Mauritius

Mauritius is directly connected from Bangalore by weekly Air Mauritius flight. This results in you staying for 6 nights in Mauritius. Three days can be spent in sightseeing. Rest three days can be spent leisurely on the beach side or for the water sports & use of resort facilities.

Three days sightseeing is majorly divided as below -
1. Full Day North Tour
2. Full day visit to Ile Aux Cerfs
3. Full Day South Tour

NORTH TOUR

Morning you head towards Port-Louis - the capital city and thriving commercial centre of Mauritius. This is an ideal starting-point for the discovery of the island. It has busy port, spicy market, and historical buildings.

Stop at “Marie Reine de la Paix” - Situated on the flanks of the Signal Mountain, the “Marie Reine de la Paix” is a huge open area of greenery with an open church overlooking the city of Port Louis. It offers a wonderful view of the city buildings as well as the mountain that acts as backdrop. Erected in 1940 by the firm Mauritius Building, the Priest James Leen used to go over there to pray for Mauritius to be spared during World War п. Since then it has become a place of great spiritual belief as well as a major tourist attraction.

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Drive through Le Caudan Waterfront – in Port-Louis this is a unique commercial concept in Mauritius. A landmark with shops, restaurants, craft market, casino etc ..

Since its opening in 1996, it has shown indisputable know-how and expertise in commercial activities and entertainment. Le Caudan Waterfront is also a business centre, a melting pot for local artists and the favourite meeting place for gastronomes & tourists.

At Le Caudan Waterfront, one can meet friends for a drink, take a walk along the harbour, watch the latest movie, listen to music, enjoy a meal, try one's luck at the casino and admire artists' work while enjoying shopping. The complex's capacity to have such a dynamic and heterogeneous offer confers a strong sociological dimension to Le Caudan.

The commercial centre also offers numerous and convenient parking facilities. Yatchmen and sailors can take their boat to direct mooring at Le Caudan's Marina. A highly efficient security system managed by Caudan Security Services ensures safety throughout the commercial.

As from its creation, Le Caudan has shown ongoing innovation in commercial and entertainment activities as well as its organisation, thus proving its capacity to adapt and to look positively at the future.

Jumbo Hypermarket – for shopping

ILE AUX CERFS – AN ISLAND

Île aux Cerfs Island - known in English as the deer island is an island near the east coast of Mauritius. This paradise island of Mauritius constitutes of around 100 hectares of land. Nowadays there are no more deers on the island, but you will find there some of the worlds beautiful beaches and as such it is one of the must place to visit and see in Mauritius.

Ile Aux Cerfs is famous for its sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and big selection of activities and facilities. In Ile Aux Cerfs you are sure to have a day of relaxation and fun on one of the picture-postcard beaches, and to enjoy a swim and snorkeling in the lagoon.

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Mauritius Every day, tourists visit Ile Aux Cerfs and spend the whole day on the island and benefit from the range of facilities and activities offered on the island. During recent years Ile Aux Cerfs Island became one of the most popular tourist destination in Mauritius.

The Ile Aux Cerfs beaches offer several water sports activities, restaurants and also a five stars hotel with a golf course, all making this amazing paradise island the perfect setting for a relaxing day of sun worship while enjoying various water sports, beach activities and even golfing.

On Ile Aux Cerfs you will find many restaurants that cater to almost every palate and you should definitely try some of the local cuisine. In addition, there is a big selection of water sports kiosks along certain parts of Ile Aux Cerfs beach including: water skiing, banana, glass bottom boats and more.

Ile Aux Cerfs is a highly recommended location for snorkeling. The coral reef is beautiful and full of marine life, and together with the large black rocks that protrude into the water, it is an ideal place to snorkel and to enjoy the rich underwater world.

Major Tourist Spots

Proceed to Curepipe - Great city for shopping with duty free shops, Indian wear & much more. The region of Curepipe sits high on the Central Plateau and is known to be humid and is relatively cooler than the coastal regions. Settlement in Curepipe started towards the middle of the 20th century, when the trains eased trade and transport between Port Louis and the highlands.

Visit crater of Trou Aux Cerf - This volcano crater is found in Curepipe, a favourite sightseeing place for tourists. From the crater, you can have a 360-degree view of the town of Curepipe and the coastal plains stretching towards the distant horizon. According to volcano experts, this volcano is not yet dead but 'dormant' and can wake up in thousands years...

