About Maldives : The Maldives is a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean. It is about 671 k.m. southwest of Sri Lanka. The Republic of Maldives consists 1,190 coral islets. The pre-Muslim period of its history is full of heroic myths. The Maldives had a mysterious history. It describes stories of people, Kings and brave Sultans, dynasties ruled and fought valiantly for independence of the nation.