Being a tropical island, Mauritius is home to not just unbroken stretches of powder soft beaches, but a plethora of other geological attractions, including volcanic outcrops, waterfalls and caves. There are quite a few waterfalls spread out all over the island that makes for beautiful tourist destinations, one of the most important ones being the Chamarel Waterfalls. Chamarel, as a town in itself, doesn’t stand out on the Mauritius tourism map, but it is home to quite a few unique natural sights, which makes it a huge tourist draw.
The Chamarel Waterfalls are situated at a very close distance to the famous Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel. Dropping down from a height of 272 feet, the Chamarel waterfalls are formed from the St.Denis river flowing through the island, and the entire formation is bordered on all sides by the dense foliage of Black River Gorges. There are various viewpoints all around the falls from where you can get a good look at the sheer magnificence of the water plunging over the rim of the mountain, and striking the cliff-face almost near the bottom only when it reaches the base, from where it flows into a shallow pool where you can choose to go for a swim, if you want. The Chamarel waterfalls is different from any other waterfall on the island in the sense that the flow of the falls depends explicitly on the season. During the summer, the waterfall divides itself into two or three thin trickles which never join until they reach the basin, but during the monsoon (or after heavy rain), the waterfall gushes down as one single mighty stream. Abseiling from the very top of the cliff face through the waterfall and down to the pool is a favourite water sports activity that many tourists choose to take part in a visit to the Chamarel waterfalls.
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