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Mauritius Botanical Garden

pamplemousses-botanical-gardenFormally known to be the “Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden”, the national Mauritius botanical garden is a home to the variety of the prevailing species here. Ranging from flora to fauns, you’ll love this home to the nature.

Sir Seewoogaur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden is a popular tourist attraction in Mauritius. It is located at Pamplemousses, near Port Louis. This garden is also known as the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. It is also the oldest Botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere.

This Garden is famous for its long pond of giant water Lilies. The construction of this garden takes you back in 1770s (1719 – 1786). Having a long history about ownership, its naming etc., today it is known as Sir Seewoogaur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden named after the first Prime Minister of Mauritius.

Besides giant lilies, this garden also features spices, ebonies, sugar canes, and 85 varieties of palms from different areas of the world i.e. Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around Indian Ocean. Over all there are more than 650 varieties of plants which include famous Baobabs, Palmier Bouteille, medicinal plants and a large spicy garden. To cover the whole garden, one may take more than a week. It is not necessary that you should have interest in botany to see this garden. It’s really a wonderful garden.

The entrance gate of this garden is the most wonderful. It is full of art work which may create doubt if it has been produced on the local land or has been transported. Whatever may be, the gate is most wonderful and attractive. Inside the garden, there is a beautiful fountain also.

Inside this botanic garden, there is a burial monument of this first Prime Minister who helped Mauritius to gain independence from the British.

Mauritius trip can be justified only with the visit to this famous and the oldest botanical garden.