A must-see attraction in Mauritius is the Botanical Garden, officially known as the Sir Sivosgur Botanical Garden. And as one might guess, being the largest botanical garden in the hemisphere it is one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. The place is in the Pamplemousse district, near Port-Louis. It was opened primarily as a private garden for the colonial French Governor of Mauritius. This happened 300 years ago. Later it became the National Botanical Garden of Mauritius.
About Sir Siwoosgur Ramgolam Botanical Garden, Mauritius
Sir Sivasagar Ramgoolam Botanical Garden True to its international claim, the stature of the botanical garden is truly reflected in the vast area covered by it, endless acres of land. This is really going to be one of the most educational experiences for you, with over 650 types of plants to discover in the garden. Plant varieties include the famous baobab, the indispensable giant water lily, the palmier bush, a range of medicinal plants, the famous large spice garden as well as much more.
To add to the list of attractions of the botanical garden, you can also find there at least 85 different varieties of palm trees, which have been brought here from far and wide, selected from all corners of the world including Including the bottle palm, the royal palm and of course the talipot. The palm that blooms once every 40 years and then dies. The Spice Garden and the trees in it are extraordinary. Note the giant turtles, deer and of course the large ponds filled with giant water lilies.
- Pamplemousses Gardens Opening Hours: Every day: 8:30 to 17:00
- Sir Sivasagar Ramgoolam Botanical Garden Entry Fee: Price per adult: 8 euros, children under 5: free
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Best time to visit
The tropical climate of Mauritius is so pleasant that you can visit any time of the year. But you can plan your trip to suit the many activities you can enjoy while in Mauritius. The best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December. It is winter season and the temperature range is quite comfortable from 18 degree to 24 degree Celsius. The beaches are spectacular, the surrounding islands sparkle and the wildlife is absolutely thrilling. If you’re into water sports, book a trip now and thank me later! It is an ideal place for surfers.
how to reach
Fly to Mauritius International Airport, (Sir Sibsagar Ramgoolam Air Terminal). The airport is located 48 kilometers from the main city Port Louis. Due to Mauritius’ impressive connectivity, there are frequent flights to and from all major cities around the world like Paris, London, Dubai, Delhi, Vienna and Johannesburg. The airport here is advanced and equipped with all modern facilities like duty free shopping, banks, bars and restaurants.
If you are too bored of boarding a plane and don’t mind a romantic option to spend your time in Mauritius, you can also reach Mauritius by sea. It’s a fabulous and romantic option, we agree. But what’s the point of going to an island nation if we can’t go on a luxury cruise. Cruises arrive from South African ports such as Madagascar, Durban, Reunion Island or Rodrigues Island.
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Flora and fauna
There are at least 85 types of palm trees, a collection you can be proud of and range from the Bottle Palm, the Royal Palm, to the rare and incredible Talipot Palm, which you can only find growing once every 40 years. Can! You can’t miss the famous Spice Garden, discover the plants here and here you will find giant tortoises. If you are a bird lover then you can find a lot to visit here. It is home to many bird species such as parrots, ducks and the Madagascar moorhen, commonly known as the “Poule d’Eau”. The pond has not only water lilies but also many aquatic creatures like turtles, fish and eels. Mauritius’s endemic mammal, the Pteropus niger bat, is found in abundance hanging in the treetops.
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things to do
While you’re enjoying the view of Mauritius’ incredible flora and fauna, be sure to enjoy these fascinating things to do around the Botanical Gardens.
1. Spice Garden
The Spice Garden of the Botanical Garden is based on a historical story. It was the result of the collection of plants and seeds of Monsieur Pierre Poivre, botanist of King Louis XV, that gave shape to the spice garden. The hidden truth was that France wanted to end the Dutch monopoly on spices. There were aromatic spices like camphor, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove tree (to name a few).
2. Giant Tortoise
The giant tortoises of the Indian Ocean found their sanctuary here. They are virtually extinct. They are able to cross the oceans by riding the waves and they can drift for weeks.
3. Giant Water Lily
The famous giant water lily species ‘Victoria Amazonica’ was discovered in the flora of Amazonia by a renowned German horticulturist. Later this species was dedicated in the name of Queen Victoria. This species was later introduced to the Botanic Gardens by the director, Mr. O’Connor, in 1927.
4. Chateau Mon Plaisir
Built in 1823, le ‘new’ château Mon Plaisir was of British work. It was built on the same site as the house of the French governor Mahé de Labordonnais.
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So when you make your plan Travel to Mauritius with TourTravelHotelsDon’t forget to stop at the Botanical Garden and get a real feel of the wonders of botanical science and also get a different feel of this ancient place.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sir Sivasagar Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
What is Mauritius famous for?
The Botanical Garden is one of the famous attractions of Mauritius which houses a unique collection of giant water lilies, spice gardens and 85 types of palm trees from Central America and the surrounding islands of the Indian Ocean.
What is there to see and do in Mauritius?
Visiting Port Louis, experiencing deep sea fishing, visiting the Codon coast, checking out China Town, scuba diving at Blue Bay Marine Park are some of the famous things to see and do in Mauritius.
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