Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Mauritius About Mauritius In the words of Mark Twain – “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius” and his statement holds true in every sense. Known for its white beaches, sapphire-blue waters and luxury resorts, Mauritius welcomes millions of tourists every year from all around the world. Places to Visit in Mauritius Here are a few places to visit in Mauritius that you must visit when on your trip to Mauritius – It is a classy and a cosmopolitan town located in the north-western Mauritius. It offers tourists some excellent beaches, scintillating nightlife and shopping experience. The town has everything you need for a perfect holiday. It is a small village and one of the best tourist places in Mauritius situated in the south-western region of the country. Known throughout Mauritius for its world-class rum, bucolic vibe, and cool breezes, Chamarel is one of those places that shouldn’t be missed. Another popular spot of this area is Seven Coloured Earth. The colours are evolved through conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals. It is the ideal place to spend time in leisure with the family and friends abroad. Located in the western Mauritius, Casela Nature Park is a favourite among kids. Spread over fourteen hectares, the park is home to many an exotic flowers and plants, along with more than one hundred and fifty different species of birds as well as rare animals. It cascades down magnificently from a height of eighty-three meters. It is formed by the St. Denis River and surrounded by the lush green vegetation and is one of the highly popular waterfalls of Mauritius. It is an underwater park that acts as a home to many beautiful and unique corals, fishes and other aquatic creature as it possesses an extremely distinctive seabed. The marine park is a very popular diving spot in Mauritius that also offers the non-swimmers a chance to enjoy the life underwater through a glass panel boat. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden is popularly known as Pamplemousse Botanical Garden and is named after the very first Prime Minister of Mauritius and is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the southern hemisphere. The garden is spread over 37 hectares and is home to sugar canes, giant water lilies, ebonies and more than 80 types of palm trees from all over the world. Grand Baie Chamarel Casela Nature Park Chamarel Waterfalls Blue Bay Marine Park Pamplemousse Botanical Garden How to Reach? Here is how you can reach there: By Air- The International Airport of Mauritius is some 48 kilometre away from the central city of Mauritius, Port Louis. Mauritius is extremely well connected to all the major cities like Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Vienna, Dubai, Paris, etc. across the world and is very easy to get to by air. By Water- Mauritius can also be reached by sea which is a very romantic and luxurious option. Being an island state, you can reach Mauritius by embarking on a luxury cruise from the South African ports of Madagascar, Durban, Rodrigues Island or Reunion Island. Cruise companies also organise cruises all around Mauritius for tourist to get a better tour of the country. Best Time to Visit https://weather.com/en-IN/ The perfect time to take a trip in the country is probably any time around the entire year and visits the Mauritius points of interest. From the months of October to April, Mauritius is perfect for beach holidays and is also guaranteed by many as the best time to visit to make a top at Mauritius. The winter months though register a very low turnout of tourists, the months of May, June, July and September has its own casual appeal that charms many tourists to visit there. What to Pack? Many hotels specify on a no jeans policy, so it is smart for men to carry smart trousers to wear and for women to have some slacks and dresses available to wear Casual clothes like shorts and short-sleeve shirts Bringing in at least two different bathing suit and a long covering is a good idea as some hotels of Mauritius do require their guests to wear something other than a sarong at the poolside Flip-flops for spending time outside Proper dress shoes for dining at hotels and restaurants in the evening A Light waterproof jacket to save yourself from occasional showers A formal outfit to wear if the occasion demands Travel insurance is a must-have! There are various trusted companies which offer various facilities in travel insurance to cope up with any emergency before or during your travel, so get yourself insured during the travel journey Top Delicacies Here are a few of the must-have delicious delicacies of Mauritius- Dholl Pori- The national food of Mauritius basically fried thin bread that is stuffed with finely grounded yellow peas, and served with the atchar, bean curry and chutney. Vanilla tea- Homegrown black tea mixed with imported tea from Sri Lanka, and vanilla flavouring that is imported from the Southern Africa to produce this delicious concoction called black vanilla tea. Farata- A dish similar to Indian Paratha eaten with curry Gateau Patat Douce- The sweet potato cakes encased in the fillings of cardamom, coconut, and sugar are a delicious teatime treat of Mauritius that is deeply fried. Shopping List Essentials Buy the following in Mauritius: Pink Pigeon Rum (vanilla-infused) or Chamarel Rum (several flavours) Bois Chéri tea The traditional shopping basket of Mauritius Special Sugars Healthcare Centers Healthcare in Mauritius is a human rights issue that is made available to all. So, do not worry as help is provided to those in need. Also, it is best if you have your own travel insurance. Having one will give you access to best facilities, including cashless facilities at top healthcare centres. In case of such emergency, just notify your travel insurance company, who will further take care of the situation. Basics of Local Communication The guides are all well versed in English hence you would have no trouble in communicating with them and the locals while you travel across the country. Apart from English, Mauritian Creole and French are the most widespread language in Mauritius. Learning these basic Mauritian Creole and French phrases will give you more smiles from the locals. English Mauritian Creole Yes Wi No Non Hello Bonzur How are you? Ki manyer? What’s your name? Ki ou non? Pleased to meet you Mo kontan finn zwin u Good morning Bonzour Good afternoon Bon apre-midi I don’t understand Mo oas compran Please say it again? U kapave redire si u ple? Please Si ouple Thank you Mersi English French Hello Bonjour No Non Ok D'accord Do you speak English? Tu parles anglais? My name is… Je m'appelle What is your name Comment vous appelezvous? Thank you Merci You’re welcome De rien Excuse me Excusez-moi How are you? Comment allez-vous? Where is…? Ou est-ce que se trouve...? Please S'il vous plait Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? Take a look at our FAQ section that resolves commonly-asked queries on travel insurance. How do I benefit with Travel Insurance? 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