A stroll in the garden
If Eureka used to be known for "the house with the 109 doors", converted into a museum, the property has grown into an attraction for both young and old nature lovers. In fact, with its kilometers of tracks dedicated to footing, there are many small waterfalls, endemic plants, lush greenery which surrounds the house and rare specimens. The visitor enters a world of peace and calm.
The english style gardens have replaced the sugar cane fields and spice trees which were originally at Euréka. Nowadays one can find at Euréka different palm trees, mango trees, and a gigantic damaras (agathis robusta) which is one of the best example found on the island. At the foot of the house, in the valleys of Moka, a beautiful legend looms large: the legend of Pierre Poivre, governor of Mauritius during colonial times, also botanist and founder of the Pamplemousses garden, and his slave who carved a tub in the rocks for his master. Poivre requested that a tub for the children, a small natural jacussi and small canals to be carved in the rocks to prevent stagnant water and the development of malaria
The property of Euréka initially didn't include the other side of the river banks which belonged to Bagatelle, property of Pierre Poivre.
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Strolling deeper into the garden, one can find the azaleas and the camellias as well as the endemic ochna from South Africa. Nearer to the house, the geraniums and green plants (lait caillé, caladium, orchids and ferns) is an invitation to a cup of tea under the verandahs where the light is filtered by the raffia blinds.
The waterfalls and the river banks
Four magnificent small waterfalls can be seen during your stroll. Tthe river banks are a real habitat for 'the water lillies (pistis), 'jacinte d'eau', 'bredes songes'. Under the water surface an intense marine activity goes on for the 'scampi, madame Céré' (name derived from the wife of the governor Céré), tilapias, carp and eels which can be found in abundance.
Euréka also hosts some rare endemic plants: Bois pipe, Bois colophane Bâtard, Bois en poudre, Makak, Manglier vert, Bois de Rivière, Bois puant, Bois de Clou, Bois de Pomme, Bois de Fer, Liane à gratter, Mapou. Some of the indigenous plants found are: ougères Adiantum Hispidulum, Bois mozambique, Bois sureau, Bois de Chandelle, Bois Bouquet Banané, Bois de Merle, Bois à trois feuilles, Bois chenille, Ebenier, Tatamaka.