As one of the few spots of greenery in the Capital of Maldives, the Sultan Park Maldives offers a pleasant prospect for a casual stroll in the evening, together with family and friends among the greenery. Although of late, the garden has suffered considerable neglect, is still well known as one of the few gardens in Male and not only so, but for its place in history and the national museum it holds in the premises.
The historic significance comes from its location, where it was built over the land of the destroyed Royal Palace of Maldives built in the 16th century. All that remains is one massive iron gate that is still reminiscent of the former days of majesty as well as one three story wing that has been converted into the National Museum. In its golden days as a green oasis in the bustling city, the park was rich with profusions of bushes and shrubs which are frequented by birds while the ponds and lakes were adorned with water lilies. It is indeed a superb location to bring one’s families for an evening for a casual stroll, although most people feel that lately the park is in need of a lot of maintenance and restoration to its former glory.
The museum on the premises houses quite an exotic collection of antiques, such as royal possessions, religious statues and other archeologically interesting remains discovered from various sites and temples in Male. The Buddha statues, statues of Hindu Gods as well as the royal belongings such as the thrones, sedan chairs and intricately decorated boxes offer quite a remarkable insight into the olden days. The recent discovery of two statues with the five faces and large feline teeth, extended tongue and large ear lobes is yet another fascinating item at the museum.
As a renowned tourist holiday destination, there is no shortage of that can keep a traveller in comfort and safety. The Maafushivaru Maldives is a paradise by itself with three different types of clusters of villas, lying close to the edge of the crystal clear waters, with well put together interiors that boast of modern comforts. This is one of the finest of that combine essential comforts with the most ravishing views of Maldives oceanic scenery that keeps a traveller both pampered and enchanted during his stay in such alluring lodgings.
Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.