Grand Comore: The Tropical Gem of the Less Whispered Comoros

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Indeed, even the most valiant and intrepid travelers find it very hard to pin-point the Comoros Islands on the map. It gets it names from the Arabic word “Qamar” which means moon. The island was mentioned with great reverence in the books of the Arabs. In spite of being the key business post for Arabs, Africans and Europeans in the Medieval Era, the Comoros have lost their cult following over the period of the time.

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These unmarred and unblemished tropical Islands nestled in the middle of the Madagascar and Mozambique, posses same qualities as that of their Indian Ocean sisters, Mauritius and Seychelles. The temperature is mild all year round, between20 to 30°C, shorelines are influenced by coconut palms and there are enigmatic extends of white sands nearby turquoise waters. In contrast to Mauritius and Seychelles, who have a prospering scene of tourism and big infrastructure, Comoros barely get around 4000 yearly guests and the island have largely been forgotten.

The Comoros were taken control by French in the nineteenth century, and Mayotte stays to be a French territory while Grande Comore, Mohelli and Anjouman have been declared as sovereign in 1975.

Grande Comore

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The most frequented Comorian Island; it is likewise home to the capital Moroni. The Grande Comore is vivacious but not clamorous, it is soothingly humming. The medina, old town of the capital will make you feel as if you have been teleported to the traditional town centers of the Middle East, yet it is slightly more shackled or scruffy. Delightful arched passages, narrow, snaking alleys and minarets oaring upwards from the highest point of the structures (Imarats). The untainted and impressive port is a spellbinder.

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The Grande Comoro additionally gloats around a goliath Karthala spring of gushing lava which is frequently listed amongst the world’s most active volcanoes. Its rising top (2360m) is mostly covered in mists. A two day challenging trek takes you up to the moon like surface of the crater.

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As you soak up the potholes and bumps on the street from Moroni which goes towards the east coast, you are being remunerated with an ethereal sight; two huge trails of volcanic rocks going down the slants, tokens of cooled of magma. The excellence of the Chomoni shoreline is upgraded by these dark rocks which are spots over the differentiating white sands.

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As you keep on swooshing northwards, you see various intriguing shorelines yet the sheer bliss comes when you see the Dos du Dragon, progression of rock formations which watches the curved promontory. These stones are named so in light of the fact that they look exactly like the spikes on a gigantic dragon’s back. In the event that this doesn’t please you, nothing will.

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