The SSR (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam) Botanical Garden is one of the most visited attractions of the island. The garden was first built by Pierre Poivre in 1770 & it is also famous for the large pond, with giant water lilies, “Victoria amazonica”. The garden was the third most attractive gardens in the world. It was named several times, such as, as ‘Jardin de Mon Plaisir’, ‘Jardin des Plantes’, ‘Le Jardin National de l’Ile de France’, ‘Jardin Royal’, ‘Jardin Botanique des Pamplemousses’, and during the British colonisation, ‘The Royal Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses’ and ‘The Royal Botanic Gardens, Pamplemousses’.
Moreover, Pierre Poivre introduces several spices, ebonies, sugar canes, and 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean into the garden. Now you will also get to see giant tortoises, stags, and other fauna & flora.
In addition, you will be interested to know that, when the malaria epidemic struck Mauritius in 1866. The gardens were used as a nursery for the production of thousands of Eucalyptus trees, that were introduced as a control measure for the disease.
Moreover, it also holds the funeral monument of our father of the nation, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. Later, the garden was renamed SSR (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam), the first prime minister of Mauritius in 1988 & which also holds his ‘samadhi’, burial ground. The is a must-see location, you will never forget!
Located in the North of Mauritius namely in the village of Pamplemousses, the SSR (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam) Botanical Garden was founded by Mahe De Labourdonnais, a French Governor in the 1720s.
What to bring
Bring your camera along with you, as you will get to see several types of plant species. Wear normal clothes, and bring your mosquito repellent cream with you for better protection.