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.
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.
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.
Built in the 1850s, the spectacular Jummah Masjid is one of the city's premier landmark. An icon of the Muslim settlers that made Mauritius their home, the mosque boasts mesmerizing art & architecture. The mosque rings every Friday calling the faithful to prayer. Jummah Masjid is thus a must see while in the Port Louis.
Mont Choisy Beach is one of the most splendid and popular beaches in town. You can walk along the shores with endless stretches of silvery sand or swim in the turquoise bay. Beach bars and clubs serving heady and exotic cocktails are line-up along the beach shore. Relax in the sun lounge and watch the sun set while you sip your favorite cocktail. Truly, Mont Choisy Beach is worth exploring!
If you want to get away from the usual tourist spots and explore quaint yet wonderful beach, then head straight to the La Cuvette Beach. Unlike the other popular beaches, it is not lined up with hotels and villas that lends it a serene atmosphere. Sitting by the soft sand and sparkling waters you can simply watch the sunset or capture the picturesque scene in your camera. With recent renovations, the facilities at La Cuvette have been further upgraded. For a short trip or a lazy day, La Cuvette Beach is an ideal option.
One of the most significant landmarks, the Place d'Armes lies in the heart of the city. This place today is considered to be one of the most favorite attraction among tourists as well as locals. Surrounded by trees, the Place d'Armes definitely provides a cool place to be in the heat of the day. Also, those interested in history will find here statues of various personalities that were instrumental in deciding the course of the entire nation's history. Do call the information to know more.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Centre for Culture is dedicated to the late Prime Minister of Mauritius and Father of the Nation, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. This center-cum-museum is in the same house where Sir Ramgoolam spent almost thirty years of his life. It was under his leadership, that the nation sought independence from British rule and the center has displayed his personal belongings, documents, photographs, furniture, books collection and so forth. The building also houses a statue of Ramgoolam in its courtyard. Apart from the permanent exhibits, it also hosts cultural events throughout the year. For more details, check website or call ahead.
Among the many immigrants that came to the island of Mauritius were the Tamil Hindus of India. They brought with them a piece of home in the forms of their cuisine, language and religious beliefs. The Sockalingum Meenatchee Amman Kovil is a Tamil temple that stands as a testament to their deep rooted faith. The ornate interiors, bold colors and intricately carved statues add to the intrigue of this wonderful landmark. So the next time you are in the city, make sure to pay a visit to this holy sight.
Founded in March 1991, the Folk Museum of Indian Immigration represents the Indian immigrants and attempts to showcase Indian culture and ideologies to its visitors. Each of the object from the collection like maps, photographs, documents and so forth unravel varied phases of the Indian immigrants in Mauritius. Apart from the tourists, this treasure trove of information is very helpful and useful to researchers, historians and students. For more details, check website or simply call ahead.