A small island that lies within the vast Indian Ocean. Mauritius or officially Republic of Mauritius is a small island filled with vibrant colors of the sea, mountains, trees, and its lively people. A small island that possesses a huge beauty when it comes to its natural resources. With its majestic beaches that offers a scenic view especially at sunset.
In this review, we’re going to talk about the 5 different places that will make you see and fully observe the beauty of Mauritius. Here are The 5 Best Places to Visit in Mauritius.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
Sometimes shortened to SSR Botanical Garden and most commonly known as Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden is a popular tourist attraction on Pamplemousses, which is located near Port Louis–the capital of Mauritius. It is considered as the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere, and is famous for its long pond of giant water lilies. Constructed and developed in 1770, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden was ranked third among all the gardens that could be admired on over the surface of the earth. The garden also features, spices, ebonies, sugar canes and 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa, and the islands around the Indian Ocean. A very beautiful garden, which may help every traveler to ease those fatigued and aching muscles.
Blue Bay Marine Park
Blue Bay Marine Park is one of the popular beaches in Mauritius, situated in Grand Port District. Grand Port is named after the village of Old Grand Port which witnessed the first Dutch landing and is considered the first port of the Island. Blue Bay on the other hand, is one of the finest bathing spots of Mauritius, surrounded by filao trees, a fine stretch of white sandy beach and a deep, clear, light blue bathing pool that can be compared to the waters of El Nido in Palawan.
Crocodile and Giant Tortoise Park
Home to various species of animals, reptiles and plants. This park offers a wonderful view of some of the world’s ferocious beasts like the crocodiles and some endangered reptiles such as the Aldabra Giant Tortoise. The park also offers a collection of the island’s unique animals such as geckos, turtles, bats, deers, mongooses, monkeys, pigs, as well as domestic livestock such as goats, fat-tailed sheep and donkeys. They also have a wide collection of butterflies and colorful insects. The thing I found odd at the park is their restaurant that serves–well–crocodile meat. Overall, it is a beautiful park that provides activities that will make your vacation on the island, worthy.
Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park is one of Mauritius’ national park, situated in the hilly south-western part of the island. Once a prime hunting grounds, the area became protected and preserved in 1994 after scientists have discovered nearly over three hundred species of flowering plants, endemic species of birds, and a large population of giant fruit bats that are approximately 4000 in number. The park under the management of the National Park and Convention Service, protects most of the island’s remaining rainforest. Several areas have been fenced off and invasive species have been eradicated for them to preserve native wildlife. A wonderful hiking area that offers tremendous activities which can be eased by the wonderful view of nature.
Also known as the Grand Bassin. Ganga Talao is a crater lake, located in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in the heart of the island of Mauritius. The first group of pilgrims went to Ganga Talao who came from the village of Triolet and was lead by Pandit Giri Gossayn from Terre Rouge in 1898. The place holds a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and other gos including Hanuman, Ganga and Ganesh. During Shivaratri, pilgrim of Mauritius walk bare feet from their homes to the lake. Being the most sacred Hindu place of worship on the island, people of all religions, locals, and foreigners alike visit this place with utmost respect and decency.
The place also holds the tallest statue in Mauritius, the Mangal Mahadev, which stands for about 108 ft tall and stands with his trident at the entrance of Ganga Talao. As wonderful statue that will welcome you to Mauritius’ most sacred and blissful place.
A small yet fascinating island that holds a vast variety of natural wonders and other structures that can be considered as one of the world’s natural wonders. The island is surrounded by the clear blue sky, crystal clear blue Indian Ocean, different species of tall, vibrant trees and plants and its hospitable inhabitants. The people of Mauritius are known for their lively lifestyle, which oftens consists of celebrations, loud music, delicious foods and smiling people which you will meet at the streets of Mauritius. So come! Let’s visit the beautiful island of Mauritius and don’t forget to visit these places listed here! Have a nice travel!