The gardens are beautiful and amazing as other reviewers will testify, however it is an arboretum not a botanical garden ! Look out for the butterflies, go early in the morning or after rain to get the full benefit.
Don't book this as an excursion if you are staying in Grand Baie at a cost of 400 rupee plus entrance fee ! Either catch the 95 bus which runs through Cap Malareux, Bain Beouf, Perebeyre & Grand Baie along coast road or the frequent St Louis express bus which drops you at the back gate, only short level walk to main entrance, it will cost 75 rupee (under £2) each way. We actually picked up a taxi from the bus stop for our return journey to Grand Baie for 100 rupees.
Entrance fee is 200 rupee but you will need a guide to make sense of what you are seeing, They do not pre agree prices for the tour with you, giving the impression it may be free, it isn't. We knew the cost was between 75-100 rupees beforehand, but the guide left this to the givers discretion, asking for 1000 rupees as a joke.......some people may actually fall for this but full marks for trying !
The tour lasts about an hour but do take the time to explore further, the grounds are expansive and the tour only covers a very small area. Strangely there was not a cafe on site, just small snack vans in the car park or cafes on the approach road. Plenty of places for quiet contemplation !
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