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Additional Information
Capital Antananarivo
Timezone Indian/Antananarivo
Total States 6 provinces
Airport City Ivato International Airport, Aéroport Ambalamasy de Toamasina (TMM), Aéroport de Sambava, Amborovy Airport, Sainte Marie AIRPORT
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages French, Malagasy,
National Animal Ring-tailed lemur
Food Romazava, Lasary , Foza sy hena-kisoa
Seasons Autumn  : Sep - Nov
Summer : Jun - Aug
Winter     : Dec - Feb
Sprint      : Mar - May


1 ) Antananarivo
Popular - Wild life & Adventure     Location - Antananarivo, -Atsimo-Atsinanana, -Madagascar

Antananarivo is the capital city of Madagascar, in the island’s Central Highlands. Overlooking the city, the Rova of Antananarivo palace complex was the center of the Merina kingdom from the 17th century. It features wooden houses and royal tombs. The pink baroque Andafiavaratra Palace sits in the nearby Haute Ville neighborhood. In the city center, heart-shaped Lake Anosy is ringed by jacaranda trees.
The main boulevard is lined with colonial-era buildings. It links the colorful Analakely Market at one end with the Gare Soarano station building, now converted into a shopping mall. South of the city, Tsimbazaza Zoo houses many of Madagascar’s distinctive animals, including the iconic lemur. It also has a museum with a giant skeleton of the extinct elephant bird. In the north, Parc de Tsarasaotra's wetlands are home to many endangered bird species. Antananarivo is also a base for excursions to Ambohimanga palace, a sacred hill once used as a base by the Merina royals.

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2 ) Nosy Be
Popular - Beach     Location - Nosy Be, -Diana, -Madagascar

Nosy Be is an island off Madagascar’s northwestern coast. In the southeast, the forests of Lokobe Reserve shelter chameleons, geckos and frogs. The capital, known as Hell-Ville, has French colonial buildings and a covered market. Lemuria Land is home to a variety of lemurs, plus reptiles. Also in the park is a 19th-century distillery still used to extract essential oils from the native ylang-ylang tree.
A huge banyan tree near Mahatsinjo village is considered sacred and has been attracting worshipers since the 1800s. Popular beaches include Ambatoloaka, Madirokely and Ambondrona Bay. In the northwest, Andilana Beach is backed by palm trees. Inland, trails lead past crater lakes up to the summit of Mount Passot for panoramic views over the island. Scuba diving and deep-sea fishing are popular activities in the Mozambique Channel. Southwest of Nosy Be, the island of Nosy Iranja is home to sea turtles. Mitsio archipelago, comprising about a dozen islands, features sandy beaches and dramatic basalt formations.

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3 ) Antsirabe
Popular - Lake     Location - Antsirabe, -Vakinankaratra, -Madagascar

Antsirabe is the capital city of the Vakinankaratra region, in the central highlands of Madagascar. It's a popular spa town, known for its thermal springs and many colorful rickshaws. The city’s French colonial buildings include the Hôtel des Thermes, with its grand facade. Stalls at the souk-like, outdoor Sabotsy Market sell clothing and local produce. Large Lake Andraikiba is just west of the city.


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4 ) Morondava
Popular - Beach     Location - Morondava, -Menabe, -Madagascar

Morondava is a town on Madagascar’s west coast. It’s the gateway to the Avenue of the Baobabs, where massive baobab trees tower over the landscape. Nearby, Kirindy Forest is home to lemurs and carnivorous, catlike fossas. Farther north, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park has jagged limestone pinnacles connected by rope bridges and walkways. South of the city, ships are built by hand on Belo sur Mer’s sandy lagoon.

The city is famous amongst other things for the spectacular Avenue of Baobabs.These giant baobab trees are an 800-year-old legacy of the dense tropical forests that once throve here. Over the years, as the country's population grew, the forests were steadily cut down, leaving only the baobab trees, which the locals preserved for religious reasons.

