Attractions of Mauritius

Mauritius Botanical Garden
Also known as Pamplemonsses Garden, Mauritius Botanical Garden is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere covering an area of about 37 hectares and located 13 kilometres from Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. The garden is famed for its giant water lilies, spice garden and unique collection of 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean.

Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park is found about 38 kilometres from Port Louis in southwestern with an area of 6,574 hectares. There are endemic plants and animals including the Mauritian flying fox, Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, Mauritius parakeet, Mauritius cuckoo-shrike, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritius olive white-eye, Mauritius grey white-eye and Mauritius fody. Most of the island’s remaining rainforest is found in this park.

Île aux Cerfs Island (The deer island)
Île aux Cerfs is an island near the east coast of Mauritius in Flacq district 47 kilometres from Port Louis. There are no more deers on the island but this vast land of 100 hectares is famous for its sandy beaches and beautiful lagoon.

Port Louis
Port Louis is the largest city, main port and capital city of Mauritius constructed in 1735. It is surrounded by a mountain range, the Port Louis Moka Range that is a great view. At the city center there are number of French styled buildings.

Grand Bassin
Grand Bassin also as Ganga Talao, is a lake at about 600 meters above sea level in a secluded mountain area, Savanne district 38 kilometres from Port Louis. The lake is considered a holy lake by Mauritian of Hindu faith and an annual pilgrimage on the Maha Sivaratri/“Siva’s Great Night” is observed.

Seven-colored earth of Chamarel
The “seven-coloured earth” of Chamarel is the only place in world where you can find a clay earth of 7 colors at one place. It is located about 55 kilometres from Port Louis in southwestern Mauritius. The colors of the unique dunes are red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. Purple and red are predominant.

Chamarel falls
In south western Mauritius located about 55 kilometres from Port Louis in Chamarel Park is the Waterfall of Chamarel on River St.Denis. The fall plunges down close to 100 meters in three distinct streams into Black River Gorges. The waterfalls are surrounded by lush vegetation.

Ile aux Aigrettes
Ile aux Aigrettes is a tiny coral island of 25 hectares located 54 kilometres from Port Louis in Mahebourg town. Some of the attractions here include the world’s rarest birds like the kestrel, rare Pink Pigeon, the Green Gecko Phelsuma and the Aldabra giant tortoise. Some of the plants found in Ile aux Aigrettes grow nowhere else in the world.

Gabriel Island
Known also as Îlot Gabriel, Gabriel Island is 42 hectare island located near the Round Island and the Flat Island in northern Mauritius. Gabriel Island is a protected natural reserve. Surrounded by crystal clear water, the island is well known for its beautiful unspoiled beaches and it is a very popular site for snorkeling.

Eureka Creole House
With 109 doors and windows, Eureka House is said to be one of the largest houses in Mauritius. It is a unique Creole house built in 1830 about 10 kilometres from Port Louis. The house was restored and opened as a museum in 1986 to the public. Eureka house is in a splendid garden surrounded by waterfalls of Moka River and the Moka Range.

Balaclava Ruins
Located close to Baie aux Tortues and 35 kilometres from Port Louis can be found the ruins of the old Balaclava estate. The initial foundations were laid down by Mahé de Labourdonnais, first French governor of Mauritius for protection during the 18 century.

The statue of Mangal Mahadev
Mangal Mahadev is the World’s 3rd Tallest Statue of Lord Shiva at 33 meters and the highest statue in Mauritius. It is located near Ganga Talao (lake) 38 kilometres from Port Louis. Here Maha Shivaratri is celebrated every year and the Hindu makes a pilgrimage to this auspiciously tall statue.

Trou aux Cerfs
Trou aux Cerfs is an extinct volcano in Curepipe 23 kilometres from Port Louis. The volcano is 605 metres high and it has a crater on top that is 300 meters in diameter, and is 85 meters deep. The crater ground is covered with silt, water and covering vegetation. The view point on the crater gives a spectacular view of most of Mauritius Island.

Domaine Les Pailles
About 17 years old, the Domaine les Pailles is one of the first and the oldest domains in Mauritius. It is 1500 hectares situated in the centre of Mauritius between the capital and the town Quatre Bornes, only 4 kilometres from Port Louis. There is an 18th century sugar mill, an18th century rum distally that still works and a spices’ garden with all the different spices.

Rochester Falls
The Rochester Falls, about 10 meters high interesting shaped lava rocks are located about 100 kilometres from Port Louis in the southern Mauritius between the two towns St Félix and Soulliac. They are the widest waterfalls in Mauritius. The waterfall is surrounded by sugarcane fields, banana plantations and the amazing river bed.

Tamarind waterfalls
Tamarind waterfalls are situated on the central plateau in the Southwest Mauritius, near the small village of Henrietta. It has 11 waterfalls, multiple jumps, ziplines, deep ponds and lush green vegetation. They have a total height of 293 meter making them the highest waterfall in Mauritius. Part of the water is being used for generating hydro electric power and it has a reservoir

Blue penny museum
The Blue Penny Museum located about one and a half kilometers from Port Louis is one of the prime elements of the Mauritian cultural scene. The museum prides itself of the two issues of the famous ‘Post Office’ dating back to 1847 and considered as two of the most precious items of world philately.

Le Chateau de Labourdonnais
Le Chateau de Labourdonnais is a combination of museum, garden, distillery and a restaurant. It is a family home that has welcomed more than three generations of the Christian Wiehe family constructed in the year 1856 with an inspiration from the Italian neo-classical architecture. It is about 20 kilometers from Port Louis.

Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne Brabant is a peninsula in Mauritius with a single standing basaltic rock of 1821 feet above sea level about 46 kilometers from Port Louis. This place is surrounded by lagoons and is home for certain rarest plant species of the world like Mandrinette and Trochetia boutoniana.

Additional reading
http://www.travelencyclopedia.info/2011/08/best-and-must-see-top-tourist.html
http://mauritiusattractions.com/tourist-attractions-in-mauritius-i-38.html

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