Mauritius

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Additional Information
Capital Port Louis
Currency MUR
Timezone Indian/Mauritius
Total States 9 districts
Airport City Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Plaine Corail Airport, Aéroport de La Réunion Roland Garros, Airports Of Mauritius Vo. Ltd,
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages English, French,
National Animal Raphus cucullatus
Food Camarons, Fish vindaye, Dholl puri:
Seasons Autumn  : Sep - Aug
Summer : Nov - Apr
Winter     : May - Sep
Sprint      : Oct - Nov


Destination



1 ) Port Louis
Popular - Capital City     Location - Port Louis, -Port Louis, -Mauritius

Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. It's known for its French colonial architecture and the 19th-century Champ de Mars horse-racing track. The Caudan Waterfront is a lively dining and shopping precinct. Nearby, vendors sell local produce and handicrafts at the huge Central Market. The Blue Penny Museum focuses on the island’s colonial and maritime history, along with its culture.
In a 19th-century building, the Natural History Museum has exhibits on local birds and marine life. The compact Photography Museum shows vintage equipment and thousands of prints. Near the main Place d’Armes square, 18th-century Government House is home to the country's parliament. Built in the 1800s, Fort Adelaide citadel offers city views from its hilltop perch. Aapravasi Ghat is a former immigration depot that processed Indian laborers from the post-slavery 1830s until the early 20th century. Northeast of the city, the sprawling Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden features giant water lilies and a replica of a sugar mill.


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2 ) Black River
Popular - National Park     Location - Black River, -Black River, -Mauritius

Black River Gorges National Park is a national park in the hilly south-western part of Mauritius. It was proclaimed on June 15, 1994 and is managed by the National Parks and Conservation Service. Facilities for visitors include two information centres, picnic areas and 60 kilometres of trails. There are four field stations in the park which are used for National Parks and Conservation Service and Mauritian Wildlife Foundation research and conservation projects.

The park protects most of the island's remaining rainforest although much of this has been degraded by introduced plants such as Chinese guava and privet and animals such as rusa deer and wild pigs. Several areas have been fenced off and invasive species have been eradicated from them to preserve native wildlife. Many endemic plants and animals still occur in the park including the Mauritian flying fox and all of the island's endemic birds: Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, Mauritius parakeet, Mauritius cuckooshrike, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritius olive white-eye, Mauritius grey white-eye and Mauritius fody.


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3 ) Rodrigues
Popular - Island     Location - Rodrigues, -Rodrigues, -Mauritius

Rodrigues Island is a small volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, east of Mauritius, of which it is a territory. On the north coast, the capital Port Mathurin features colonial buildings including the former governor’s residence. In the southwest, the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve is home to fruit bats and giant tortoises, plus underground caves like the stalactite-filled Grande Caverne.
 
It is an autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, about 560 kilometres (350 mi) east of Mauritius. It is part of the Mascarene Islands which include Mauritius and Réunion. It is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by coral reef, and just off its coast lie some tiny uninhabited islands. The island used to be the tenth District of Mauritius; it gained autonomous status on 10 December 2002, and it is governed by the Rodrigues Regional Assembly. The capital of the island is Port Mathurin.


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4 ) Souillac
Popular - Beach     Location - Souillac, -Savanne, -Mauritius

Souillac is a village close to the southernmost point of the main island of Mauritius. It is the seat of the district council of Savanne district. It was named after the Vicomte de Souillac, the island's governor from 1779-1787.

Souillac is an important village for the southern region. Various State facilities and services are found in the village: The District Court of Savanne; the southern section of the Central Water Authority and the Central Electricity Board; the Southern section of the National Transport Corporation; a recently built modern hospital (which replaced the old Souillac hospital). The Post office of the village is also one of the oldest of the island and is housed in the building of the old train station. The Catholic church of St. Jacques was built in 1845.

During the English colonisation, the port has been greatly used for the transportation of sugar from the many southern sugar factories to the Capital (Port Louis) making it the most busy seaport in the south. Its importance started to decrease with the introduction of railways in the island from 1877. With the development of other means of transport, the port became less and less used. However, by that time, the locality had already grown into a village. The village kept the name of Souillac.


