives. Majeedhee Magu, situated at the heart of the city, is a sprawling street market in the Maldives. You can also explore Le Cute – A fancy duty-free beauty shop, STO Trade Centre – A bustling shopping hub in the Maldives, Island Bazaar – An elegant European style boutique. Bargaining is essential while shopping in the street markets. Healthcare Centers Most resorts have medical facilities including a resident doctor. However, if you are incredibly unwell, it will be necessary for you to go to Male. The Maldivian health service relies heavily on doctors, nurses and dentists from overseas, and facilities outside the capital are very limited. The country’s leading hospital is the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Male. Male also has the ADK Private Hospital, and it offers excellent quality treatment at a high cost. Travelling with medical insurance to the Maldives is essential. Basics of Local Communication The official and common language are Dhivehi, an Indo-Aryan language having some similarities with Elu, the ancient Sinhalese language. English is extensively spoken by the locals of the Maldives it is the unofficial second language. If you have already reserved a room at a resort, there would be no problem when it comes to speaking with them as they can converse in English. Here are some basic phrases you can learn before your most awaited summer getaway: English Dhivehi Hello Assalaa mu alaikum How are you? Haalu kihineh / Kihineh Please Adhes kohfa Thank you Shukuriyaa You’re welcome Maruhabaa Sorry Ma-aaf kurey Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? Take a look at our FAQ section that resolves commonly-asked queries on travel insurance. How do I benefit with Travel Insurance? Overseas travel insurance protects you when you are travelling in a foreign land. 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