Pamplemousses, ile Maurice - Mauritius.

In the shade of palm trees in the garden of Pamplemousses

Did you know that Mauritius offers a large tropical garden born in the eighteenth century, under the control of the French botanist Pierre Poivre, the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. This garden offers visitors a walk in the reign of the plants, on 33 hectares. It now bears the name of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, former Prime Minister of Mauritius, considered the ” father of the nation ” and the first leader of the country after independence (Prime Minister from 1968 to 1982).
First tropical botanical garden created in the world, it now houses more than 600 species of trees and plants, including giant water lilies from the Amazon and several species of palm trees. The Ceylon talipot is a curiosity of the garden : this plam tree, whose leaves can reach seven meters wingspan, blooms only once every forty to sixty years and then dies. Thus, when a talipot is in bloom, it is a real event that attracts foreign visitors as mauritian people.
Inside the garden, the house of Mon Plaisir is a fine example of British colonial architecture – it is generally well maintained.
If the garden is not managed with great botanical rigor ( the giant water lilies basin are sometimes small form) , it remains a pleasant place to stroll and discover the flora of Mauritius : aquatic plants, palms, spices
A few hundred meters from the garden, L’Aventure du sucre, a former sugar factory converted into a museum, is also worth a visit.

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