Cryptic Chamarel

Cryptic because its hard to understand Chamarel.

Chamarel is nothing but the 7 coloured earth in Mauritius. This geological formation is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising of seven distinct colours of sand(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.

Chamarel in the Afternoon
Chamarel in the Afternoon

The different colours of the earth are caused by decomposed basalt gullies, turned into clay. The colours are created by the chemical content present in the soil. It is said that if you mix the colours together, they will separate on their own.
Chamarel is a wonderful mountain hamlet and an alternative to coastal Mauritius and all those beaches.

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At first you’ll notice shadows on the hills, creating the illusion of different colours, but soon you will realise that the colours are real and the shadows were the illusion.
The best time to visit the Chamarel is during the sunrise. The sun rays distinguishes each and every colour of this 7 coloured earth. Nowadays the 7 coloured earth is protected by a layer of fence as the number of tourists have increased.
The unique site of these coloured mounds is the perfect place to weigh in on the misery of their formation. And that’s the reason of this natural phenomena in Mauritius to make it the most prominent Tourist destination.

Me in the Botanical Gardens
Me in the Botanical Gardens

You can stare at the wonders of nature or make friends with the giant tortoise or walk the botanical gardens near Chamarel.

Old Giant Tortoise
Old Giant Tortoise


Travelling is truly cathartic. I think it caters to the child inside each one of us, who wants to explore, discover, experience and ultimately become wiser by the accumulation of memories and aggregation of friends.

What do you think about this article?

Comment below to let me know whether you would drive to see the natural phenomena in Mauritius apart from taking a dive at the beaches.


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Neha Patil

Hi! I'm Neha and not a full-time traveler or a “digital nomad." I like to explore every little thing around me, to set aside the maps and itineraries (although I also love those, too), and just see where the road carries you off to, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. And that’s why the name is "Endlessly Exploring Earth". When I’m not travelling, I’m working, saving and planning my next dream holiday – it’s safe to say that travel is always on my mind.

40 thoughts on “Cryptic Chamarel”

  1. Glad, I came across your blog and especially this post! This is such an interesting read. I never heard of this place before, so learnt something new. I really like your quote that ” Travelling is truly cathartic.”

  2. Wow, I feel like this should be one of the Wonders of the World! I have never heard of this place. Amazing!

  3. Wow how beautiful! Yea I would definitely travel to see this! I love exploring and trying new things 🙂 thanks for the info!

  4. Beautiful! Nature sure has its way of creating such pretty places! 7 different colored mounds! Awesome. I have not been to Mauritius. I wish I could see Chamarel.

  5. That turtle is huge and I wouldn’t want to be in his way when he is hungry.

    Those dunes are so beautiful. It is amazing how many beautiful things nature gives us. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Awww, the giant tortoise is so cute. Mauritius looks like an awesome tourist destination, love the dunes especially!

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