Welcome to St Louis
If St-Gilles and L'Hermitage are very Westernised and touristy, St-Louis, by contrast, falls below many travellers' radars. This is the heart of Tamil culture on the west coast, and it won't take long to feel that the city exudes an undeniably exotic atmosphere. The town doesn't have anything fantastic to offer, but it is certainly worth a quick stop to admire a handful of religious buildings, including a Tamil temple, a splendid mosque and the biggest church on the island.
Most travellers travel to St-Louis to catch the bus to Cilaos or to visit the Sucrerie du Gol, a sugar refinery that lies about 1.5km west of of the centre.