The magnificence of Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, goes way beyond its pristine beaches, lagoons and reefs. The country is blessed with a mountainous interior, dense rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, well-maintained hiking trails and exotic wildlife – all the ingredients that make for an incredible holiday! Mauritius is a popular honeymoon destination, which is full of many romantic places and attractions. Visit some of these stunning sites in Mauritius, which will be of interest for all – nature lovers, adventure freaks, history buffs and more!
Black River Gorges National Park
A perfect destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, Black River Gorges National Park is where nature is at its wildest best in this charming island country. The national park is located on Plaine Champagne Road in Mauritius and is home to a wide range of ecosystems and wildlife. It is a popular place for camping and hiking, and lucky visitors might even get a chance to spot the rare pink pigeon.
Trou Aux Biches
Mauritius is a haven for beach holidays. And, Trou Aux Biches is the crowning jewel of all the beaches of Mauritius. The beach is blessed with postcard-perfect scenery – seemingly endless stretch of soft sands and crystal clear blue waters. Apart from its scenic beauty, the beach is famous for snorkelling and swimming. The beach is a popular family destination, and is full of food stalls and cafes along the coast. It is a perfect place for beach picnics.
A trip to Mauritius is incomplete without a visit to the tiny village of Chamarel, which is located in Savanne district. This charming village is home to two of the most famous and spectacular tourist attractions of the country – the Seven Coloured Earth and the Chamarel Falls. The ‘Seven Coloured Earth’ is an area in the village which houses sand dunes of seven distinct colours including red, brown and purple. This phenomenon is the result of volcanic rocks cooling at different temperatures. Usually, this spectacular sight is combined with a visit to the highest waterfall in the country – Chamarel Falls. Get awe-struck as you watch this waterfall from a height of 100 metres!
Pereybere beach is one of the most popular beaches with travellers visiting the country. The picturesque beach is a great place to indulge in water sports, particularly deep sea diving and snorkelling. Swimmers should be careful as the water surrounding the beach is deeper as compared to the other beaches in the country. Dive-in to marvel at the vibrant corals and abundant marine life. Other water sports popular in the beach are pedalo, wind surfing, catamaran ride, para-sailing, kayaking and deep sea fishing. The tall coconut tress surrounding the beach provides it scenic beauty.
The Eureka House is an interesting and popular tourist attraction for history buffs. The 1830-built Eureka House, which is located at Moka in Central Mauritius, was a colonial mansion of the English and French aristocrats. The mansion has now been converted into a museum displaying the colonial heritage of the country. Explore the magnificent mansion, as you walk through its 109 doors and windows and the different areas dedicated to different aspects of Mauritian colonial life – music, art, maps and Indian house wares. The Eureka House is widely known as the largest house on the island. The museum is surrounded by small waterfalls, dense greenery and endemic plants in its beautifully manicured gardens.
Grand Baie Bazaar
One of the best shopping spots for tourists is the Grand Baie Bazaar, which is held in Grand Baie in Mauritius. The bazaar is well-known for the fantastic street shopping opportunities it offers to the visitors, and is particularly a great place for some impulse buying. Those looking for authentic local items and little knick-knacks will love this place. The market is full of a wide variety of touristy items and handicrafts including Mauritian and Malagasy crafts.