Mauritius

Country Facts

Mauritius is one of the most developed of the Mascarene islands. Offering high-end tourism with world-class boutique resorts that dot its 33 kilometre-long coastline, it offers nature lovers and beach bums, culture lovers and urban enthusiasts dramatic landscapes, beautiful beaches and lagoons, vast stretches of sugarcane plantations and virgin forests as well as some of Africa's richest cities. To get under the Mauritian skin, read 'Paul et Virginie' by Bernadine de St Pierre, listen to Creole singer, Jean Claude-Monique and watch 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' a lot of which was shot in Mauritius.

  • Capital: Port Louis
  • Official Languages: English, French
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: Mauritian Rupee
  • Time Zone: +4:00 GMT (1½ hrs behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 00230

When To Go

Best time to visit: July to September. The average temperature in Mauritius is 23.7°C. The highest monthly average temperature is 30°C in January, February, March and December, while the lowest monthly average temperature is 17°C in June, July, August and September.

What To Do

From Creole rougailles, Indian curries and biryanis to Chinese chopsuey and French civet de lièvre, Mauritian cuisine is a coming together of African Creole, Indian, French and Chinese food culture. Seafood rules, and Mauritians like their food to be hot and spicy.

What to eat and drink
  • Creolo curry: A spicy African-style curry made with fish or lamb and served with white rice
  • Farata: Paratha
  • Dholl purri: Wheat pancake stuffed with dholl and served with a tomato sauce
  • Rougaille: A Mediterranean dish of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and any kid of meat or fish
  • Chinese broth with steamed dumplings
  • Dal and biryani
  • Samosas
  • Cakes and gateaux
  • Cane rum
  • Lassi
  • Alouda glace: Agar, milk and fruit syrup
  • Phoenix or Black Eagle beer
  • Tea
Shopping

Perfume oils, soils from Seven Coloured Earths, rattan handbags, spices, pickles, flavoured tea, freshly ground coffee, vanilla sticks, hand-crafted ship models, duty-free gold, pearls and diamonds, anthuriums, cashmere and woollens, Billabong beachwear, designer wear.

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Attractions

Travel Tips

VISA

Mauritius visa is not required for Indian citizens.


HOW TO GET THERE
By Air

Mauritius International airport is very well connected to the outside world and has direct flights from various parts of the world.


TRAVELLING WITHIN MAURITIUS
By Bus

Public transport is provided by a number of bus companies that operate throughout the island. Express bus services run from Port Louis to the north, south and to the main towns. In the urban regions, timetables run between 5.30 am to 8.00 pm. In rural areas, buses tend to run between 6.30 am and 6.30 pm.


Self Drive

There are several car rental companies providing car and scooter services like sixt and hertz. You can easily traverse the different parts of the island in a car or a scooter. It is important to note that Mauritians drive on the left-hand side of the road.


ELECTRICAL VOLTAGE

In Mauritius the standard voltage is 230 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type C / G.


DO'S & DON'TS
  • Carry light and cotton clothes.
  • Sunscreen and hats (wide brim).
  • Sweater for winter evenings from June to September.
  • An umbrella for rainy season from November to April.

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