Mauritius is not only home to some of the biggest beaches in the country, but it also boasts of being home to a few quaint little villages that don't have much by way of being a tropical tourist attraction, but is home to a few enchanting and enthralling tourist draws nonetheless. Mauritius is known mainly for its sunny beaches and its crystal clear blue lagoons, as well as for its long history of colonisation. There are a plethora of tiny little villages scattered all throughout the island that neither have beaches nor historical monuments, but are some of the best places to visit if you want to know more about the life and culture of Mauritius, not just the Mauritius of today, but the Mauritius of the past as well. One such little town is Pailles, which is home to the Domaine Les Pailles, one of the most-loved amusement parks on the western side of the island.
Transformation of a Sugar Estate into a Fun-Filled Amusement Park
The only important tourist attraction in Pailles is the Domaine Les Pailles, which is an amusement park-cum-heritage centre that previously used to be a sugar estate but has now been transformed into one of the few refurbished colonial buildings in the country that are currently used as heritage and cultural centres. Mauritius has a long history of sugar production, so it doesn't come as a surprise that one of the country's numerous sugar production estates have been converted into a rather enthralling tourist destination. One of the first things you can see as you enter the park is a traditional sugar mill (all sugar mills in the past were generally ox-driven) that was used to extract sugar back in the colonial days. Other fascinating attractions include horse-drawn carriage rides and mini railway rides, which are very popular with tourists because of their dual functionality of allowing you to have fun while learning more about how things used to be back in the 1800s and early 1900s. Further up the park is a rum distillery, where you can see the production of the estate's very own rum, as well as a spice garden that is a treat to the sense, and a playground where you can sit down and rest after a stroll around the park. The Domaine Les Pailles is also home to a classy restaurant where you can sit down and have a hearty meal (the bill for the restaurant has to be paid separately from the admission fee for the park). You have the option of touring the entire park on foot, on a horse-drawn carriage, by a jeep, or by the train, and the admission fee will vary depending on what mode of transport you choose.
One of the best amusement parks in the western side of Mauritius, the Domaine Les Pailles is a must-visit when you're on a trip to Mauritius. Even if a visit to Pailles is not in your itinerary, you need to make room for one, because the Domaine Les Pailles is one tourist attraction that you can't afford missing.
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How to Reach Domaine Les Pailles
The easiest way to reach Domaine Les Pailles is by hitching a ride on any bus travelling from Port Louis to Curepipe and keeping an eye out for the signpost which demarcates the Domaine Les Pailles stoppage on the way. Once you get off on the main road, there will be plenty of signs for you to follow throughout your 30-minute walk which will drop you off at the reception gates of the park itself. On the other hand, if public transportation is not your cup of tea, you can quickly set out on a 15-minute ride to the amusement park southwards in your car via the M2 and M1 freeways, respectively.