Tourists and holidaymakers residing in villas in Maldives will be thrilled to discover the culture and heritage of the local natives by visiting the capital city of Male and exploring its surroundings. For those who wish to experience a change of scenery away from their stay in resorts such as Adaaran Prestige Water Villas, there are a number of attractions and activities one can engage in, in Male, which provides tourists with a unique insight into the local culture. Travellers can immerse themselves in the natural atmosphere of the island by visiting the Male Fish Market as well as the Vegetable and Fruit Market and observe the energy these local bazaars radiate. Tourists can also explore the narrow streets of Male for a glimpse into the lives of the locals and relax and enjoy the serenity that exists effortlessly in Sultan Park.
While walking through Sultan Park, one would chance upon the National Museum which was established in 1952. The Museum was opened by Mohamed Amin Didi who wished to enhance ideals of patriotism and nationalism in the Maldivian citizens through its establishment. The Museum itself is home to a varied collection ranging from pre-Islamic times to the present including the Feyli Kolhu of a 16th century Sultan and a coral stone head of Lord Buddha.
Similar to the National Museum, the Esjehi Art Gallery seeks to exhibit the traditional arts and crafts of this cluster of islands. The Art Gallery which was established with the intention of preserving Maldivian art and to attract recognition and fame to the traditional crafts, also hosts a number of exhibitions that display the art of local artists. By providing a platform for little known painters to produce and exhibit their creations, the Gallery encourages and documents the evolution of arts and crafts in Maldives.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+