Are you looking for a vacation to the beautiful islands of Maldives, but are apprehensive because of the cost? The Maldives is a beautiful place to go with friends, family or you can go there on your honeymoon. Most people want to go to the Maldives because it’s a very beautiful place to visit. The Maldives, a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean southwest of India and Sri Lanka, is brimming with many spots where you can enjoy its beauty, even with a tight budget! Though there are a plethora of excursions in the Maldives, below are some budget tourist spots in the Maldives, which are off the beaten path:
The National Museum is a three-storied building located in the Sultan Park in Male, which is a part of the site of Maldivian Royal Palace compound dating back to the 17th century. The museum has a large collection of artefacts. In the museum, you will find a collection of well-preserved galleries and artefacts of weaponry, household wares, religious paraphernalia, Arabic and Thaana-engraved pieces of wood and more. The major attractions of the museum are Alifu Thoddoo from the 11th century, a coral stone head of Lord Buddha and a 13th century engraved wooden plank from Hukuru Miskiiy and Feyli Kolhu of Sultan Ghaazee Mohamed. It is open to the public every day, except Friday between 10 AM to 4 AM.
The golden dome of this impressive modern mosque dominates the skyline of Male and has become something of a symbol for the city. If you are looking for budget tourist spots in the Maldives, you cannot beat the Grand Friday Mosque.
Tourists can only visit between 9 am and 5 pm. The mosque closes to all non- Muslims 15 minutes before prayers and for the following hour. Invading bands of casual sightseers are not encouraged, but if you're genuinely interested and suitably dressed, you will be welcomed by one of the staff members who hang out by the entrance. Men must wear long trousers and women must wear a long skirt or a dress. The main prayer hall inside the mosque can accommodate up to 5000 worshippers and have beautifully carved wooden side panels and doors, a specially woven carpet and impressive chandeliers.
The Tsunami Monument is one of the most moving excursions in the Maldives. In 2004, the devastating tsunami caused by the Indonesia earthquake left 74 fatalities as it passed through the Maldives, along with extensive material damage. The memorial is dedicated to those who lost their lives to the natural disaster. The names of the dead are engraved on each of the vertical rods that form the structure. The 320 steel balls that complete it symbolize the country’s atolls. The monument is located at the island’s best surfing beach, in the southeast of Male.
You can get a wide range of wildlife in the Maldives to which these islands are no stranger. There are many budget tourist spots in the Maldives, where one can partake in observing the breathtaking Maldivian Wildlife. The marine life takes refuge in the colourful coral reefs and its many atolls. You can find beautiful oceanic species like dolphins, blue-stripe snapper, oriental sweetlips, Moorish idols, angelfish, unicorn fish, as well as some bigger fishes like sharks, manta rays and stingrays. However, these islands are also home to different species of birds. Herons, seagulls, cranes, are a common bird in the Maldives, speaking of which, fruit-bats are also widely seen flocking around.
What can go wrong in the capital itself? Its brilliantly lit buildings, restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions will occupy you all day. Of course, such an itinerary is suitable for those couples who enjoy exploring places. Male is suitable as the international airport is located here, and right from the time you reach the city, you can explore its surroundings. While here, you can take a dip in the protected ocean pool, Artificial Beach and indulge in underwater scooter riding and snorkelling. You can as well go sightseeing places like the Tsunami Monument, Grand Friday Mosque, Male Fish Market, Sultan Mosque and Male National Museum.
Because travelling around the most beautiful islands in the world doesn’t have to break the bank, the above-given spots are the budget tourist spot in the Maldives!