15 Best Places to Visit in Mauritius

Mark Twain wrote, “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; heaven being copied after Mauritius.”  It’s easy to understand his sentiments.  Mauritius is a big draw for honeymooners because it means gorgeous beaches and lazy sunny days.  But there are tons of things to do on Paradise Island.  Next to Madagascar, Mauritius is a leader in wildlife tourism, outdoor adventure, fine dining, and luxury resorts.  Here you can see giant tortoises, rare exotic birds, enjoy kitesurfing coral reef snorkelling, golf, horseback riding, hiking, and more.  A real treat throughout your stay will be to sample delicious local food which takes its influence from Indian, French, Creole, and Chinese backgrounds.  You’ll love every minute of your holiday in Mauritius, let’s explore the best places to visit in Mauritius!

1. Grand Bassin

Hindu gods at Grand Bassin

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Hindu gods at Grand Bassin

This high mountain lake, roughly 1800 feet above sea level, is a sacred Hindu site.  You’ll find a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the local belief is that the lake water is holy water from the Ganges River in India.  Mauritius Hindu’s make pilgrimage here during Maha Shivaratri, walking all the way from their homes.  You’ll love the 108 foot statue of Lord Shiva which was built in 2007.  It’s a beautiful lake with lovely views all around. Make the pilgrimage yourself and enjoy a nice mountain trek.

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