- Name - Republic of Palau
- Independence - 01/10/94 (dd/mm/yy)
- Capital - Ngerulmud
- Currency - US Dollars
- Conversion Rate -$1 = Rs.63.52(July 2015)
- Time Zone - Indian Std Time+03:30 hrs
- Geographical Co-ordinates - 7.5 deg.N,134.6 deg.E
- Climate - Tropical
- Population - < 20,000 (2015 est)
- Area - 458 Sq.Km
- HDI Rank - 60 (2013 est)
- Religion - Christianity(majority)
- Official Language - Palauan/English
- Government - Presidential Republic
- Head of State - Tommy Remengesau
- Administrative Divisions - 16 States
- Dialing Code - +680
- Electricity Rating - 120V, 60Hz
- Distance from India - Around 6000Kms
- Date Format - mm/dd/yy
- Type - Plain with Emblem
- Explanation - Blue is for freedom of self rule & the golden disc depicts the full moon which is considered to be very auspicious by the natives.
- Adopted - 01/01/81
V) National Emblem & Description :
VII) National Symbols :
(Ptilinopus pelewensis) (Bikkia palauensis)
- Air Tickets : $1000 upwards return from India.
- Rooms : $65 upwards per night.
- Food : $10 upwards per meal.
- Transportation : $35 upwards for airport shuttle & $ 60 upwards per day on hire.
Palau -Diaries of an Intrepid Indian Traveller
Palau's economy is based on fishing & tourism. There is a steady stream of tourists from South Korea,Japan,China & Guam for whom it is just a weekend trip to this country akin to Thailand,Malaysia,Singapore,Sri Lanka or Dubai for us Indians.I was the lone Indian tourist to the country during my stay.Palau has a tropical climate with rain & sunshine throughout the year with the temperature hovering around 25 deg.C to 32 deg.C.Restaurants & shops are opened till 21.00 hrs & beyond.There are a few supermarkets in Koror which caters to the needs of the country where most of the available items are imported from countries like China.Since Palau has a total population of less than 20,000 most of the local people are related to each other & hence if there is any festivities or mourning in a family most of the country would be part of it.The only souvenirs that are made in Palau are the storyboards which are made from the ironwood tree while the rest of the souvenirs are imported.
Palau is surrounded by coral reefs which is the first layer of protection for the Island followed by mangroves on its shores which acts as the second layer of protection.These islands are volcanic outcrops where the surface is uneven & fertile as a result of which you would see a lot of small hillocks & greenery owing to the soil & climatic conditions.It is rich in phosphate & the German channel stands testimony to that which was created by blasting through the corals to get to the phosphate deposits of the islands during German rule.The countries only airport which is connected to world is Koror Airport which is located in Airai state in Babeldaob Island & the countries only harbour terminal is located in Malakal Island.
The contrasts between India & Palau is visible at every level right from the size of the country to the population & beyond.It was a refreshing change to see a land where there is no public transport on land,where even the smallest house has a car to say the least.Palau has motorable roads which are constructed & funded by various countries namely USA,Japan,Taiwan,China&South Korea .The Island has two major highways which run along the east & west coast.I was surprised to find out that the Island has no traffic signals ,pedestrians are given utmost respect by slowing & stopping a good 10m away from where you stand to facilitate crossing the road.Driving is right hand & on the right side of the road.It is a country where crime is hardly prevalent with only 2 prisoners & around 50 cops who were hardly seen on the streets.Palau has no national forces & looks to the US for protection as per its compact free association terms.In Palau death due to negligent driving is national news & a memorial is erected for the victim which so far has been only one a few years back.The labour force comprises mainly of Bangladeshi & Filipino people . Around 21 Indians are said to be residing in Palau who run small business .The Indian diplomatic mission in Philippines is accredited with being in charge of Palau.
Anyone from India can plan an extended weekend trip to Palau & back . During the 3 days that I got to stay I went on an Aerial tour of the island which had a panoramic view & was a photographer's delight.I went to see the stone monoliths ,hiking to the Ngardmau waterfall which was like a big shower with the cooling effect of an A/C on a hot day & then went on a day trip by boat to Peleliu to see the historical WW 2 remnants of battle hardware left behind after the bloodiest battle in the pacific theatre which left around 12,000 people dead & visited a few Japanese tunnels where the utensils still remain.
Some of the States of Palau in Babeldaob Island:
Peleliu Island Tour:
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