On your last day in Seychelles, soak up the past and present of the Creole culture breezing through its capital city's streets and homes. Set against forested hills sidling up to the ocean, Victoria is the heart of the country's political and economical affairs. Visit the main market that is bursting with colour, and lines with fruit and vegetable vendors and small shops selling trinkets. What you should pick up from the market are the spices – vanilla and saffron mainly, for the family back home waiting for the stories and the souvenirs. You can also spot a mini replica of the Big Ben right by the city's taxi stand. Next, head up to the magnificent Hindu temple of Sri Navasakthi Vinyagar, frequented by Seychelles' growing Indian community. There are a handful of other attractions also, such as Kaz Zanana (the gallery featuring George Camille's artwork), Natural History Museum, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and for the last batch of pictures, the Clock Tower, dating back to 1903.
Where to eat: For lunch, head to the colonial home of Marie Antoinette, sitting atop a hill, for all the local favourites.
Where to stay:
Budget: Coco Bay Villa
Luxury: Les Villas D'or
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When to go
The best months to visit Seychelles are April to May and October to November, when the temperatures are cool and dry. These periods are usually perfect for swimming, snorkelling and other such activities, with the temperature only going as high as 29ºC. Festival Kreol, takes place in October every year and is a vibrant showcase of Seychelles' Creole heritage and traditions.
The best and relatively economical way to get around the islands of Seychelles is via bikes, with the cost for a day's rental starting from ₹660.
By plane: Air Seychelles has regular flights operating from Mahe to the islands of Praslin, Bird, Denis, Fregate, Desroches and Alphonse. Air charter services can be taken, to travel to Assumption and Coetivy islands.
By helicopter: Travellers can also book 'scenic flights' to cover the islands of Mahé, Praslin, La Digue and the neighbouring Cousine, Félicité, Grande Seour, Curieuse and Bird islands. Zil Air provides these chartered helicopter services from and to, most of the inner and outer Seychelles islands.
By boat: Seychelles bookings hosts trusted ferry operators on their website, such as Cat Cocos and Inter Island, and hassle-free online bookings and e-ticketing is possible. Cat Cocos, runs daily catamaran ferries between Mahe and Praslin. For non-residents, the cost can roughly amount to ₹7,000. Inter Island's ferries operates between Praslin and La Digue and costs about ₹1,146. Most of its arrivals at Praslin are scheduled to coincide with Cat Cocos' departures to Mahe.
By car: Taxis are a very popular means of transport in Seychelles, especially for daily rentals or for short trips. And the prices for non-residents are about 20 rupees per kilometre.
Cars can be rented only on the islands of Mahé and Praslin. The rental charge for a small car will be around ₹2,700 per day.
By bus: The Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) operates buses daily through Mahé and Praslin, on almost every motorable road on the islands.
Flight from New Delhi to Mahe Island, Seychelles: ₹23,319
One-way ticket on the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) buses: ₹25-40
Taxi starting tariff: ₹455
Hotel stay on Mahe Island: ₹2,832-4,248
A meal at a small restaurant or a fast-food joint: ₹566-785