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In the previous post we have covered North region of Mauritius, now its time to explore south region.I have come up with lots of pictures in this post, to make you feel like you are visiting the place. Hopefully you get the chance to explore this beautiful island soon.
There were many factories for the production of tea,sugarcane, flowers,ship models, diamond. I choose ship factory to explore, as its an island, there would be many techniques and things to know about.
Le Port ship models resonates the very existence of Mauritius, where people poured in on this tiny island on a ship from various parts of the world.The art of ship modeling was brought to Mauritius by various sailors who visited this island.The craftsmen have adapted the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. At times it requires more than six months for a craftsman to produce a particular model. They also create half models and replicas.
From ship factory ,we went to Trou aux cerfs, a dormant volcano crater found in Curepipe, which is almost in the middle of the Island. It has a shape of small heart. Being some 500m high it is a favorite sightseeing place for both locals and tourists alike, as although there is humidity, it is generally cooler than most other parts of Mauritius. From the crater, we can have a 360-degree view of the town of Curepipe and the coastal plains stretching towards the distant horizon.By the time we visited this place the water has evaporated from this heart, otherwise it looked like a water filled hart shape balloon.
Grand Bassin with its Hindu temple is a holy lake for Mauritians of Hindu faith. It is said that the water inside the lake communicates with the waters of the holy Ganges of India.
The Hindu community performs there a pilgrimage every year on the Maha Shivaratri (Shiva’ Great Night), on this day they honor the Lord Shiva. Beside the lake there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Gods also.
There is same Mangal Mahadev – Shiva Statue in Mauritius which we have in Delhi also accompanied with Raam-Sita and Radha-Krishna statue. The statue is of 108 feet and is the highest known statue in Mauritius (and one of the 50 highest statues in the world). The sight of the Mangal Mahadev statue is quite impressive as it is a beautiful crafted very big statue.
Another visit was waterfalls of Chamarel, formed by the River St.Denis,has a height of 83m Due to that much height when water falls, it looks like a white pure milk. The waterfalls are surrounded by lush vegetation of Black River Gorges. The view can be seen from both a lower and an upper viewpoint from the Black River National Park.
Now after the waterfall from upper deck, we moved to Chamarel Seven Colored Earth. The seven colored earth is a natural phenomenon and a prominent tourist attraction. The colors evolved through conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals. It is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colors (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The various colors developed due to the different compositions.
And what is more fascinating is the fact that if we mix the colored earth together, they'll eventually settle into separate layers. And you may also be puzzled as the colors might play tricks on you and may appear to be shadows.
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