The magnificant Chamarel Falls and the colored earths of Chamarel.
Besides the Gardens of Pamplemousse and Mauritius her beautiful beaches and islands, the Seven Coloured Earth is one of the most famous and most visited attractions on Mauritius. It’s a rare sight within a beautiful paradise known as Chamarel. The earths are particularly unsual; created by volcanic rocks that cooled at different temperatures, the earths form beautiful patterns of color in the exposed hillsides. And if you mix the colored earth together, they'll eventually settle into separate layers.
How did the Seven Coloured Earth arise? Mauritius is a volcanic island, with only one dormant volcano still alive. The Seven Coloured Earth dunes are formed from molten lava and now contain oxides of iron and aluminium. At the moment the dunes consist of area of 7.500 square meters. The impressive thing is that the dunes do not erode. They stay how they are even after a big rain.
The seven distinct colours that can be seen in the dunes are:
How the colours can be seen depend of the brightness of the sun and whether the sun is high or low in the sky. Therefore, the scenery strongly depends on the time of the day and the weather.
Is the Seven Coloured Earth unique? There is no other place on earth that uses the same name for this terrain like here on Mauritius. However similar terrains can be found elsewhere in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
The visit The Seven Coloured Earth are well worth visiting. Besides the dunes there is also a beautiful viewpoint over Chamarel waterfall that you don’t want to miss. Next to the dunes also lives a small family of land turtles. The Seven Coloured Earth can be viewed all around it. There is a walking path bringing you to different viewpoints. You can not walk over the dunes because it is a protected area. There is also souvenir shop and a coffee corner within the park.
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