The Botanical Garden in Mauritius, a must-see attraction, is officially known as Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden. And as one could guess, being the biggest botanic garden in the Hemisphere it is one of the most visited attractions, here in Mauritius. The location is in the district of Pamplemousse, in the proximity of Port-Louis.
It was primarily opened as a private garden for the colonial French governor of Mauritius. It was 300 years back. Later on it became the national botanical garden of Mauritius.
Pamplemousses Garden opening hours: Every day: 8:30 to 17:00
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden entry fee: Price per adult: 8 Euro, Children under the age of 5: Free of charge
What to see Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, Pamplemousses, Mauritius
1. To fit to its international claim, the stature of the botanic garden is indeed reflected in the vast stretch of area it covered, over endless acres of land.
2. If you want to cover the whole botanic garden, do plan yourself a week long holiday, it won’t take lesser than that. If you are wondering about what are those things that your will encounter over that week long voyage of your. You shouldn’t sweat it.
3. It is indeed going to be one of the most educational experiences for you, exploring more than 650 varieties of plants the garden is populated with.
4. The plants varieties include famous Baobabs, the ineluctable Giant Water Lilies, the Palmier Bouteille, an array of medicinal plants, alongside that famously large spice garden it boast of and many more.
5. To add to the list of attractions of the botanical garden, you can also find there at least 85 different varieties of palm trees that are brought in here from far across, chosen from corners of the world including bottle palms, royal palms and of course talipot palm which blooms once in every 40 years and then dies. There are also other indigenous species of plants.
6. Spice Garden and the trees in it are exceptional. Notice the giant tortoises, the stags and of course the large ponds full of giant water lilies. If you are a bird watcher, there’s treat for you waiting. You can go ahead and check out a replica of the first sugar mill and the Chateau Mon Plaisir.
7. Check the sausage trees, and then there is the fish poison tree which has grounded seeds that stuns and even kills a fish!
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Best time to visit Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, Mauritius
The tropical climate of Mauritius is such a pleasant one that you can visit anytime in the year. But you can plan your visit to fit the many activities you can enjoy while in Mauritius. May to December is the best time to visit Mauritius. It is winter and the temperature range is quite comfortable from 18 degrees to 24 degrees Celsius.
The beaches are magnificent, the nearby islands glow and the wildlife is absolutely thrilling. If you are a water sports enthusiast, book a visit around this time and thank me later! It’s the perfect destination for surfers.
How to reach Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
By air: Fly to the Mauritius International Airport, (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Air Terminal). The Airport lies 48 kilometres further from the main city of Port Louis. Thanking the impressive connectivity of Mauritius, flights go frequently to and fro from all the major cities across the world like Paris, London, Dubai, Delhi, Vienna and Johannesburg among others. The Airport here is advanced and well equipped with all the modern facilities like duty free shopping, a bank, bars and restaurants.
By water: If you are too bored to hop on a flight and don’t mind a romantic option to spend your time in Mauritius, you can also reach Mauritius by the sea. It’s a luxurious and romantic option, we admit. But what’s the point in going to an island nation if we couldn’t embark on in on a luxury cruise. Cruises come from South African ports like Madagascar, Durban, Reunion Island or Rodrigues Island.
Flora and fauna of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
You can plan for a few hours inside the garden exploring the exotic flora and fauna. It’s a mesmerizing collection. Plan the sightseeing bit in the morning, the earlier the better. The temperature helps!
Flora of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
There are at least 85 types of palm trees, a collection truly to boast about and the range starts from bottle palms, royal palms to the rare and incredible talipot palm, that you can cultivate only once in a 40 years! You cannot miss the famous Spice Garden discover the plants here and here you will find those giant tortoises.
You can also find stags and giant water lilies in the pond.You can also see the sausage tree and the incredible fish poison tree that is as unique as its name . Their grounded seeds are made in a way they can stun and kill a fish.
Fauna of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
If you are a Bird person you can find plenty to explore here. It boasts of several bird species like Parrots, ducks and Madagascar moorhen which is commonly called “Poule d’Eau”. The pond is not only inhabited by the water lilies, there are many aquatic animals— the likes of turtles, fish and eels. The endemic mammal of Mauritius the Pteropus niger bats are found plenty hanging on tree tops.
Things to do at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
1. Checking out the The colonne Lienard: It Is a white marble colonne that has been engraved with the names all the contributors to the flora and fauna of the Botanic Garden.
2. Go to the Spice Garden: The spice garden of the Botanical Garden derives a historic tale. It was the result of King Louis XV’s botanist Monsieur Pierre Poivre’s collection of plants and seeds that shaped the spice garden. The hidden truth was that France wanted to end Dutch monopoly on spices. There were fragrant spices like camphor, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove trees (to name a few).
3. Watch the Giant tortoises: Indian Ocean’s giant tortoises found their sanctuary here. They are extinct virtually. They are capable of crossing oceans by riding on the waves and they could drift away for weeks.
4. See the Giant water lilies: ‘Victoria Amazonica,’ the famous giant water lily species, was discovered by a celebrated German horticulturist in the vegetation of Amazonia. The species was later dedicated in the name of Queen Victoria. This species was later introduced in the botanical garden by the director a Mr O’connor in 1927.
5. Check out the Le Chateau Mon Plaisir: Built back in 1823, le ‘new’ château Mon Plaisir was of British deeds. It was built on the very spot where the French governor Mahe de Labourdonnais home was.
6. Go to The first sugar factory: It’s a replica inside the botanical garden.
So when you plan yourtrip to Mauritius with TravelTriangle, don’t forget to stop by at the botanical garden and get the real sense of the wonders of the botany.
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