What if Mauritius did not have beaches?

Things to do in Mauritius beyond the beaches

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mauritius is famous across the world for its heavenly beauty. And, there is definitely no questioning the sapphire blue waters and immaculate beaches. But if we ask you how would Mauritius look like without its turquoise waters and palm-fringed breezy beaches, what would come to your mind? A barren land with nothing to explore, or maybe salt marsh or desert? Well, there isn’t anything like that. The beaches of Mauritius are surely mesmerising, but this tiny country would not lose its charm just without its beaches. It has a lot of beautiful places to explore. Here’s what Mauritius has beyond its beaches.

Immerse yourself in the seven coloured land of Chamarel

Things to do in Mauritius beyond the beaches

Chamarel is a village in the Southwest of Mauritius with a population of not more than 700. It is named after the Frenchman, Charles Antoine de Chazal de Chamarel, who lived in the area back in the 1800s. Chamarel is known for its mesmerising beauty and scenic attractions. The major attractions here include the Seven Coloured Earth, the Chamarel Falls, and the Black River Gorges National Park. Chamarel village is also known for its locally grown coffee and is surely among the best places to visit in Mauritius.

  1. Give yourself over to the Mauritian Architecture 

Things to do in Mauritius beyond the beaches

The island of Mauritius prides on a unique yet fragile architectural heritage. The distinctive architecture of Mauritius depicts the nation’s history as a colonial trade base that connected Europe with the east. The architecture here sees a mixed influence of the Dutch, French, British, Indian and East African styles. Port Louis, the Capital of Mauritius, is a must visit to enjoy the ancient architecture blending beautifully with the present. The 19th century Eureka House, now a museum is a prime example of the Mauritian Architecture and must be included in your Mauritius tourism itinerary.

  1.  Mauritian Cocktails made from the world-famous Mauritian rum is a must try

Things to do in Mauritius beyond the beaches

As much as Mauritius is known for its beaches, it is also known for the art of cocktail making. Cocktail recipes are often based on Mauritian rum, flavoured or natural, with fresh fruit juices spiced up with ingredients like cardamom and vanilla. The island can’t resist inventing new cocktail recipes, and there is also a contest to find the island’s best cocktail. Sundowner is the best cocktail recipe of Mauritius and a tradition as well. So on your next trip to Mauritius dedicate a night to trying out all the new cocktails that the bars of this country has to offer.

  1. A Bollywood-style drive among the sugarcane fields of Mauritius 

Things to do in Mauritius beyond the beaches

If you’re an Indian movie fan, then once in your lifetime you must have dreamt about walking across a sugarcane field. Your Bollywood dream will find its wings in the sugarcane fields of Mauritius. Drive up the hills, and find sugarcane growing on either side of the road. Here you can walk down the sugarcane aisle and feel like stepping into a sugarcane maze. Sugarcane was one of the biggest industries in Mauritius and the sugar was exported to Europe in the earlier days. There is also a sugar museum in Mauritius.  A walk across the sugarcane field is an absolute must in your list of things to do in Mauritius.

  1. How about indulging in Mauritian Biryani

Things to do in Mauritius beyond the beaches

As the name suggests, Mauritian Biryani is a Mauritian dish with the Indian influence. So, it goes without saying that it’s a must try! Also, get your tongue ready for some spicy hot food! Mauritius is known for its scrumptious cuisine that is irresistible and is sure to suit all tastes. While you are there, definitely try the Mauritian Curry, Gateau Piment, Rougaille, Fruit salad and Millionaire’s Salad. Also, indulge in Boulettes, Mine Frites, Dholl Puri, Farata and Mauritian Biryani!

  1. Enjoy the truest Mauritian shopping experience in the Central Market

Things to do in Mauritius beyond the beaches

Mauritius has a great deal to offer for impulse as well as planned shoppers. The island boasts of great shopping centres and destinations! Get your shopping bags ready and shop at the Bagatelle Mall, Centre commercial Phoenix, Flic En Flac, Le Craft Market, Bay Bazar, Floreal Square, Arsenal and Central Market. The truest Mauritius experience is in the Central Market, Port Louis. These are among the best places to visit in Mauritius.

Mauritius is an experience to cherish forever, way beyond the beaches. The best time to visit Mauritius is May-December when the weather is cool, dry and sunny. Enjoy these 6 unique things to do in Mauritius and discover a new side of the island. Find yourself enthralled in the pristine gorgeousness!

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A day dreamer by nature and writer by choice, Ratna is a movie buff and has an undying penchant for food. She is an avid reader and a dog lover. Her ultimate dream is to travel places and own a house in a secluded country like Bhutan.

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