These are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. Situated in the north of the island, in the small village of Pamplemousses, the gardens were created at the orders of Pierre Poivre in the 17th Century and boast a selection of the most beautiful tropical plants picked by the enlightened and passionate botanist of Louis XV. These include Bottle palms, lotuses, all kinds of ficus and of course giant Victoria water lilies, named after the extremely well-known Queen Victoria of England, all thriving in the gardens' magnificent ponds which simply ooze serenity.
The garden is renowned for its lotuses and lilies as well as 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean.© Oleg Znamenskiy / 123RF
The name of the district and garden comes from the French word for grapefruits. The district's capital is Triolet.© Ekaterina Andreeva / 123RF
Famous for its water lilies, which go by the name "Victoria Amazonica", can reach up to 2metres in diametre.© iStockphoto.com / Stocknshares
Since 1988, the garden has been renamed "The Botanical gardens of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam", in homage to the current Mauritian Prime Minister.© iStockphoto.com / Colin13362
The area is 25 hectares. The garden features spices, ebonies, sugar canes and many more.© Oleg Znamenskiy / 123RF