Mauritius, an island nation located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Physiographically, it is one of the Islands of the Mascarene. Port Louis is the capital.
In the Indian Ocean, Mauritius lies roughly 500 miles (800 km) east of Madagascar. Rodrigues Island, located about 340 miles (550 km) eastward, the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 250 miles (400 km) northeastward, and the Agalega Islands, 580 miles (930 km) north of the main island are its outlying territories. Sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago (including Diego Garcia) is also claimed by Mauritius, some 1,250 miles (2,000 km) to the northeast, but Britain denies this assertion.
The island of Mauritius is of volcanic origin and is covered nearly entirely by coral reefs. The northern portion is a plain that rises to a central plateau with elevations ranging from around 270 to 730 metres (900 to 2,400 feet ) above sea level. The plateau is bordered by small mountains that may have formed an ancient volcano's rim; Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire in the southwest is the highest point (2,717 feet [828 metres]). The main sources of hydroelectric power are the two large rivers, the Grand River South East and the Black River. The chief source of water is Lake Vacoas, one of the largest reservoirs.
More than half of the country 's area is arable, and sugarcane, the main export crop, is almost entirely planted here. There are also cultivated vegetables and tea for local consumption.
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The climate is subtropical and marine, with temperatures reasonably uniform across the year. The mean temperatures range from the mid-70s F (low to mid-20s C) on the high plateau at sea level to the upper 60s F (upper 10s C). Two seasons are recognised: cold (June to September) and humid (December to April). The annual rainfall on the west coast varies from approximately 35 inches (900 mm) to 60 inches (1,525 mm) on the southeast coast and approximately 200 inches (5,080 mm) on the central plateau.
About 600 indigenous species are included in the vegetation, even though no original forest is remaining. Samber (a long-tailed, dark brown deer), tenrec (a spiny insectivore), and mongoose, as well as a number of birds and insects, are included in the fauna. Once upon a time, the island was home to the dodo, a flightless bird that by 1681 was extinct. Efforts to preserve many other species of endemic birds that were near to extinction started in the late 20th century.
While attempts to diversify the economy have diminished the importance of the agricultural sector, it is still significant. Around four-fifths of the total arable land is occupied by sugar production, which generates around one-sixth of export earnings. Also, tea and tobacco are cash crops. Potatoes, tomatoes, and bananas are among the subsistence crops. The livestock population consists mainly of chickens, cattle , goats, pigs, and livestock.
Forests make up about one-fifth of Mauritius' overall land area. During the colonial era, rapid deforestation took place, and non-native species were introduced to repopulate the forestland, including the predominant slash pine ( Pinus elliottii), Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica), and Moreton Bay pine (Araucaria cunninghamii).
Also present are eucalyptus trees and trees that belong to the beefwood (Casuarina) family. The main forest product is roundwood, about two-fifths of which is used for fuel; sawn wood is also manufactured. Among countries in the region, Mauritius is unique in that it imports more wood products than it produces and must import the distinction.
The fishing industry, which has increased in importance, is being regenerated by technical assistance from Japan and India. There are several species of fish with commercial value in Mauritius' waters, including tuna, snapper, and grouper. With such species as channel bass and sea bream, aquaculture is practised.
Mauritius has few mineral deposits that are viable. Lime and basalt are mined. With a small percentage obtained from hydropower, electricity is primarily produced from imported petroleum. Sugar plantations also use bagasse as fuel to create energy, the fibre that remains from sugarcane after sugar-bearing juice is removed.
Since the 1970s, there has been a steady rise in demand. Global investment was effectively attracted by the Mauritius Export Processing Region, which focuses on the labor-intensive processing of manufactured raw materials or semi-finished products for the export market. Textiles, food processing, metal and metal products, and chemical products are economically important industries.
Voluntary societies foster interest in the arts, letters and sciences, and the island has produced talented poets and novelists. Dev Virahsawmy, a poet and playwright, is perhaps the best-known local novelist. Virahsawmy is most known for his attempts to popularise the use of Creole, even though he writes effortlessly in both French and English. He has also adapted some of Shakespeare's plays into Creole, which have been performed in Mauritius, in addition to his own plays and poems.
Séga, a traditional folk dance consisting of provocative movements of the hips and arms to a rhythmic tempo, is known in Mauritius. The dance can be dated to the 18th century, when slaves performed it.
Representative and abstract paintings thrive, and in the big cities there are art galleries. The Palace Theatre in Rose Hill, the Port Louis Theatre, the Mauritius Institute, which contains a museum of natural history and a historical museum, and the Mauritius Archives are the main national cultural institutions. Both municipal and institutional libraries exist.
Aapravasi Ghat, in Port Louis, and Le Morne Cultural Scenery, situated on a peninsula on the southwest side of the island, are both of cultural interest; they have both been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From 1849-1923, Aapravasi Ghat was used as an immigration depot for indentured labourers arriving from India.
For several escaping slaves, known as maroons, the Le Morne Cultural Landscape, including Le Morne Mountain and much of its foothills, was a place of refuge throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries. Grand Bassin Lake, where Hindus carry offerings during the festival of Maha Shivaratree, is another place of cultural significance.
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Ile aux Cerfs Island is a private island situated near the east coast of Mauritius, also known as 'Deer Island'. There are no deer left here, but because of its beautiful beaches, lagoons, and wide range of activities and facilities, it remains an extremely popular tourist spot. Ile aux Cerfs is suitable for both day trips and multiple-day stays, with homestays and hotels available on the island.
For water sports such as parasailing, swimming, snorkelling, and underwater walking, the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters are perfect. Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club has a large golf course with 18 holes.
Though Mauritius is best known worldwide for its jaw-dropping beaches, there are a wide range of other geological phenomena on the island that you won't find anywhere else in the world. The Seven-Coloured Earth or the Terres de 7 Couleurs are among such highly mysterious natural phenomenon.
The Terres de 7 Couleurs, or the Seven-Coloured Earth, found in Chamarel, is renowned around the world for being an incredibly rare geological formation. The Seven-Coloured Earth is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mauritius, a fenced area of multicoloured dunes in seven distinct colours of violet, green, brown, red , yellow, purple and blue.
Trou aux Biches, a small town with a public beach situated on the north-western coast of Mauritius, is a popular tourist destination. Trou aux Biches, with its beachside hotels and classy restaurant bars, is the most frequented tourist town in Mauritius, literally translating to 'Deer's Watching Hole.'
- Departing from Chennai airport.
- To reached Dubai airport around 12:30 am.
- Departing from Dubai airport around 04:00 am.
- On arrival Mauritius International airport around 10:35 pm.
- Pick up from the airport and then transfer to the hotel.
- Hotel check in .
- Free at leisure.
- Overnight stay @ Hotel.
- After breakfast, enjoying full day @ Catamaran cruise.
- Catamaran cruise with Dolphins watching trips.
- Cruise with Lunch.
- Return back to hotel.
- Overnight stay @ Hotel.
- After breakfast, Board the speedboat transfer to Ile aux Cerfs, the islet with the most beautiful beach and the clearest turquoise water.
- Free on island up to 15h 30m.
- Return back to mainland by speedboat.
- Drive back to hotel.
- Overnight stay at Hotel.
- After breakfast and then check out from hotel.
- Then proceeding to visit Casela Nature Park is a real nature and adventure park.
- Evening, drop to airport.
- Departing from airport around 09:05 pm.
- On arrival Chennai airport @ 06:15 am.
What 's Included
3* / 4* / 5* Hotel Accommodation
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English Speaking Guide *
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Luxury & Comfort Vehicle Transfer for all sightseeing
Return Airport Transfer