If you’ve traveled everywhere but still crave a tropical beach holiday then this stunning island, Mauritius in the southeast of Africa fits the bill to a T. When you think of Mauritius your mind directly invokes pictures of stunning white beaches and swaying palm fronds. Among the top honeymoon destinations and an extravagance hotspot for celebs and jet setters, Mauritius is one of the closest things to utopia on earth
Mark Twain sums it up impeccably, “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.”
A holiday in Mauritius can be an unforgettable experience. It’s not about beaches alone. If you can leave behind the unusual sands for some time, you’ll know there are many things to do in Mauritius whether it is activities, visiting historic sites or enjoying verdant forests.
Be ready for a holiday full of beaches, forts, lagoons, islands, parks, museums, shopping avenues, dolphins galore, magnificent monuments that will mesmerize you. Don’t forget to taste Dholl Puri. It is a Mauritian version of our sweet Puran Poli. What are you waiting for? Book your flight tickets, that beachfront resort, rent a car, and check out these ten great spots!
Trou Aux Biches:
For travelers who love snorkeling and swimming, the Trou Aux Biches is the first place you must visit in Mauritius. With soft sands bordering the quiet, shallow, and crystal-clear water, Trou Aux Biches is the perfect place for a fabulous beach picnic with your family or friends. For street food lovers, several food stalls and cafes are lining the coast where you can sample a variety of cuisines. Don’t forget to swim a few laps in the sea while you snorkel.
One of the highest waterfalls in Mauritius the Chamarel is 100 m of cascading waters. This natural beauty spot is the perfect place for an Instagram-worthy photo or photos. Watching the waterfall from high in the mountains is an impressive sight you must not miss out on. Make sure you go up the stairs to the observation platform and enjoy the stunning waterfall as it hits the pool 100 meters below.
Chamarel Seven Colored Earth: Plan to visit the gorgeous Chamarel Seven Colored Earth where you can see sand dunes different and distinct colors. If you’ve never seen red, brown, and purple sand then this place must top your itinerary. The sand dunes formed when volcanic rocks cooled down at different temperatures and mixed into the sand making the sand around it colorful.
Black River Gorges National Park:
For wild adventures, visit the Black River Gorges, National Park. One of the must-visits in southwest Mauritius it is around 68 km. A photographers’ paradise getting fancy shots of flower and fauna is a breeze. For researchers check out the park field stations if you’d like to know more about the park. Trekking is a clever way to find wild pigs, privets, rusa deer, and the Chinese guava. If you’re lucky you may even see a few endangered birds and animal species. national park.
Trou Aux Cerfs:
The Trou Aux Cerfs is a 605 meters high dormant volcano in Curepipe, Mauritius. Called the Murr’s Volcano this well-delineated basin is about 350 m in diameter and 80 meters deep. A few specialists believe this dormant volcano could become an active volcano anytime in the ten centuries.
One waterfall is not like another. There is always something different and the Tamarind Waterfalls are the best examples of nature’s cleverness. These waterfalls are a group of seven cascades found on the River Tamarind, so they are known as the Seven Cascades. One of the top places to visit in Mauritius. It is known for activities like trekking, hiking, cliff jumping, birdwatching, canyoneering, and swimming.
Mauritius National Botanical Garden
If the nature around you mesmerizes, fascinates, and leaves you spellbound, then the Mauritius National Botanical Garden is an absolute must for you. Covering a large area, the Mauritius National Botanical Garden houses over 650 plant varieties. A French Governor inaugurated this garden during its colonial days. It was once a private garden.
Blue Bay Marine Park
Don’t you just love the spray of water while coasting over it? For the avid water sports and snorkeling enthusiast, the Blue Bay Marine Park is right up your alley. Exploring the aquatic life underwater is an unforgettable and an enthralling experience to have in Mauritius. This marine park houses a wide variety of sea-grasses, algae, and mangroves.
Built-in 1830, the Maison Eureka is a major tourist draw in Moka, Central Mauritius. This former colonial abode of English and French aristocrats is now a museum devoted to the colonialist era of Mauritius. With 109 doors and windows, it is famous as the biggest house on the island. The museum has areas reserved for maps, music, art, Chinese and Indian houseware. Be ready to explore the small waterfalls, lush greenery, prevalent plants, Lake Moka, and the luxurious gardens around the museum.
Near Port Louis, the Grand Bassin is the most sacred place for the Hindus in Mauritius. Often called the Ganga Talao, this place is known for its magnificent Lord Shiva temples found 1800 feet above the sea. Apart from Lord Shiva’s temple, you can also venerate Lord Hanuman and Lakshmi at their temples. The tranquil and the relaxing environment of the Grand Bassin draws tourists to its doors in droves repeatedly.
If you’ve decided you want to holiday in Mauritius, then read on to know a few pertinent things about Mauritius.
Best Time to Visit the Island:
The best time to visit Mauritius is between May to December when the weather is dry, sunny, and cool.
Reaching the Island and Visa Details:
You don’t need a visa before leaving from India to Mauritius. The visa is on arrival. Your passport is stamped so you can enter the island. This visa is valid for 60 days. To get the visa, you must have details of your travel itinerary and the return flight tickets if you are on a holiday. If you plan to work, you must carry a Mauritius work permit before traveling to the island.
What is so special about Mauritius?
This gorgeous island is home to a population of 1.2 million from various races. The country is known for its ethnic coherence and steadiness making Mauritius a unique island in the world. Mauritians are friendly, tolerant, and kind to all those visiting their country.
Is Mauritius safe for tourists?
Yes, it is safe to travel to Mauritius. Considered one of the safest places in Africa to visit. However, like always you must take care of your belongings and take the same safety precautions you would while traveling to another country.
Is Mauritius beautiful? Is Mauritius popular?
If you love beaches, the coastline, and lagoons, then Mauritius is the best place for you to holiday at. Known the world over for its stunning white beaches all 150km of it with the Indian ocean surrounding it. Don’t forget several sheltered lagoons that are within the third largest coral reefs in the world. These stunning lagoons are a must-visit.
Which part of Mauritius is best to stay?
The city of Balaclava is one of the best places to stay in Mauritius. The city is in the north of the island, which is perhaps the most gorgeous part of the island. Its proximity to the best public beach Pereybere is another reason to stay in Balaclava.
We hope we’ve answered most of your questions about Mauritius. But if you do have some more queries, connect with Kesari Tours. They can help you pick the right holiday plan that fits your budget.