2nd of November commemorates the arrival of the first indentured labourers to Mauritius in 1834

November 2nd marks the anniversary of arrival of first indentured labourers from India and this day is a public holiday in the Republic of Mauritius

In 1849 an immigration depot was built at Trou Fanfaron, Port Louis, where the coolies lived for two days before heading out to the sugar estates. It was listed as a national monument and renamed to Apravasi Ghat in 1989.

The Unesco has inscribed this landmark as a world heritage site in 2006.

Appravasi Ghat is located at 1st Quay Street at Trou Fanfaron Bay, Port-Louis. The British Government built it in those days as a depot for indentured immigrants, an experiment to use free labour rather than slave labour.  Between 1849 and 1920, almost half a million of indentured labourers arrived from India to work in the sugar cane plantations or transferred to other parts of the world. There are artefacts and relics on display. The visit lasts about an hour.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 9 AM to 4 PM

Saturday: 9 AM – 12 PM

Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays

Tel: 217 7770.


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