Maldives is a charming island nation and quite easily, one that is guaranteed to take your breath away. The green and blue amalgamation of land and water is at its purest best. It feels as if you might just have stepped out of a dream, such is the hold that this place can have over you. The best thing about the Maldives seabed is its see-through visibility. The teeming sea life can be seen as clear as a mirror, making it a visual treat for one and all.
Countless traders, colonists and travellers have played their hand in forming the country’s destiny over years. Though, the country was largely free of any external control, there were periods in between when it was not so. The Portuguese extended their clutches over the island for about a decade and half in the middle of the 16th century. The Dutch held control over hardly four months in the 17th century. From 1887 to 1965, the British held the nation under their protection. Finally, in 1968, Maldives was declared a republic.
Dhivehi is the most common language spoken here, while English is an influential language, fast gaining ground in schools and in business matters. Coconut isthe main ingredient in the local cuisine, while you can also savour on curries, fish, rice and snacks.
A grouping of almost 1100 coral islands, Gan is the largest island in Maldives. The climate is tropical, with high humidity percentage countered by a steady sea breeze. Islam is the predominant religion here. As per law, at the time of writing, the practice of any other religion is forbidden.