Local Activities in the Maldives – Must Have Experiences in the Maldives

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The Maldives islands have become world-renowned for offering some of the most unforgettable holiday experiences available. Featuring pristine beaches, lush tropical scenery, and various five star hotels Maldives has to offer that take up an entire island, such as Naladhu Maldives. The nation however, has a tremendous amount to offer and if you find yourself in the Maldives, be sure to make the most of your journey.

Many are unaware of the incredible history of the Maldives. The heritage of the nation stretches back thousands of years and is filled with intrigue. There are various heritage sites one could visit around the various islands that make up the country. There have been records of settlements as far back as 300BC, and there’s evidence still to be seen in museums and various islands. There are also ancient mosques that were built out of coral are in the progress of being branded as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

There are multiple museums to explore around the Maldives, each showcasing various artefacts from the nation’s colourful past. The National Museum of the Maldives is one of the most notable of such establishments and features a diverse assortment of relics in a beautifully designed building.

Some of the best experiences to be had within the Maldives lie beneath the water, since they are home to a large variety of aquatic life. Through a diving expedition you could swim with whale-sharks, interact with various rays, and explore an astonishing array of coral formations. There are also various wrecks to be explored from the Second World War.

Last but not least, a Maldivian adventure is definitely not complete without sampling their unique cuisine. There are many dishes to indulge in, from breakfast dishes such as mas huni, various snacks known as hedhikaa and exquisite curries such as babukeylu hithi.

If you decide to journey into the spectacular island nation of the Maldives, be sure to spice up your quest with as many experiences as possible.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.

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Lockhart Road – The Iconic Lockhart Road of Wan Chai

Many would have heard about the autonomous territory that is Hong Kong, but remain oblivious to the existence of an island bearing the same name. The island started off as a British colony during the 1830s and only contained a few thousand people. Currently the popular of the island is upwards of a million and is a highly developed metropolis. The island features an assortment of historical sites as well as exuberant shopping malls. One of the most significant areas is Wan Chai.

Wan Chai is one of the most significant cultural hubs in the nation, and houses many important institutions. As a result it is a popular tourism attraction and you can easily find hotels in Wan Chai Hong Kong such as the Cosmo Hotel Wan Chai Hong Kong.

The Wan Chai area has many attractions to offer, yet one of the most famous areas is Lockhart Road, a stretch that runs along the entire length of Wan Chai. The road’s namesake is Sir James Stewart-Lockhart who served as the Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1895 to 1902 who was instrumental in the extension of the Hong Kong territory.

Nightlife is where Lockhart Road thrives, and it has its very own bar district as well. This particular stretch contains a wide selection of pubs, restaurants, clubs and discos. The food culture of Wan Chai is also very strong, so you’re sure to find some great restaurants as well along this road. There are a few shops to explore along this road which are far from the usual touristy types. You could find fresh fruits and vegetables as well as various kinds of confectionary.

For an eclectic experience with a range of possibilities, take a visit to Lockhart Road which also allow you to explore the heart of Wan Chai.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.

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Gangaramaya Temple – A Sacred Site in Colombo

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If you are down here in Colombo, on the sun-kissed roads amidst the colourful canvas of Sri Lankan culture, you need to scribble in Gangaramaya Temple to your list of must-sees. The Gangaramaya Temple boasts authentic Lankan architecture infused with Thai, Indian and Chinese artistry. Lined with statues of Lord Buddha in stones, white plastic and gold, the premises of Gangaramaya Temple consists of a library, a museum, a residential hall and educational halls too.

Once a swamp located adjacent to the Beira Lake, the area has now become the extravagant centre of a vibrant Vesak celebration lit picturesquely over the waters. Adorned with an extensive array of gifted jewels and gilded presents, the temple has also become an attraction where tourists and locals alike gather to share a serene moment. Most notable for tourists and much revered by local Buddhists is the “Simamalaka Shrine” that was built by the devotees. If what you are looking for is affordable Colombo hotel rooms within easy reach of sites such as Gangaramaya Temple, consider properties like Cinnamon Red Colombo which is only about a 5-minute drive away.

Gangaramaya, on account of it being a space for housing sacred objects in gratitude of Lord Buddha as well as being a place of worship, organises one of the most vibrant processions in the country, the “Nawam Maha Perahera”. If you get the chance of visiting Sri Lanka during February you will be delighted to catch the sight of this procession of sacred relics housed in a casket atop majestic elephants amidst dancers and drummers carrying Buddhist flags and marching forth.

When visiting the famous Gangaramaya Temple, you can also enjoy the sight of Beira Lake, the lake this temple is built on. Enjoy a peaceful relaxing break from sightseeing by the Beira Lake which was once used solely for transporting commercial goods within the city premises.

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