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. It is also home to two rare species of plants, Mandrinette and Boucle d’Oreille. Historically, the mountain is very significant owing to its history of slavery and indentured labor, highlighted by Aapravasi Ghat, where immigrants were brought in during the colonial rule. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the glistening waters of this magnificent peninsula shine brightly, depicting its natural and historical heritage.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Le Caudan Waterfront is a must-visit tourist attraction while you are in Mauritius. It is an huge complex comprising variety of establishments and entertainment options. Shopaholics can splurge on luxury merchandise at the assortment of shopping outlets; fashion brands like Body One and Indya Vogue, jewelers like Vendome Prestige and much more; the choice is unlimited. The space also has an Artists' Corner that regularly hosts art and creative events. If you're tired after your shopping spree, the on-site food court, restaurants and dining outlets offer sumptuous and delicious fare. Le Caudan Waterfront also has world-class accommodation facilities, tourists can choose from Le Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel and Le Suffren Hotel & Marina. For detailed information about the on-site facilities and services on offer, check their website.
The capital of the island nation of Mauritius, Port Louis is a bustling, vivacious metropolis, named after King Louis XV. Historically, the city was always useful to the occupying powers of the island, be it the French or British. Owing to its convenient location, it was an easy entry point for ships and other vessels. It was the French, however, who were instrumental in making the city administratively prominent. Today, the city boasts a vibrant culture, a rich history, and is a recommended starting point for tourists. The Caudan Waterfront almost singlehandedly dominates the metropolitan vibe with its spectacular assemblage of upscale boutiques, restaurants, and cinemas. Landmarks like the Blue Penny Museum and Port-Louis Theatre solidifies the strong historical and social scene of Port Louis. The elite of the city can often be spotted at the Champ de Mars racecourse, which is the oldest race track in the entire Indian Ocean region. A city that has preserved its rich colonial past through its immaculate architecture while progressing towards a bright future, Port Louis definitely merits a visit.
Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre is an informal institute that invites and educates the the general public and makes them more scientifically aware. A wonderful world of science awaits you as the institute houses its own library, planetarium and museum. The center also organizes a number of exhibitions, festivals and workshops that creates quite the buzz among both the young and old. Whether trying your hand at interactive exhibits or attending a lecture at their auditorium, this science center assures to send back home with a bag full of knowledge!
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden or the locally known SSR Garden is a botanical garden, founded in 1770 by Pierre Poivre. The highlight of the garden being the huge water lilies, it also features exotic and rare varieties of plants and flowers. You can check-out the garden all by yourself or simply avail the guided tour services. Please note that different admission charges are applicable for foreign nationals.
A humble fishing village in the 19th Century under French rule, the Trou aux Biches is a breathtaking canvas of Cerulean waters and velvety sand strips. Dotted with Casuarina trees, the town’s beach has been globally recognized by World Travel Awards as one of the most beautiful and leading beach destination, in the year 2011. Its waters brimming with vibrant coral reefs are a paradise for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts. With luxury resorts and supermarkets sprouting along the highways, tourism of this town has experienced a massive boost. Trox aux Biches is a visual delight as the gorgeous sunsets transform the tranquil blue skies and waters into a fiery realm.