Picture perfect Mauritius is on many a traveler’s wish list. For those who’ve been there, often find themselves traveling back to the beautiful island country that’s popular for its sun, sand and beaches. What makes Mauritius special, is the stunning melting pot of African, French, Asian and British that it is.
With crystal clear waters, palm fringed beaches, beautiful aquamarine lagoons and luxury hotels dotting the entire island, it is a popular attraction for honeymooners and jet setters alike.
But Mauritius has much more than what’s popularly believed. Let us take you through a short guide to this beautiful country that you’re bound to love!
Beautiful topography: For a country as small as Mauritius, it has an impressive, varied topography. Sugarcane plantations, gorges, forested ridges, meadows, arable land and bright tropical flowers – Mauritius has it all!
The main appeal, of course, is the 177 KM coastline, which offers a myriad of beautiful hues. Much of the islands’ shorelines are blessed with calm lagoons, which offers a perfect opportunity for diving, snorkeling and water sports out by the coral reef.
Great properties: Most of the hotels in Mauritius lie in the north, east and west coasts. From budget and affordable luxury to lavish 5 starts, Mauritius has a hotel to fit every budget. And most of them come with beautiful views of the sea. The relatively quieter south of the island is developing soon and has some great properties that offer a quieter, non-touristy side of Mauritius.
Quaint spots: Probably one of the most romantic spots on the island is the peninsula of Le Morne in the southwest corner of the island.
You do not have to be a beach bum to enjoy the island as there is so much more to do. The interiors in the south are home the island’s highest peak, Mount Piton, which you can visit by crossing some interesting places like Chamarel, a beautiful village that boasts of beautiful pineapple and coffee plantations. Also, pay visit to the seven colored earth while you are there.
National Parks: Visit the Black River Gorges National Park. An imposing waterfall going deep in to a steep gorge of forest, makes for a mesmerizing view. Nature lovers, rejoice, as protected habitats can be charted by way of walking trails. Rare plants, endangered birds and monkeys are all there for the viewing.
A melting pot of cultures: Over half the population in Mauritius is Hindu and their holy site is the lake of Grand Bassin, which is also known as Ganga Talao. The lake is said to have been built when Shiva, the God of Destruction, poured water from the holy Ganges in to a crater here.
The French, British and African influences are abound in the country’s rich culture, music, dance and of course, cuisine. It’s one country that takes you to several more!
Port Louis: Mauritius has a thriving city life. Port Louis is where all the action is. It is a merry mix of Mauritian culture with Hindu temples, Chinese Pagodas, mosques and Catholic Churches.
Thriving wildlife: Mauritius was famed for being the only home of the dodo. It is also home to monkeys, fruit bats, pink pigeons, songbirds, echo parakeets and Mauritius Kestrels – a species that was only 4 in number in 1974, but now there are more that 800 and they are increasing every year.
Conservation Projects: You have to visit Ile aux Aigrettes if you are a true nature lover. Situated on and uninhabited island on the South East Coast, it is a conservation project set up by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.
Vibrant ocean life: Whales, dolphins, sharks, scorpion fish, moray eels, grouper, snapper and so many more species can be spotted off shore. Make your way to Blue Bay Marine Park if you wish to indulge in some snorkeling and witness a truly rich aquatic life. Boat trips to the reef can also be extremely interesting and can be arranged by your hotel. If you’re not the adventurous kind, enjoy these views from the comfort of your glass-bottomed boat!
Lip-smacking cuisine: Love Food? Then you are in for a treat as a glorious mix of cultures, makes way for the most mouth watering and delicious fusion cuisine. With part Indian, Creole, Chinese and French influences, you are surely in for an unparalleled gastronomical experience!
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