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Top 9 Natural and scenic places to visit in Mauritius – Try out these unique attractions

Spectacular beaches, dreamy lagoons and vibrant reefs keep attracting the starry-eyed romantics to Mauritius the Indian Ocean Island nation for that memorable wedding, Complementing these attractions are many other bounties of nature waiting to be explored, savoured and spoken about.

1

Chamarel seven coloured earth

This unique feature of dunes made up of seven distinct colours of sand is a natural phenomenon drawing visitors to Chamarel. The rather unusual colours of red, brown, green, violet, blue, yellow and purple have evolved by conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals. The colours vary in shade according to the compositions, thus the patch of coloured earth is always outstanding. Even more unique is how the sand when mixed forms back into separate layers of different colours. Thus visitors claim this is one of the best places to visit in Mauritius.

2

Black River Gorges for nature buffs

Being the largest National Park on the island, this park is the heartbeat that maintains the rich diversity of wildlife in Mauritius and is a national asset. Misty hills, lush vegetation, over 300 species of flora and wonderous fauna comprising deer, monkeys, birds, boar and varieties of birds provide an interesting day's excursion here. Top off the visit to the park by experiencing the spectacular endless view from Gorges viewpoint as enjoyed by visitors from The Residence Mauritius.

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The charming rum distillery

In addition to learning the rum-making process on this tropical island, this visit to the distillery will bring you close to nature and the vibes of enjoying this marvellous beverage. You can do a guided tour of the distillery with glimpses behind the scenes of rum making, get to taste the rum and also enjoy a tasty meal based on your preference.

4

Alexandra Falls

Both the viewpoint of the Alexandra Falls and the hike are unforgettable experiences. The hike down to the base of the waterfall is a profound experience because as you look up from the bottom, that stupendous view of the many-tiered waterfall cascading down a cliff to the pool below is amazing. The trail and the terrain are amazing experiences.

5

The Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens

Also known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Gardens, these 37 hectares of the serene and landscaped oasis are worth a visit to admire the different species of flowers, fruits and vegetables thriving under care and supervision. Large palm trees line shady walkways welcoming visitors to linger and enjoy the beauty around them.

6

Ganga Talao or Grand Bassin

This crater lake lies in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne. Situated at 550 metres above sea level, on the oceanfront sits a temple along with a few small shrines devoted to Lord Shiva and other Hindu gods. Ganga Talao entices visitors to simply enjoy the lake and the gorgeous views of the surrounding lush green vistas. Every year thousands of Hindus make the all-important journey to Grand Bassin for blessings and to be close to divinity.

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Maconde Viewpoint

Another spectacular viewpoint on this unique island, Maconde point is on the Baie Du Cap coastal road which is supposed to be the 10th most beautiful road in the world. You need to park your vehicle along the beach and ascend the set of stairs to feel sublime witnessing the sight beholding you.

8

Trou aux Cerfs

This is another attraction in Mauritius, close to the town of Curepipe. The speciality of Trou aux Cerfs or Murr's Volcano centres around a dormant volcanic cone and crater sitting about 600 metres above sea level with an estimated diameter of 350 metres and depth of 100 metres. This extremely old crater is said to have erupted 700,000 years ago. This is a site worth a visit if you are keen to learn more about such dormant volcanoes.

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Heritage Nature Reserve

As Mauritius had been formed by volcanic activity, the soil is rich in mineral oxides making incredible bio-diversity and gifting an emerald sheen to the island. To witness this beauty, plan to visit the Heritage Nature Reserve at the UNESCO Biosphere in the southern part of Mauritius. You would come away enriched and happy to have witnessed the rich fauna and flora.

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