Who doesn’t know about the breathtaking beauty of the Maldives. Be it the beautiful beaches, the magical underwater world, the range of activities or the scope for relaxation, Maldives tops the list of many travellers and honeymooners. If you think you know it all about the island then here are some least known facts that will blow your mind. Get ready to get amazed!
Flattest country in the world
Maldives made it to the Guinness World Records for being the flattest country in the world. The maximum elevation above sea level here is just 2.4 metres. The island nation is also the lowest country in the world with the ground level on an average at 1.5 meters. The highest point is at a particular spot in Villingili Island at 2.3 meters, which is also the lowest in the world.
Underwater cabinet meeting
Ever heard of an underwater cabinet meeting? Well, it was made possible in Maldives by President Mohamed Nasheed in 2009. He held the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting to draw attention to drastic climate change and rising level of oceans. Desks were sunk at the sea bottom and the President, along with his 13 government officials, held a meeting there wearing scuba gears.
1190 Coral Islands and 26 Atolls
This small island nation comprises of 1190 low-lying coral islands gathered into 26 atolls. Of these, only 185 islands are inhabited by Maldivian population and the rest are used for economic purposes including tourism and agriculture.
Home of whale sharks
Maldives is one of the few destinations in the world where whale sharks can be spotted all through the year. If you love underwater adventure then go diving with certified instructors and swim alongside a Whale Shark.
98 percent literacy
Maldives has 98 per cent literacy among its adults. Beauty with brains! You will be surprised to know that the literacy rate in 1978 was only 70%. This was made possible after an education program was started by the UNICEF.
(Curated by Priya Pareek)