The North attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Pamplemousses

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens

After London's Kew Gardens, the SSR Gardens is one of the world's best botanical gardens. It's among the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius and easily reached from almost anywhere on the island. Labelling…
Top Choice Historic Building in Pamplemousses

Château Labourdonnais

One of the loveliest examples of colonial architecture on the island, restored Château Labourdonnais was completed in 1859. Built in teak and sporting an Italian neoclassical style, the perfectly proportioned chatea…
Museum in Pamplemousses

L'Aventure du Sucre

The former Beau Plan sugar factory houses one of the best museums in Mauritius. It not only tells the story of sugar in great detail but also covers the history of Mauritius, slavery, the rum trade and much, much mo…
Church in Cap Malheureux

Notre Dame Auxiliatrice

Cap Malheureux's much-photographed church, the red-roofed Notre Dame Auxiliatrice, is worth a quick peek inside for its intricate woodwork and a holy-water basin fashioned out of a giant clamshell. A sign strictly p…
Gallery in Pereybère

Galerie du Moulin Cassé

Housed in a charmingly restored sugar mill, the Galerie du Moulin Cassé features the vibrant floral scenes of painter Malcolm de Chazal (1902–82) and a collection of photographs by Diane Henry. The most impressive d…
Wildlife Reserve in Balaclava to Pointe aux Piments

Rivulet Terre Rouge Bird Sanctuary

Just north of Port Louis, bird-watchers will want to take the signposted turn-off to the east that leads to the Rivulet Terre Rouge Bird Sanctuary. Sited on one of the largest estuary habitats in Mauritius, this Ram…
Ruins in Balaclava to Pointe aux Piments

Baie de l'Arsenal Ruins

You can still see the ruins of the French arsenal – along with a flour mill and a lime kiln – within the grounds of the Maritim Resort & Spa at Baie de l'Arsenal, just south of Pointe aux Piments. Nonguests can …
Aquarium in Balaclava to Pointe aux Piments

Mauritius Aquarium

This small aquarium has a decent collection of tropical fish (including clownfish), but the real stars are the whitetip reef sharks and hawksbill turtles. There's daily shark feeding at 11am and fish feeding twice a…
Hindu Site in Grand Baie

Shiv Kalyan Vath Mandir

Shiv Kalyan Vath Mandir is a vividly coloured Tamil temple that's older than Surya Oudaya Sangam. Remove your shoes before entering.
Hindu Site in Grand Baie

Surya Oudaya Sangam

Surya Oudaya Sangam, located at the western end of town, is dedicated to Shiva. Visitors are welcome, but remove your shoes before entering.