Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Trip to Mauritius.

Greetings from Oman!!! We know you all must be thinking that we have disappeared :) we are still here...just a little lazy and catching up with other things. We just took a short break to Mauritius and here are some of the pics.

Mauritius is an island nation off the coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometres east of Madagascar.The island of Mauritius is renowned for having been the only known home of the dodo(bird). The dodo is now extinct. Of volcanic origin and generally sheltered by barriers of coral reefs forming natural, safe, crystal clear lagoons, Mauritius has long been a dream destination. Mauritius is surrounded by pristine white beaches and lush greenery in the central islands. Creole and French are the main languages in the everyday environment and several oriental languages are also spoken.


The La Palmeraie Hotel where we stayed, a veiw from the boat.


















A view from our hotel room balcony.




















The Indian Ocean...






























































Red-whiskered Bulbul, shot from the balcony.














A green leaf warbler posing on a tree by the hotel beach!














We went to visit the Casela Nature Park.
Love birds.














Macaws.











































The peacock.














The peahen.














The Giant tortoise.























Tortoise.























The scarlet Ibis.














Missed the name of this good looking bird with the head-gear. .Hey, that's a Grey Crowned Crane(thanks Keith for the ID:))














Tiger, in its enclosure.














We didn't quite enjoy wild life in captivity. We took heart as our 3 year old had a nice time in the park.
View of rain clouds.














Trou Aux Cerf Crater.

Volcano crater- view from the top , a favourite sightseeing place . Experts say this volcano is 'dormant' . Abundance of lush greenery in the crater.














A magnificent view of a part of Mauritius from the top of Trou aux
Cerfs.














Lush green sugarcane fields on both side of the highway soothe your senses....a far cry from our life within concreate walls.














Sugarcane factory.....sugar in your kitchen jar may be from this factory... Sugarcane is a mainstay of the local economy.















Diya sharing some secuirty tips with her parents..."you should also wear life jackets".















A view of the marine life from the glass bottom boat.














That's Diya relaxing by the pool.














Diya and Arun enjoying a dip in the blue waters.















Mauritius by night.Time to catch up on the stars we adored in our childhood.













20 comments:

  1. Welcome back! Although leaving that gorgeous place had to be hard! What extraordinary creatures you captured there! Amazing place!

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  2. So glad to see you back online. I have wondered what's been going on with you.

    Mauritius is so beautiful I would never want to leave. You must of enjoyed your time there for sure.

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  3. I have missed hearing from you. How Diya has grown since I last saw a picture of her. These photos of your trip and the birds are magnificent. Truly a paradise. So glad you all are doing well and welcome back.

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  4. Good to see you back. But what a paradise you left. It must have been an amazing experience. Excellent pictures too.
    I think your 'mystery' bird is a Grey Crowned Crane.

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  5. It is good to see you again! I was not the only one concerned with your abscence. Seems you had a great trip with fantastic photos.

    cheers,
    Wilma

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  6. Welcome back!
    Your photos are a refreshing change from the snow I'm looking at outside of our windows!

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  7. Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family.
    Great Blog,loved looking in.
    John.

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  8. Welcome back!!! And all the while I thought you'd gone to Seychelles!! Amazing photos! Loved them all. What magnificent views from the hotel and the ocean. Your bird photos are always superb! Great to see you again~here!! Can't wait for your next post!

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  9. Hi Shantana, So glad you are back. I have missed you. WOW--did you have a wonderful trip. That place looks AMAZING... I'd love to be there RIGHT NOW basking in the sunshine.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE those birds also....

    Thanks for the great set of pictures.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. I would like to have a holiday in Mauritius. Your pictures are very appealing.
    Have a wonderful New Year. T.

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  11. What a lovely place and beautiful photos. The brightly colored birds are fantastic. Your post gave me a nice break from winter.

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  12. it's all such bright blue!!
    fabulous holiday destination

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  13. Beautiful series of images. Happy new year to you...Thomas

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  14. A very happy and healthy New Year to you!

    I'm so glad you are back in blogland and that all is well, I was getting quite worried!

    What a sublime place to visit, how inviting it looks as we freeze here in sub zero temperatures!! The colour of the sea and sand is amazing.

    All the birds are so beautiful and I love the giant Tortoise.

    How Diya has grown and what fun she must have had :)

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  15. Oh how incredible! I love your photos, Mauritius is definetly on my list of places to visit. It's nice to see you back, good to see you well and enjoying life!
    All the best in 2010.
    x lori

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  16. Wow. Stunning scenery and beautiful blue sky.

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  17. Mauritius ... very nice. I think it's a perfect holiday vacation.

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  18. The pictures above display sheer beauty and the charisma of Mother Nature on earth. This heaven on earth is reachable by a flight to Mauritius and you can be lost in serene peace and relaxing state of mind.

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  19. This is really attractive to read its extremely good post ! expect you will post many more! trip to Mauritius


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