Curepipe Botanic Garden, Curepipe

(3.2/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
Curepipe Botanic Gardens in Route des Jardins, Curepipe, is the second largest botanical garden in Mauritius.It has a relatively informal layout, and contains a river, lake and the world's rarest palm tree among other attractions.History and compositionThe gardens were established in 1870, with the initial goal of cultivating several varieties of plants that could not get acclimatized in the less temperate regions of the island .The gardens were initially furnished with a rich collection of exotic plants which have been introduced to Mauritius as ornamentals, especially Rhododendrons, Camphors and a range of exotic fruit trees. Azaleas, on the coat of arms of Curepipe, also grace the garden. However it now also boasts a small but growing collection of the rarest and most endangered endemic plants of Mauritius.In the mid 1980s, the garden was named "Sir Seewoosagar Botanical Garden" after Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Mauritius's first post-independence Prime Minister. A similarly-named botanical garden to the north in Pamplemousses, is also named after the same statesman. However the Curepipe Gardens are significantly smaller and cooler in temperature, with a more informal layout.LayoutEntrance to the garden is free.It covers an area of roughly 27 acres, and is situated about 2 km to the west of the Curepipe town centre in Route des Jardins. The main entrance is on Botanical Garden Street at Les Casernes, and a secondary entrance is located at Camp-Caval.The gardens are intersected by a river and a lake - set about with Nandia palms. There is also a gazebo, at which community events are sometimes hosted. This Victorian-style kiosk has a raised wooden board floor, designed specifically for acoustics to cater for the audiences which attended the early concerts.
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  • The garden had a closed play area for little ones, which is why we visited. Curepipe is generally very green as it experiences quite a bit of rain, so we were lucky to go there when it was dry. The en...  more »
  • Wonderfully planned but the pond is not well maintained. Do not see any fishes. Be careful of cars on the entrance road as it shared the same entry and exit as the park visitors. Good for morning stro...  more »
  • Was there briefly but there was some positive change compared to when I last visite. Will say some more when I visit next. 
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  • Botanical garden? It shall get some more attention. It is a nice spot though but there is much more potential in this area.
  • Like it but not so much that's why just only 3 stars
  • I like the garden and it is a place where everybody can fishing
  • Too beautiful
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