Nature and attractions on Mauritius Island

attractions on Mauritius Island

attractions on Mauritius Island

Nature and attractions on Mauritius Island a part of another world – mysterious, authentic and yet – real. Mauritius is known to the whole world. Not only as a tourist resort. First of all, Mauritius is known as the home of the missing species – Dodo (baptized so by the Portuguese, which means “less color” – they did not have a colorful coloring). Until 1681 all specimens were slaughtered by natives or their domestic animals. Today Dodo is a symbol of Mauritius. But when you step on the island, breathe the unspoilt tropical air and see the peaceful landscape of crystal clear waters and bright green vegetation, you will find that every kilometer is worth it.

The island of Mauritius (along with the islands of Reunion and Rodriguez) is part of Macarane’s archipelago, located in the southwestern part of the Indian Ocean, due to a number of underwater volcanic eruptions about 10 million years ago. The continent closest to Mauritius is Africa, and 900 km. of it are the lands of Madagascar.

Formed around the central African plateau, the highest point of Mauritius is Mount Python de la Peti Rivier Noir (828 m). The regions of the Republic include the islands of Kargados Karahos, Rodriguez and Agalega. The capital and largest city is Port Louis, and the other major cities are Rose – Hill, Buff – Pool, Phoenix and Kuripape.

Sights of Mauritius

Mauritius beaches

Nature on Mauritius Island

As strange as it may sound, Mauritius offers not only fabulously beautiful beaches, palm trees and hotels. Thanks to the strong influence of Britain and France, as well as their predecessors, the Danes, you can see the remains of the first settlements and the impressive mansions built centuries ago on the island. The most significant of these are the ruins of the Balaklava estate, located a few meters from the Turtle Bay (named after the 16th of the Portuguese because of the large number of turtles inhabiting that part of Mauritius), and the Danish ruins near the port, the first island-based settlement (since the early 17th century).

In Port Louis, you can see a collection of Muslim temples (the Jumah mosque – one of the most beautiful buildings in the country built in the middle of the 19th century), Indian temples, a Jewish cemetery, and a Catholic cathedral (built in its current Gothic style in 1933 ., but a church exists since 1752). Port Louis will captivate you with its colonial architecture, with the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere, named after Mauritius governor Sir Siiuosagur Ramgulan and built in 1770 on an area of ​​37 hectares (famous for its huge water lilies, garden plants, ebony, sugar cane, and more than 85 palm trees collected from several continents), as well as the busiest street (bearing the same name), which is a true paradise for pubs and shops.

Mauritius resort

Mauritius resort

What else can you see in Mauritius? Countless things, but do not miss:
The L’Aventure du Sucre Sugar Mill – a highly modern, 5,000-square-meter exhibition, showing the history of Mauritius and its relationship to sugar cane.
Lake Ganga Talao in Grand Bassin – one of two natural lakes on Mauritius, located in the crater of a quenched volcano and associated with local religious beliefs.
The Black River Gorges Park – a host of rare bird and plant species, breathtaking landscapes and an old Creole residence (from 1830)
Casela Bird Park – gathers over 140 species of birds from all 5 continents. Besides them there are lakes, tigers, turtles, elk, apes and orchids.
The Yemen Reserve – here are some of the most remarkable locals of the local fauna.
The Chamarel area – what impresses here is the multicolored (blue, green, red and yellow) land that arose as a result of the contact of the volcanic ash with the environment. Here are the waterfalls of the same name that spring naturally from the marshes and the surrounding vegetation. These are the highest three waterfalls in Mauritius.



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