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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. 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. 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 …