Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden Mauritius had to be a great one because I was told it had beautiful giant lilies that attracted tourists from far flung areas. Sometimes known as SSR Botanical Gardens, the other name of the premise was also the Pamplemousses Gardens and was situated near the Port Louis in Mauritius. Covering an area of about 37 hectares, the garden had been created by Mr. Pierre Poivre and is one of the oldest botanical garden in this part of the world. It is always nice to know about such things when you are travelling with kids because their endless questions never cease. The morning was exquisite in the resort and the breakfast spread was not only delicious but was visually very appealing too. Making the kids eat though was a challenge but I made sure that we would have a hamper to carry when we would leave for the day’s sightseeing.
The car steered northeast of the capital Port Louis and about seven miles away was the property that boasted of great varieties of plants and trees some of which have been planted by renowned leaders and dignitaries. The flora and fauna of the Garden was unmistakably remarkable and we shuttled around the place reading informative boards and placards around each important species garnering as much information as possible about the place. Since the property was hailed as one of the oldest, the origin of the Garden could be traced back to the first French Governor Francois Mahe de Labourdonnais. What began as a humble garden for a small household produce took shape of a large one like the present under the patronage of Pierre Poivre. Now, the property is under the maintenance of the Department of Agriculture which has done an excellent job in preserving the garden.
Some of the species of plants and trees that could be identified in the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden Mauritius were sugarcanes, ebonies and spices among an infinite number of other species that have been bought from the different parts of the world. Next on our list of sightseeing was the Black River Gorges National Park Mauritius and it was time to conclude the day’s affairs.