Places in Maldives
The pint-sized Maldivian capital is the throbbing, mercantile heart of the nation, a densely crowded and extraordinary place, notable mainly for its stark contrast to the laid-back pace of island life elsewhere in the country. Male (mar-lay) offers the best chance to see the ‘real’ Maldives away from the resort buffet and infinity pool.
North Malé Atoll
Tourism is well developed in North Male Atoll, and as well as having lots of resorts, there are several guesthouses on inhabited islands here too. Male itself isn’t the atoll capital, as it’s considered to be its own administrative district. Instead, the atoll capital is Thulusdhoo, on the eastern edge of North Male Atoll, with a population of about 1200.
Tours and activities
Private Arrival Transfer: Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB) to Polonnaruwa
Start your Sri Lanka holiday with ease by booking this private arrival transfer from Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport (BIA / CMB) of Sri Lanka to your hotel in Polonnaruwa...
Tips and articles
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