Mauritius is famous for
Listen to author Mark Twain and visit a place that heaven was copied from!
I am heading to Mauritius
For adventure lovers, a visit to La Vallée des Couleurs Nature Park is a must. Besides spotting peacocks, interesting bird spices, fishes and turtles, one can also indulge in quad biking, zip lining and buggy rides. We tried our hand at quad biking and as we drove along on bike, we caught the glimpses of natural landscapes and gorgeous waterfalls within the park. Make sure to capture the wonderful moments on the camera. We also got a chance to visit the Model Ship Factory, Trou Aux Cerfs - the volcanic crater and Curepipe, the scenic residential town, Shiva Temple, Grand Bassin- Sacred Lake, Port Louis and Champ the Mars race course during our five-day trip to Mauritius.
For some shopping, we visited Jumbo shopping mall and Port Louis Market from where we picked up interesting fridge magnets and model boats. Our journey to this beautiful island nation was spectacular and exciting. We opted for a stay at Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa and the staff were courteous so were the local people. It was a memorable experience overall, and if the opportunity knocks the door to visit Mauritius, I would not mind visiting the place again. :)
Mauritius is called the Republic of Mauritius. It is an island in the Indian Ocean. RodriguesIslandalso is under Mauritius. This is one of top vacation and honeymoon spots. The blue ocean filled island will leave you breathless.
An Italian cartographer discovered the existence of the island on the map in 1502. The Mauritius Island was visited by Arabs during the middle age, it was called as Dina Arobi. The island was visited by sailors before the Arabs. In 1507 Portuguese sailors came to the Island. The Portuguese navigator named Diogo Fernandes Pereira named the island Ilha do Cirne. It is believed that they were not interested in the Island and did not stay longer. Later in 1638 it was visited by the dutch, who named the island on the Prince Maurice Van Nassau. Dutch introduced Sugarcane and domestic animals. They established a Dutch colony and stayed for 20 years. They made many attempts to settle but they left Mauritius in 1710. Later the island became a French colony and was named Isle de France after it was taken control in 1715. It was also known as the ‘star and key’ due to its position. The island was under French East India Company until 1767. They introduced a lot of French architecture into the Island which can be seen even today. The island was controlled by the French government. The French continued to rule until the British took over in 1810. British ruling was done by a governor Sir Robert Farquhar. In 1835, slavery was removed. In 1901, Mahatma Gandhi visited Mauritius during his visit to India from South Africa. He was there for two weeks and tried to teach people about the importance of education.
In 1914, World War I broke out and Mauritians went to fight Europe against Germans. It affected Mauritius less compared to other wars. IN 1939, the World War II broke out, and Mauritians went to fight with British against Germans in Africa. Mauritius was in danger.
Then the British took over. In 1965, UK depopulated. In 1968, Mauritius got Independence. In 1992, it was named the republic. Since then the economy has improved.
Why You Should VisitThere are a lot of beaches which are blue and is surrounded by lush green. It is the perfect holiday to relax. There are many spas. There are many sports including Scuba diving and skydiving. You can scratch them off your bucket list. This is the ultimate destination, there is beach, waterfall, good food, mountains etc
Tourist HotspotsA place in south Mauritius called the little village of Chamerel is famous. It is well known the colored surface which has the mix of purple, oranges, yellow, red, violet, brown and green. This is the only place in the entire world where you can find the surface of clay with 7 colors. It is popularly called the ‘Seven colored Earth’. This also has the highest waterfall in Mauritius. The waterfall is one of the best. This is a must visit place in Mauritius. There is an island located called Ile aux Cerfs, also known as Treasure Island. It is filled with white sand beaches, blue water, and palm trees. You can relax on the beach or go parasailing. It is preserved by the Mauritian Marine Foundation. You can spot the rare pink pigeon and tortoise. You can also spot plants that are very rare. Grand Bassin known as Ganga Talao, is in Savanne which is deep in Mauritius, it is a lake of 600 meters above sea level. It is a holy lake to Hindus as the water communicates with the holy Ganga river of India. Hindus perform pilgrimage every year on Maha Sivaratri, to worship Lord Shiva. There is also a temple next to it dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Lakshmi and Shiva. There is also a Shiva statue, which is the highest statue in Mauritius which is 33 meters. Mauritius Botanical Garden is located near Port Louis and is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the entire southern hemisphere. It also goes by the names of Pamplemousses Garden and Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam(SSR) Botanical Garden. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Mauritius. It was built in the year 1767 by Pierre Poivre and is a whopping 37 hectares. The most famous attraction here is the long pond consisting of giant water lilies. This garden is also home to 85 different types of palms, sugar cane, ebonies and many species of flora and fauna. Black River Gorges National Park is a national park located in the hilly area of the south-western part of Mauritius. It is spread across a vast area of 67.5 square kilometers. One can trek in this region to reach the highest point of the island known as Black River Peak. Tourists can avail various facilities here ranging from picnic areas, information centers to breathtaking trails that are 60 kilometers long for trekking. The national park is home to many species of animals and plants. You will be able to spot Marius Parakeets, Mauritian flying fox, Marius bulbul, pink pigeons to name a few. Port Louis is the capital city of this beautiful island nation situated in the Indian Ocean. Port Louis is the largest city in Mauritius. In 1735 the French made this port the administrative center for Mauritius. The major tourist attractions in Port Louis are the Police barracks, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis Bazaar and Chinatown. However, there are three museums which are a must visit for any traveler. You will also be mesmerized by the local architecture while walking through Port Louis which is majorly influenced by the French. You must not miss visiting Port Louis when in Mauritius.
