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Chamarel Falls and 'Coloured Earths'

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  • Photo of Chamarel Falls and 'Coloured Earths'
  • Photo of Chamarel Falls and 'Coloured Earths'
Photo of Chamarel Falls and 'Coloured Earths'
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These are the highest falls in Mauritius. Three thin watery drops off the edge of a plateau like something you’d expect to see in Africa or Australia pouring into the jungle below.

The other wonder of Chamarel are the ‘Coloured Earths’ – like a life size version of one of those bottles of coloured sand people brought back for you from their holidays when you were a child. The earth here comes in seven colours, pulverised from a variety of volcanic rocks that have different colours as well as different weights and properties. The different colours have settled into patterns on the hillsides, but if you pick up a handful of each and mix them together they’ll eventually fall back into their like colours in neat stripes. Neat. You’re not allowed to walk on the earths so that they keep their smooth, rounded look, shaped into patterns by the rains which form rivulets into them like a mini landscape.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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I am based in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa and have recently seen a small bottle containing coloured sands from your area. I would like to aquire those colours in larger quantities for my sandpaintings and as my daughter is going to visit Mauritius soon, I would like to know where she would be able to find these sands.

Where can I purchase coloured sands to do my large sand paintings?

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