he island country of Mauritius is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations around the world. Known for its beaches, flora and fauna as well as picturesque scenery, Mauritius is a multicultural place, home to people of Indian, African, French, and Chinese ancestry. The tropical climate of the island attracted the Europeans here, which made its history quite noteworthy.
5. Beau Plan Sugar Mill
Another sugar factory, the Beau Plan serves as a museum, placing it on every list of top historical places in Mauritius. The exhibition here covers the tale of sugar, crisscrossing with the history of the island, rum trade as well as the practice of slavery.
The tour will take anywhere from two to three hours. The factory itself was started back in 1797, and it was closed down on the turn of the century in 1999. The museum also has videos as well as interactive sessions where you can gain more knowledge about the history of the place. Oh, and at the end of the tour, everyone gets to taste around fifteen types of sugar, all of which were first invented in Mauritius itself.
4. St. Aubin House
One of the best historical places in Mauritius, the plantation of St. Aubin goes back almost two hundred years. The factory was shifted in the seventies and the estate no longer deals in sugar. However, the lawns of this huge house are now home to a rum distillery. There is a vanilla house, spice garden, tropical garden here as well. You will be accompanied by a guide on your walk around the house and its different parts including the famous sugar factory. The five-course Mauritian lunch here, focussing on palm, mango, and pineapple, also sets the mood right.
3. La Route Du Thé (Bois Cheri)
Bois Cheri is a famous tea plantation, which is one of three most prominent stops on La Route du Thé. Located around twelve kilometres from the famous Rivière des Anguilles, these tea gardens cover an area of about 250 hectares. You can book a tour of the premises where you will get to know in deep about the history as well as the functioning of the plantation, making it one of the must-visit historical places in Mauritius.
There is an exhibition space here as well, showcasing the centuries of history of this place. At the end of the tour, you can sample teas.
2. Baie De l’Arsenal Or Arsenal Bay
The ruins of a French Arsenal can be found in this bay area known as Arsenal Bay, located in the north of the country. One of the lesser known historical places of Mauritius, the village of Arsenal was home to a French foundry, which produced cannons and all other kinds of military supplies. However, it was destroyed back in 1774 due to an explosion killing around 300 slaves. If you are staying at Hotel Maritim, you can actually visit the grounds to witness the ruins.
1. Aapravasi Ghat
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aapravasi Ghat, or Immigration Depot, is a complex of buildings which were used back in the day for bonded labourers from India. The place, located on the seaside, now houses an interpretation centre. Guided tours help gain more knowledge about different structures and remains found here. Life-size models are also added to the paraphernalia, making the place more real and striking.
One of the most significant historical places in Mauritius, the depot holds a mirror to the past and practices of colonialism. Between the years 1850 to 1923, almost five hundred thousand people were brought here to be shipped to different colonies of Britain around the globe.