The idea of time travelling has always fascinated mankind and you can just about experience being transported back to the colonial times of the 19th century by visiting this 1830 built Creole style house by the banks of the Mauritian river Moka. It is one of the island’s most visited historical sites and is totally loved by the tourists. The interiors decorations and furniture are well maintained along with the mahogany and ebony antiques, old ceramics and beautifully painted chinaware, photographs of daily life and books. It is considered to be the largest house in all of Mauritius with its 109 doors and windows.
Historical Background and Location
Primitively known as the Maison Creole, this stately mansion in Moka was originally constructed and owned by British and French aristocrats that get well reflected through its architectural influences from the colonial period. It was formerly used for the purposes of sugar plantation when slavery was at its peak. The Eureka house was remodelled as a museum in 1986 and declared open for public visits. The mansion is primarily made of wood and it has long verandas. There are dedicated sections for music and art, Chinese and Indian housewares, antique maps and a model of the colonial-era shower inside the museum. The piano and the dining table are the major attractions among the tourists.
The English style gardens surround the mansion and covers extensive grounds stimulating the ancient ambience even more. The garden is an accumulation of rich Mauritian plant species including palm and mango trees. The small well-paved trails move through the dense greenery and run along the river bank where you can discover secret bridges and pleasant waterfalls. It serves both as a relaxing spot and a terrific backdrop for photography that the guests can indulge themselves with.
The visit to the Eureka House would be incomplete without tasting the delicacies at the in-house restaurant ‘La Maison Creole’. It specializes in serving dishes inspired by the Mauritian culture like the ‘rougaille’. If not that, the tourists have the luxury of enjoying a nice cup of Mauritian tea at any spot of their choice in the garden. The lunch menu of the restaurant also serves dishes like:
Dry Beef curry served with coconut chutney
Smoked marlin with salad
Vanilla ice cream with grilled coconut
The Eureka also has a souvenir shop where you get boxes of different flavoured teas, authentic local spices, chutneys and jams, and even scarves and other textile items.
Timings and Prices
Monday to Sunday (except Saturday): 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturdays: 9:00 AM to 3.30 PM
For adults, the tour of the mansion, garden and waterfalls costs EUR 10 and for kids of the age group 3-12 years it costs EUR 6.
For per person, the Mauritian lunch costs EUR 24.
So visit this Mauritian colonial excellence of Eureka House and take yourself back to a journey through time and live amidst the 19th century!
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Best Time To Visit Eureka
All year round
How to Reach Eureka House
In order to reach the Eureka House, it can be pretty confusing sometimes as there is no specific sign on the road related to the whereabouts of the mansion. There are three different routes though:
If you are coming from Port Louis, you need to head towards Bagatelle and leave the highway by taking the Montagne Ory exit that falls on the way.
For those who are coming from the northeast, you need to drive through Moka until you arrive at Mount Ory road, which is a T-junction and you need to take a right.
Tourists coming from south have the easiest option of taking the Bagatelle exit and following the Moka road will lead them to Mount Ory road.
While driving through Mount Ory road, look for an arrow sign reading ‘Eureka’ and that's the path to the colonial mansion.