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Mauritius is part of a group of islands on the Indian Ocean known as the Mascarene Islands which also includes Réunion, an island under the French. It is situated about 2,000 km off the African coast towards the eastern side of Madagascar. The Republic of Mauritius includes the islands of Rodrigues, Agaléga, and St. Brandon, along with Mauritius. It is a wondrous place to find yourself in and has called many visitors since its ancient days. It is such a splendidly beautiful place that Mark Twain had once proclaimed about Mauritius that it was built first and then heaven was built on its image! It is an especially charming place for couples looking to honeymoon or people simply looking for a place to laze around under a tropical sun. however, there is so much more than this small, charming nation has in store for its visitors. Fine dining options, luxury resorts, and wildlife activities are all part of Mauritius's draw and you will have a great time exploring the island nation. Now that we can guess how wonderful Mauritius can be let's look into the most stunning places that you should find yourself in while touring through Mauritius.
Grand Bassin, also known as Ganga Talao is one of the most popular attractions in Mauritius.it has interesting mythology associated with it wherein it is believed that the Hindu god Lord Shiva distributed the waters of the Holy Ganges River and part of it exists in this crater lake. It is also the biggest lake in all of Mauritius and a beautiful place that can be visited throughout the year. The weather is generally admirable though the Lake complex could get suddenly chilly due to the onset of mist from the lake.
Being a revered Hindu site, this lake is often visited by pilgrims especially during Maha Shivratri, the grand night of Shiva! A temple dedicated to the Hindu God has also been built in the complex while several idols of Hindu deities surround it. The recently-constructed, 108 feet towering statue of Lord Shiva stands out of the lot and adds to the pleasant atmosphere around the lake. Making the pilgrimage involves a quint, serene mountain trek through the wilderness, one that you are likely to remember. Just remember to take off your shoes before entering the lake premises.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens is an awe-inspiring structure and lives up to its international status being only second to the Kew Gardens in London. This place is a delight to spend a day while you are staying in Mauritius and could be a truly educational treat for you. There are about 650 species of plants to be found in the gardens, to begin with. The gardens become yet more attractive with 85 odd species of palm trees spread through the garden including the talipot palm which blooms after a period of 40 years followed by its death. The small water bodies in the garden area are covered in gigantic leaves of water lilies while the Spice Garden is also an interesting place to drop a visit. Among the interesting fauna of the region, you will come across giant tortoises and stags. It is open every day of the week from 8:30 AM till 5:00 PM.
Pointe d’Esny and Blue Bay
Mauritius is majorly a beach destination and Pointe d’Esny and Blue Bay have to be among the top picks for any visitor to this nation. Pointe d’Esny and Blue Bay area is well-connected to the major cities of Mauritius by a variety of bus routes. However, bus journeys are cumbersome and take a long while. Thus, the best option to arrive at Pointe d’Ensy and Blue Bay would be to drive through the highway into this impressive lagoon area.
Pointe d’Esny and Blue Bay are one of the finest examples of well-preserved blue lagoons. The white, sandy coastline is lined with several holiday homes. There is a Marine Park that should be on your list of places to visit because of the excellent coral reef formations, the best in Mauritius! You have to go snorkeling to enjoy the full experience of being with the coral reefs. The quaint village of Mahebourg is nearby and should also be on your list of places to visit.
The village of Mahébourg is situated on the opposite end of Blue Bay and could be easily reached from that area. if you want to experience traditional Mauritian life to the fullest, you have to come to this amazing village. The village was built during the 16th century when the Dutch landed. Within the village you will still find that old essence in rustic restaurants with the most terrific terraces where you can dine in comfort, busy marketplaces to collect all kinds of souvenirs, terrific beaches, and the especially delectable and spicy food! Of the places to visit is a quaint museum exhibiting details about the British-French conflicts that raged battles over the ownership of the island. There is also the bell rescued from Le Saint-Géran, an important part of Mauritian legends. There is a very laid-back, comfortable town and if you come here once, you will want to come here a couple more times.
The Isle aux Aigrettes deserves a special mention and has to be included in your Mahébourg itinerary. Commonly known as the Egret Island, this place is entirely made of coralline limestone unlike the volcanic matter usually found on the mainland. The difference in the landscape is strikingly noticeable! Isle aux Aigrettes is a small patch of dry coastal forest covering about 27 hectares and is believed to be the ultimate resting place of the last dodo bird. This area has been declared to be a natural reserve and scientists are trying with all their might to introduce rare species and restore the ecosystem that once prevailed in most of Mauritius!
Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park has to be one of the most intoxicating places to visit while you are exploring Mauritius. It covers about 17,000 acres and is sort of like a Grand Canyon covered in a rainforest. It is very easy to reach the national park with the nearest airport being Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. You will get numerous bus options or a taxi service which will take you to the park.
The National Park is the largest protected rainforest area in the nation. Within the park, you will find about 50 km of trekkable trails among various landscapes from a challenging trek to the summit of the highest peak to a gentle hike through the forest. Within the national park, you will find about 300 different varieties of flowering plants. Some animals such as wild boars, deer, and macaque monkeys could also be seen wandering within the park area whilst you are hiking. The cherry on the top has to the nine species of endangered birds, unique to the island that could be found here. With birds such as the echo parakeet, the Mauritius kestrel, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritian flying fox, Mauritius olive white-eye, and the pink pigeon, this national park is also a haven for bird-watchers.
Blue Penny Museum
If there is a history buff in you or you are simply interested in learning about the history of Mauritius and the Blue Penny Museum is the best place to go. It is situated in Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius, and is regarded as the most famed museum in the nation. There is a rich collection of artifacts that trace the interesting and terrific history of Mauritius from the old days. There are also collections of paintings and sculptures, engravings, marine maps from times of yore, and documents that show the rich history of Mauritius.
The cherry on top of the cake has to be the one penny orange-red stamp and the two pence indigo-blue stamps to be seen here. These are issues of the famous “Post Office” stamp which was printed in 1847. These are priceless possessions of the museum and are regarded as gems in the philately world.
The museum also has a gift shop which is the perfect place to collect souvenirs from. Decorative objects and stationery items, posters, and uniquely designed postcards are some of the pretty Mauritian items that you would find here.
About 2 decades ago Grand Baie used to be a quaint fishing village situated about 25 km away, to the north of the Mauritian capital, Port Louise. Nowadays, it is quite a happening place and could be regarded as one of the most exciting hubs for tourism within Mauritius. Since Grand Baie is so near to the capital it takes about half an hour to reach the place by cab. If you are traveling straight from the SSR Airport, it will take you about 1 hour to reach the beach destination.
It is a beautiful town to visit. The surrounding emerald blue waters of the Indian Ocean make it even more stunning and praiseworthy. Water-based activities such as sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, and swimming are very common in the lively waters of Grand Baie. You could also go on boat expeditions from Green Baie towards the northern islands such as Gunner's Quoin, Round Island, Serpent Island, and Flat Island. traditional shops, comfortable hotels, and terrific restaurants are all part of the Grand Baie charm. The nightlife of Grand Baie is another interesting aspect of the town- it is vibrant and lively and is a place for the night owls among you!
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