The “seven-coloured earth” of Chamarel is a geological curiosity and a major tourist attraction of Mauritius. The colors of these unique dunes are red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. The purple and red are predominant.
Also when visiting the park you get to see a great view of the neighboring falls and of the lush vegetation all around.The Chamrel park offers another attraction to be relished first, the Waterfall of Chamarel. It is a truly beautiful waterfall, some consider it as the best in Mauritius. Three distinct stream plunging down a free fall of nearly a 100 meters down into the gorge. ritius. It is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colours (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow).
The main feature of the place is that since these differently coloured sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic , striped colouring. Another interesting feature of Chamarel’s Coloured Earths is that the dunes seemingly never erode, in spite of Mauritius’ torrential tropical rains. Since the earth was first exposed, rains have carved beautiful patterns into the hillside, creating an effect of earthen meringue. The different shades of colour are believed to be a consequence of the molten volcanic rock cooling down at different external temperatures but the causes of their consistent spontaneous separation are yet to be fully clarified.The place has become one of Mauritius’ main tourist attractions since the 1960s. Nowadays, the dunes are protected by a wooden fence and visitors are not allowed to climb on them, although they can look at the scenery from observation outposts placed along the fence. Curio shops in the area sell small test-tubes filled up with the coloured earths.
The sand is so fascinating that if you mix the colored earth together, they’ll eventually settle into separate layers. How the colours can be seen depend on the brightness of the sun and whether the sun is high or low in the sky. Therefore, the scenery strongly depends on the time of the day and the weather. Therefore the best time to visit this tourist site is sunrise. Beside the dunes there is also a beautiful viewpoint over Chamarel waterfall that you don’t want to miss. Next to the dunes also lives a small family of land turtles. The Seven Coloured Earth can be viewed all around it. There is a walking path bringing you to different viewpoints. However You can not walk over the dunes because it is a protected area. Although dunes of similar terrain can be found in Australia and Papua New Guinea this place is the only site with this name.
What makes this tourist site unique is the surrounding environment that offers unque site of its own. Besides the Gardens of Pamplemousse and the beautiful beaches and islands in Mauritius, the Seven Coloured Earth is one of the most famous and most visited attractions on Mauritius. It’s a rare sight within a beautiful paradise known as Chamarel.
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