Mauritius is a small tropical island located near the southeast coast of Africa.
Mauritius has become synonymous with paradise for most of the travelers, and rightly so.
Its white-sand beaches, turquoise sea, blue skies, and luxury resorts make Mauritius one of the most favorite destinations for honeymooners.
Already Mark Twain said that ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius.’
But Mauritius has a lot more to offer than just beautiful beaches and blue ocean.
Tear yourself away from the sunbed and go hiking to the nature parks with their mountains and splendid views of the island.
Or book a boat trip, swim with the dolphins and spend a day on one of the perfect small islets.
You can also visit one of the colonial houses, nature reserves, and so much more.
What are the top places to visit in Mauritius?
1. THE SEVEN COLORED EARTH AND THE CHAMAREL WATERFALLS
The geological park in Chamarel has a lot to offer.
The most exciting and picturesque is the Seven Coloured Earth, a geological phenomenon that is one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius.
If you want to learn about the origins of the island itself or take the best holiday selfie, then the Seven Coloured Earth is definitely a place to visit.
You can also see the Chamarel waterfalls, go hiking to the Ebony Forest or try the zip line or the Nepali Bridge in the Lavilleon Natural Forest.
2. GANGA TALAO IN THE SOUTHWEST OF MAURITIUS
Ganga Talao (or Grand Bassin) is a sacred crater lake surrounded by the main Hindu temple with colorful statues of Hindu gods and by other small shrines and temples devoted to them.
Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by two giant statues presenting the Hindu gods Shiva and Durga, which are the biggest statues in Mauritius.
Ganga Talao is an important pilgrimage place for Mauritians of Hindu faith because it is said to be connected to the river Ganga in India.
The legend says that the lake was discovered by a priest who dreamt about a sacred lake connected to the Ganga river.
He set up on the journey and found the lake on the exact spot as his dream told him.
This event founded a tradition of pilgrimage to Ganga Talao each year on the Maha Shivaratri celebration.
3. LE MORNE
Le Morne beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius.
It is located at the foot of the Morne Brabant mountain, which is listed as the World Heritage by the Unesco.
The mountain of Le Morne is an important spot for the people of Mauritius as it is a landmark that reminds them of the harsh slavery period on the island.
You can even go hiking to Le Morne mountain but be prepared for a bit of climbing in order to reach the summit.
In addition, the area is quite windy and has strong currents, that’s why it’s often visited by windsurfers and kite surfers.
You can learn kite surfing in one of the many kite surfing schools on the beach.
4. GRAND BAIE
A seaside village is known as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Mauritius because of its emerald waters and its liveliness at any time of the day.
The bay offers facilities for safe swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and water skiing.
Furthermore, a trip to Grand Baie is incomplete without visiting one of the northern islets of Gunners’ Quoin, Flat Island, Round Island, and Serpent Island.
Whether you go by a catamaran ship that moves slowly to allow you to enjoy a long trip or by speedboat, taking a trip to the northern islets are worth the detour.
5. PAMPLEMOUSSES GARDEN
The Pamplemousses garden in the Northwest of Mauritius is known around the world for its vast collection of exotic and indigenous plants.
You can see giant tortoises, deer, and the extremely beautiful water lilies, baobabs, the spice garden and the talipot palm that only flourishes once every fifty to seventy years.
Therefore, it is worth taking a tour with one of the tour guides that will give you interesting information about the garden and the plants.
6. PORT LOUIS, THE CAPITAL OF MAURITIUS
Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius, and also the cultural and economic center of the island and the biggest harbor at the same time.
It’s the best place to learn about the history and culture of Mauritius.
However, the top sights to visit in Port Louis are:
- Central market
- Aapravasi Ghat – UNESCO World Heritage site honoring the indentured laborers from India
- Champ de Mars – the oldest horse-racing club in the southern hemisphere
- Fort Adelaide (La Citadelle) – a fort built to protect the city during the abolition of slavery
- Natural History Museum and Blue Penny Museum with the famous Blue Penny stamp
- Caudan Waterfront – a cultural and shopping center on the seafront overlooking the harbor
7. EUREKA HOUSE
Your visit to Mauritius wouldn’t be complete without seeing one of the colonial houses.
The Eureka House is a colonial wooden mansion built in 1830, which looks as if the time stopped there.
You can visit the house with its antique furniture and French and Chinese houseware, go for a walk to three waterfalls and have a tea or lunch on the terrace.
Another popular colonial house to visit is Château de Labourdonnais.
8. BLACK RIVER GORGES NATIONAL PARK
The Black River Gorges National Park in the southwest of Mauritius stretches over 6574 hectares of land and is a popular destination for all who enjoy hiking, outdoors and incredible views.
However, there are many trails with different levels of difficulty so that everyone can choose.
9. BOIS CHERI TEA FACTORY
The Bois Cheri tea plantation was founded in 1892 and is the first tea plantation in Mauritius.
During your visit to the tea factory, you will see how the tea is processed, from the first leaves to the final tea bag.
Most importantly, the visit to the factory is followed by a tea tasting in the near chalet with a beautiful view of the tea plantation and a small lake.
10. ST. AUBIN HOUSE AND RHUMERIE
One of the things that you can’t miss on the island that grows so much sugar cane is, of course, a visit to a rum factory.
St. Aubin estate was built in 1819 and served originally as accommodation for the managers of the sugar estate.
In other words, the house itself was renovated and re-built into a nice restaurant with an atmosphere that will take you back in time.
Above all, you can visit a little petting zoo, a greenhouse with beautiful anthurium flowers and learn about the local vanilla production in the Vanilla House.
And of course, visit the rum factory.
In conclusion, you will taste fresh sugar cane juice, learn about the process of making rum and taste samples of rum produced in St. Aubin, which is said to be the best rum in Mauritius.
Mahebourg is one of the major fishing villages in Mauritius.
It is located along the shore of the Grand port bay.
After Port Louis became the main port, the streets and bay of Mahebourg were left with local fishermen, busy marketplaces and a quiet life with the backdrop of the beautiful Lion Mountain.
In conclusion, go shopping in the Mahebourg market, enjoy the local fruits and traditional foods, and discover the genuine and beautiful heart of the Mauritian people.
12. MACONDE TURN
The famous hairpin bend of Maconde on the Baie du cap road.
The name Maconde is said to have originated from the slavery period where the runaway slaves of the Mozambique tribe Makonde sought refuge.
The road is located on a curved portion of the coastal road, sitting on the peak of a small rocky cliff from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Indian ocean.
13. CASELA NATURE PARK
Visit the Casela nature park with your family to discover a wide range of beautiful animals and enjoy the most amazing roller coaster ride you’ve ever had.
There are a lot of activities ranging from ziplines to quad biking to desert safaris. For instance, you can even walk with the lions!
It is no doubt, a world of adventure!
14. TROU AUX CERFS
The most popular dormant volcano in Mauritius.
Located in Mare aux Vacoas, you have a fantastic 360° view of the high plateau of the Island of Mauritius.
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