Bangalore has not only been a destination for Maldivians for medical tourism, but has been a host to many Maldivian students pursuing higher education.

According to Sharanu Patil, director of Medical Services at Sparsh Hospital here, several hundreds of students from Maldives stay at the Maldivian Colony near the Outer Ring Road in Hebbal. “Besides this, there is one more Maldivian Colony of students in Mysore. Most Maldivian nationals arriving for medical tourism seek help from this community when they come to Bangalore,” he added.