The National Museum of Male was opened on November 1952 by the Prime Minister at the time Mohamed Amin Didi. The museum holds many artifacts ranging from statues (mainly made out of coral stone) belonging to the Buddhist era, royal antiques, art, coins, ornaments and much more. Initially the museum was a three storied building which was a part of the Maldivian Royal Palace and this was partly demolished due to a fire and the museum was re-built by the aid of the Chinese government.
Among the many valuable and unique artifacts of the museum the Thoddoo Head made out of Coral stones takes a very prominent place. The artifact was found in Thoddoo Island in North Ari atoll and is believed to be made in the resemblance of Lord Buddha. The intricate designs and the outlining of every little detail of the face speak volumes about the excellent craftsmanship that existed. Tantric Head sculpture, the Maldivian Tara, Makara Tantric symbol incised to a coral stone box, lacquer-ware food containers, food covers and the six faced tantric Buddhist sculpture inscribed with tantric mantras are some of the main items you would see in the museum. A new project is being carried out as an inaugural part of the museum and that is to develop the Sultan Park into a splendid Maldivian Botanical Garden. This project is known as the “Maldives Eden Project” and is expected to be of great success which brings history and nature together in a magical encounter.
When speaking of nature it is a known fact that Maldives has some of the best beaches in the world. The crystal clear blue waters with lining coconut trees on white sandy beaches together with the glorious tropical heat makes it a much visited holiday destination of many. The Maldives hotel industry is a very lucrative business and the services are highly in demand with Honeymoon travelers. If you want to escape to a world of serenity and enjoy your holiday with your special someone or family the Maldives island resorts will be ideal. With private villas and beach houses you get to experience the best of tailor made hospitality and luxury comforts to suit your liking. Naladhu Maldives is a hotel that is situated in a beautiful surrounding and provides villas and private beach houses to suite your likings.
Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.