Malindi, located about 120 kms northeast of Mombasa, is one of the large tourist towns along the coast. Malindi, once known as
Melinde, is a town on Malindi Bay at the mouth of the Galana River, lying on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya.
The population is approximately 120,000. It is the capital of the Malindi District.
The Arabs founded Malindi in the early thirteenth century. In 1414, the King of Malindi initiated diplomatic relations with China during the voyages of the explorer Zheng He.