Mauritius

Mauritius Overview

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Its chief island, also called Mauritius, lies about 500 miles east of Madagascar and about 2,450 miles southwest of India. Sugar cane fields cover about half of the island. With black volcanic peaks towering over the sugar cane fields.

The Dutch claimed Mauritius in 1598. Later, France and then the United Kingdom ruled the island. Mauritius gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1968. It remained a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The longest village on the island, Triolet offers you an opportunity to visit the biggest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath, first built in 1819 in honour of the Gods Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Muruga, Brahma and Ganesha. In the South East of the island At Vieux Grand Port, the oldest settlements in Mauritius, you can see the ruins of the first Dutch fortifications.

CLIMATE

Summer lasts from November to April, in Mauritius where the temperatures average about 79 °F (26 °C). Sometimes cyclones strike the island. Winter lasts from June to October. Temperatures then average about 72 °F (22 °C).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Port Louis
POPULATION: 1.2 million
LANGUAGE: Creole, English
CURRENCY: Mauritius Rupee
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or either a two or three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +230
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +4