Jenny Rainbow

Seven-Coloured Earth of Chamarel. Mauritius

A Natural Wonder.

A small region of about 7500 sq. metres near the village of Chamarel, Mauritius has a geological oddity of earth of seven colours - red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. Reportedly this is the only location in the World where one can see earth of 7 different colours at one place.

The coloured earth also has a strange property of settling into its individual colour group even if it is mixed with other colours. When earth of different colours is mixed, a few hours later, the sandy particles re-group and settle into layers of individual colours.

Located amidst a large dense forest, the colourful earth against the backdrop of green trees is a major tourist attraction of Mauritius. In order to preserve the dunes and protect it from tourist influence, the site, which is privately owned, has been barricaded and tourists are allowed to view it from a platform constructed at the area.

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