Chamarel Coloured Earth:
Chamarel is a small village and a major tourist spot located in the south-western region of the country. What makes this place unique and a must-do in every traveller’s guidebook is the seven coloured layers of sand. It is a unique phenomenon that charms and attracts people from far and wide. The road to Chamarel is lined with sugarcane and pineapple plantations leading to a valley. It is a drive straight out of a movie scene. Once you reach Chamarel, climb up the observation outpost and enjoy incredible views. As far as the eyes can see, there are sand dunes in unbelievable colours; yellow, red, brown, violet, purple, green and even blue. A natural phenomenon that takes your heart away with its sheer beauty.
Ganga Talao or the Grand Bassin is an important pilgrimage site. It is a natural lake within an extinct volcano crater. According to a mythological story it is believed that the water here is sourced from the sacred Ganges River in India. Taking a dip in this lake during the Shivratri festival is considered auspicious. At the northern side of the lake, just a little away from the parking lot you will see a 108 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva, which is the second largest statue in the world. The tallest Lord Shiva statue at 120 feet is in New Delhi.
Ile Aux Cerfs:
The Ile Aux Cerfs Island, also known as the Deer Islands in English is an island located near the east coast of Mauritius. Surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean, this gorgeous island is spread over 100 hectares of land and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches. Popular for its beautiful beaches, serene lagoons and a plethora of activities and water sports, Ile Aux Cerfs is definitely a must visit. The Ile Aux Cerfs is emerging as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mauritius and is a great place to spend the entire day just relaxing and enjoying yourself. The island also has many restaurants where you can sample delicious local cuisine. The island is highly recommended for snorkelling as the coral reefs are very beautiful and are teeming with marine life.
La Cuvette Beach:
Located in the North West part of Mauritius near the town of Grand Baie, La Cuvette Beach is a hidden gem in Mauritius and is only known to locals and a few tourists. Also known as Royal Palm Beach or La Mauricia Beach (owing to its proximity to these two resorts), the La Cuvette Beach is popular for the tranquillity it offers. There are many spots at the La Cuvette Beach where one can simply relax behind the many rocks and cliffs or soak in the natural beauty of the place. The beach also has a grassy patch where one can play football or just take a leisurely stroll while the sea breeze plays with your hair. Apart from this, the La Cuvette Beach also has ample parking space, shacks which serve delicious local snacks, changing rooms and shower facilities as well.
Located in the northern part of Mauritius, the Peyerbere Beach is blessed with clear blue water and sparkling white sands. This beach is mostly frequented by locals, especially on the weekends and you can avoid this time if you’re seeking solitude. The Payerbere Beach is a great place to go snorkelling as the water is clear and there are many fish close to the shore. The beach is also dotted with many vendors who sell local snacks and is a great place to enjoy an evening watching the sunset. Apart from that there are also many small cafes near the beach where one can grab a quick bite to eat.
Casela Nature and Leisure Park:
Placed in the Western part of Mauritius, the Casela Nature Park is escalation over an area of 14 hectares. The park is home to over 1500 birds and over 150 species of animals and reptiles such as lions, monkeys and the giant turtle. The park is also a great place to interact with animals, stroke them, go on a walk with them and even get clicked with them. Apart from animals and birds the Casela Nature Park also has many beautiful plants and flowers, including a botanical garden as well. Walking through the park is a great way to explore it, but the more adventurous can also do Segway and Quadbike tours as well. Other than this, there are options for adventure sports in the Casela Nature Park as well such as hiking and zip lining.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden:
The Pamplemousse Botanical Garden is more popularly known as the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden and is named after the first Prime Minister of Mauritius. These gardens are one of the oldest botanical gardens in the southern hemisphere and remain a very popular tourist attraction in Mauritius. Spread over an area of 37 hectares, the Pamplemousse Botanical Garden was constructed in 1170 by Pierre Poivre. The garden is most popular for its large water lilies, sugar canes, ebonies and more than eighty varieties of palms from Asia, Africa and islands around the Indian Ocean. Most of the trees in the garden have been planted by world leaders such as Indira Gandhi, Princess Margaret and Robert Mugabe among others.
Aapravasi Ghat, translated as Immigrant Depot is located in Port Louis and is a building which was used to receive contracted labour from India. The building was built in 1849 and till 1923; half a million labourers passed tough the Aapravasi Ghat to work in plantations across the British Empire. Due to this large scale migration of Indian workers has descended from Indian roots. In 2006 the Aapravasi Ghat was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the indelible mark it has left on the history, culture and society of Mauritius. New the Aapravasi Ghat is operated by the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund and is obviously a must holiday when in Port Louis.
Ile Aux Aigrettes Island:
Located 850 metres off the coast of the Mahebourg Bay, the Ile Aux Aigrettes Island is an island made up of coral limestone and remains a popular tourist attraction in Mauritius. In 1965 the Ile Aux Aigrettes was declared a Nature Reserve and is managed by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation since 1986. Apart from this, the Ile Aux Aigrettes Island is home to particular coastal vegetation which was once only present in the coastal and lowland areas of Mauritius. Considering that the island has been devoid of human presence for a long time, the Ile Aux Aigrettes is anatural museum in itself where one can find exotic species of flora and fauna of Mauritius.
Grand Baie :
Grand Baie is a classy and a cosmopolitan town located in Rivière du Rempart District, which lies towards northwest of Mauritius. Excellent beaches, scintillating nightlife and shopping; this town has everything you need for a perfect holiday. La Cuvette and Grand Bay Public are the two main beaches. They are small but the water is clean and turquoise-coloured. The Grand Bay Public beach is a bit crowded with fishing boats and tourists. If you are looking for some quiet time and space for private swimming then head towards the La Cuvette beach. You may choose to lie on the beach, go for a swim or indulge in water sports like swimming, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing. Grand Baie is a departure point for many cruises towards northern Mauritius; Gunners' Quoin, Flat Island, Round Island, and Serpent Island. You can set your anchor here to explore such lesser known beaches of Mauritius.