Mauritius is an ultimate tourist attraction island with plenty to see and enjoy. You have an option choose sea excursions, cultural sightseeing, nature, extreme adventures and so much more. Putting myself in your shoes can be overwhelming with all these options. So today, we will narrow down to south tour Mauritius attractions, to make your selection much more straightforward.
The most beautiful and wildest landscapes of Mauritius Island lie in the South: mountainous terrains that offer magnificent panoramas and sandy beaches bordered by rocky shores, cliffs as well as beautiful greenery as far as your eyes can see. The Southern part of the Island is perhaps the most interesting for adventurers visiting Mauritius.
Chamarel is a beautiful village in Mauritius in the Rivière Noire District. The village is primarily known for its scenic attractions. Some of the most popular attractions here include the Chamarel Waterfall, Seven Coloured Earths, The Rhumerie de Chamarel, Black River Gorges National Park and Ebony Forest.
The Chamarel Waterfall
Chamarel Rum – The Rhumerie de Chamarel
Rhumerie de Chamarel is located in the Southwest part of Mauritius right in the heart of a fertile valley. The distillery is surrounded by vast plantations of sugarcane growing harmoniously with the pineapple and other tropical crops close by. It has a unique sense of authenticity and warmth, welcoming visitors for a tour experience ranging from a guided walk through the distillery and rum tasting. You also get to taste delicious meals at the L’Alchimiste and restaurant as you marvel at the unique distiller’s design which harmoniously blends with nature.
The seven coloured earth is a significant tourist attraction and a geological curiosity in Mauritius. The area is a relatively small area –about 7500 m2 – featuring a strikingly bare landscape situated within a dense, vast forest. The earth surface here is particularly unusual and fascinating. It was created by volcanic rocks which cooled at varying temperatures, resulting in beautiful color patterns on the exposed hillsides. The stones were fine-grained into sands with different shades of brown, grey, red and purple. As the earth was exposed, rains carved patterns of numerous beautiful colors into the hillside. A visit to this park also allows you to walk along trails and between many dunes to explore this unique site.
Just close to the Seven-Coloured Earth entrance is the Curious Corner Chamarel which is a house filled with a wide range of bewildering delusional fantasies and adventures you can enjoy with friends.
Chamarel Ebony Forest
A visit at the Ebony Forest will allow you to explore a forest reserve and discover the few native animal and plant species remaining on the Island.
Black River Gorges National Park
The Black River Gorges Nature Park is on the hilly south-western part of Mauritius. The park covers an area of about 67km² including the humid upland, marshy heathland and drier lowland forest. Some of the facilities for tourists here include picnic areas, information centers and up to 50 kilometers of trails.
A guided tour will drive you through the Park where you will see various endangered species of animals and plants. There is an excellent viewpoint along the way at the Alexandra Waterfalls. The Black River Gorges Waterfall also offers a view of beautiful western Mauritius.
The Iconic Alexandra Falls is located about 700 meters above sea level in the Black River Gorges National Park. The lush green of the region, the rich, diverse flora and fauna and the stunning landscape make it a great way of connecting with nature. You can access the waterfalls through the Grand Bassin, where you will find the Alexandra Falls Viewpoint signpost and plenty of parking. Once there, you will appreciate the spectacular waterfalls as they cascade over the rocky outcrops. You also get to enjoy a tranquil moment surrounded by a virgin green valley, home to some endemic flora and Evian species.
Grand Bassin is a lake located about 6km Southeast of Mare aux Vacoas, in the Savanne District, in the inner parts of Mauritius. The lake is about 550m above sea level. Grand Bassin together with its Hindu temple is considered a holy lake to Hindu Mauritians. The lake is in the crater of a passive volcano.
There is a myth that the waters inside this lake communicate with the holy Ganges waters in India. For this reason, the Mauritian Hindus declared this lake as holly lake. The Grand Bassin is a pilgrim place and every year Hindus flock to this place to honour Lord Shiva. There is a huge statue of Lord Shiva known as ‘Mangal Mahadev’ just at the entrance of the lake when arriving from the North of Mauritius.
We’ve also sampled a few of the top Southern Mauritius attractions, but as you can see, this Island has much more to offer. Whether you want to interact with nature on a nature trail, enjoy waterfalls or marvel at magnificent earth formations, this side of the Island has got you covered.