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.
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.
Mahébourg represents history of the Mauritian island; located on the Southern coast, this was the region where colonialism was first established. The National Historical Naval Museum (Mahebourg Naval Museum) truly reflects Mahébourg in true sense of the word; you can check out the artifacts, historic documents, weapons used during the French battles and gain insight into the French colonial rule. While the museum peeks into the history, the Mahebourg Tourist Village unravels the regional art. At this tourist village, you can pick up handicrafts, trinkets and souvenirs. Owing to the popularity of Mahebourg, may resorts like Le Preskil Beach Resort have come up to accommodate the ever-increasing tourist boom. With a rich history and modern entertainment activities on offer, visit to this Mauritian city is a must.
A quaint little village in the district of Black River district, La Preneuse gets its name from a French naval ship that was involved in a battle with the British in the 18th Century. Located close to the village of Tamarin and the magnificent Le Morne Brabant, on the western side of Mauritius, Le Preneuse has a beautiful beach that looks over the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Also, this village is home to the Martello Tower, one of three surviving British fortifications of its kind on the island, which has been restored and functions as a museum. A visit to La Preneuse is a must for tourists who want to experience Mauritian local life.
Located in the district of Plaines Wilhems, Quatre Bornes is a lively little town, which officially came into existence in 1896, when it was declared a 'town' by the then British Governor Harman. With a population of about 75, 967, and covering an area of approximately 7722 square miles, this town has grown to be of much prominence. Today, this town is a great example of the town life of Mauritius, and has various cultural venues, including the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, where one can find a passel of events happening throughout the year. Do visit this inland town and discover what the island has to offer, beside the beaches and resorts.
In sunny Port Louis, a series of crumbling stone ghats or buildings stand testament to a major diaspora that occurred during the 19th and 20th centuries. Between 1849 and 1923, a large Indian labor force was transported through this 'immigration' depot, and as part of the process, umpteen contracted laborers from across the Indian Ocean were relocated for work as deemed fit by the British. At this point, Mauritius became the earliest colony to receive such a sizable contracted labor force from across its waters. Formally known as the Immigration Depot, but also referred to as the Aapravasi Ghat in Hindi, the UNESCO-designated heritage ruins are symbolic of this momentous move in history, one that shaped Mauritius' sub-cultures as we know them today. While the depot was originally built along the Trou Fanfaron Bay, years of development has pushed its location beyond modern attractions like the Caudan Waterfront. Though only ruins and remnants are left of the original structure now, a palpable sense of history still lingers.
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.
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.
Mauritius is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean around 900 kilometers (560 miles) east of Madagascar and part of the Mascarene Islands. This archipelago is home to an amalgam of cultures, including Hindu, Creole, Chinese, Muslim and European populations. It offers a wide variety of activities amidst its temperate climate and tropical landscapes. Try to visit the shopping and entertainment paradise of the Grand Bay! Let yourself be lured by the turquoise lagoons and fine sand of the relaxing Pereybère beach! Finally, if you are more of an adventurer than a creature of comfort and relaxation, check out the Balaclava ruins or visit the island's biggest Hindu temple, Maheswarnath, dating back to 1819. Do visit Mauritius today!
Offering panoramic views of the entire Port Louis city, stands the historic Fort Adelaide. Locally referred to as La Citadel, it was built by the Britishers in anticipation of civil war by the French settlements surrounding Mauritius. Though the fort is in ruins, the remnants give you a fair idea about this former domineering landmark. Fort Adelaide is the only accessible fortress in the city, as Fort George, Fort Victoria and Fort William are completely dilapidated and inaccessible structures.