An enchanting island destination located in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is visited by more than a million tourists every year from different corners of the world. When you are in this part of the world, you’ll get to unwind on its gorgeous white-sand beaches and explore the island’s varied flora and fauna. As the island is home to a multi-religious, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual population, you’ll get to enjoy some diverse cultural experiences.
During your Mauritius holidays, you’ll also get to explore its most popular attractions. Given below are some of the popular ones:
- Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
Also known as SSR Botanical Garden and Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, this is the oldest of all the botanical gardens located in the Southern Hemisphere and is home to a long pond of giant water lilies. The garden was constructed in the 18th century by a French botanist and horticulturist known as Pierre Poivre. It covers a vast area of about 37 hectares and features 85 varieties of palms from different parts of the world, such as Asia, Central America, islands around the Indian Ocean, and Africa.
- Ile aux Cerfs Island
The name of this island translates as ‘Deer Island’ in the English language. It is located in the Flacq district near the eastern coast of this island destination and is well-known for its charming lagoon, sandy beaches, and excellent facilities for tourists to indulge in some exciting outdoor activities. Make sure you set aside an entire day for visiting this gorgeous island, exploring its picture-perfect beaches, and enjoying some thrilling activities like snorkelling and swimming. Ile aux Cerfs is spread across 100 hectares of land and is one of the must-visit places for tourists in Mauritius.
- Grand Bassin
While holidaying in this island country, you can make a trip to this lake situated in the Savanne district. This lake is at an altitude of 600 metres and is considered holy by the local Hindus. For this reason, the lake is also known as ‘Ganga Talao’. According to the local Hindu legend, the waters of this lake communicate with the waters of the Holy Ganges in India. Every year, the Hindu community residing in Mauritius embark on a pilgrimage to this lake on the occasion of ‘Maha Shivratri’ in the honour of Lord Shiva. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Hindu deities is also located beside the lake. Overlooking the Grand Bassin is a grand statue of Mangal Mahadev, which is the highest statue in the country.
- Port Louis
Don’t miss the wonderful attractions in the capital and largest city of Mauritius, Port Louis. It was built in 1735 by a famous French governor known as Mahe de Labourdonnais. The city is surrounded by the Port Louis Moka Range and has preserved many of its colonial buildings over the years. One of such historic structures is a fortification called La Citadelle or Fort Adelaide, which was constructed in the early 19th century by the British. Other major tourist attractions you can explore in the capital city are Port Louis Bazaar, Mauritian Chinatown, and Caudan Waterfront.