Ganga Talao

Ganga Talao: Our most recommended tours and activities

Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

1. Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

After the hotel pickup, you will be visiting the town of Curepipe and Floreal. You will visit the crater of Trou aux Cerfs and the Indu temple of Grand Bassin. Here you will have the chance to learn about the Indu culture and traditions and how they persist in modern Mauritius society. From here, you will then drive to Black River, where you will be able to admire fantastic landscapes and views of the mountains. Finally you will be travelling to Chamarel, where you will visit the Waterfalls, the park of Seven coloured Earths, and pay a visit to the Giant turtles in the park. From here you will be driving back to your hotel, where you will be dropped off.

Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

2. Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of the wilder landscape of southwest Mauritius and taste the local rum before savoring a delicious lunch at a restaurant. See the volcanic crater of Trou Aux Cerfs, Chamarel Waterfall, 7-Colored Earth, La Rhumerie de Chamarel, and more with a guide.  Visit the ship model factory in Curepipe where their craftsmen are adept in the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. You will then head to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, the most important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus and make a short drive to the Black River Gorges and stop at the Black River View Point, to see the island’s endemic flora and fauna. Visit La Rhumerie de Chamarel to learn about the various stages involved in making the local rum, before tasting the end product! A delicious gourmet lunch will then be served in a local restaurant. After lunch, the drive continues to Chamarel Village to admire the 90-meter high Chamarel Waterfall and the curious 7-Coloured Earth, a natural phenomenon caused when basaltic lava converts the clay mineral into vibrant shades of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow. Take a winding drive to the southwest corner of Mauritius, and enjoy the drive through Macondé Bridge for panoramic views across the Baie Du Cap River.

Mauritius: Full-Day Tour of the Southwest

3. Mauritius: Full-Day Tour of the Southwest

Get panoramic views from the top of the Trou aux Cerfs volcano and stroll around the crater before making your way to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin via the Mare-aux-Vacoas reservoir.  Continue to the Black River Gorges to discover the home of endemic flora and fauna. Drive through the park via Plaine des Champagnes for an amazing view of Alexandra Falls. Taste different types of rum at a rum factory in Chamarel before lunch in the village. Then, discover the geological marvel of the 7 Colored Earths and see the giant tortoises before getting a panoramic view from the Case Noyal viewpoint.

Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

4. Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

Visit the most Instagram-worthy locales on with a route tailored to your pickup location with this full-day car tour of Mauritius. Discover the vibrant colors of local markets and botanical gardens. See a temple in Ganga Talo, multi-colored sand dunes, and Chamarel Falls. Be picked up from your hotel in Mauritius and set off on a full-day adventure in a comfortable car. Stop by the Umbrella Square in Port Louis to amble through bustling markets that are shaded by a swathe of colorful parasols. Head over to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, home to some 500 species of plants from around the world, including the rare Talipot Palm, which is said to only flower once in its 60-year lifetime. Travel to Ganga Talo, the most sacred Hindu site in Mauritius, containing a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Gaze up at breathtaking statues that stand over 100 feet tall. Next, visit 7 Colored Earth, a collection of sand dunes characterized by layers of colored sands. Cap things off with a trip to the Chamarel Waterfalls, the largest single-drop waterfall in Mauritius, with a height of over 300 feet. Afterwards, be transported back to your accommodation.

Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

5. Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

Begin your full-day experience with a visit to the wild dolphins who live off the coast of the Black River in the Indian Ocean. Swim with the playful creatures in their natural environment. Learn about their habits and receive guidelines for a sustainable trip once you have boarded the boat.  The skippers will accompany you in the water when it's your turn to swim. Take in stunning views over the open sea and of these amazing creatures before heading to the popular diving and snorkeling site (time permitting). Dive in and marvel at the beautiful coral gardens and tropical fish. Proceed then to the dormant volcano of Trou aux Cerfs for beautiful panoramas. Take a stroll around the crater, situated 2,000 feet above sea level, for breathtaking views of the whole island on clear days.  Continue to the temples and shrines of the peaceful Grand Bassin. See the 108-foot statue of Shiva and climb the highest temple for more stunning views.  Look out for the resident monkeys and other wildlife while you're there. Drive through the park to Plaine des Champagnes, stopping to admire Alexandra Falls on the way. Finally, head to Chamarel to discover the geological miracle that is the Seven Colored Earths. Get a view of Chamarel Falls, Mauritius' most famous waterfall. Say hello to one of the giant tortoises before concluding the tour and heading back to your hotel.

