Friday, June 14, 2013
Attractions in Mauritius Island
Below are among the most visited attractions in Mauritius Island: Mauritius Botanical Garden: Located near Port Louis, and also referred to as Pamplemonsses Garden and SSR Botanical Garden, this is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere; and features among the most visited attractions on the Island. Stretching across an area of 37 hectares, this stunning garden was established in 1767, and harbours a broad spectrum of flora. Among the plants most renowned in the garden are its giant lilies, spice garden and an exceptional collection of 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Africa, Asia; and the islands in the environs of the Indian Ocean. Black River Gorges National Park is nestled in the hilly south-western section of Mauritius, and covers an area of 6,574 hectares. The park sprang from the imperative to safeguard the natural vegetation of the Island, and is one of the most craved visual feasts on the Island. In the park is a highly vitalising area of greenery, through which one can walk to attain the highest point on the island, which indeed is the Black River Peak. The park shelters most of the island's remaining rainforest, in which dwells numerous species of wild animals and birds. Various endemic animals prevail in the park; among them, the Mauritian flying fox, Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, Mauritius parakeet, Mauritius cuckoo-shrike, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritius olive white-eye, Mauritius grey white-eye and Mauritius fody. Île aux Cerfs Island, referred to in English as the Deer Island, is an islet situated near the east coast of Mauritius in the Flacq District. Île Aux Cerfs is famed for its sandy beaches, gorgeous lagoon and a broad assortment of activities and facilities. The Island’s formidable picturesque beaches offer an unassailable opportunity for relaxation, swimming and snorkelling. Though deers do not inhabit the island anymore, it nonetheless offers some of the most breathtaking beaches in Mauritius. Port Louis is the capital city and main port of Mauritius. It is also the largest city on the Island. It’s encircled by a mountain range called the Port Louis Moka Range, which provides a breathtaking backdrop to the city. Numerous historical buildings provide a silent testament of the past; among them, a fortification named Fort Adelaide or La Citadelle; built in 1835; which is the most imposing structure in the city. The main tourist attractions in Port Louis include the Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis Bazaar, Police Barracks, the Mauritian Chinatown and the old Port Louis theatre. The city’s three museums comprise: the Blue Penny Museum, the Mauritius Natural History Museum and the Mauritius Stamp Museum. In the city centre are numerous captivating stylist buildings. Grand Bassin, also referred to as Ganga Talao, is a lake situated in an isolated mountain area in the district of Savanne, right in the heart of Mauritius. It is about 600m above sea level; and has been declared a Holy lake by the Hindu community in Mauritius. The water in the lake is alleged to communicate with the water of the Holy Ganges in India. Each year, the Hindu community performs a pilgrimage on the Maha Sivaratri or“Siva’s Great Night”, a consecrated day in honour of Lord Shiva. Beside the lake is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Gods; including Hanuman and Lakshmi. Also overlooking the lake is the statue of Mangal Mahadev (Shiva statue) which is 33m high, rendering it the highest statue in Mauritius. Chamarel park - 7 coloured earth & Chamarel falls : The “seven-coloured earth” of Chamarel is an area of a unique geological phenomenon; for, this interesting site is the only place in the world to witness a clay earth with seven different colours on one place, comprising; red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow; with the two latter colours largely predominant. At close distance to the park are waterfalls and lush vegetation. The Waterfall of Charmarel is quite spectacular because the waters of three different streams drop freely into the gorge over a distance of 100m. Trou aux Cerfs depicts a 605 high extinct volcano located in Curepipe. The volcano is deemed to have been formed millions of years ago.The crater is said to measure 300 m in diametre and 85 m in depth. In the centre of the crater prevails a small lake. The main vintage point of the crater offers spectacular views of a major part of Mauritius Island. Ile aux Aigrettes is a 25 hectare coral island just off the coast of the town of Mahebourg. The island has been declared a nature conservation site and is under the mandate of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. Gabriel Island, also known as Îlot Gabriel, is located near the Round Island and the Flat Island, at the extreme north of Mauritius, about 10 km north of Cap Malheureux. Famous for its beautiful unblemished beaches, with crystal clear water encircling the entire island, it is renowned for snorkelling, diving and relaxation on the beach.