Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Maldives : The Dream Paradise

Maldive Islands, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island country consisting of a group of atolls stretching south of India's Lakshadweep islands between Minicoy Island and the Chagos Archipelago, and about seven hundred kilometres south-west of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea of Indian Ocean. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of both population and area; it is the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres above sea level, it is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 metres. The Maldives holds the record for being the lowest country in the world. It was largely terra incognita for tourists until the early 1970s. For many centuries the Maldivian economy was entirely dependent on fishing and other marine products.

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