Leave for - Grand Bassin is a dormant volcano located at 1,800 feet above sea level. It is irregular in shape with a lake of 1200 by 500 feet. There is a small islet in the middle of the lake leading to the belief of a once lava producing crater. Springs rise inside the lake itself; mountains lying around the lake provide it with water such that the water level is always constant. While initially the depth of the lake had been difficult to ascertain, new techniques of soundings reveal that the depth of the lake is about 55-60 feet.

This lake, also called the Ganga Talao, is of great importance to the Hindu community of the island.

The first temple, Shiv Mandir, which also is the main one, was built in 1966. In 1972, a priest from India ceremoniously mixed some water that he had brought from the Ganges with the lake’s water: it became officially known as the Ganga Talao from then on. As the importance of the lake as worship area gained momentum, more developmental works were undertaken: halls for pilgrims to rest were built, more temples were erected, electricity was supplied and a car park was provided. The place also has the biggest statue of the island namely the Shiva statue which is 108 feet tall; it is expected that by 2011 another statue, the Durga statue which is to be 108 feet as well, will be placed next to the Shiva statue.

Black River Gorges - attracts a huge number of wildlife lovers from all the parts of the world, so if you love the thrill of the wildlife, Black River Gorges can be a perfect destination for you. The National Park is easily accessible from Vacoas or Curepipe.

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Mauritius At Black River Gorges, you can get a number of hiking tracks to choose from. You can walk to Maccabee forest or can also walk down through the Gorges to Black River. The Alexandra falls is a major attraction in the park. The Black River Gorges is home to over 300 species of flowering plants and nine species of unique birds, including the endangered pink pigeon, Mauritian Kestrel, etc. The park also contains some indigenous timber including Bois de Natte, Colophane, Ebony, Tatamaka and Tambalacoque.

You will not find any place to buy food or drinks in the park, even at the visitor centre. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and snacks. You’ll also need insect repellent, binoculars for bird-watching and a good pair of shoes with a proper grip.

GENERAL INFO

Climate: Varies between 22°C in winter and 34°C in summer.

Culture: Mauritius is a blend of diverse cultures and religions. The population consists of Hindus, Creole, Chinese, Muslims and Europeans.

Currency: The monetary unit is the Mauritian Rupee (Rs.)Electricity: 220 volts.

Geography: Mauritius is located approximately 2000 kilometres to the south eastern coast of Africa and lies east of Madagascar. The country covers an area of 1865km, with 330 kilometres of coastline. Mauritius is 45km in width and 65km in length.

Health: No vaccinations are required as of now. However a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age who arrive from areas where yellow fever cases are reported.

Language: Most people in Mauritius are bilingual and are equally fluent in English and French. Creole and French are the main languages.

Medical services: Free public medical facilities are widely available.

Security: A tourist police service has been set up to ensure security in tourist zones. An anti-terrorist law has also been proclaimed. A specific law relating to all tourist activities and corrupt practices has also been voted.

The following essential pieces of advice are meant for you :

  • Keep an eye on all personal belongings at all times.
  • Be careful when withdrawing money from a cash point.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewellery.
  • Do not leave anything inside your car.
  • (For trips or purchases) use only recognised operators or suppliers.
  • Keep your passports, flight tickets, jewellery and large sums of money in safe custody.
  • For sea excursions, do not rent boats with inadequate security standards.
  • During individual sea trips, always notify the person responsible for the boat house.
  • Do not go swimming in areas where it is forbidden.

Shopping: Shopping hours in our main cities range from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm (Monday-Saturday). Some shops are open till noon on Sundays and public holidays. Many duty free shops and modern shopping centres (Caudan, Curepipe, Floréal Square, Happy World House, Orchard Centre) offer a wide choice of products. Please note that there are no shops open in Rose-Hill, Curepipe and Quatre-Bornes on Thursday afternoon.

Tipping: Tipping is not compulsory, but recommended.

Time & Telecommunications: Mauritius is four hours ahead of GMT. Mauritius has international direct dialling facilities to most parts of the world as well as high speed fax and internet services.

VAT: A value added tax of 15% is payable on goods and services including hotel and restaurant bills.

Visa & Entry: For Indian passport holders, VISA is on arrival. A visitor must be in possession of a valid passport ( minimum 6 months validity ) and a return or onward ticket. A visitor’s visa is normally granted for a period of two weeks to one month upon arrival.

What to wear: Take your best beach and casual wear. In the winter months (June -September), carry some light woollen clothing for the cool evenings. Please show due respect when visiting religious places. Wear appropriate clothing (and remove leather shoes and belts) when entering the premises.

 

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