The predominantly Hindu island of Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean around 855km from Madagascar. The island is abundant in tourism due to the coral reefs, beaches and natural landscape. The combination of colonial influences and a history of slavery from India has resulted in a melting pot of language, culture and religion. French is still widely spoken. The temples in Mauritius are predominantly Hindu, with many Tamil influences. Churches and Mosques can also be found. The most famous of the temples in Mauritius is Ganga Talao, known locally as Grand Bassin.