Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Sugar World Museum, Cap Malheureux including lunch
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Start the day at the Pamplemousses garden, more formally known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, which is one of the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. Famous for its long pond of giant water lilies, the garden was first constructed during the French Period.
The visit continues at L’Aventure du Sucre which is situated in the district of Pamplemousses. It is the only museum in Mauritius which is dedicated to the history of sugar. The various steps of sugar production from the fields to the mills and from the finished product shipped to Western markets are exhibited. Sugar Tasting and Industrial Rhum tasting will be waiting for you at the end of your visit.
Your lunch will be served at Le Fangourin Restaurant situated at the Museum itself.
You will finish your day at Cap Malheureux which is a place of great historical importance for Mauritius and a small fishing village located in the region of Riviere du Rempart District on the northernmost tip of Mauritius. Cap Malheureux offers breathtaking views of some small islands off the coast, such as Flat Island famous for its lighthouse, Gunner’s Coin, Gabriel Island and Round Island
The Botanic Garden, formally known as “Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden” was initially opened as a private garden by the French Governor of Mauritius nearly 300 years ago, later to become the national botanical garden of Mauritius.The botanical garden stretches over endless acres of land and it may take you more than a week to cover the whole garden. It is populated with more than 650 varieties of plants among which are the famous Baobabs, the Palmier Bouteille, the ineluctable Giant Water Lilies, dozens of medicinal plants, a large spice garden and much more.
Rising above the sea of green sugar cane fields, like a great ship at anchor, the old Beau Plan sugar mill with its long history is a true history-maker and teller. By following the trail of the Sugar Adventure with over 250 years of history, you can trace the history of the whole country.
The tour of the old sugar mill, which has been transformed into a modern museum takes visitors on an adventure into our islands deep rooted history with sugar and our strategical positioning on the tea route between Europe and India/China.
The Sugar Industry has been a pillar of our economy for hundreds of years until quite recently and very few attractions around Mauritius allow such a deep insight into our islands history like L’Aventure Du Sucre offers.
Among various sights is the Iconic red roofed church at Cap Malheureux.
The name “Cap Malheureux” comes from French meaning “Cape of Bad Luck”. It was given by the French who occupied the island then, from 1710 to 1810. The island was often the bone of contention of many great explorers of the time, namely the British. In 1810, the British decided to attack the French to try and take possession of the island. Contrary to French expectations, they did not attack from the island’s harbour in Mahebourg but took the French by surprise by deciding to attack from the North of the island, where the French were weakest in position. As a result, the French were defeated and the name “Cap Malheureux” was named after their defeat by the English who invaded and took over the island from that place.