The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

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The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (sometimes shortened to the SSR Botanical Garden), commonly known as the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, is a popular tourist attraction in Pamplemousses, near Port Louis, Mauritius, and the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. Famous for its long pond of giant water lilies (Victoria amazonica), the garden was first constructed by Pierre Poivre (1719 – 1786) in 1770, and it covers an area of around 37 hectares.

 

The garden, for a long time was ranked third among all the gardens that could be admired over the surface of the globe’, have been known successively as ‘Jardin de Mon Plaisir’, ‘Jardin des Plantes’, ‘Le Jardin National de l’Ile de France’, ‘Jardin Royal’, ‘Jardin Botanique des Pamplemousses’, and during the British colonisation, ‘The Royal Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses’ and ‘The Royal Botanic Gardens, Pamplemousses’. On 17 September 1988 the garden was formally named “Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden”,[1] named after the first prime minister of Mauritius, as was the smaller SSR Botanical Garden of Curepipe.

 

Opening hours: Daily 8:30am-5pm

 

Entrance fee: Free for ages 4 and under, 60 and over

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Seewoosagur_Ramgoolam_Botanical_Garden

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/mauritius/attractions/176961#sthash.0m2MyMT6.tpEJXbpj.dpbs

 

 

  

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