Private Cultural Sightseeing Tour in the North of Mauritius
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Explore Popular Temples and Religious Sites in the North of Mauritius with a Private Full Day Cultural Sightseeing Tour
Discover the architectural wonders that make up the impressive mosaic of faiths and cultures on the island. This Private Cultural Tour takes you on an inspiring exploratory journey to uncover the history and religious significance of Mauritius.
Experience the rich Mauritian culture and heritage of the people through this tailor-made tour that will take you through the most popular holy sanctuaries in the North, including the biggest Hindu temple on the island and the shrine of a Catholic priest, Père Laval, who was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church.
Full Day Cultural Sightseeing Tour Itinerary
- Tamil Temple - Shri Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen Kovil (Kaylasson)
- Catholic Church - Père Laval’s Shrine
- Catholic Cathedral St. Louis
- Chinese Tien Tan Pagoda
- Islamic Mosque & Place of Worship - Jummah Masjid
- The biggest Hindu Temple on the island - Maheshwarnath Mandir
The Full Day Cultural Sightseeing Tour includes:
- Pick up and drop off from any hotel/ place of accommodation anywhere in Mauritius
- Full transportation to all the sights
- A personal driver guide to show you around and inform you on each of the sights
All along, you will travel in maximum convenience in an air-conditioned family car / minivan (for bigger groups), with an experienced driver/guide to show you around.
Additional Information about the Religious Sites in Mauritius
Shri Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen Kovil - Kaylasson
The temple, Shri Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen, also known as the Kaylasson Temple, is one of the most important Tamil places of worship in Mauritius.
Situated in Sainte-Croix, it boasts of a majestic Dravidian architecture-derived from South India, as well as many handmade decorative sculptures from Hindu mythology.
The construction of this architectural marvel began in 1854 by talented South Indian artisans. Today the Shri Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen Kovil is classified as a national heritage of Mauritius.
Père Laval’s Shrine
The French priest Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval, affectionately known to Mauritians as Père Laval (Father Laval) was sent to Mauritius, then a French colony, in 1841. Believed to have the ability to miraculously cure people, Father Laval was the first person beatified in the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.
His consideration for slaves earned him the nickname of “Apostle of the Black people”, and finally, that of “Apostle of Mauritius”. To commemorate his death, every year on September 9th, thousands of Mauritians of all faiths walk or drive to Sainte-Croix to visit the tomb of the Blessed Jacques Désiré Laval.
St. Louis Cathedral
The Saint-Louis Cathedral, located in Port Louis, was the first parish of the island. Built in 1756, the church was named in honour of the canonised King of France Louis IX, commonly known as Saint Louis, and King Louis XV (1715-1774).
The church includes several statues of the saints and is also the burial place of Catholic bishops, including the Mauritian Cardinal, Jean Margéot.
On the 25th of August every year, the Cathedral commemorates the patron of the diocese with feast day celebrations.
Tien Tan Pagoda
The pagoda is very often visited by Sino-Mauritians, who are also responsible for its upkeep.
Its history is a bit blurry as the exact date of construction is unknown, although some say it dates back to the 1960s or 70s.
Found at the foot of Signal Mountain, the Tien Tan Chinese Pagoda has a very unique structure and architecture, reminiscent of Buddhist monasteries.
The place looks rather secluded but is surrounded by a beautiful garden of flowers.
The Jummah Masjid, the most important mosque in Mauritius, was built in the 1850s and is a striking blend of Moorish and Mughal influences. The mosque holds a special spot in the hearts of the hundreds of Muslims who come to its sanctuary to worship, meditate and seek inner peace.
An Indian almond tree, known as the badamier, still stands in the middle of the mosque's courtyard since the 1850s. It also provides shelter from the scorching sun with its huge branches, whilst also adding a special charm to the place-enhancing the peacefulness and solemnity that pervade the area. Visitors are welcome in the peaceful inner courtyard, except on Friday and during the islamic month of Ramadan.
The temple is the biggest and one of the oldest of its kind on the island. Founded in 1888 by Pandit Shri Sajeebunlall Ramsoondur from Calcutta, it is famous for being the starting point of the first pilgrimage to Ganga Talao, the sacred lake found in the centre of Mauritius.
The building was the work of Tamil artisans under the supervision of Mr Goinsamy Maestry. The same artisans had built the Jummah Masjid in Port Louis and the Shri Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen Kovil (commonly known as "Kaylasson").
Mauritius Cultural and Religious Etiquette
Here is a list of simple rules to follow while visiting these impressive and sacred places in Mauritius.
- Dress modestly, ensuring that your shoulders are covered and that shorts or skirts are at least of knee length.
- Remove hats, sunglasses, and shoes when entering a worship area.
- Some Hindu temples require you to remove leather items of clothing, including belts and shoes.
- Mobile phones should be put on silent mode
- Remove headphones and lower your voice.
- Don’t get in the way of people who are actually there to pray - this includes photographing them.
- Don't touch sacred objects in the worship area.
You can choose from a selection of vehicles types:
- Family Car - Up to 4 passengers
- 6-Seater vehicle - Up to 6 passengers
- Minivan - Up to 10 passengers
About the Drivers
- All drivers speak fluent English and French (Upon special request we can organize driver who speak additional languages). The drivers, citizens of Mauritius, will be happy to provide you with information about Mauritius and each of its sights.
- All drivers are very professional, time efficient and friendly. There is a high emphasis on being always on time and providing reliable devoted service to customers.
Start & End times:
- Departure time: 9:00 a.m. from your hotel/ place of accommodation
- Return time: 17:00 p.m. back to your hotel/ place of accommodation
- Duration: 8 hours
The private cultural sightseeing tour is done in a private car / minivan (for bigger groups) and includes full transportation to all the sites, pick up and drop off to any hotel or place of accommodation in Mauritius and a driver to show you around.
- Private Daily Tour in a family Car (for up to 4 people): 85 Euro
- Private Daily Tour in a 6 Seater vehicle (for up to 6 people): 89 Euro
- Private Daily Tour in a Minivan (up to 10 people): 119 Euro