The colored earths of Chamarel
The territory is owned by Bel Ombre Sugar Estate, which is engaged in the cultivation of sugar cane. Company for a small charge will organize an excursion to the land, but look at this beauty only from the side.The coloured earths of Chamarel were promoted as Mauritius’ first tourist attraction back in the 1960s.Land of unprecedented beauty, surrounded by rocky mountains on one side, on the other it is buried in a riot of tropical plants.
Sunrise is the best time to see the Colored Earths. Geologists are still intrigued by the rolling dunes of the multi-coloured, moon-like landscape.
Geologists have been fascinated with the Colored Earths ever since they were first discovered, but haven’t yet been able to explain why they never erode in spite of being exposed to harsh elements and torrential rains.
The colors, red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow never disappear in spite of torrential downpours and adverse climatic conditions. The phenomena has never been fully understood but it is believed the soil is composed of mineral rich volcanic ash.If you take a handful of each of the seven-colored sands and mix them together, they will eventually separate into seven different colored layers.