Lifestyle and Culture in Mauritius
All around the main island, there are many amazing historical sites such as the Eureka house, Botanic gardens, the Champs de Mars and many more. The village of Charamel has several scenic attractions, one of which is the ‘Seven Colored Earths’ which is an area of dunes comprising sand od seven colors: red, brown, green, violet, blue, yellow, and purple.
What is more fascinating about this wonder is that to date, the dunes never seem to erode despite the country’s torrential rains. Secondly, La Pouche Peak is where you can have a 360° view of the entire main island besides beautiful waterfalls like the Tamarind or the scenic volcano craters like Toux aux Cerf.
In terms of Flora and Fauna, the country has over 700 species of flowering plants, out of those species, 246 are endemic like the Bois Dentelle. One honorable mention which is of huge global acclaim for the country is the national animal and sadly extinct Dodo bird. This flightless bird went extinct in the 17th century and today has become the mascot of the nation found all over souvenirs and merchandise but has lived on in worldwide recognition through media, literature, and pop-culture.
Mauritian food is very diverse as well, you have national dishes like the Mauritian-style Roti and Seven Curries, Gateaux Piment, Mauritian-style Chinese Fried Noodles, Salted Fish and Lentil Soup.
Popular local meals amongst many student communities include; the national street food Dhal Puri, Merveilles, Boulette Poisson, Bol Renversé, and Aigre Doux (sweet and sour meat). Mauritian food looks as great as they taste and are all distinctively derived from multiple people groups.
Mauritians are divided by their faith denominations rather than race, the country is one of the only 3 nations in the world that has a Hindu majority, the others being India and Nepal. Hindu temples and shrine are everywhere.