The Seven Coloured Earths

During our visit to Mauritius, my husband and I had to take our children to Chamerel to see the seven coloured earths. This tourist attraction is found in the Riviere Noire District in the south-western part of Mauritius. Seven distinct colours of sand can be seen in this area:red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow.

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A view of the sands as we entered the area. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The area has changed and become more of a tourist attraction site since my last visit. In addition to the fee that is now charged, people are kept off of the sands. I recall standing on the dunes during my first visit and being able to touch the sands. Now it is all fenced off to prevent people from digging into the sands.

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The contrast between the dunes and the surrounding forest. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

If one looks carefully, one can see some sign of soil erosion near the roots of the trees – probably one of the reasons why the area is now more protected.

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Noticing soil erosion. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

We found that when we looked at the sands from a shady area, the colours of the sands were more evident.

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A view from the shade. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

We could see the different hues and the almost striped effect of the sands.

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Looking down at the sand dunes. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I like the contrast between the uncovered sands and the dense forest area that surrounds the dunes.

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Showcasing the seven colours. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

It was an interesting trip – and our children enjoyed seeing something that they had not known existed. As for myself, it was interesting to notice the changes that had occured since my last visit.

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Myself in front of the seven coloured earths. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Have you been to see the seven coloured earths?

(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt: Attraction)

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47 thoughts on “The Seven Coloured Earths

      1. There are the huge ones in Alberta and then there are smaller ones in Ontario outside Toronto. many people don’t even know the ones in Ontario exist… I will get a few photos out and put them in a blog this week so you can see them.I will leave a comment for you when they go on.

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        1. I would be interested in the one in Ontario as we are in Toronto at the moment and may find the opportunity to go there 🙂
          Look forward to seeing your pictures.

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          1. You can see them in Cheltenham. If you Google the name, you can probably find the directions easily. No admission fee, just park.. Take a 2nd pair of shoes because you will get red dust after walking and it will be all over your car.

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  1. Just beautiful Colline and nope, haven’t been there but I thank you for a wonderful and colourful trip my friend. Now I can also say that I have “seen” it, thanks to you. 🙂 *hugs*

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  2. Very cool. I don’t have any plans to visit Mauritius soon so I really appreciate seeing this. The closest thing I’ve seen is the Great Sand Dunes National Park located in the easternmost parts of Alamosa County and Saguache County, Colorado, United States. The dunes are tucked into the mountains and are quite extraordinary, and great fun because you can climb up them and run and jump down. The colors aren’t so intersting, and I occasionally find some of the sand in our vehicle.

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    1. On my first visit, we could run and walk on the dunes. I remember we stopped there to have a picnic. The fences now have changed the experience a little.

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  3. I have been to Mauritius and had no idea that this existed but now I understand the little bottle with layers of coloured sand one can buy at the port Louis market!!

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  4. I’ve been to beaches, each featuring a different colored sand but to see 7 colored sands at once is quite the sight! It would certainly make a great destination for a family outing, Colline.

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    1. We enjoyed that day. Before seeing the dunes we stopped off to see a small waterfall (as in high but not as big as the Victoria Falls). Afterwards we had a look at some huge tortoises they have in a pen. The children had fun 🙂

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  5. Interesting isn’t it the colours and shades that sand can possess. In Oman, we remain blessed with a long coastline and there are places where the desert meets the ocean. I have see at least five shades of sand at such places. Do these colours arise from different mineral contents?

    Shakti

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    1. Even though it had been my second visit, I still found it beautiful and interesting. I am sure a geologist would have a lot more to say about the composition and colours of the sands 🙂

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  6. That is amazing, I’ve never seen anything like it. Perhaps they stop people from getting near it so they don’t steal the sand, it would run out one day, or maybe it was getting too mixed, interesting.

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