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Located in the bustling northern part of the island, the Trou aux Biches boasts one of the most gorgeous beaches on the island. Lined by the splendid casuarina trees, this beach is usually crowded by tourists who come to admire the beautiful blue waters and the pristine golden sands. Home to several hotels, it can be difficult for one to find a peaceful and quiet corner where one can relax and enjoy the beauty in private. However, it is not impossible and, anyway, the view and scenery alone are so gorgeous that tourists can tune out of the crowded picture and tune into the harmony of nature. The blue waters of the beach also make it one of the favorite spots for snorkeling and diving.
Mauritius connotes crystal clear beaches and unlimited fun while enjoying a host of activities and water sports. Pereybere Beach is one such popular destination abuzz with tourists and locals. Restaurants, nightclubs, shopping arcades and much more await you at Pereybere. Opt for snorkeling and explore the underwater world and exotic marine life; owing to the deep waters, it's an ideal spot to go diving. After a tiring marine excursion, you can simply sit at the promenade lined up with Casuarina and Palm trees or walk-in at the nearby dining outlets and relish local cuisine. Truly, Pereybere Beach is a great vacation destination!
Plummeting through the rugged escarpments, the Chamarel Waterfalls are the highest in Mauritius with a drop of 80 meters (262.4 feet). Shrouded in the verdure of a magnificent valley, the falls are formed by lush St. Denis river. The natural beauty can be explored by several hiking trails that meander through the green forests and lead up to this magical cascade. The placid pool formed by its plunging waters is a haven for swimmers. The immaculate beauty of the Chamarel Waterfalls is a pleasantly surprising change from the pristine beaches of Mauritius.
Nestled in the heart of Mauritius, the shimmering waters of the Ganga Talao surrounded by infinite verdant stretches form a spectacular canvas of colors. A revered site of Hindu worship in Mauritius, magnificent statues and temples characterize the pellucid waters of this lake. Formerly known as ‘Pari Talao’ due to the folktales associated with it, the lake was renamed after the sacred Indian river, Ganga. The alabaster Sagar Shiv Mandir on the lake shores is one of the most revered Hindu shrines in Mauritius. Home to the tallest statue in Mauritius, the 108 feet (33 meters) tall Shiva statue dominates other figurines of Hindu deities. Displaying spectacular vibrancy and devotion, thousands of pilgrims walk barefoot to the lake during the grand celebrations of Mahashivratri.
Dotted with strips of white sandy beaches and tranquil neighborhoods, this coastal town is one of the most charming surprises of Mauritius. Earning its name from the Dutch phrase ‘Fried Landt Flaak’, meaning free flat land, the words are fitting for the picturesque landscape of the town. Blessed with immaculate beauty, the white sand Tamarin Beach is deemed to be one of the most spectacular beaches of Mauritius. The jewel-toned blue waters near the town are abundant with coral reefs. The Casela Bird Park of the town shelters the rare endangered Pink Pigeon. Several upscale hotels and resorts have mushroomed to boost the commercial and tourist value of the place. A beautiful balance of nature as well as quaint town life, Flic en Flac is as interesting as its name.
The Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel is a surreal geological formation, a stretch of rippling sand in seven colors. Created by the uneven cooling of the lava and the subsequent erosion of the multi-colored rocks, this curious anomaly has come to be one of Mauritius' most popular attractions. Red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow sands form undulating layers that swoop and swirl around the shallow dunes; a sandy pool of serpentine bands of color surrounded by lush tropical forests. Even when intentionally mixed, the differently colored sand spontaneously settles into distinct layers once more. Interestingly, despite torrential rain, the Seven Coloured Earth does not seem to erode but instead remains oddly undisturbed. The colors are at their brightest in the sunshine right after rain or at sunrise when the golden rays set the sands ablaze.
Backdropped by the infinite waters of the Indian Ocean, the Notre Dame Auxillatrice is one of the most charming sites of Mauritius. Located in the village of Cap Malheureux, the whitewashed Roman Catholic church, topped with a striking red roof, is an embodiment of the tranquility that Mauritius offers. Intricate stone-carved altar housed in the interiors is a sight to cherish for many tourists. The church, built as a tribute to victims of an unfortunate shipwreck, is a popular photo-op destination for couples.
Characterized by the verdant monolith that towers up to 556 meters (1,824 feet), the Morne Brabant peninsula is a treasure trove of nature and history. Located at the far southwestern end of the Indian Ocean and enveloped by a lagoon, the peninsula brims with an abundance of flora and fauna. Home to two rare species of plants, Mandrinette and Boucle d’Oreille, this peninsula is drenched in rich culture and history as well. While no official records of this incident have been found, the peninsula is associated with a heartbreaking legend from 1835. Out of fear of getting arrested and going back to the life of slavery, the refuge slaves of the island jumped from the massive monolith. They mistook the intentions of the policemen who arrived to free them from the bonds of enslavement. Mauritian Creoles celebrate this day as a reminder of the abolition of slavery and a tribute to the slaves who lost their lives. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the glistening waters of this magnificent peninsula shine brightly, triumphing over the gloomy past of the island.
Spread over a massive area of about 6,754 hectares (16,690 acres), the Black River Gorges National Park is a green haven and a testament to the island's biodiversity that constitutes nearly two percent of Mauritius' expanse. The national park is a rippling sweep of verdant foliage, like a spectacular ocean of green, its massive waves frozen in place, pierced sparingly by rocky outcrops. This park is home to several species of flora and fauna, including trees like the Trochetia Boutoniana, Cassine Orientalis, and Diospyros Tessellaria, as well as birds such as the Pink Pigeon, the Mauritius Cuckoo-shrike, and the Mascarene Paradise Flycatcher. The old-growth ebony forests are the haunt of giant fruit bats, macaque monkeys and wild boar, alongside nine endemic species of birds and hundreds of flowering plants. As it contains such a wealth of wildlife, it is protected by the Mauritian government and has also been recognized by UNESCO as a tentative entry to the World Heritage List. Visitors can enter this park at different locations, and one of them is located near the Grand Riviere Noire.
Mauritius is naturally blessed with gorgeous and unique flora and fauna, and with so much precious natural life comes the responsibility of protecting and preserving it. Spread over a massive area, the Casela Nature & Leisure Park is one such entity that preserves this bio-diversity in its own way. This park boasts sheltering about 1,500 birds, tigers, lions, monkeys and a lot more. Marketing itself more as a recreational attraction than a nature reserve, this park is nonetheless an essential trip for kids and adults alike so that they learn more about nature.