Top 13 things to do in Male city

Top 13 things to do in Male City

Top 13 things to do in Male City

Maldives

Welcome to Maldives’s which is the smallest country in Asia. Remote from the rest of the world (the closest neighbor is India, 300 miles to the northeast), this archipelago of 1,190 islands in the Indian Ocean was nonetheless once at the center of world commerce.It was an ancient sea trade route where seamen from east and west would meet.Then the trade would be carried out here with Maldivian’s being the middlemen.Still where the original inhabitants came from remains a mystery?

Male the capital city of Maldives is a little gritty city with some clean cool cafés, a shopping street, and a speculator middle class running multitudinous little shops—though here appearances may be deceiving.The city has its share of attractions and incase you find yourself in male, here are some top 13 things to do in Male.

Top 13 things to do in Male City

1.) Old Friday Mosque

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Hukuru Miskiiy

Also known as Hukuru Miskiiy, the old Friday mosque is the oldest mosque in Maldives’s.It dates way back to 1656 when island country was hardly known to the world.The mosque is made of coral stones which are carved with Arabic calligraphy giving a detailed account of the history of Maldives.The compound comprises of some tombs of the royal family, an old groundwater well, and a small graveyard.
The mosque was very famous for Friday prayers until the new grand mosque was built.

This is one of the top 13 things to do in Male City.

2.)Medhu Ziyaaraiy shrine

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Medhu Ziyaaraiy shrine

This is the tomb of Abdul Barakat Yoosuf Al Barbary a man who is been credited for converting Maldives into the Islamic faith.Legend has it that back in the 11th century a sea demon named Rannamaari used to terrorize the people of Maldives.Every last day of the month a virgin girl chosen by the king had to be sacrificed.The king would shut her inside an isolated temple during the night and the girl would be found dead the next day.
Finally, Abdul Barakat had convinced the king to allow him to stay one night at the temple instead of the girl.When the sea demon emerged, Abdul was reciting Quran and listening to recital the sea demon fled.
When the King discovered Abdul Barakat was alive the next day, he promised to convert to Islam if Abdul Barakat could get rid of the demon for good. The Moroccan traveler accepted the challenge and when the sea demon failed to appear during the next two months, the King kept his promise and ordered the entire nation to embrace Islam.

3.)Seagull cafe

Top 13 things to do in Male city

SeaGull Cafe

 

Male has its share of unique restaurants and seagull cafe is one of them.The 2 story cafe is built in a huge hut with bamboos and has a 100-year-old tree growing trough it.Its terrace gives you the background view of the beautiful new mosque.They serve both international and local cuisine.
Some say this places the serves the best ice cream on the island and I totally agree with it.

4.)Eat Dhon riha 

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Dhon Riha

Maldivian cuisine is dominated by seafood and the staple food here is fish. Dhon riha is one of the favorite local dishes.It is Maldivian tuna curry with rice.The curry is made with garlic, ginger, local spices and some tropical plants all mixed in coconut milk.But I guess it’s the chilies which make the curry so special.A local chef told me that the Maldivian red chilies are 50 times spicier than the Indian ones.I ate the dhon Riha in my favorite seagull cafe.

This is one of the top 13 things to do in Male City.

5.)Drink a Kurumba

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Drink Kurumba

Coconuts are synonymous with tropical islands and Kurumba is synonymous with everything which is coconut. “Kurumba” in Dhivehi language actually means “young coconut”.It is actually the green one that gives you the coconut water.

This is one of the top  13 things to do in Male City.

6.)Republic square of Male

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Republic Square of Male

The “Jumhooree Maidan” which is another name for republic square is located along the waterfront of Male city.Most of the historic buildings are around it.It’s favorite evening spot among the locals and especially young teens who love to hang out here.I love the huge Maldivian flag which is hoisted right in the middle of the square.

7.)Tsunami Monument

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Tsunami Monument

The monument is built in memory for those who lost their lives in 2004 tsunami.The Indian ocean earthquake took around 28,000 lives and it affected many countries like India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Maldives.A lot of people come here and pay homage to those who lost their lives in Tsunami.

8.)Chew Screwpine Fruit

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Chew Screwpine

The screwpine fruit is mostly found in these marshy islands and after coconut, this might be the only fruit found in such large numbers.
The screwpine fruit is huge and its consists of something called cones.Each fruit has more than 100 cones and you need a hammer to remove the first one.Once removed you only chew the inner yellow part of the fruit. The fruit was really tasty and it tasted sweet -sour somewhat like a mixture of mang0-pineapple.
I got this fruit from the fruit market for 3$.

This is one of the top 13 things to do in Male City

9.)Fish market

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Fish Market

The fish market in Male is probably the most crowded market in Maldives.All the action takes place early in the morning when the fresh catch arrives.Most of the fish which was on display was Tuna.In fact, the Skipjack Tuna is kind of huge weighing around 2 to 5 kg is the most common fish found here.Do you know that fishermen in male still use traditional poles and rods for fishing as net is strictly prohibited.

10.) Eat Kulhi mas

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Kulhi Mas

Fish is the king of Maldivian cuisine and Kulhi Mas too is made of tuna.
Kulhi in the divehi Language means “spicy” and Mas means fish.Yes, the spicy tuna fish “Kulhi Mas” is favorite breakfast dish in male and it’s normally eaten with roshi “flatbread”.It’s extremely spicy but it’s worth trying.

11.) Seahouse Cafe

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Seahouse Cafe

It is the most famous restaurant in Male city and Maldivians love to dine here.The restaurant in located on the first floor of hula-hula ferry terminal and has a deck which overlooks the beautiful Indian ocean.The decor is really trendy and the prices are cheap.You could actually eat all you can under 12$.I had the Khulhi mas , Maldivian tea and chewed some local nuts which are provided complimentary by the restaurant.

This is one of the top  13 things to do in Male City.

Where:  Seahouse Cafe

12.) Sultan Park

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Sultan Park

The park was once a tiny little garden in the heart of Male city.But today it’s just an isolated park with dead plants, waterless pond, and dirty lawn.Sultan park is built on demolished royal palace grounds.What remains today is only the beautiful iron gate which reminds us of the glory this park had!

13.)KURUHINNA THARAAGANDU

Top 13 things to do in Male city

Buddhist Monastery

KURUHINNA THARAAGANDU is the ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery which once existed in the 6th century.This
the archaeological site is located on the island of Kaashidhoo (Kaafu Atoll), Maldives which around 2-3 hours away from Male.
The site proves the fact the Maldivian’s were Buddhist for a millennium before converting to islam.10th. May 1153 AD is the day Maldives officially converted to Islam according to Historians. Before that, Maldivian’s were Buddhists from as far back as the 4th century BC.

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Top 13 things to do in Male City

Male City

They say there are 2 Maldives, Male and the rest of the country.The 2 cannot be compared as both are different in different ways.Life in Male is fast and the one on islands is at a slower pace.
Maldives is actually one of those countries which looks exactly like you see in the pictures.The water is crystal clear and the sand is white.The country is enriched with wildlife, an interesting culture, and delicious food.

Hope you find this blog helpful:)

 

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