The Republic of the Maldives
is a chain of around 1200 small coral Islands
stretching 750km across the Indian Ocean and circled into
26 natural atolls boast rich cultural traditions, a history of
kings and queens, pageants, feasts and festivals, their own
language and script. According
to the season and method of classification, the exact number of
islands are changed.
The Maldives Islands, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean covers
an area of 90,000 sq. km. The length of the country extends to
820 km and width is 130 km. It spreads across the equator from
north to south.
it is divided into 19 atolls but for administrative purpose
officially it is grouped into 20 atolls. Most of the islands are
uninhabited and people are living only in 199 islands. The height of the islands rarely
reach above 2 meters. These islands are surrounded by shallow
crystal clear lagoons enclosed by coral reefs.
Total estimated population is 246 thousands. The islands chain
forms part of
Chagos submarine ridge, which
extends into the Central part of Indian Ocean from the south
west coast of India.
The islands extend more than 510 miles
(820 km) from north to south and 80 miles (130 km) from east to
west. The northernmost atoll is about 370 miles (600 km)
south-southwest of the Indian mainland, and the central area,
including the capital island of Male, is about 400 miles (645
km) southwest of Sri Lanka.
View Some of the
Islands of Maldives