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Welcome to Chamarel


A tiny village with a population of roughly 700, Chamarel is located in the southwest of Mauritius. The town is famous for one thing: the Seven Coloured Earth, a remarkable natural phenomenon of many-coloured striped sand dunes. Chamarel has a few other attractions however, including the stunning Chamarel Falls, and the many sights of nearby Black River Gorge National Park. A relatively new attraction is the Chamarel Adventure Park, perfect for those in search of an adrenaline rush. Chamarel itself offers little in the way of urban attractions, with few dining or shopping opportunities and no nightlife, and is better-suited to tourists who wanting to enjoy the beautiful nature of Mauritius.

Information & Facts

English is the official language of Mauritius, but the most widely used is French and the local dialect, Creole. Hindi, Urdu and Chinese are also spoken.

The currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Travellers cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and larger hotels. Travellers cheques usually exchange at a better rate than cash. ATMs are widely available in most towns and hotels, restaurants and large retailers accept major credit cards.

Situated in the south-west of the island, the Black River Gorges National Park is a popular spot for picnics, hiking and scenic drives. The park encompases thick pine forests, gorges and rugged mountains and is a sanctuary for wildlife and fauna. Bird-watchers should look out for the Mauritius kestrel, the green echo parakeet and the Mauritius cuckoo shrike. The park's Chamarel Waterfalls are the highest in Mauritius at 83m (270ft) and are best seen after heavy rains. The best viewpoints are at the Alexandria Falls or the Black River Gorges viewpoint.

Promoted as Mauritius' first attraction back in the 1960s and located on the Mauritian island of Chamarel, Seven Coloured Earth is a magical sight and one that is still not completely understood but it is thought that the different colours of the earth are due to certain metal oxide deposits colouring the earth.

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