If you are yearning for untroubled bliss, away from the urban chaos and cacophony, then spend few days on this serene, paradise – Maldives! Viewed from the air, Maldives looks like an exquisite jade necklace on the azure ocean. Maldives are a group of more than thousand small and big breathtakingly beautiful atolls (a group of islands formed by coral reefs) in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives archipelago is nothing less than a wonder of the world, the total land surface being merely 298 sq km – equivalent to a medium sized city. ! A slice of heaven on earth, Maldives is an idyllic getaway that bolsters the mind, body and soul.
To begin with it was the shortest international trip (in terms of travel time) I have taken till now – a cool two and a half hours flight from Bangalore, to landing on the shortest runway and then spending the next 3 days on the most exotic haven was enamouring!!. Tourism being one of the main source of livelihood in Maldives , a number of these isles have been transformed into high end resorts making every tourists dream come true.
On arriving into Maldives, as the plane descends the sole view mid air is the infinite expanse of the aquamarine ocean dotted with these emerald isles. Each of these islands are encircled by the `halo’ of the silky smooth, white sand.
Situated in the middle of the Indian ocean, my abode for the next three days was the luxurious Coral Reef Resort. The hotel provides a complimentary motor boat facility for picking up and seeing off guests. This 45 minute journey turned out to be a fun, roller coaster ride .Everywhere you looked the water was bathed in varied shades of blue , with verdant palm tree covered islands strewn all over. The speed at which the boat zipped treacherously on the waves, my heart skipped a beat, and I heaved a sigh of relief on finally reaching my destination. The entire resort occupies an exclusive island within a radius of 6 km .
My posh sea facing villa had stunning vistas, and was built bang on top of the sea, wooden stairs from the veranda, leading down into the crystal clear, green waters of the sea was truly inviting ! Scuba diving and snorkelling equipments were provided by the hotel, so without much ado, I changed and plunged into the ocean. The cool water was therapeutic in the hot sun, this was the most incredible experience – the views underwater just blew my mind. There were so many different species of rainbow hued fish darting about , though the coral reefs were not what I expected, they were a dull grey color.
So, if you cherish the idea of spending your holiday in the midst of the serene ocean, being lulled to sleep with the gentle ebb and flow of the waves , waking up to an intoxicating breath of fresh air, and spending a leisurly day in the turquoise, refreshing water, amidst marine creatures, then this resort island in the Maldives is the number one holiday destination.
Spend the evening, merely sitting in the lap of nature, on the pristine beach or on the slanting branch of a palm tree ( bent sideways with the action of wind and waves), as the fiery sun disappears into the horizon……where time stands still!
There’s lots more to do in Maldives, apart from water activities, you can even enjoy an amazing submarine ride, that takes you 20 feet underwater inside the ocean to admire the myriad colourful fish, turtles and other marine creatures .