Mauritius Islands can be described as ‘the paradise on earth’. The name Mauritius islands conjures up vibrant images of pristine beaches, blue sea with a backdrop of beautiful mountain ranges, lush green vegetation and exotic places of tourist attractions.
Mauritius Islands or the Republic of Mauritius is located in the middle of Indian Ocean. Spread over an approximate land area of 2,040 square kilometers the island is located within the geographical co-ordinates of 20.17 degrees South and 57.33 degrees East. The geographical location of Mauritius has influenced its climate. Climate of Mauritius Islands is essentially tropical characterized by warm, hot and humid summers and cold winters. Mauritius archipelago comprises of two islands. First is Mauritius, and the other island is Rodriguez located some 500 kilometers away from the main island. Peak tourist season in Mauritius is during the Christmas and New Year Period. Apart from that, the best time to visit Mauritius is from July to September.
According to the history of Mauritius Islands, it was first visited by the Malay and the Arab sailors in the 10th century. They were followed by the Dutch and then the Portuguese. Though the Dutch were the first to settle they abandoned the island due to unfavorable weather. The French took over and under their rule the island developed a prosperous economy. A series of battle were fought between the French and the British, and finally the British were able to establish their claim over Mauritius. Finally, in the year 1968 Mauritius gained independence and was declared as a republic.
Mauritius Islands is a favored tourist destination as it is dotted with tourist attractions. Port Louis the capital city is nestled in the foothills of the mountains. The French style architecture adds to the charm of this city. Several museums like the Natural History Museum and the Worldwide Masks Museum offer are places of interest. Chamberer is one of the oldest sites in the island. It is also known as the seven colored earth as it is made up of patches in blue, green, red and purple. These are probably the result of erosion of volcanic rocks. Royal Botanical Garden of Pamplemousness, Grand Bass in, Ilse Aux Cerf’s and the Black River Gorge are among the other attractions.
Reaching Mauritius Islands by air is easy and convenient. In total there are five airports in Mauritius islands. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International airport is located at Plaisance. Aviation majors like Air Mauritius operates large number of weekly flights to all major European cities. Intricate network of well maintained roads connect different parts of the city. Easy and affordable public transport is available easily.
Mauritius Islands is a perfect blend of culture, cuisine, sand and fun. A vacation in the islands of Mauritius is a fun filled and thrilling experience, which lingers for a lifetime.