Mauritius is an island of volcanic origin, which
explains the interesting elevations of mountain ranges, waterfalls
All the volcanoes have been dormant for as long as
we, locals can remember, and today most of the craters are covered
with a rich and lush fauna and flora.
Trou aux Cerfs
This volcano crater is found in Curepipe, a favourite
sightseeing place for many locals and tourists. From the crater,
you can have a 360-degree view of the town of Curepipe and the coastal
plains stretching towards the distant horizon. According to volcano
experts, this volcano is not yet dead but 'dormant' and can wake
up in thousands years .... (warning:
you would never know what could happen to you upon your visit !!)
The region of Curepipe sits high on the Central Plateau
and is known to be humid and is relatively cooler than the coastal
regions. Settlement in Curepipe started towards the middle of the
20th century, when the trains eased trade and transport between
Port Louis and the highlands.
The name 'Curepipe' originated from the fact that once
the train arrived from Port Louis, the messieurs would clean their
pipes, thus 'cure pipe' in French.
A natural lake resting on an extinct volcano, Grand
Bassin is considered by many devotees to be an
extension of the sacred Ganges River in India. This natural lake
resting on a volcanic crater is a place of worship for the Hindus
Also known as the Ganga Talao, the lake becomes
alive especially during the months of February and March, when the
Hindus celebrate the Maha Shivaratree, in great pomp. The calm water
beautifully reflects the colourful temples and offerings (flowers,
bananas, incense) to the miniature representations of Shiva and
Ganesh surrounding the lake.
Accessible via rough tracks cutting across tea plantations,
Kanaka crater is another extinct volcano, situated South of the
island. It might be a good idea to include this in your South-South
Tip: entrance to all sites
above is free. Proper attire (shoes) is required should you wish
to visit the temple in Grand Bassin.