Sultan Park is one of the most popular tourist spots in the capital city of Male in the Maldives. It is a public park to the south corner of what used to be the Royal Palace that stood there in the 16th Century. After the monarchy was toppled, the palace was razed to the ground. What remains today are the iron gates, a 3-story building, which used to house the National Museum, and the gardens, which is now Sultan Park.
The city of Male is fast becoming a bustling commercial area as the Maldives is gaining more and more attention as one of the most beautiful luxury island destinations in the world. Overcrowding is now common since a third of the entire population lives here. Also, thousands of tourists pour in every month. According to a recent count, about half a million foreign travelers visit the Maldives every year. With so many people and activities going on, Sultan Park has become a favorite hangout area for the peace and quiet that it offers. Inside is a green oasis with trees, singing birds, pretty flowers, and ponds covered with water lilies.
Sultan Park is considered the center of Maldivian tourism in the capital city because of its historic significance and location. It speaks of the glorious times when the archipelago was ruled by Muslim sultans. The modern Maldivian can only imagine the grandeur of the palace that used to stand along the gardens. It is located just opposite the famous Islamic Center that is housed in the huge Grand Friday Mosque, where many important international events are regularly held. Located along Medhuziyaaraiy Magu street, they are difficult to miss.
The city of Male is rather very small andl it is easy to find interesting places to visit. Tourists are typically taken to the Esjehi art gallery that showcases traditional and modern art pieces; Hukuru Miskiiy, which is the oldest Friday mosque in the country; Male Artificial Beach, which cost millions of US dollars in construction; and again the Grand Friday Mosque near Sultan Park, a prominent structure specifically for its unique architecture and a huge dome.
Typically, however, tourists make a quick stop in Male en route their dream island vacation in one of the country’s many amazing island resorts. The Maldives has 1,192 islands that form 27 atolls. It is definitely a unique country, a string of islands that is shaped like a garland, the smallest republic and the lowest-lying country in the world. Most of the islands are only 4 feet above sea level. Also, the best white-sand beaches and dive sites in the world are found here.
The Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean southwest of India and Sri Lanka. It is popular among European tourists and is considered the prime honeymoon destination. American, Australian and Japanese tourists are also commonly seen.
Sultan Park is just one of the reasons that people come to the city of Male. Now that the capital city is intentionally improving its tourism in addition to the island tours, tourists find themselves spending more time in the city before going to the beaches or heading back home.