Chamarel village is in Mauritius. It is located in Riviera Noire District and the eastern side of the village lies in the Savanne District and in the western hills on the west coast of Mauritius. Its population is very less around 783 and its density is 26.5km x km. There are some scenic locations in Chamarel namely, Seven Colored Earths, The Chamarel Falls, Ebony Forest Chamarel, and Black River Gorges National Park. Locally grown coffee is surrounding this area can be seen. Chamarel’s church called Saint Anna was built in 1876 and it has a pilgrimage on the Assumption of Mary on the Fifteenth of August every year and the village host a very good association with the pilgrimages.
Chamarel is 6 km far away from the coast. The elevation of about 260 meters between Savanne and the Black river districts. In this place the cascades are formed on the River Du Capano flowing through an “ amphitheater of abrupt rocks” and it is a wooded plateau. Chamarel village is also called as its “ hushed bucolic vibe and cool breezes”
This village received its name as Chamarel in 1800 after the Frenchman Charles Antoine de Chazal Chamarel lived in this place. At that time the whole area of the village belonged to him. The person who was captured in Mauritius during the Napoleonic war Mr. Mathew Flinders was hosted by Chamarel in his estate. But at the end of all “ Valley of Blacks” names are called to this village by the local residents.
The Chamarel village’s most popular plantations are sugarcane, pineapples, and coffee. On the way to the waterfall, there can be seen some Arabic coffee plants and palm salad trees are lined over here. The nearest airport to Chamarel is Mauritius International Airport where it is 30 km away from Chamarel. There are top 10 sights are available in Chamarel for sightseeing tours such as Piton Canot, Eglise Sainte, Curious Corner of Chamarel, Seven colored earth Geopark, etc…
Seven Colored Earths
The Seven Colored Earth is a famous tourist attraction place in Chamarel. It is situated on the plain of the riviera Noire District in the southwestern area of Mauritius. It is a very small area including sand dunes and these sand dunes are of different seven colors like red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow. The important factor of these sand dunes is, sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic, striped coloring. When the first exposure of the earth rains has carved beautiful patterns into the hillside, creating an effect of earthen meringue.
Description of these sands is formed from the decomposition of volcanic rock gullies into clay and then further transformed into ferritic soil by total hydrolysis. The two main elements of the resulting iron, soil, and aluminum are the main reason for making red/anthracite and blue/purplish colors. And the different shades of other colors were made with the molten volcanic rock cooling down at different external temperatures.
The Seven Colored Earth was a main tourist attraction place in Mauritius since 1960. But nowadays these dunes are protected by a wooden fence and tourists are not allowed to climb the rock and they can see the scenery from observation outposts placed along the fence.
Ebony Forest Chamarel
The Ebony Forest is situated in Chamarel and in the southwest of Mauritius. It is next to the Seven Colored Earth’s site. The forest is with a 50 ha conservation area for Mauritian endemic species with a rehabilitated indigenous forest including rare semi-dry forest types. After planting 130000 endemic species and 10 years of work in restoring the forest, this Ebony Forest was established in June 2017. In this forest reserve, people can find some canopy walkways and viewpoints runs guided tours or safaris, museums, restaurants, and educational facilities.
This is the most beautiful and the highest waterfall on Mauritius plunges. It is also called Cascade Chamarel and is 83 meters high. It is formed by the river St. Denis. The St. Denis river gorgeously flows down through fields and making green spaces seawards and with a splendid view. The lush vegetation of Black River Gorges has surrounded the waterfall. People can view the waterfall when they go to lower and upper viewpoints from the Black River National Park. People like to enjoy Hiking Trips at Chamarel waterfall.