Mauritius In November - 8 Things To Know, Do and See
Mauritius' beauty takes you one step closer to heaven. The island boasts warm weather and sunshine all year-round and substantial amount of culture for a one of a kind holiday experience and a bucket full of memories for you to take back home. It may sound like Mauritius is a run of the mill island, but the country is much more than that. With pristine water and golden sands, exotic wildlife, rich history, and delicacies, Mauritius is where you should be heading for your next holiday.
Here's all that you need to know about Mauritius in November:
1. Weather of Mauritius in November
In Mauritius, the weather will always be your side. November in Mauritius is when you have winter blending into summer, creating the best possible climate on the island. Cirrus clouds, warm waters, the sun shining all day long, making November a period of the seasonal sweet spot. In addition to indulging in water sports and sightseeing, this is also the time to look forward to the popular annual festivals. During this month, one can also expect a refreshing shower once in a while which cools down the hot weather.
2. Bask in some blue waters and enjoy the marine life
The fresh waters of Mauritius is a magical gateway to the world of vibrant, bright corals and spectacular marine life. You will also come across ship wrecks belonging to the 18th century. Whether you are a first-timer looking to get certified in this field or a professional, the island packs a whole-hearted experience for everyone out there. You can also opt for a boat tour with a romantic candlelight dinner with your loved one and spend the evening surrounded by breath-taking scenery. Planned a trip with the fam? Fret not, as Mauritius packs an unforgettable family trip experience too. Hop on a dolphin cruise with your family early in the morning, and spot magnificent dolphins. These tours usually happen on Flic en Fac or Tamarin Bay beaches.
November is an excellent time to head over to Chamarel, a small village in Mauritius which woos tourists in large crowds. What's unique about this place? You might not realise the marvel until you climb up the deck and spectate down at the earth. You will then clearly notice that the sand is of seven different colours. The hue of colours ranges from golden, brown, yellow, to a surprisingly red, green, and blue. Also called "Terres des Sept Couleurs," the seven vibrant colours are seen due to a strange and rare geological oddity caused by volcanic activities. Red is patches of iron, and the blue colour is caused by aluminium. While you are there, take a trip to Chamarel Waterfalls for yet another great photo shoot opportunity to show off on the 'Gram.
4. Enjoy your time in Port Louis - the bustling city of Mauritius
Port Louis is the bustling capital of Mauritius. It showcases beautiful French architecture and also has quite a few entertainment and shopping outlets. Shop from brands like Mango, Gucci, and a few other designers wear. At the same time, keep an eye on fake products because no returns are happening once you fly back home! This is also the place where you will find luxurious hotels to unwind at and restaurants to experiment with a cuisine. Visit the Caudan Waterfront to be part of the Mauritius culture as you indulge in shopping, try your luck in casinos and satiate your thirst for knowledge at the Blue Penny Stamp Museum. You can also head over to the Place d'Armes boulevard and Fort Adelaide.
5. Take a stroll inside the Victorian Architecture - Chateau De Labourdonnais
Take a trip back to the past as you walk in this restored French mansion. Chateau De Labourdonnais dates back to the 17th century and shows us what the Mauritian life was back then. The building is an architectural retreat, with elements of vintage Victorian interiors and furnishing. You would also love taking a stroll in the beautifully crafted lawns within the premises of the mansion, perfect to spend some time with your loved ones.
6. Taste The National Dish of Mauritius
Dholl Puri, famously known as the national dish of Mauritius has surprisingly, elements of Indian dishes. Dholl Puri is a combination of dal kachori and paratha, two widely known Indian dishes, prepared in almost every home. The dish tastes even more delicious when tried with the Mauritian chilli paste, Mazavaroo. If spicy food is your kind of thing, you should take home a jar of the famous chilli paste home!
7. Relive Bollywood at the University of Mauritius
Are you a fan of the cinema? Do you finish dialogues before the characters do in the film? Then you must also enjoy visiting the shooting locations. If you are a Bollywood fan visiting Mauritius, you are in for a great time! Remember the college Rahul, Anjali and Tina from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai attended? You do. The college is the University of Mauritius, and the friendly people over there would be glad to give you a tour around the place. Roam around the campus and maybe shout " Rahul is a cheater" at the basketball court, no one will judge! Other fairly favourite films like the Saif Ali Khan starrer Go Goa Gone (India's first zombie film), and Sanjay Dutt's Double Dhamaal are shot in various locations within the Mauritius borders.
8. Look out for these festivals in November
All Saints Day
All Saints Day is the day when all unknown and known are honoured and celebrated. It is a Christian festival which stems from a belief that there is a spiritual and powerful bond between living people on earth and those in heaven. People of all faiths pay homage to the departed by visiting their graves with their families. This is also the time when people clean tombs and decorate it. The festival is celebrated on the 1st day of November.
Indentured Labourers Day
In addition to Mauritius, this national day of remembrance celebrated on 2nd November is also commemorated in several parts of South America and the Carribean. The day is observed for the arrival of workers as indentured labourers from the Indian subcontinent. This is done because the arrival of labourers, first between the mid-eighteenth century and the early nineteenth century had a substantial impact on the Mauritian culture and life of the locals.
Who knows better about Diwali than us Indians? Diwali, unsurprisingly, is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm despite it being a Hindu festival. Diwali is a time when the island of Mauritius transforms into a fairyland, with beautiful lights all over the country. Mauritius won't make you miss your home as it celebrates Diwali just like India, with houses, buildings and gardens adorned with diyas (clay lamps), and lights. The night sky lights up with sparkling fireworks - a treat for the eyes.