Travellers who like to categorise themselves as ‘explorers’ have a natural inclination towards visiting lesser-known destinations in far-off lands. This is marvellous, we believe! That’s why we have shortlisted a handful of certain offbeat places in Mauritius for you. So, here goes!
Mary, Queen of Peace
Situated on the border of the Signal Mountain, the Mary, Queen of Peace is an extensive open area of greenery with a magnificent church overlooking the city of Port-Louis. Built in 1940, this religious place was the point where a priest named James Leen prayed for the survival of the country during the World War II. Today, Mary, Queen of Peace is a magnet for people who want to have an enjoyable time in the lap of nature.
Champ de Mars Racecourse
Champ de Mars Racecourse is the oldest racecourse in the Southern Hemisphere and the second oldest in the world. Founded in 1812, this Port Louis racecourse saw its first race in the same year. In 1912, the British conquered the island from the French. After more than 150 years, Mauritius announced its independence here.
This magnificent spot is situated on the cross points of Souillac and Saint Aubin. The most enticing feature of this falls is the lava cliffs. It came into existence due to decades of erosion. The water cascades down from a height of 10 metres from the Savanne River and is inexplicably breathtaking. Picnickers can have a fabulous time here.
Le Val National Park
Le Val National Park spreads across an area of around 2,800 hectares and has lots of trees with abundant shade. The beautiful Le Val National Park lies in the heart of the park. The miniature railway and boats here are a special hit with kids. Also, tuck into the Creole dishes at the restaurants.
Cargados Carajos is a group of small islets, shoals, and sand banks. While the boat ride to this place is rather bumpy and adventurous, it quickly endears itself to the true hardcore explorer at heart. On reaching this place, you can see wonderful islands laden with white granular sands. The stunning coral reefs are absolutely not be missed!