Praslin Island – Seychelles (Part 2 of 2)

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  • I saw some fruits, similar to Indian Jamun ( Java Plums)
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  • This is one of the palm tree. Can you spot the green gecko ?
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  • The decent begins.  It takes around one hour to reach the top. It is not a continuous hike. The guide stops at many places, and gives detailed information. So you don’t get tired actually.
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  • Here you can replenish you water supply ! It is completely safe water to drink.
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  • A lovely orchid at the gate.
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  • The drive from Fond Ferdinand to our nest destination, Anse Georgette was alongside seashore. We stopped at some places, just for the clicks.
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  • This is a natural formation.
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  • In Seychelles, all the beaches are open to public by law. Hence the beach, Anse Georgette, even though is inside a star property, is accessible. You need to pass thru the property and along their golf course to get there. You need to inform the property in advance. (This was promptly done by Coconut services, for us.)
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  • It is a bit long walk, but well worth it !
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  • Finally we reach the beach. The waters are deep blue as always, but around this time of the year, the dead sea weeds, washes to the shore. Though not any dangerous, we avoided entering the sea. ( In Seychelles, beaches are not novelty, we visit a different beach every weekend.)
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  • There are no food stalls or even drinking water available on the beach. You need to carry it. There are a couple of fruit sellers though, and this is what (at the most) you get there.
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  • As most of the beaches in Seychelles, even this beach is clean and beautiful. The only problem is, around this part of the year, lots of dead sea weed is washed to the shore. This is not a big issue, as the weed is floating at certain spots and you will always find a clean spot, to swim, if you wish too.
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  • We had to catch return flight to Mahe, so we wound up early. We had a leisurely walk to the gate of the property, where our taxi had come to pick us up.
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  • This is how you see, Mahe from the flight !
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Concluded !

Praslin Island – Seychelles (Part 1 of 2)

Praslin Island – Seychelles (Part 1 of 2)

 

Seychelles has many islands, out of them Victoria is the main and Praslin (pronounced as Prale) and La Digue are the others. Most of the activity (whatever little it is) is on the main island, Victoria. The other two are necessarily tourist attractions. (There are many other islands of Seychelles, some of them are having star properties on them, but most of them are unoccupied.)

So when you are in Seychelles, visit to these islands, is necessary part of your itinerary. There are regular flights available from Mahe (Victoria) to Praslin. The flight duration is just 15 minutes. There is regular ferry service also available, the ferry from Mahe to Praslin, takes about an hour.

The island of Praslin has public transport service, but Taxies or car hire is more comfortable option.

Here is the photo gallery.

  • We caught an early morning Air Seychelles flight from Mahe. As soon as we took off, we see the beautiful tiny islands.
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  • Just before landing in Praslin, I saw a vast golf course, little did I know, that I would be crossing the entire length of this beautifully landscaped golf course.
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  • The airport of Praslin, is a beautiful and spacious. Here are some snaps of the place.
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  • We had booked Coconut Services Taxi. Mr Ryan was already waiting for us at the airport. He drove us towards the national park, called Fond Ferdinand. There are two national parks on this island. The other one is called Valle de mai. The later one is UNESCO world heritage site. The entry ticket for Valle de mai is Seychelles Rupees 350/- per person, whereas Fond Ferdinand charges only SCR 125/- per person. (Being residents, for us it is free of cost.) They do have guided tours of the park, and the fees are included in the entry ticket. These are some snaps at the entrance of the park.
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  • The guide Merina arrived on time (9.30 a.m.) The booking office had not opened, but she allowed us to carry on the tour, and we could settle the entry fee on return. This tour involves hike on a hill. So sports shoes are absolutely necessary. You need to carry water too. (There is a stream flowing at the entrance and half way thru the hike. The water is absolutely safe to drink. There are cold drinks available at the entrance, but not on the way. So it would be necessary to carry supplies.) The hike is well marked trail with steps till the peak. There are 21 stages. Up to stage 15, there is shade, after that you get exposed to the sun. So sun protection and suitable hat is recommended. )PRASLIN (27)
  • The guide is knowledgeable and introduces to various plants and birds.
  • And insects too. There are very few of them in this country though. This particular spider is harmless and enjoys being photographed !
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  • This is vanilla creeper. It is an orchid, but the pollinations needs to be done by human hands, as the insects doing this, are not living in Seychelles.
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  • On the way you do hear many bird calls, but due to thick canopy, it is very difficult to see them. This particular bird is called as Flag of Holland, as it has colours of that country. (This is the best view, I could capture.)
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  • The main attraction is the coco de mer (Fruit of the sea ). This is the largest nut in the world and may weigh up to 18 kilograms, when ripe. There are separate male and female trees. The male tree produces flowers, and the pollination is done, mainly by geckos. The nut is edible, so it is extracted and the empty shell is stuck together again. This tree is found naturally only on this island. ( It is grown in Victoria, too ). Here it is kept, for you to handle. In case you want to buy as souvenir, then you must officially purchase it from legal traders. Without the certificate, you are not allowed to carry it, outside the country.
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  • These are flowers of the male tree. The flowers are very aromatic and smell like, basmati rice.
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  • Almost at the top.
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  • This is the view from the top.
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  • This young boy made it, till the top !
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To be continued .

An evening by the sea !

Here in Seychelles, barring just a few, most of the beaches are without any hawkers or food stalls. There are no typical beach crowds either. So what you have is almost like your own private beach !

When you drive on a road here in Seychelles, you have the sea by your side, almost all the time. You just need to decide where to park.

This evening we chose a beach on the east coast, hence we did not have a picturesque sun set for the background, but the sky was so colourful… !

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Misal Pav a serving suggestion !

Misal Pav.. literally meaning a combination of mixture ( of spicy curry, pulses, chopped onion, and  optionally a mild potato bhaji, farasan ) along with bread, is a very famous and popular dish in Maharashtra.

The dish is known by the city and also by the joint. The  ingredients may differ from place to place, and the recipe is highly guarded secret.

Here I am presenting just a serving suggestion.. and the recipe is of course a secret !

 

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Carambola or Star Fruit

Most of us from India, would have school days memories of this fruit. The variety we get in India, is too sour. The one, which we get in Seychelles, is a sweeter one. It is not as sweet as any other fruit, but still you can eat it, without using salt and chili powder, as we do in India.

The trees are also very common here in Seychelles and the flowers are beautiful. Here are some snaps… !

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Cassia fistula

The net is loaded with the pictures of this beautiful Golden Shower Tree. I am also tempted to add some pictures clicked by me. I pass under this tree, every day. It makes me so happy.  This is the office of the President of Seychelles. I pass thru this office, to reach my home, which is just behind.

Not only the lovely sight of these flowers, I also enjoy the mild lemony scent of them.

The Latin name is Cassia fistula

And if you google with it, you will know lot many things about this tree. Enjoy these pictures for now.

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