The earth is seven colored at Chamarel, a total mystery with centuries of secrets. I was flabbergasted when I saw it for real. This is a unique, one of a kind geological formation found at Chamarel – south-west of Mauritius. It is a major tourist destination, attracting almost everyone who sets foot on this mysterious, magical, surrealistic island.
You might wonder if this is a paining, a hoax, and believe me when you take a handful of this earth you can’t really tell if you are dreaming or if it is for real. Because the earth has grains of sand colored red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow! They are formed over centuries from the decomposition of volcanic rock & the various degrees of colors are due to the molten volcanic sediments cooling at varying external temperatures.
The different colored grains spontaneously settle in different layers! When the dunes are formed it acquires an artistic, striped coloring in a layered spectrum. Yet another surprising aspect of Chamarel, these mysterious dunes never erode despite the torrential tropical rains.
The route to Chamarel is beautiful with waterfalls and lush green forests. There is a view of the famous Black River Gorges National park too and you can see the mountains in layers up until the horizon.
Small curio shops in the area sell souvenirs of this 7 colored earth. The place is serene and makes one wonder how it really was when the volcano first erupted at that place, and to be witnessing this beautiful phenomenon after centuries only makes one love nature more and more.