Local AttractionsThere is an extinct volcano about 600,000 years ago called Trou aux Cerfs which is 605 meters high. There is also a lake at the center. You can view the major Mauritius. IIot Gabriel is the Island near Round Island and Flat Island. It is famous for its beaches and vegetation. It is popular for snorkeling and to relax. A house called Eureka house, built in 1830 has a garden with waterfalls of river Moka. It is said that it is one of the largest house on the Island. It is opened as a museum since 1986. You can also find art, music etc. Some of the falls are Chamarel waterfalls, Alexandra waterfalls, Tamarind waterfalls, Rochester waterfalls, Exil waterfalls. All these falls have a spectacular view of beautiful surroundings. Other places are Balaclava ruins, this is located few meters from Baie aux Tortues, which is the ruins of old Balaclava estate. You can see the seawalls built by Mahe de Labourdonnais. Flacq market is a village, which has the largest open market. Mehebourg is the fishing village, built on Grand Port Bay. There are Monday markets which are the popular place.
Favorite Local Foods
Mauritius cuisine is a mixture of Chinese, Indian and European cuisines. Most of the dishes are influenced by the French and other migrants. The French culture is strong. The popular French dishes like Tuna salad, bouillon etc are served. In the 19thcentury, Indian workers in Mauritius influenced the Mauritius cuisine with Indian cuisine. Some of the popular ones are the chutneys and pickles.
In the 19thcentury, due to the arrival of Chinese migrants, the cuisine is influenced by Chinese. Hence rice is the staple food of Mauritius and noodles is popular. A dish called hakien is famous. This is a crispy fried chicken dish. Sugarcane was introduced by the Dutch and hence it is used to create the drink arrack which is rum.There is local favorite called dholl puris. It is a street food found all over Mauritius. It is most delicious in Dewa in Rose-Hill. They are Indian flatbread called the parathas which are stuffed with bean curry and chutney. The bread is made with yellow split peas. There is a curry made with Indian spices with Octopus. This is one of the famous dishes and is served with rice or bread. Vanilla tea is also famous. They mix vanilla in black tea. You can spot it all over the Island but the best place to drink it would be at Bois Cheri Café, where you can enjoy a tour of the factory. As this is an Island you get incredible seafood. You can taste fish, octopus to other seafood. In the form of curry, soup, fried etc Mozavaroo is chili sauce. It is eaten with fish and curry. Gajak is snacks that are fried. Also try gateau aubergine which is eggplant fritters, manioc goujons which are cassava chips and gateau patent which fritters of potato. Alouda is a pink milky drink with flavored syrup. The best place to drink it is in Port Louis food market. Mine frites is a popular street food, which is fried noodles with soy sauce topped with chili and spring onions. Gateau patat douce is sweet potato cakes, which is eaten at tea time. Palm heart salad known as millionaire’s salad is from the palm tree which is cut to make this dish. The heart of the palm is cut and marinated in sauce and eaten. Tomayto, tomahto are coconut cakes made with just coconut and sugar. Rougaille is a popular dish, which is a tomato soup or thick sauce in fish or meat or prawns etc.
Favorite Local Things to BuyNapolitains which are nothing but short beard filled with jam and has a layer of pastel colored fondant, it has a very sweet buttery taste. There is silk fabric made in Mauritius. You can buy a scarf or a sari or wall hanging or cushion covers. Buy some tea, popular ones are vanilla infused. Model boats are one of the fine handcrafts in Mauritius and are good to take back home, You can take back a bottle of Rum, which is made there. You can also buy some spices and sugar made in Mauritius and which has a slightly different taste from Indian spices.
Things to do in Mauritius
Mauritius is called as the Paradise Island, it is surrounded by blue water.Soak up the sun on the beaches like Grand Bay, Belle Mare, Blue Bay etc. Best time to go to the beach is April to June and September to December. You can hire a car and drive through the coastal road. You can visit the local markets as well. You can go to a spa and relax. Skydiving is one of the must in Mauritius. It is 10,000 square feet skydive. The view from up there is an unforgettable experience. You can go scuba diving and bird watching. There are many water sports.
Ideal Tour Package
Mauritius is a fantastic holiday destination and it takes around six to seven days to visit Mauritius. There are many beaches and mountains to see. It is the ultimate place to relax and rejuvenate. Filled with blue water, lush green, warm sun and bright sky, this place will leave you awestruck. You can hire a car or take a helicopter or by bus or even take a boat to roam in the Island.
VISA and Travel
Indians do not need to apply for VISA before going. There is a 90-day visit-free stay VISA on arrival which is valid for 14 to 60 days. But you are required to carry proof of funds, hotel reservations.
You can fly there. Many planes offer the best experience at a budget price. In Mauritius, you can visit the place I plane, or a helicopter or bus or car or boat which are available.
Best Time to Visit
Mauritius is a tropical coastal region. There are mountains and forest surrounded. There are some cyclones which destroy the forests. The tropical climate of Mauritius has two seasons. As is it near the Tropic of Capricorn, there is a warm humidity in summer which is from November to April, with a temperature of about 24.7°C. The winter is cool and dry and is from June to September. The temperature would be of 20.4°C. The months January and February is warm with a temperature of 29.2°C. The coolest months being July and August, with a drop in temperature to 16.4°C. The rain occurs in summer, there is no rainy season. But during the rainfall, the central place can experience high rainfall. The cyclones are in the months between January and March. There may be a lot of rain during this time which may last for three days. The best time to travel is in the months from September to December and May to June.
Getting to Mauritius
Transit time: 8 hrs from major cities
Cost ₹ 18,190 per person
There is so much to see in Mauritius.
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