Located in the southwest of Sri Lanka and India, Maldives is home to an archipelago of 1192 islands grouped together in coral atolls. These 26 atolls are scattered across 806km (500 miles) of the Indian Ocean and inhibited by a population of over 400,000 people. The lowest lying nation in the world, Maldives' average ground level is only at 1.5 meters.
The Maldives' clear turquiose blue waters is home to a myraid of thriving underwater life. Coral reefs and tropical fish - from neon clownfish to manta rays - thrive in the warm ocean water. Coupled with the tropical, sunny weather and pristine white beaches, Maldives makes the perfect vacation destination for many.
Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives is located on the island of Kodhipparu in North Male Atoll, famous for its dive sites and abundant marine life. The resort is just 20-minutes speedboat ride from the airport, allowing you to save time on seaplane transfers so you can get to paradise in double-quick time.
Immerse in the tranquility that nature has to offer. Enjoy memerising sunrise views at the resort's infinity pool or just have a quiet stroll on the powdery white sands. Adrenaline junkies can explore the dazzling underwater world through activities at the resort's Dive Centre or water sports centre.
The Maldives is best known for its bountiful fresh seafood. 'Maldive fish', a tuna product that is cured, is a big export of Maldives and widely used in dishes. Heavily influenced by the Indian cuisine, Maldivian food is often hot and spicy. It is no surprise that local specialties include creamy and spicy curries, such as miruhulee boava -octopus, chili, and curry leaves served with rice.
For guests staying at Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives, they will be in for a gastronomical treat at the resorts' three restaurant and bars. From extensive buffet spreads at The Edge, casual dining with panoramic sea views at Breeze Poolside Dining & Bar, also feast on prime cuts paired with curated wine at FIREDOOR.
The main island and high-rise capital Malé is home to the first musuem of the country, National Musuem. Gaze at the opulent thrones and ceremonial robes once owned by local sultans or historical artifacts from the Buddhist era to the rule of Islamic monarchs.
The Old Friday Mosque is also one landmark not to be missed. Build in 1658, the mosque is made almost entirely of carved coral stone with lacquer work and woodcarvings interior.
Watch the day's catch being brought in at Malé Fish Market and immerse in the hustle and bustle of local life. The local adjorning local market also offers a colourful variety of tropical fruits and spices.
Locals speak Dhivehi, an Indo -Aryan language or English, widely spoken in areas frequented by tourists. The local culture features a lively mix of South Indian, Sinhalese and Arab influences that is reflected in its cuisine and traditional music.
The Maldives is located near the equator, which brings tropically warm climate almost all year round. The temperature of Maldives ranges from 24 to 31 degrees. The South West monsoon (May to Oct) and North East monsoon (Nov to April) bring showers to the island,.