Northern Atolls

The most northerly atolls have more of a desert island feel, being so geographically isolated from the capital Male in the central region.  Historically, the relative proximity of these islands to India has been significant: it is believed that Buddhism, which was the predominant religion until the 12th Century, was first introduced to the northern island of Ihavandhu by a Southern Indian prince.  And the Maldivian language, Dhiveli, which has Indo-Iranian roots with Arabic influences is likely to have evolved in this northern region.

There are various resorts in the nothern islands offering a very secluded experience. 

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