Private SouthWest tour including Seven Colored Earth & Lunch

6. Private SouthWest tour including Seven Colored Earth & Lunch

Explore the southwest of Mauritius on this scenic day tour with private transportation. Cover the whole southwest and enjoy a traditional lunch at Chamarel. Discover acres of rolling hills, deep valleys, spectacular waterfalls, and unparalleled beauty of flora and fauna in the southwestern region. Begin your tour with a hotel pick-up anywhere in Mauritius. Head to Souillac to see the astounding view of Gris-Gris. Get a view of the cliffs and see the crashing of waves against the flanks. Continue to Ganga Talao which is a crater lake, about 550 meters above sea level. During your visit to this sacred site, you'll inevitably be awestruck by the gigantic statue of Lord Shiva. Drive to Alexandra Falls, to admire the cloud forest of Mt Cocotte and the waterfall. Enjoy a panoramic view of the South Coast with its turquoise ocean. Stop for a stunning panoramic view of the endless green stretches at Gorge Viewpoint. Then, head to the astounding Chamarel Viewpoint to see Chamarel village laid beneath your eyes.  See the lush greenery and the turquoise waters of the southwest coast with Le Morne Brabant to the left and La Tourelle du Tamarin to the right. Then, head to a local restaurant to savor a 3-course Mauritian lunch comprising fresh salads, rice, soups, chicken curry, or fish and vegetables. Visit the seven-colored earth which is a natural phenomenon and a prominent tourist attraction. Discover an almost surreal, lunar-like spectacle of rainbow-hued sand dunes. See the tallest single-drop waterfall in Mauritius, the Chamarel Waterfall approximately 100m high. Finally, witness a stunning coastal view from up above the Maconde viewpoint and admire the panoramic view of the ocean. 

Mauritius: Private South Side and Dolphin Adventure Tour

7. Mauritius: Private South Side and Dolphin Adventure Tour

Experience the magic of swimming with dolphins in the wild and discover the stunning beauty of South Side of Mauritius on a private tour taking you to popular sites like Chamarel’s village seven-colored soils, Grand Bassin, and Alexandra Fall.  Start the beginning of a truly amazing day with an early-morning departure on a motorboat to experience the sunrise behind the mountains. Enjoy an ethical swim amongst dolphins in the wild. Feel at ease knowing that these beautiful creatures are not held in captivity or are cornered off by large boats.  Travel to the see the Tamarin Waterfalls, the Trou aux Cerfs crater, the holy lake (Grand Bassin), the Alexandra Falls, the Black River Gorges View Point, and the village of Chamarel with its seven-colored earth soils.  Continue down the south coast, around the Maconde (hairpin curve) before heading back to your accommodation.

Mauritius: Private South Coast Highlights Tour

8. Mauritius: Private South Coast Highlights Tour

See the sights of south Mauritius with a private driver and guide on a full-day tour exclusive to you and your group. Continue to the mountain village of Chamarel to look at the amazing sand dunes of different colors at the Seven Coloured Earths. Get panoramic views of the rural landscape of the Black River district and peaks of Le Morne Brabant mountain.   Visit the Alexandra Falls viewpoint in Gorges National Park, and then look inside an ancient volcanic crater at Trou Aux Cerfs, where the lush vegetation and tropical plants will take your breath away. End with a trip to the crater lake of Grand Bassin – also known as Ganga Talao – to see statues of different deities sacred to Hindus.

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What people are saying about Ganga Talao

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,104 reviews

I had a very amusing ride with the driver. We stopped very often, he explained everything to me very well and often helped me out with photos. All very friendly and highly recommended. The food was delicious too. There was never any time pressure. If you want to learn more about the country and the culture, then I can absolutely recommend this trip.

We had a fantastic day out with our guide. He tailored the trip to make sure we would make the most of good weather while visiting the natural sites, then concluding the tour visiting the Chamarel Rumerie. I would very, very much recommend this tour. We loved it!

Amazing tour. Nitesh was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable about the sights and gave a great overview of Mauritian history, the commerce and nature. I would definitely recommend him and this tour!

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Very well organised trip. The tour guide was super friendly, very knowledgeable and communicatiove