Curepipe Botanic Garden, Curepipe
Curepipe Botanic Gardens in Route des Jardins, Curepipe, is the second largest botanical garden in Mauritius.To visit Curepipe Botanic Garden on your trip to Curepipe, use our Curepipe trip planner .
It has a relatively informal layout, and contains a river, lake and the world's rarest palm tree among other attractions.
The gardens were established in 1870, with the initial goal of cultivating several varieties of plants that could not get acclimatized in the less temperate regions of the island .
The gardens were initially furnished with a rich collection of exotic plants which have been introduced to Mauritius as ornamentals, especially Rhododendrons, Camphors and a range of exotic fruit trees. Azaleas, on the coat of arms of Curepipe, also grace the garden. However it now also boasts a small but growing collection of the rarest and most endangered endemic plants of Mauritius.
In the mid 1980s, the garden was named "Sir Seewoosagar Botanical Garden" after Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Mauritius's first post-independence Prime Minister. A similarly-named botanical garden to the north in Pamplemousses, is also named after the same statesman. However the Curepipe Gardens are significantly smaller and cooler in temperature, with a more informal layout.
Entrance to the garden is free.
It covers an area of roughly 27 acres, and is situated about 2 km to the west of the Curepipe town centre in Route des Jardins. The main entrance is on Botanical Garden Street at Les Casernes, and a secondary entrance is located at Camp-Caval.
The gardens are intersected by a river and a lake - set about with Nandia palms. There is also a gazebo, at which community events are sometimes hosted. This Victorian-style kiosk has a raised wooden board floor, designed specifically for acoustics to cater for the audiences which attended the early concerts.
Curepipe Botanic Garden Reviews
We liked the place a lot, but without the guide we took probably it wouldn’t be so interesting. There are a few turtles the kids enjoyed to see (patting is not allowed) , deers and a colonial house wh... more »
Well it’s a garden. Some nice trees and it’s lovely to walk around the garden. Don’t expect much but it’s not disappointing... more »
Atmosphere is great and peaceful I found that I could just be alone with my thoughts in nature. Although the mosquitos bothered me a bit the beautiful birds really did make up for it. Would go there again :)
Cool. Very good place for relaxing.
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