Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

Mauritius Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

The botanical gardens of Mauritius are a must-see attraction.

Mauritius Pamplemousses Botanical Garden - Overview

Mauritius Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

SSR Gardens is one of the best botanical gardens in the world.

It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Mauritius and is easily accessible from almost anywhere on the island. Plant tagging is still ongoing, but you can hire a trained guide waiting inside or take a self-guided tour using the map. Golf cart tours are available on request for people with reduced mobility (Rs. 250 for adults, Rs. 100 for children).

Key attractions

Giant water lilies

One of the garden’s most iconic attractions is the giant water lilies of the Victoria Amazonica pond. These magnificent lilies, with leaves spanning up to two meters in diameter, epitomize the botanical wonders found within the garden. Visitors can also marvel at the towering palms, fragrant spice trees, and rare indigenous plants that call this verdant oasis home.

The lake, with huge Victoria Amazon water lilies native to South America, is a garden show. The small leaves can turn into wrinkled balls that expand within a few hours into a typical tea bowl about 2 m wide. The flowers in the middle of the large leaves bloom white one day and turn red the next day. Lilies are at their biggest and best during the warm season, especially in January.

Palm trees are the most unique feature of any garden display and they come in many shapes and patterns. The most famous of these are the palm tree, the tall palm, and the Tully pot palm, which blooms every 40 years and then dies. Other changes.

Another feature is the abundance of birds near the park’s north, including deep red Madagascar cormorants, as well as captive deer and a dozen giant Aldabra tortoises.

Named after Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the first Prime Minister of Mauritius, and commissioned by Mahé de Labourdonnais, the garden was built in 1735 to serve as food for the Mon Plaisir Castle (which now has a small gathering). ). A funeral was held near the fort where Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam was buried (his ashes were scattered in the Ganges River in India). Many world celebrities, including Nelson Mandela, Indira Gandhi and members of the British royal family, have planted trees in the surrounding gardens.

This landscape began in 1768 under the direction of French horticulturist Pierre Poivre. These sites, like Kew Gardens, played an important role in the observational studies of the period. Poiffre imports seeds from around the world to reduce France’s dependence on Asian spices. The garden was abandoned between 1810 and 1849 until English gardener James Duncan returned it as a botanical garden of palm trees and other tropical species.

Info on or about Pamplemousse Botanical Garden

  • Park /garden located at Pamplemousse village in Mauritius
  • Opening Closing Time 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • The Pamplemousse Botanical Garden is a popular tourist attraction in Mauritius; it’s a great place to discover different species of plants and flowers.
  • Entrance fee 2.50 Euro per person