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The Magic of Maldives

Maldives, a little island nation in the Indian Ocean, is the smallest in Asia in terms of land area and population. But it is regarded as one of the largest in the world in terms of abundance of natural beauty.

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That claim seems to be truly justifying when one sights these tropical islands. The 2000 odd islands of Maldives (of which only about 200 are inhibited!) encompasses innumerable coastline – beaches that illustrate a perfect natural blend of swaying palm trees, white powder-like sand bed, plus, lagoons of varying blue shades.

One of the very rare locations where mother nature is in its purest form, these pristine seashores will easily find place among the list of best beach destinations around the world.

Maldives’ unscathed natural environment makes its sea-waters a virtual heaven of ecosystems. The island boasts a large variety of colorful coral reefs that harbors hundreds of different marine species.

The peculiar geography and sparse population also makes way for another spectacular entertainment, that’s perhaps unrivaled in anywhere else – the tropical island resorts !

These are tourist resorts, typical Maldives special, consisting of an exclusive hotel on its own island with population based on tourists and staff only – absolutely no locals! Any solitude seekers couldn’t ask for more.

Maldives’ beaches are all-round entertainers. Their secluded serenity and soothing atmosphere attracts honeymooners and families, while the clear waters & mind-blowing underwater sceneries draws diving enthusiasts.

These beaches are much sought after by vacationers and watersports (scuba, skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing…) persons alike.

Few locations that stand out amongst the long long list of Maldives beauties…

# Addu Atoll

# Baa Atoll

And of course, the island capital and major city:

# Male’

Unfolding nature beyond limits… that’s the real Maldives ‘magic’



Fascinating Finland Lakes

The Nordic country of Finland is popularly referred as ‘the country of 1000 lakes’. Indeed it is one of the rarest countries in the world where majority of its landscape is adorned with unscathed thick forests and lovely lakes.

Even the term ‘country of 1000 lakes’ falls short to describe Finland’s amazing geography. Actually there are around 2, 00,000 lakes (official records state: 1, 87,888). However there is a region in south-east Finland that aptly justifies this tag – the biggest Lake District in entire Europe.

This ‘thousand lakes region’ in Finland in fact accommodates much more than 1000 lakes which are dotted by numerous beautiful islands and covered with vast forests. With relatively spare population all over, there are few better locations that offer an ideal travel experience. Another amazing feature of this region is the almost round-the-clock daylight during summer season. When days a so long and nights – almost nil !

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Let it be varying seasons like summer or winter, Finland’s lakes’ offer eye-feats and entertainments in plenty. Summer will be a bustle of spectacular natural sceneries, when people can relish in full by means of lake cruises, yachting, fishing and swimming. Whereas in winter, all the rivers, lakes and even forest stand frozen – making a giant playground for outdoor activities like Nordic skiing, skating, hiking … So nature lovers, solitude seekers and adventurists can choose a season as per their preferences.

Amongst Finland’s around Two Lakhs of lakes (with 20,000+ kilometres of splendid shoreline), the top five, in terms of size and charm, are as follows…

Lake Saimaa

The largest and arguably most beautiful of all Finnish lakes, Lake Saimaa is situated in eastern Finland, between the cities – Joensuu and Lappeenranta.

A priceless jewel of Finland’s natural beauty, this lake is characterised by an extensive water-body dotted by thousands of isles and countless bays. A fishing paradise, Lake Saimaa is home to ‘Saimaa Salmon’ (a land locked variety of the popular Salmon fish).

Lake Päijänne

The deepest and second largest lake in Finland, Lake Päijänne extends from city of Lahti to the city of Jyväskylä (Southern Finland). This lake offers diverse sceneries with its landscapes – isles and shores – each varying in geographical shape.

The southern parts of this mighty lake are home to ‘Päijänne National Park’, an apt location for adventurous hiking trails. Päijänne Lake is a famous fishing site too.

Lake Inarijärvi

The only major lake among the ‘top five’ that doesn’t belong to Finland’s celebrated ‘thousand lakes region’, Lake Inarijärvi comes third in the list of big-sized Finnish lakes.

Perhaps the only one of its kind in terms of pristine nature and wilderness, Lake Inarijärvi accommodates about three thousand isles. This lake area offers one of the very best cruises thro’ unspoilt nature! Another speciality of this lake is its excellent water quality. It is said that there is no need to bring drinking water while travelling in Lake Inarijärvi.

Lake Pielinen

The fourth largest lake in Finland, Lake Pielinen lays north to the city of Joensuu. Another lake boasting of majestic sceneries, Lake Pielinen is beautified with many little isles and neighboured with pine forests.

Koli National Park, a well known natural site in Finland, is located on the western shores of this lake. Pielinen’s waters also houses a diverse fish variety including the land locked Salmon.

Lake Oulujärvi

Located to the west of the Finnish city of Kajaani, Lake Oulujärvi is the country’s fifth largest lake. Better known by nickname ‘Kainuu Sea’ due to its vast fishing resources, Lake Oulujärvi is rated as a top pike-fishing destination and is a favourite hunt of trollers.

Apart from its own share of charming shores and sand dunes, what makes Lake Oulujärvi distinct is its Island of Ärjänsaari – an isle with high sand banks.


In a country like Finland that ranks high amongst the most stable countries in the world… whose capital (Helsinki) is world’s no.2 safest city… outings can be enjoyable in every sense. Almost countless pristine locations lay unexplored in not so large a country!