JOURNEY CUREPIPE • GRAND BASSIN • PLAINE CHAMPAGNE • CHAMAREL
From your residence, travel past the suburb of Floreal and drive towards Curepipe, one of the island’s main cities. As you reach the highest point in town, admire the panoramic view of the anthracite grey mountain chains, then step down to see Trou aux Cerfs’ crater, a dormant volcano covered with lush vegetation.
Considered by many devotees to be an extension of the sacred Ganges river in India. This natural lake resting on a volcanic crater is a place of worship for the Hindus in Mauritius. Also known as the Ganga Talao, the lake becomes alive especially during the months of February and March, when the Hindus celebrate the Maha Shivaratri, in great pomp. The calm water beautifully reﬂects the colourful temples and offerings (ﬂowers, bananas, incense) to the miniature representations of Shiva and Ganesh surrounding the lake.
In the South-Western part of Mauritius, in the heart of a fertile valley, lies the Rhumerie de Chamarel. Situated in the vicinity of the “coloured earths” of Chamarel, one of Mauritius’ most popular tourist attractions and the place to visit while in Mauritius, the road leading to the Rhumerie is lined with vast plantations of sugar cane growing side by side with pineapples and other tropical fruits.
Exuding an inimitable sense of warmth and authenticity, the Rhumerie welcomes guests for an all-encompassing tourism experience ranging from a guided visit of the distillery and rum tasting to a tasty meal at L’Alchimiste, its own stylish and creative “À la Carte” restaurant.
After lunch, see the spectacular coloured earths of Chamarel, a geological formation and prominent tourist attraction found in the Chamarel plain of the Rivière Noire District in south-western part of Mauritius. It is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colours (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The main feature of the place is that since these differently coloured sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic, striped colouring. Lay eyes also on the Chamarel falls which peaks at 823 meters.