Republic of Maldives is a small island nation consisting of a chain of small islands in the Indian Ocean. The tops of a mountain range under the sea form this chain of islands, Maldives is considered to be the most dispersed country in the world in terms of geography. this country consists of about 1,192 islands out of which only two hundred islands are inhabited. Maldives is the smallest country in Asia, both by population and land area. Average ground level of this country is about five feet above sea level and this country also has the lowest highest point in the world with the maximum height of 2.3 meters above sea level.
Coconut palm is the national tree and can easily be seen nearly everywhere on the islands, vegetation is limited to only certain species of plants near the beach area due to the high salt levels in the soil, these islands have a very limited land wildlife but are very rich in marine and aquatic wildlife including some of the very rare species of fishes like moray eels, reef fish, stingrays, eagle rays, whale sharks and reef sharks. Waters around Maldives are home to more than 2000 species of fishes but are really well known for the vast variety of colorful corals.
Male is the capital and the largest city of the island nation located in the Kaafu Atoll at the southern edge of North Male Atoll it is the important financial, economic, political and cultural center of the nation. This city is also a popular tourist destination with some of the very unique attractions offered by this city including the unique culture and traditions of its inhabitants.
Tourism is a major industry of the city and due to the very economical cost of living in the city it is a perfect holiday destination for people with low budgets, you can even find really cheap flights to Male offered by many international airlines, the city home to several hotels and guest houses ranging from very simple hotels to multi star high class hotels, a wide range of restaurants, cafes and food shops are available offering a variety of foods including local and international cuisines. The city is well served by the Male International Airport providing services to many international and domestic airlines it is the only active international airport in the country to cater for international flights to Maldives.