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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buy the following in Mauritius:
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.
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.
|How are you?||Ki manyer?|
|What’s your name?||Ki ou non?|
|Pleased to meet you||Mo kontan finn zwin u|
|Good afternoon||Bon apre-midi|
|I don’t understand||Mo oas compran|
|Please say it again?||U kapave redire si u ple?|
|Do you speak English?||Tu parles anglais?|
|My name is…||Je m'appelle|
|What is your name||Comment vous appelezvous?|
|You’re welcome||De rien|
|How are you?||Comment allez-vous?|
|Where is…?||Ou est-ce que se trouve...?|
|Please||S'il vous plait|
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