Sacred Lake of Grand Bassin, Alexandra Falls, Seven Coloured Earth, Rhumerie of Chamarel, Curious Corner including lunch at L’Alchimiste
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The Tour starts by a visit to Grand Bassin also known as Ganga Talao by locals and the Indians who make a pilgrimage from all over the island every year. It is a crater lake situated in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne. It is about 1800 feet above sea level and is considered the most sacred Hindu place in Mauritius.
This magnificent view at Alexandra Falls Viewpoint is located on the road through the Gorges National Park Black River.
The seven coloured earth is a natural phenomenon in Mauritius and a prominent tourist attraction. The colours evolved through conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals and are available for sale as souvenirs in small glass vials.
It is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising of sand with seven distinct colours (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow).
Follow the visit at the Rhum Factory of Chamarel, where you will experience a guided tour as well as a tasting of about 8 varieties of rhum that are produced there. The tasting session is carefully planned to take place before lunch allowing you to work up an appetite for the Rhumerie’s incredible restaurant named aptly “The Alchemist”. This restaurant is personally one of my favourites on the island and features incredible food varying from wild board to deer caught in the surrounding forests and hunting lodges.
After lunch we will proceed to visit a unique attraction in Mauritius; The Curious Corner, the establishment is located opposite the Seven Coloured Earths, and is the first gallery of interactive illusions and art of its kind in Mauritius.
Guests can also visit the Exhibit Centre and experience a world of mind bending fun, and try a hand at the various puzzles.
This serene location has an amazing temple lake, protected and watched over by two large statues of Lord Shiva and Durga Mata. This lake is believed to carry holy water after being blessed by sacred waters from the River Ganges in India.
Devoted Pilgrims walk often barefoot from their homes across the Island carrying large tributes on their backs that they bless with the water and take back home to their temples for good luck. Wild monkeys can often be spotted feasting on fruit blessings placed by the lake by devotees who visit the lake seeking blessings.
For more information on the history visit the wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganga_Talao
The tour continues to the beautiful Alexandra Falls, greeted by a beautiful tunnel of paper trees Alexandra Falls offers amazing views across the West Coast all the way to Le Morne in the South. If you are lucky you will spot a few white long tailed birds similar to an Albatross called Paille-En-Queue who love to glide on the thermals generated in the valleys below.
A completely natural phenomenon in Mauritius from which seven coloured earth are formed through a basaltic lava to clay process that has left us with a picture perfect location to capture for our instagram or facebook!
Enjoy a Rhum Tour and learn about the different types of rhum that can be made from various cane types and distillation processes. Upon completion of the tour you will be invited to sample some rhum before being invited for lunch at their amazing Alchemist Restaurant. At the restaurant you will be able to sample some amazing dishes that can give even the best hotels in Mauritius a run for their money!
The curious corner is perfectly situated on the popular tourist route to give you an amazing experience in visual illusions. Collecting a few snaps here is mandatory as you bend the world around you and play with perspectives and puzzles along the way