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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.