Capital of Maldives


The capital of Maldives is Male. The city is one of the smallest capitals in the world and is home to nearly one third of the country's population. It is located in the Kaafu Atoll and is the center for all commercial activities of the country. The name Male was taken from the Sanskrit word "mahaalay", meaning "big house".

The history of Male goes back as early as 16th century. The Portuguese founded this little town during this time. The entire town is divided into four parts, which are Henveiru, Galolhu, Maafannu and Machangolhi. One of the most densely populated cities of the world, Male is the center for all sorts of government and political activity of the country.


Male is a city filled with numerous high rise buildings and sky scrapers. The roads are lined with shops and restaurants. One can find numerous palm trees lining the paved streets of the town. These add to the greenery and to the town's beauty. Male does not have any beaches. It is however, surrounded by a number of seawalls. The city is general is extremely picturesque and exudes a pleasant look.

Male, the capital of Maldives is a popular tourist destination. One can find numerous shops and local attractions in this little town. Some of the popular tourist atractions in Male inlcude The Islamic Center, Huskuru Miskyii, Mulee-Aage and the National Museum.One can also find a number of Monuments in Male to visit.

Male is a shopper's paradise. There are numerous shops and huge shopping malls from where one can buy numerous articles and gift itmes. Popular items that one can buy from Male inlcudes apparels, cosmetics, perfumes, jewellery, watches and various electronic items. The 'thudu kuna', a traditional Maldivian mat , is a popualr souvenir that one can buy from here. The Majeedhee Magu, is one of the most important shopping streets of the city.One can find numerous roadside shops over here selling almost everyhting that one can possibly think of. Chaandhanee Magu is the best palce to buy souvenirs and other traditional gift itmes. For marketing, one can check out the fish market and the local market.

There are numerous hotels and restaurants in this city where one can wine and dine in a relaxed manner. Both continental and intercontinental as well as local dishes are available in these hotels. Major eating outlets in the city inlcude City Motel, Classic Inn, Extra Heaven and Aquatic Residency. Being a very small city, moving around is not at all difficult. One can walk or go for a taxi ride also. One can find numerous air-conditioned taxis over here.

Reaching Male, the capital of Maldives is not at all difficult. Nearly all the major international airlines have flights to the Male International Airport. One can take a flight from the city of your departure and fly to Male. However, the airport is separated from the main city by an ocean. Hence, one has to take ferry ride from the airport to the city mainland.

The capital of Maldives is indeed one of the most beautiful looking cities of the world.