Uniquely Mauritius - What You Didn’t Know

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Tropical luxury at its extravagant best, the whitest sand and the bluest waters, great cuisine, the rousing beat of séga music; Mauritius is indeed one humungous slice of paradise. Mauritius Tourism never had any trouble with the photographs, no!

Here’s some interesting trivia about that you most probably did not know:

Seven Coloured Earth

Seven Colored Earth

Sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colours - red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow! A naturally occurring geological formation in found in the Chamarel plain of the Rivière Noire District in south-western Mauritius.  The differently coloured sands spontaneously settle in different layers giving the dunes a surrealistic, striped colouring. In fact,  if one takes a handful of sands of different colours and mixes them together, they’ll eventually separate into a layered spectrum. Another interesting feature of Chamarel’s Coloured Earths is that the dunes seemingly never erode, in spite of Mauritius’ torrential, tropical rains.

Nowadays visitors are not allowed to climb the dunes; they have been fenced. It’s still a magnificent sight to behold and still continues to be one of the most popular places to visit in Mauritius.

Longest Commercial Flight

Air Mauritius holds the record for the longest commercial flight from Port Louis, Mauritius to Ottawa, Canada. 19 hours and 12 minutes, phew!

Broadband Coverage

Mauritis was the first country in the world to provide broadband coverage across its length and breadth.

Home of the Dodo

One of the most popular, now extinct bird species was indigenous to these islands. The last known sighting of a dodo was in Mauritius. The largest amount of subfossil material has been collected from Mauritius, mostly from the Mare aux Songes swamp. The extinction of the Dodo within only about a century of its discovery called attention to the previously unrecognised problem of human involvement in the disappearance of entire species. It is frequently used as a mascot for Mauritius.

Free Health Care

Mauritius was the first country from the African continent to offer free health care services.

-          Mauritius is home to the second oldest golf course in the world.

-          It houses the world’s second oldest horse racing tack and club.

-          It was the fourth country in the world to start issuing postage stamps.

-          It boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the world.

-          It holds the world record for lowest tax money invested in the army.

The best time to visit Mauritius is between May and early December.

Also read out our writeup on Mauritius adventure.

As the newest member of the content team, Shivangi Rajendran comes from the world of professional dancing. With a passion for travel and a flair for writing, the Masters in Mass Communication is just an added advantage. A gypsy at heart, she doesn’t believe in planning and is always ready to pack her bags and leave.

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