Mauritius is no doubt a heaven on earth, such a beautiful, stunning and breathtakingly mesmerizing place on this earth. I have some really wonderful memories of the amazing places that I saw in Mauritius. This island nation is endowed with heavenly beauty of nature that you just cant stop admiring. And once you are here you just don't want to leave this island. In Mauritius wherever you see, you see the beauty of nature. Every place has its own charm. But there are some places that left quite an impact on my mind and in this blog post I am listing the places in Mauritius which are the best tourist places in Mauritius and must be seen by every tourist visiting this beautiful Island nation.
1) Ile aux Cerfs island
Ile Aux Cerfs island is a small privately owned island along the eastern coast of Mauritius. The crystal clear turquoise blue water and the black volcanic hills and rocks will make you want to spend your lifetime here. Believe me.... it is so beautiful. You can relax here, indulge in some water activities or just eat some sea food at the beach restaurants and enjoy the sea view. You can also take a speed boat and the see the nearby Trou deau douce Cascades.
2) Trou aux Cerfs- See by yourself a volcano which is sleeping but not dead in Curepipe
Yes you got me right. Head over to Trou aux Cerfs which is a dormant volcano in Curepipe in south west Mauritius. This volcano is believed to be sleeping but can become active anytime in the future. You actually have to park your car at a distance and walk up the flank of the volcano to see the crater. Don't worry roads are very well made and its just a 5 minutes walk so you won't have much problem. So just walk and enjoy the gentle breeze that blows here. All you can see here is a big crater of the volcano which has now been covered by green vegetation which itself presents a pleasing view. You can go around the crater to have a good view of the Curepipe town below and beautiful lofty mountains. This place is very popular among local people for morning jogs.
The seven coloured Earths of Chamarel is not to be missed. Here you get to see seven different coloured earths swirled by a volcanic geographic phenomenon. This place is definitely awe-inspiring. Not only this site is unique but the route to it is also beautiful. You get to see the beautiful tropical forest and Chamarel waterfalls on way to the seven colored earth.
4) Bois Cheri tea Gardens
This was one of my favourite places in Mauritius. Those green and beautiful tea estates of Bois Cheri in Southern Mauritius will blow away your mind. The view is so addictive and rejuvenating that you won't feel like leaving this place at all once you halt here. You can visit a tea factory and see how the tea is made from the leaves. And don't forget to buy some Bois cheri tea varieties too because they have some really aromatic flavours.
5) Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
It is the oldest in the southern hemisphere built about 300 years ago by a French botanist. Here you can see some endangered and exotic indigenous plants of Mauritius. And don't forget to see the famous collection of the Queen Victoria water lilies here.
6) Port Louis
Port Louis is the perfect place to witness the grandeur of the erstwhile colonial rule of Mauritius. And you get to see some really splendid structures like the Fort of Citadelle, Champe de Mars which is the second oldest racing course in the world, church of Marie Reine de la Paix, UNESCO world heritage site Aparvashi Ghat and French colonial buildings in Labourdonnais Avenue. Stroll around the Port Louis Harbour and do some shopping in the La Caudaun waterfront just opposite the harbour. There are some good food outlets and restaurants too in this area.
7) Ganga Talao
If you are a Hindu or an enthusiast of Hindu religion, then Ganga Talao or Grand Bassin is the place you should go to. This beautiful religious site built around a crater lake, houses a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Hindu Deities. This place is a testimony to the presence of Hindu religion followed by the descendants of Indians who were brought here as plantation workers during the Colonial rule.
8) Black River Gorges National Park
This is a must visit place for the lovers of wildlife and exotic flora. Here you will find many endangered and exotic flora and fauna. And this is definitely a popular place for hiking and trekking too. So all you adventurous souls, this is the place for you.
So these were my top 8 favourite places in Mauritius. Do share with me your favourite places here.
Best Time to Visit Mauritius: Winters are from May to October and Summers are from November to April. Best time to visit Mauritius is Between April and June; and between September and December
About Mauritius: It is a beautiful island country lying in the Indian Ocean on the eastern side of the African continent.