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Sub-Region: Kaafu Atoll

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Best Time: November to April Read More

Ideal duration: 1 - 2 days

"The Colourful Heart of the Maldives"

Male Tourism

One of the top holiday destinations in the world, Male is the capital city of Maldives. Neatly arranged in a grid pattern, this well organised city is populated with sites exploring the rich Maldivian heritage and culture as well as urban necessities like malls and markets, restaurants with delicious food, and some amazing beaches as you journey across the coastline of the island city.

At an area of about 6 square kilometers, Male is among the five smallest capital cities in the world. Surrounded by serene blue seas all around, Male is not a place to admire skyscrapers, but rather to delve into the culture of island cities, comprised of narrow lanes and interesting graffiti. The chill laid-back atmosphere of Male is all you need to forget all your worries, as you soak up some good old beach fun at the beach.

Frequent, inexpensive ferries are constantly running to the major islands of Hulhule and Hulhumale as well as other smaller islands in the archipelago nation, providing some stunning views of the Indian Ocean's beauty. Historically the King's Island, Male is home to many important Maldivian structures like the Presidential Palace, Sultan Park, the National Museum and the Hukuru Misky or Friday Mosque of Male. You should definitely pay at the visit to the Fish Market or the Local Market, visiting both if time permits to get a true taste and smell of the daily lives of the locals.

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3-Day Itinerary For Male

The city is quite well organized with a mix of shops, apartments, office buildings and motorcycle jams for an easy and comfortable vacation.

Day 1: Male is rich in history as well as cultural diversity and one can reserve the first day for a historical tour through the city. Visit the ‘Old Friday Mosque' which is a beautifully carved structure which also allows non- Muslims to enter. After that, head out to the National museum which is ranked as the top museum to visit in Male.

In this freakishly large building, one will find many different artifacts which unravel the unusual history of the place. One can even head over to the Chinese- Maldives Friendship Bridge which beautifully connects the island to the rest of the country. Finish off the day with some delicious treats. If one is in the mood to try some authentic Thai cuisine, head out to ‘Sala Thai' or ‘Thai Wok', Thai Wok is a great place if one is on the lookout for some budget-friendly options.

Day 2: When in Male, one can not think of missing out on the great beaches. One of the main highlights is the ‘Artificial Beach' where one can take a fresh swim in the ocean, sit back on the white sand or try out some amazing mouth-watering snacks. If you are one for the sports head on over to the National Stadium which is famous for hosting some of the biggest soccer matches and also hosts cricket matches occasionally.

All this while, one can try some delicious meals on the way. Do check out ‘Sea Gull Café House' which boasts of a great view and great international foods from sandwiches to burgers and even curries! Another great place for food is ‘Bombay Darbar' which offers some of the best Indian food and is one of the most popular places to hang out in Male.

Day 3: Keep the last day in Male reserved for some traditional tourist sightseeing, while you party the night away. Visit the National Art Gallery during the day, to get marvelled in some amazing and authentic cultural displays of Maldivian culture. The ‘Produce Market' offers some great and fresh veggies which one can stock up on the way home.

Known for its authentic seafood, and when one is bored with the veggies is the ‘Fish Market' which is considered as the soul of Male and one can choose from a vast variety of fish. Lastly, end the night as one enjoys some great food and music at ‘Jazz Café'.

Tips while visiting Male

While exploring this beautiful city, dress comfortably and also wears comfortable footwear to save oneself from the scorching heat. Also, remember to dress appropriately in clothes covering knees and shoulders. One can swim in the artificial beach; however, carry appropriate swimwear since bikinis are not allowed. Lastly, do not expect to find alcohol easily on the island.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Male is a great place and one can easily cover the small city in not more than 3 days depending upon the things that one wishes to see. Great place for some unique history and culture and also some amazing food joints offering a variety of delicious cuisines.

What's Not So Great?

The city is quite expensive for everything from food, stay and travel. One also has to observe conservative rules when it comes to dressing and strict culture which does not permit the consumption of alcohol.

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