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Mauritius Main Cities and Places of Interest

Welcome to Mauritius Island!
 
There is no better place to start your discovery of Mauritius than on the Toursbooking Destiantion Guide.With a diverse culture, welcoming people, and warm temperature, this tropical island offers you more than what is expected. The island features incredible and serene pristine beaches, magnificent water falls, nature reserves, botanical garden, and exceptionally geological sites.
 
Let's discover  nice place to visit:
 
MAURITIUS MAJOR CITIES :
 
Port-Louis
Prepare yourself for the heat and for the sheer number of people you’ll see on the streets. It’s perhaps best to park your car (if you’re hiring one) at the Caudan waterfront and then take the underpass to get to Port Louis proper. Take a stroll along the Place d’Armes lined by palm trees and take a photo of the newly renovated Government House and of the statue of Queen Victoria. You can also see Mahe de Labourdonnais, a former French governor and the founder of Port Louis, closer to the highway. Part of where the highway is has been built on reclaimed land.While heading to Port Louis you can get stuck in traffic (one of the longest in the country) especially in the morning and afternoon when people are heading to their office or returning home.Most of the commercial activities are concentrated in this area of the island, since most of the banks, government offices, and other important institutions are located over here. The city can get warmer during the day with an average temperature of 22-26 degrees Celsius so you can always bring a bottle of water with you.Being a tourist you can enjoy the warm sunshine while venturing in the streets where you can taste the local food & drinks and shop for interesting and affordable items such as accessories, handicrafts, souvenirs and clothing.
 

                                  

 
Places to visit in Port-Louis:

 

  • The Central Market of Port Louis
  • Aapravasi Ghat
  • Natural History Museum in Port Louis
  • Blue Benny Museum
  • Photography Museum
  • Champ de Mars
  • Marie Reine de la Paix
  • La Citadelle
 
Curepipe
Curepipe stands at the lower tip of the urban zone which stretches diagonally across the island from Port-Louis, through Beau-Bassin, Rose-Hill, Quatre-Bornes, Vacoas and Phoenix. Curepipe became a popular residential town in the previous century reputedly after inhabitants fled the malaria epidemics on the west coast for the healthier, if wetter, highlands. The strangeness of the name 'Curepipe' has given rise to fanciful etymologies, the most persistent of which is that travelers used to stop there to 'cure' their pipes! Curepipe today is an elegant residential town with prize colonial houses, pleasant public gardens and a ultra-modern vegetable market! A short drive around Curepipe brings you to Trou-aux-Cerfs, one of the most exciting points of view of the island, and to the luscious tea plantations.
 

                                  

 
Grand Baie
Grand Baie owes its popularity to the enchanting quality of its emerald waters and to its liveliness by day or by night. It offers facilities for safe swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and water skiing. Grand Baie also hosts a variety of fashion and craft shops, hotels, restaurants, and night-clubs. It is the departure point for helicopter excursions, and it provides facilities for deep sea angling and for boat excursions to the islands to the north of Mauritius: Gunners' Quoin, Flat Island, Round Island, and Serpent Island.
 

                                  

 
MAURITIUS BEST PLACES TO VISIT:
 
Seven coloured Earth of Chamarel
This world famous attraction is a unique volcanic geological phenomenon resulting in seven colours of earth swirled together to create a beautiful feature. Found in the stunning region of Chamarel, this is a treasure not to be missed.
Chamarel rises 283 meters above sea level and is reached by a panoramic route, which cuts through the luxurious tropical forest surrounding it. There are many places to stop to admire the exquisite view and take photos. One of these spots is an 83-metre high waterfall. Have a nice time by walking around the beautiful lush surroundings. You can easily spot some giant tortoises as well.
Do not miss to visit the nearby spectacular Chamarel waterfall which plunges more than 95m in a single drop!
 

                                  

 
Sir Seewoosagur Botanical Garden
The botanical garden in Mauritius is a must-see attraction. The best way to enjoy your visit is to hire a guide at the entrance otherwise you’ll miss out on many fascinating tree species and interesting stories. Spend at least a couple of hours exploring our exotic fauna and flora. You'll be mesmerized. Plan your sightseeing in the morning when the temperature is still delicious. The botanical garden is home to the most beautiful tropical botanical species in the world. This grand old lady will be 300 years old in 2029. Our pride and joy is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere.You’ll be blown away by the amazing collection of 85 types of palm trees, from bottle palms, royal palms to the talipot palm which blooms every 40 years or so and then dies! 
 

                                   

 
Ganga Talao
Ganga Talao  in Mauritius should be on your ‘must see’ list of attractions. The sacred lake also called Grand Bassin represents the mighty Ganges river of India. You'll find her tucked away in the mountains of the South West surrounded by colourful Hindu temples and gods. Grand Bassin was discovered by Pandit Jhummon Giri Gossagne Nepal who lived in a village in the North of the island called Triolet. The Hindu priest had a dream and in his dream he saw a holy lake which was connected to the sacred river Ganges in India.  At the time roads were far and few. We are talking about 1897. The priest searched for the sacred lake and eventually arrived at Grand Bassin where he came across a lake he recognized from his dream.  News of the divine lake soon spread and the following year pilgrims started walking to Grand Bassin from all over the island.  Grand Bassin in Mauritius is now one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage site outside of India!
 

                             

 
La Vanille Reserve Naturel Park
The park was created in 1985, and its name honors the old vine cultivated in the valley.. Mauritian hospitality, conservation of nature, and welfare of the animals are privileged in this magical setting, where our guides will take you on an unforgettable visit of the reserve.The nature reserve covers 3.5 hectares of exquisite flora and fauna. They consist of banana trees, bamboo, beautiful palm trees, tropical rainforest, and exotic fauna such as the crocodiles, geckos, and giant tortoises.
 

                            

 
Le Morne
Le Morne Brabant, found in the South of the island, is a scarcely inhabited place. It is mostly surrounded by hotels. There you will have the chance of seeing Le Morne Mountain, classified as World heritage, a single peak encapsulating so much of Mauritius’ history in it. The mountain was the place, for slaves, to escape from their masters. The place is full of nice viewpoints over the west coast of the island and over the southern part of the island.
 

                              

 
Château de Labourdonnais
At the heart of a splendid natural estate, the Château de Labourdonnais helps you to rediscover the nineteenth century Mauritian lifestyle… Brilliantly restored, this majestic mansion, built in 1859, has regained all of its original splendour and provides a unique experience to its visitors. After visiting the château you can have a promenade in its garden, then visit its distillery and in the end taste the Rhum locally produced at the Rhumerie des Mascareignes. At the estate you will also have the opportunity to taste typical Mauritian cuisine that will, without any doubt, be a pure bliss to your taste buds!
 

                                 

 
Ile Aux Cerfs
A large outer isle of Mauritius, Iles Aux Cerfs is located off its East Coast, with spectacular white sandy beaches, palm trees and waters of all shades of blue. It remains one of the main attractions of the island. There, the picture-postcard blue lagoon will make you feel as if you just arrived on a Treasure Island. Iles aux Cerfs is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a BBQ and have a go at parasailing to have a majestic aerial view of this pristine isle. The island’s main beach provides basic services including restaurants serving tasty food. It also houses the Bernard Langer golf course.
 

                          

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