West of Mauritius

West of Mauritius

There is so much to say about in the western region of Mauritius, that we can concentrate only on its southerly part starting from Flic-en-Flac to Le Morne. The southern half of the west looks and feels very different to the rest of Mauritius. Being inhabited in vast majority by the "Creole" population (i.e. from African origin) and with its savannas, the west definitely feels like Africa. A world away from the shores of the north, Mauritius' western wonderland is the nation's most diverse coast.

The bustling tourist hub of Flic en Flac may not be to everyone's taste, but the treasures that lie just beyond will satisfy even the pickiest holidaymaker. A veritable swatch book of lush greens and light browns, the area of Black River (Rivière Noire) has scalloping sandy bays that dimple the arable farmland. Then, further on, the tic-tac-toes of Tamarin's shimmering salt flats perfectly reflect the beaming sun and soaring hills of fauna-filled Black River Gorges  National Park. Next is bucolic Chamarel nestled in the highlands, followed by the last iteration of sky-reaching stone, Le Morne Brabant; an awesomely photogenic crag that caps the coastline's southern tip. It all adds up to what could just be our favourite corner of the island.

The climate on the west coast is relatively dry and can get very hot in summer. It is therefore a pleasant region all year round, especially during the windy month of June to August. A T-Shirt (or less) is all you need in summer (November to March.) A sweatshirt or something warmer is necessary for winter evenings (June to August). Up the mountains near Chamarel, it is advisable to bring warm clothes as it can get cool at any time.

The “seven-colored earth” of Chamarel is a geological curiosity and a major tourist attraction of Mauritius. This is a small (7500 m2) area of strikingly bare landscape located within a large, dense forest. The earth is particularly unusual; created by volcanic rocks that cooled at different temperatures, the earth form beautiful patterns of color in the exposed hillsides. The rocks were pulverized into sands with various shades of red, brown, grey, and purple. Since the earth was first exposed, rains had carved beautiful patterns of many colors into the hillside. When visiting the park, you will be able to walk between the many sand dunes, along trails and see this unique sight. Also, there is a small petting farm where you can see and pet Giant Turtles which found their home at the park.

Chamarel Waterfall  have a great viewpoint of the gorgeous Chamarel waterfall. By many it is considered the most beautiful waterfall of Mauritius. Three distinct streams plunging down from almost 100 meters from the St. Denis River, down into the gorge. The sight of this impressive waterfall against the scenic forest and mountains is truly breathtaking.

Black River Gorges Nature Park and Alexandra Waterfalls where you will see many endangered species of plants and animals. Along the way you will stop for a viewpoint of the Black River Gorges nature park and of Alexandra waterfalls.

Grand Bassin (also known as Ganga Talao) is a lake situated 6km South East of Mare aux Vacoas in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in the heart of Mauritius. It is about 1800 feet (550m) above sea level. Grand Bassin with its Hindu temple is a holy lake for Mauritians of Hindu faith. The lake rests in the crater of an extinct volcano. It is said that the water inside the lake communicates with the waters of the holy Ganges of India. The Hindus of Mauritius declared the Grand Bassin as a Holy lake. The Hindu community performs there a pilgrimage every year on the Maha Sivaratri (Shiva’s Great Night), on this day they honor the Lord Shiva. Beside the lake there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Gods including Hanuman, Lakshmi, and others

Mangal Mahadev – Shiva Statue beside Grand Bassin you can see the statue of Lord Shiva. The statue is of 108 feet (33 meters) and is the highest known statue in Mauritius (and one of the 50 highest statues in the world). The sight of the Mangal Mahadev statue is quite impressive as it is a beautiful crafted very big statue.

The Mauritius Casela Park is a real nature and adventure park. It is located besides the Rempart Mountain on the South-West of Mauritius offering magnificent views of the countryside rolling down the west coast of Mauritius. The park includes four thematic worlds: Safari, Nature, Mountain and Water, as well as a hub for discovery and learning.

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