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Port-Louis the capital city of Mauritius. Other major cities are Curepipe, Mahebourg and Grand Baie.
Mauritius is situated in the Indian Ocean, approximately 2400 kilometers off the South East Coast of Africa. The island, which is of volcanic origin, covers an area of 1,865 square kilometers or 720 square miles. Coral reefs surround most of the coast except the south.
Mauritius is an island with surface area of 720 square miles, situated just above the Tropic of Capricorn, in the south of Indian Ocean, with 57° 35 East longitude and 19° 68 and 20° 15 South latitude. Being of a volcanic origin, Mauritius has a central plateau which is about 400 metres above sea level. Mountains scattered throughout the island, tropical forests and plants are other feathers that add to the natural beauty of the island.
Time Zone :
Mauritius time is 4 hrs ahead of GMT.
English is the official language. French is understood most over the island. Creole is spoken throughout the island. Hindi is also spoken very widely.
The average temperature during day time is 25° C (75° F) and rarely under 13° C (62° F) at night. There are two seasons. Summer (November to April) and Winter (May to October). July is the Coolest Month 22° C (71° F). February is the Warmest Month 28° C (83° F).
For this tropical climate, pack lightweight, loose clothing, preferably in comfortable cotton. You’ll need swimwear and a sunhat, too. It’s advisable to bring along a long-sleeved lightweight jacket or cardigan for cool evenings and air-conditioned interiors. If you intend to visit the high plateau , you’ll need warmer sweaters and jackets. Prepare for a tropical rainstorm by packing something waterproof. Besides sandals, a comfortable pair of sturdy, low-heeled walking shoes is indispensable for excursions to the interior. And it wouldn’t be amiss to pack a pair of bathing shoes.\
When to Go :
Apart from the busy Christmas to New Year period, Mauritius doesn't really have a high or low season. The depths of Mauritian 'winter' occur from July to September, when daytime temperatures drop from sticky to balmy. With less rain and humidity, this is one of the choicest times to visit. December through March is the best time for diving, when the waters are at their clearest; June through August is best for surfing; and October through April is excellent for big game fishing, when the large predators feed close to shore.
Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam Air Terminal, Plaisance, The international airport of Mauritius (MRU), is approximately 3 kms from Mahebourg, 48kms from Port Louis, 80kms from Grand Baie, 55kms from Flic en Flac and 50kms from Belle Mare. Facilities at the airport include duty-free shops both on arrival and departure, bars, banks, and Post Office.
The currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee which is divided into 100 cents. There are coins of 5, 10, 20, 25, and 50 cents, and Rs 1, 5 and 10. The bank note denominations are in 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 rupees.
International Direct Dialing Code :
IDD code for Mauritius is +230.
Mauritius is a densely populated island of around 1.2 million people. It is a plural society where all the ethnic groups present: Hindus, Muslims, Creoles, Chinese and Europeans live in peace and where all the ancestral cultures have been preserved. These features make the island a unique place in the world.
As an indication of the sureness of taste of Mauritians, consider that despite having been under British rule for 150 years, the people have remained quite impermeable to British cuisine! They had the good sense of looking up to Chinese, French and Indian cuisines for inspiration instead! There is also a distinct Indian-Ocean cuisine. Mauritian cuisine is a medley of these cuisines adapted for local availability of vegetables and meats.
Places of interest :
Port Louis - the capital city, Jardin Botanique de Pamplemousses, Coloured Earths of Chamarel , The Bird Garden of Casela , Ile aux Cerfs, Grand bay etc are the major popular spots.
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The island of Mauritius offers several sporting activities such as deep-sea fishing, horse riding, sailing, trekking, windsurfing, water skiing, hunting and golf.
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Come equipped with plenty of sun lotion and insect repellent.
Hotels and Resorts :
The hotels and beach resorts in Mauritius are a class in themselves and considered the best in the world. These resorts and hotels gives you a feeling of joy and freedom rarely experienced otherwise. Come to Mauritius when you want to give a boost to your morale and self confidence and explore new possibilities.
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