The Maldives, or Maldive Islands, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island nation consisting of a group of atolls, stretching south of India’s Lakshadweep islands between Minicoy Island and the Chagos Archipelago.
They are about seven hundred kilometres (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea of Indian Ocean.
The twenty-six atolls of Maldives encompass a territory featuring 1,192 islets, of which two hundred and fifty islands are inhabited.
The Maldives are the smallest Asian country in terms of both population and area. With its most elevated part at only two meters above sea level, it is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world.