Comoros Islands

The Land Of Picturesque Beaches 

 

Towards the eastern coast of Mozambique and to the north-western side of Madagascar, there is a group of three islands. These also include several corals and quite a few islets.  These islands form the nation of Comoros. Popularly called as Comoros Islands, these islands make an inexplicable, bizarre and appealing tourist destination. This is one of the most exiting places and a real heaven for the energetic travellers. The total area of Comoros is 2,170 sq. km and the total population is approx. 773,407 (2010 data)

Comoros Islands are located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. These islands are blessed with profound natural beauty and marvellous topography. The best feature of these islands are the vast and picture-post beaches.  The deep sea corals and the vast flora and fauna add to the mystery and inexplicitly of Comoros Islands. The most frequently seen sea-life comprises of Comoros, whales, crabs, sharks, tiny shrimps and big manta rays.

Not only this, there are also vast lush green and dense forests and stunning topography for the tourists to explore. There are not many people who have been to this place so you always stand a chance to explore the land, you haven’t read or heard before. Visit these islands for a life time experience. There is also not much of the problem with staying in these islands as some good hotels have developed there over the years with increasing number of people, visiting these islands.

Comoros overall is one of the poorest countries of the world. After it achieved the freedom from the colonial rule of France, there have been several coups till things stabilized in 2002, with each island having its own president and a union president took over. The country is somewhat isolated from the world with lesser links. The growing population of Comoros Islands is the youth which can’t be fed with the limited resources. Efforts are on and to bring this nation on the track of development.

Cultural Diversity

Ever since these islands were inhabited first in the 6th century, there have been a lot of people from different places who have come and inter-mixed. These people belonged to different races and ethnic beliefs. These included people mainly of Bantu, Indonesian, Indian, Portuguese, Malagasy, Arab and French origin. These people intermixed well and this led to a great cultural diversity. However, overall culture has major impact of the Arabs and the French. The reason behind is that these have been there quite for some time.

Major Tourist Attractions

Comoros Islands as a whole are very blessed with pristine and stunning environment and environment. I felt every inch of this island equally beautiful from the beaches to its un-trodden pathways. The three main islands are Ngazidija (Grande Comoro), Mwali (Moheli) and Nzwani (Anjouan). These three make the Comoros nation. There is one more island called Mahore (Mayotte) but this is not a part of Comoros nation and ties to France.  However, this also is geographically a part of Comoros Islands.

Ngazidija or Grand Comoros is the largest of the three islands and offers a lush green environment for the tourists to explore besides the attractive sandy beaches with blue waters. The villages are made of thatched huts, which are properly placed and also include some beautiful mosques, given the whole island an identical look to be enjoyed. This island also bears the famous Mt Karthala, which is well known for having active volcano.

Mwali or Moheli is the smallest of the three islands here. There are not many people living here. This island is famous for the National Marine Park, besides offering the lush green hilly terrain and the vast branches to be explored by the travellers.

Nzwani or Anjouan is the third island of the country and is more or less triangular in shape. Commonly called as “pearl of Indian”, this has a lot to offer the visitors. These include the deep valleys, gracious waterfalls, vast beaches and more importantly, rich Swahili-Shiraxi art and architecture.

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