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5 ) Toliara
Popular - Beach     Location - Toliara, -Atsimo-Andrefana, -Madagascar

Toliara is a city in Madagascar. It is the capital of the Atsimo-Andrefana region, located 936 km southwest of national capital Antananarivo. The current spelling of the name was adopted in the 1970s, reflecting the orthography of the Malagasy language. Many geographic place names, assigned French spellings during the colonial period, were altered following Malagasy independence in 1960. The city has a population of 156,710 in 2013. As a port town it acts as a major import/export hub for commodities such as sisal, soap, hemp, cotton, rice and peanuts.

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6 ) Toamasina
Popular - Beach     Location - Toamasina, -Atsinanana, -Madagascar

Toamasina, also called Tamatave, is a port city on the east coast of Madagascar. Its old town district features Creole houses built on stilts. Place Bien Aimé, a large park shaded by banyan trees, is home to a decaying colonial mansion. Wide, palm-lined Independence Avenue leads to a seaside boulevard. Archaeological exhibits and traditional tools are on show at the University of Toamasina Regional Museum.
Vendors at the covered Bazary Be Market sell fresh produce, spices, clothing and handicrafts. Off the coast nearby is secluded Prune Island, with a lighthouse and offshore coral reefs. On the city's northern outskirts, Parc Ivoloina is a conservation area and zoo sheltering several lemur species, plus tortoises. Farther north, the town of Mahavelona (Foulpointe) has beaches and the 19th-century Fort Manda. The beach at nearby Mahambo village draws surfers. Toamasina is a jumping-off point for canoe trips down the long Canal des Pangalanes, which runs parallel to the Indian Ocean shoreline.

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7 ) Manakara
Popular - River     Location - Manakara, -Vatovavy Fitovinany, -Madagascar

Manakara is a city in Madagascar. It is the capital of Vatovavy-Fitovinany Region. The city is located at the east coast near the mouth of the Manakara River and has a small port. The bridge over the Manakara River that connected the northern and southern parts of the city partly collapsed in September 2012. It is the endpoint of the Fianarantsoa-Côte Est railway, which connects the city of Fianarantsoa with the sea. It usually leaves Fianarantsoa at 7 in the morning, and is supposed to reach Manakara by 4 pm, but there have been incidences of it not reaching Manakara until much later. If one needs to return to the capital from Manankara and time is an issue, take a plane or a taxi-brousse. There is also an airport and a national road along the coastline. Manakara Airport is one of the few places where a railway crosses a runway. Its temperature on average is 27 degrees Celsius, the high is 32 and low is 10.

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8 ) Maroantsetra District
Popular - Wild life & Adventure     Location - Maroantsetra District, -Analanjirofo, -Madagascar

Maroantsetra is a market town and domestic seaport in Analanjirofo Region, Madagascar, at the northern end of the Bay of Antongil. Maroantsetra is the main point of access to Masoala National Park and the Nosy Mangabe special reserve, and the headquarters of the park authority. Access to the town is mainly by air, with regular connections to Toamasina and Antananarivo or by sea. While Route Nationale 5 runs south along the coast to Mananara Nord and Toamasina, it is little more than a forest track for much of its length and frequently impassable. There are no roads into the town from the north or west.

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1 ) Alahamadi Be

Festival Month - March

Alahamadi Be is Madagascar’s traditional New Year’s Day, which takes place in March and lasts for two days. Crowds hit the street in celebration, homes are decorated in lights and friends and family visit to wish eachother well. Traditional music and dance plays a part in the festivities.

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2 ) Santabary Festival

Festival Month - May

The Santabary Festival is ancient in origin, and takes place in late April/early May to give thanks for the year’s first rice harvest. Eating, drinking, traditional music and dance are all part of the celebrations, and local customs vary across the country.

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3 ) Famadihana

Festival Month - June

This traditional event, known as the turning of the bones, is a three-month family-oriented ritual beginning in June in Madagascar. The bodies of recently-passed family members and ancestors are taken from the crypt, re-dressed in silk shrouds and reburied.

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4 ) Donia Music Festival

Festival Month - September

Held in September at the Hell-Ville Stadium on Nosy Be Island, the Donia Music Festival is a combination of Malagasy music, sport and cultural events. The festivities last for a full week and draw in over 40,000 spectators.

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