Fascinating Landmarks in Mauritius
Known as the ‘Star and Key of the Indian Ocean’, Mauritius is an island paradise situated 2,000 kilometres off the coast of the African continent. Known for its wide range of unique plant life and cultural diversity, Mauritius is bursting at the seams with wonders to explore.
Château de Labourdonnais
This stunningly crafted Chateau was home to the Liehe family for 3 generations; situated on some of the richest grounds in Mauritius, the family home-turned-museum features breath-taking scenery, flora, a fully-functioning distillery and many orchards, of which are all showcased in an all-inclusive tour guided by a direct descendent of the original owner of the house.
Ganga Talao Sacred Crater Lake
In the district of Savanne lies a most intriguing wonder; the Ganga Talao crater lake. Named as one of the most sacred Hindu places in Mauritius, the striking topography is complemented by a statue of the God Shiva that stands at the entrance to the temple. Ganga Talao is a sacred pilgrimage site; the origins of Maha Shivratri lie in the dream of a pujari, or priest that in 1897, saw the water of the Grand Bassin lake overflowing and forming part of Ganga Talao. Ever since, people have come from far and wide to collect the water from this lake and offer it to Shiva.
Trou aux Cerfs (Murr’s Volcano)
In Curepipe is the dormant volcano, known in short as Murr’s Volcano. It is considered that although it may be dormant, it could become active within the next 1000 years. Covered in beautiful greenery, it may be dangerous to access due to its location at the bottom of a steep embankment, however, it can still be appreciated from a distance as the views are just spectacular.
Jummah Masjid is one of the oldest and popular mosques in Mauritius; located in Port Louis, the building dates back to the 1850s and is well known for its modern adaptations, such as the live broadcasts of the Jummah prayers every Friday. People come from all corners of the globe just to visit this historical mosque – it is truly a sight worth seeing.
Standing at 820 metres tall, Pieter Both is the second highest mountain in Mauritius and is named after the first governor of the Dutch East Indies. Perhaps one of the most interesting features of this mountain is the rock formation on the peak that is said to resemble a human head! It is possible to climb to the top with the use of several handles that protrude from the side of the mountain. It is definitely worth the hours’ worth of climbing to see the view over the vast green lands of Mauritius from the top.