Seven Coloured Earth
Besides the Gardens of Pamplemousse and Mauritius her beautiful beaches and islands, 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.
How did the Seven Coloured Earth arise?
Mauritius is a volcanic island, with only one dormant volcano still alive. The Seven Coloured Earth dunes are formed from molten lava and now contain oxides of iron and aluminium. At the moment the dunes consist of area of 7.500 square meters. The impressive thing is that the dunes do not erode. They stay how they are even after a big rain.
The seven colours
The seven distinct colours that can be seen in the dunes are:
How the colours can be seen depend of 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.
Is the Seven Coloured Earth unique?
There is no other place on earth that uses the same name for this terrain like here on Mauritius. However similar terrains can be found elsewhere in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
The Seven Coloured Earth are well worth visiting. Besides 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. You can not walk over the dunes because it is a protected area. There is also souvenir shop and a coffee corner within the park.
The price to enter the park is 200 MUR for adults and 100 MUR for children up to 12 years old. Local adults can enter for 125 MUR and children for 75 MUR.
The park is open all year long from 8:30 am till 17:00 pm in the winter and 17:30 pm in the summer.
How to get to Seven Coloured Earth
The Seven Coloured Earth is lies very close to the village Chamarel. You can reach the Seven Coloured Earth by driving the beautiful Chamarel mountain route and combine your trip with a visit to the Curious Corner of Chamarel and the Rhumerie Chamarel.
The entrance of the Seven Coloured Earth is at the B104 road. This road you can enter at the villages Baie du Cap in the south, Case Noyale in the west or coming from Grand-Bassin.