The Best Places to See in Mauritius

If ever there is a paradise on earth, it must be at Mauritius. This beautiful picture-postcard-pretty island nation in the Indian Ocean is a holiday spot that beckons vacationers from all over the world. It is also a destination that attracts some of the most high-profile tourists from the world and is a well-known honeymoon spot. Given the high tourist inflow, there are many luxury hotels in Mauritius to choose from. There are also other hotels in Mauritius which cater to all budgets, be it mid-range or shoe-string.  

Before you decide on which of the luxury hotels to stay in Mauritius and book your air tickets, consider this list for the places to visit once you get to the island nation.

Iles Aux Cerfs: A huge isle off the East Coast, the azure seas form the perfect backdrop for the beaches and palm trees. The place is ideal for a vacation far from the madding crowd.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden: This botanical park, spread across 60 acres, has a rich variety of palms, lily ponds, and other exotic flora and fauna.

Pieter Both: If you love adventure and trekking, you are at the right place. This is the second highest peak in the nation and is a popular spot with tourists.

Black River Gorges: A national park which is a treasure house of flowering plants and some of the rarest birds on the planet. The pink pigeon, which is native to Mauritius, and is on the verge of extinction, can be spotted here.

Gris Gris: If you drive along the south coast, you will be able to spot coral reef. Gris Gris is a place where the reef is broken and you can catch a glimpse of the mighty ocean and huge waves splashing on to the cliff here. There is also the La Vanille Crocodile Park, and the Rochester Falls nearby.

Victoria 1840: Mauritius is definitely about natural beauty, but you could also visit this sugar cane factory called Victoria 1840, now converted into a museum, and an important part of the nation’s heritage.

Le Morne: This mountain peak is of immense importance to the history of the island nation. The mountain is a renowned World Heritage Site. The Le Morne Cultural Landscape is the region where slaves used to hide during the 18th and 19th centuries. The area is symbolic of the slaves’ fight for freedom.

Champ de Mars: This popular horse racing track is the second oldest race club in the world, and the flag-raising ceremony was held in 1968, when the country gained Independence.

Port Louis: The city is the capital of the island-nation of Mauritius, and was founded by a French governor and coloniser in the 18th century. There are many colonial structures in the city, such as the Fort Adelaide, built by the British in the 19th century. There is also the Aapravasi Ghat (immigration hub), a famed UNESCO World Heritage Site which was a British colony to receive labourers from India. Today, the site is a tribute to all those labourers who landed in Mauritius.

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