Curepipe Botanic Gardens
The Curepipe Botanic Gardens is the second largest botanical gardens in Mauritius.
The gardens,with it's informal layout, has a river, lake and the world's rarest palm tree as its attraction.
Established in 1870, the Gardens initial goal was to cultivate several variety of plants acclimatized in the less temperate regions of the island (While still hot and tropical, Curepipe's climate is marginally cooler than that of the coastal territories of Mauritius).
Curepipe Botanic Gardens was originally filled with a rich variety of exotic plants which have been introduced to Mauritius ornamentals and now has gone on to boast the rarest and most endangered endemic plants of Mauritius.
In the early 80's, the Gardens was named Sir Seewoosagar Botanical Garden after Mauritius first post-Independence prime minister - Seewoosagur Ramgoolam.
A similarly named botanical garden in Pamplemousses, the north side of Mauritius, is also named after the statesman. Apart from the difference in location, the smaller and cooler temperature coupled with a more informal layout is what separates both gardens.