Indian High Commission
H. Athireege Aage, Ameer Ahmed Magu, Malé 20125, Maldives
Contact Number: +960 332-3015
The following documents are required to get a visa to 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bombay Darbar Restaurant
The Indian House
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.
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.
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:
|Hello||Assalaa mu alaikum|
|How are you?||Haalu kihineh / Kihineh|
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