Our third day in Mauritius, we were lucky enough to visit a small town on a hill called Chamarel, famous for its natural attraction: the seven colors of the earth. As we entered the national park, we drove down to our first stop: the waterfall. The famous waterfall was formed a long time initially to mark the route of lava flow from the once active Mauritian volcanoes. The waterfall was so calming, it made me feel at ease.
Our next stop was a short drive to the seven colors of the earth, our main attraction, which is a small, slightly hilly piece of land ranging from orange, to purple to blue in color. IT was created by volcanic rock millions of years ago. Around the small patch of land, there is tons of greenery and wildlife, but interestingly enough the seven colors of the earth has absolutely no vegetation on it, not even a patch of grass. This is due to the fact that volcanic rock lacks minerals essential to the soil and its vegetation, which is why nothing can grow on it.
After admiring the natural phenomenon, I drank some fresh sugarcane juice at a quaint cafe right next to the site. The juice was made from local Chamarel sugarcane. After the quick thirst quencher, we walked down to a small area where the park kept large land tortoises in captivity. There were six of them in one area munching on grass, which made us realize that we, too, needed to hunt for some food ourselves.
We found a local restaurant with homemade Mauritian food called Saveur troical (Tropical flavor) and it was the first authentic Mauritian food I had I ordered the prawns curry with rice with salad on the side, while stealing a quick bite of mom’s fresh fish wrapped in banana leaves in a zesty creole sauce. The prices were decent and the service was excellent.
On our drive down Chamarel, we stopped at an observation point where you could see the whole sea masked again by huge trees. I hadn’t realized that we were on the other side of the island! Our final stop before ‘Le Bengaleu’ was another popular tourist attraction called Flic-en-Flac, an area where most tourists vacationed due to easy access to a beautiful beach. The beach was a popular hangout spot even for locals and the ice-cream truck man knew where he could strike gold. I ordered almond ice-cream, topped with chocolate fudge, nuts, chocolate rice krispies, and differently colored jelly. With satisfaction obvious on our faces, we walked along the beach, admiring the sunset and ending yet another busy but amazing day.
(Read about Day 2 here)