The Maldives offers all one would expect from a holiday by the sea; pristine beaches, fun water sports and plenty of outdoor adventure for the entire family. While the country is known as being a coastal getaway, it also has a rich cultural and religious heritage that has shaped the lives of its inhabitants. The country’s capital, Male, is a great place to experience this history and culture and among the attractions definitely worth visiting are the Sultan Park and the National Museum.
Sultan Park is a small and scenic area in Male that was once part of the compound of the Maldivian Royal Palace. Going back to the 17th century, this historic park can be found along Medhuziyaaraiy Magu Street and across from the well known Islamic Centre. While the park is an ideal place to enjoy a quiet stroll amidst tranquil environs, its main attraction is undoubtedly the National Museum.
Inaugurated in 1952 while Mohamed Amin Didi was the Prime Minister of the country, this important museum was established in order to preserve and protect the nation’s rich history. Housed in what was once part of the old palace structure, the National Museum is home to artefacts and ancient objects ranging from the country’s pre-Islamic times to the current day.
Those visiting the National Museum can view a variety of antiques and objects that belonged to royalty including costumes, thrones, ornaments, palanquins and armour. Also on display is a miniature hand-written Koran, drums used for the traditional Bodu Beru music and even hookahs. Among the highlights of the museum’s collection are the ancient coral stone sculpture of the head of Lord Buddha, a wooden plank from the Hukuru Miskiiy that goes back to the 13th century and which features engravings and an intricately woven Feyli Kolhu that was once used by a sultan.
Those planning a holiday here and looking for luxurious Maldives Island resorts set amidst stunning coastal landscapes can stay at Maafushivaru Maldives. Perfect for couples in search of an intimate getaway or families wanting to spend time together, this is one of the premier resorts in Maldives and features its own private villas and a spa where you can enjoy some personal pampering.