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 News - 15-May-2013

Five Must See Sights In Mauritius

Mauritius is a spectacularly beautiful island, steeped in a rich and lustrous history. When you think of Mauritius, it's fairly safe to say that most people imagine crisp white beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and a chance to truly relax; in truth though it's actually so much more than that. The island is full of mystically enchanting secrets just waiting to be discovered, and if you can tear yourself away from the gorgeous beaches, you'll find that amazement and adventure awaits you. From awe-inspiring sights to ultra-rare plants, Mauritius boasts wonders you'll see nowhere else in the world. It really is an experience like no other.

Le Chateau de Labourdonnais

This stunning mansion, found in the northern region of Mauritius, houses an intricate museum, a rum distillery and tasting bar featuring delectable treats cultivated within the grounds of the chateau. All this is surrounded by luscious green gardens and orchards that grow bountiful cornucopias of exotic fruits.

Built over 150 years ago, the neo-classical mansion is one of the most extravagant buildings in Mauritius. Originally home to multiple generations of the Wiehe family, who were important figures in Mauritius history; the house has recently been restored to its former glory and is now open for public viewing. Wander through the mansion's illustrious corridors and marvel at the spectacle of the elegant Italian inspired architecture. There's a load to see and do here, and lots of history to immerse yourself in, just remember to relax afterwards by trying out arum that's made on location in the tasting bar.

Chamarel Village

From the moment you see Mauritius you'll notice the beauty of the white sand beaches. After further exploration you may even step on the black sands of the Sable Noir beach; but did you ever think you get to witness seven different colours of sand

The magical seven-coloured earth of Charamel is an astonishing natural phenomenon that leaves the ground coated in beautiful swirls of colour. The effect is a mesmerising mix of purples and reds as well as wonderful streaks of green, blue, yellow, violet and brown. It's a place that truly needs to be seen to be believed. Chamarel village also houses one of Mauritius' most beautiful waterfalls, which features three powerful streams bellowing down almost 100 meters into a gorge surrounded by a bounty of lavish vegetation.

Black River Gorges National Park

Speaking of lavish vegetation, for truly magnificent views you must visit the Black River National Gorges. Located towards the south-west of Mauritius, these rolling hills contain one of the most breath-taking national parks on earth.Take an enthralling journey along any of the well-worn footpaths through the dense green forests and spend the time absorbing some of the most amazing sights and mountain vista views the island has to offer. From flowing waterfalls to vibrantly colourful exotic birds, this is a wonderful place to truly marvel at the awesomeness of nature.

Le Touessrok Golf Course

Crowned the "golf destination of the year" in Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf States in 2008; Mauritius is host to some truly splendid golf courses.

Out of the entire delightful selection, it is completely unique Le Touessrok which stands out the most. The Ile aux Cerfs (Island of Deer) is the small exotic island off the east coast of Mauritius which houses this astounding course. The island is now completely devoid of deer, and in their place lays one of world's most incredible golf courses.

The eighteen-hole championship golf course is perfect for an unforgettable game set amongst the tranquil turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao)

Situated within a volcanic crater towards the south of Mauritius, this secluded and incredibly serene lake lies in the shadow of an enormous 25-metres-tall statue of Shiva, the Hindu god. Legend tells that Shiva brought the water from the Ganges in India all the way to the crater in Mauritius in order to create the lake. Standing tall with his trident at the mouth of Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao is its spiritual Hindu name), the statue is the highest in the country, and is an exact replica of the one found in Vadodara, India.

The lake is an incredibly popular pilgrimage destination, as it is renowned as being the most sacred Hindu location in Mauritius, and is surrounded by various temples dedicated to the different Hindu gods. If you're looking for the perfect spot for a day of self-reflection, or a trek to discover inner-peace, then this is the perfect place to visit.

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