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5 ) Tamarin
Popular - Beach     Location - Tamarin, -Riviere du Rempart, -Mauritius

Tamarin is a village on the western coast of Mauritius. It has long been the seat of the council district of Rivière Noire. The district council has recently been moved to new headquarters in Bambous, this village being more accessible to the villagers. An old fisherman village, Tamarin has developed into a residential area and a moderated holiday resort. Tamarin is especially popular with surfers. The village is surrounded by hills and is very picturesque. It is located next to Black River, another fisherman's village on the west coast of the island. Tamarin has benefited from continuous development in recent years including a new commercial and leisure area as well as a new primary school.


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6 ) Black River
Popular - National Park     Location - Black River, -Black River, -Mauritius

Rivière Noire or Black River is a district on the western side of the island of Mauritius. Rivière Noire translates to Black River. This region receives less rainfall than the others. The district has an area of 259 square kilometres and the population estimate was 80,939 as of 31 December 2015.


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7 ) Port Mathurin
Popular - Architecture     Location - Port Mathurin, -Rodrigues, -Mauritius

The village of Port Mathurin serves as the capital of the island of Rodrigues, a dependency of Mauritius. It lies on the north coast of the Indian Ocean island and functions as the administrative, judicial and economic centre of Rodrigues. As the name suggests, it also operates the main harbour of the island. Port Mathurin has a population of around 6,000 people. Sights include its market, while the town also has the island's only bus station and a viewpoint on Mount Fanal, south of the town. There is a Roman Catholic church, an Anglican church, and a small mosque. Other landmarks of Port Mathurin include Marie, Queen of Rodrigues, a statue of the Virgin Mary located in Pointe Canon. The two ships of the Mauritius Cargo Handling Corporation, namely MV Mauritius Pride and Mauritius Trochetia, anchor at Port Mathurin five times every month. On 1 May 1691, François Leguat and the first French landed on Rodrigues at the site of the future village, which was founded by French colonists in 1735. The place takes its name from that of an early French settler, either Mathurin Bréhinier or Mathurin Morlaix.


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8 ) Moka
Popular - Hills     Location - Moka, -Moka, -Mauritius

Moka is a village in Mauritius located in the Moka District, the western part of the village also lies in the Plaines Wilhems District. The village is administered by the Moka Village Council under the aegis of the Moka District Council. According to the census made by Statistics Mauritius in 2011, the population was at 8,846. The elevation is 203 meters and can be up to 425 meters in some places. Moka is directly on the other side of the Moka Range from Port Louis. The village is close to the mountain Le Pouce and the town Beau-Bassin Rose-Hill. Réduit is a suburb of the village where the State House and University of Mauritius is situated. The village is also home to the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute.


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Activity



1 ) Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth
Activity Duration - 8.30 a.m to 5.00 p.m     Activity Category - Attraction

The seven colored earth is a natural phenomenon and a prominent tourist attraction. The colors evolved through conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals.It is a relatively small area ofsand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colours (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow).

Due to the tropical weather conditions, all water-soluble elements such as silicon dioxide have been washed out. The remains are the reddish-black iron- and aluminium oxides which create shades in blue, cyan and purple. The various colors developed due to the different compositions.And what is more fascinating is the fact that if you mix the colored earth together, they'll eventually settle into separate layers. And you may also be puzzled as the colors might play tricks on you and may appear to be shadows

Millennia, the rocks were pulverized into sands which have the amazing property of settling into distinct layers: if you take a handful of each of the seven different colours of dirt and mix them together, they'd eventually separate into a colourful spectrum, each dot of sand rejoining its colour caste.

Sunrise is the best time to see the Coloured Earths. Geologists are still intrigued by the rolling dunes of multi-coloured lunar-like landscape. The colours, red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow never erode in spite of torrential downpours and adverse climatic conditions.


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2 ) Ile des Deux Cocos
Activity Duration - 10 a.m to 3.30 p.m     Activity Category - Island

Enjoy a full day relaxation on the small private island of Ile des Deux Cocos in Mauritius. Relax on the white sandy beaches, explore the Blue Bay Marine National Park, go snorkeling in the turquoise waters, and enjoy a delicious barbecues lunch.A world away, you will be greeted with a refreshing cold towel and welcome drink, before exploring this tranquil haven. In the midst of Blue Bay Maritime National Park, on the South-East coast of Mauritius, the majestic Ile des Deux Cocos rises out the sapphire ocean to welcome you to a Paradise. Swim in crystal clear warm waters, snorkel amongst the corals and shoals of bright tropical fish flitting around the offshore marine park or, if you prefer, visit by glass-bottom boat or simply lie back and relax in the sun with a variety in choice of divine cocktails. Lunch will be served either at tables in the open overlooking the ocean, or under the shade of a white marquee where you can sink into deep setters. Dine on delicious salads topped off with fresh herbs from the garden and grilled specialties from the buffet.


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3 ) Île aux Cerfs
Activity Duration - 9.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs     Activity Category - Beach

Île aux Cerfs Island , known in English as the deer island is an island near the east coast of Mauritius in the Flacq district. This paradise island of Mauritius constitutes of around 100 hectares of land. Nowadays there are no more deers on the island, but you will find there some of the worlds beautiful beaches and as such it is one of the must place to visit and see in Mauritius.

Ile Aux Cerfs is famous for its sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and big selection of activities and facilities. In Ile Aux Cerfs it is sure to have a day of relaxation and fun on one of the picture-postcard beaches, and to enjoy a swim and snorkeling in the lagoon.Every day, tourists visit Ile Aux Cerfs and spend the whole day on the island and benefit from the range of facilities and activities offered on the island. During recent years Ile Aux Cerfs Island became one of the most popular tourist destination in Mauritius.


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4 ) Bel Ombre
Activity Duration - 24 hrs     Activity Category - Beach

In Bel Ombre Mauritius shows its luxurious side. 5-star hotels, large villas for rent and superbly maintained dream beaches right in front of the door and the room window. On the beach you can leave your children on the playground, or even take part in the children's program, while you try kitesurfing yourself or simply enjoy the peace and quiet under the palm trees. If you like, you can also take your family for a ride on the water in one of the pedal boats. You can satisfy your hunger and thirst in the exquisite bars and restaurants and enjoy a cocktail in the evening. If you miss a little variety, then the Nature Reservoir Frederica is at your disposal: Here you can explore the green mountains either on foot or by quad.


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5 ) Black River Gorges National Park
Activity Duration - 7.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs     Activity Category - National Park

The Black River Gorges is worth visiting for all trekkers, as well as for the pure nature lovers and bird-watchers.

The Black River Gorges is the largest national park in Mauritius. Famous for its waterfalls, vistas and hiking, the gorge is in the central highlands, making it cooler than much of the island.

The "Black River Gorges" National park is a national park in the hilly south-western part of Mauritius. The park extends over an area of 6,754 hectares. With the help of the guides, you will discover Mauritius' natural heritage in this unique area which is also the location of one of the rarest forests in the world. It harbors about 311 species of native and endemic flowering plants and 9 species of birds, which are found only in Mauritius.This hike will take you into the heart of the indigenous forest with many panoramic views.During the trip you will learn about the natives, the vegetation as well as on the endemic and exotic bird life.

The views you will encounter during this hike are breathtaking: A wide, beautiful gorge (canyon) curving dramatically down between a series of mountains. Beautiful waterfall scampering down the hillside with a range of mountains behind them and many more.


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6 ) Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
Activity Duration - 8:30am – 5:30pm     Activity Category - Garden

The Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Mauritius and one of the most visited attractions. Located in the tranquil town of Pamplemousses, the garden stretches for over 30 hectares, with hundreds of varieties of plants including a number of rare and endangered endemic species.

The botanical garden is filled with a beautiful collection of trees, shrubs and perennials- some of which bloom in summer and others in winter. The garden also houses 85 different varieties of palm trees brought from all over the world. A large pond filled with giant water lilies is another iconic attraction that draws many. There are some animals present in the garden, including numerous birds, tortoises, deer, fish, turtles and bats.

A number of monuments and sites present throughout the garden will provide a glance back into the colonial period. Opt for a guided tour to learn more about the garden and its landmarks or enjoy a stroll along the numerous avenues. There are some kiosks dotted around, where you can pause and contemplate on the scenery.


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Festival

1 ) Thaipoosum Cavadee

Festival Month - January

This Tamil Hindu festival takes place annually at the cusp of January and February. It sees devotees, many with pierced tongues, cheeks or with limes hanging from their skin by hooks, bearing ornate cavadees to the temple while in a trance-like state.


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2 ) Diwali

Festival Month - October

The annual festival of lights, Diwali, is celebrated by the large Hindu population of Mauritius to mark the triumph of good over evil. It takes place in late October or early November and is characterized by cake eating and the lighting of candles, electric bulbs and earthen lamps.


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3 ) International Kreol Festival

Festival Month - December

Established in 2005, the International Kreol Festival is a four day event taking place in early December to celebrate Creole culture in Mauritius. Activities include traditional dancing, music and games, culminating with an all night grand concert on the final day.


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