21 Natural Wonders in India That Will Take Your Breath Away

Doriya River of Majuli Island | © Dhrubazaan Photography / Wikimedia Commons
Doriya River of Majuli Island | © Dhrubazaan Photography / Wikimedia Commons
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India Writer7 August 2017

With an area of 3.2 million square kilometres, India is vast. This South Asian country is rife with natural wonders, from salt deserts, golden sand dunes and a floating lake, to labyrinth caves, natural bridges, and a meteor crater. Here we’ve rounded up 21 natural wonders in India that will take your breath away, literally!

Maharashtra: Lonar Crater Lake

About 52,000 years ago, a meteorite crashed into the earth and created the crater which became the Lonar Crater Lake in the Buldhana district of Maharashtra. It’s 1.8 kilometres (1.1 miles) wide and 137 meters (449.4 feet) deep, and alkaline and saline in nature. This bowl-shaped hole is the third largest crater in the world.

Lonar Crater Lake, Buldhana district, Maharashtra.

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Ladakh: Magnetic Hill

A tourist favourite and riders pit-stop, the Magnetic Hill (popularly known as ‘Gravity Hill’) on the Leh-Kargil Highway, approximately 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from Leh City and at an altitude of 14,000 feet above sea level, is known for its unique forces that apparently operate contrary to the law of gravity. This spot is alleged to create optical illusions – when you put your car in neutral, instead of downwards, the hill pulls the car in upward direction. Strange, right? However, there are different theories and beliefs surrounding this bewildering phenomenon.

Magnetic Hill, Ladakh.

Andhra Pradesh: Borra Caves

Nearly 63 lamps illuminate the Borra Caves, nestled in the Ananthagiri Hills of the Araku Valley. With a height of 2,313 feet (705 meters) and a depth of 260 feet (79.2 meters), it is said to be one of the largest and deepest caverns in India. It is characterized by magnificent stalactite, stalagmite and natural mineral formations.

Borra Caves, Andhra Pradesh

Stalagmite formations at Borra Caves | © rajaraman sundaram / Wikimedia Commons

Manipur: Loktak Lake

The world’s only floating lake is in Bishnupur district of Manipur – the Loktak Floating Lake, teeming with biological diversity – around 233 species of aquatic plants, 425 species of animals and even, 57 species of waterbirds. You not only come up and close with the rich flora and fauna of the lake, but also get stand on the only floating island in the world – Phumdis on the lake. This floating lake and islands are majestic.

Loktak Lake, Manipur.

Mahabalipuram: Krishna’s Butterball or Balancing Rock

The formation of the ‘Balancing Rock’ is one of the rarest sights on earth. This gigantic rock – 20 feet (6 meters) high, 5 meter wide and weighing more than 250 tonne – rests on a slippy slope of a hill. It may look like it will roll down the slope, but the fact is it remains stable and has never fallen down. Intriguing, right?

Krishna’s Butter Ball, E Raja St, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Gujarat: Salt Marshes, The Great Rann of Kutch

A visit to The Great Rann of Kutch, seasonal salt marshes is truly a feast for the eyes. Said to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world, covering around 2,897 square miles, it is known for its pristine and surreal white landscapes. This magical spot is a sight to behold on full moon night, when the colour of both the sand and the sky, is ‘white’ – a view like no other!

Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch District, Gujarat

Jammu and Kashmir: Amarnath Cave

Set at a height of 3,888 meters (12755.9 feet) from Srinagar, Amarnath Cave is amongst the most sacred shrines in Hinduism and frequented by thousands of devotees every year. Believed to be over 5000 years old, it is known for its splendid ice stalagmite formations that resulted in the creation of the ‘ice lingam’ of Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, in the cave. However, the ice lingam thaws gradually during summer months, owing to rise in temperature.

Amarnath Temple, Baltal Amarnath Trek, Forest Block, Anantnag, Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir

St. Mary’s Islands, Karnataka: Columnar Basaltic Lava

They aren’t regular rocks, these are formed because of volcanic eruptions. What makes them unique is their peculiar geometrical shape, the ‘hexagonal shaped basaltic rock’ is only found in India. It exists in Malpe, Udupi district of Karnataka and is accessible only via boat from Malpe fishing harbour. Clearly, it should be on every geology lover’s hit list!

Columnar Basaltic Lava, Laccadive Sea

Tamil Nadu: Hogenakkal Waterfalls

Popularly known as the ‘Niagara Falls of India’, this waterfall gushes down into the Kaveri River and consistently awes tourists with its grandeur, beauty and natural healing powers. It is said that the carbonatite rocks here are the oldest in South Asia and amongst the oldest in the world.

Hogenakkal Falls, Chamarajnagar, Hoganakkal, Tamil Nadu, India

Jabalpur: Marble Rocks

In the town of Bhedaghat in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh lie the spectacular Marble Rocks. They reach up to approximately 100 feet (30.4 meters) in height and were carved out by the Narmada River.When the sunlight falls on the rocks, casting shadow on the clear waters they are utterly magical! You can take a boat ride on the river through the naturally formed marble rocks.

Marble Rocks, Narmada River, Madhya Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh: Belum Caves

Said to be the second largest caves in the country, the Belum Caves are 10,594 feet (3,229 meters) long. These caves are made up of black limestone. As water passed over the limestone deposits, stalagmites and stalactites were formed over millions of years, creating the natural decor that you can witness today. There are also sink holes, water galleries, natural waterfalls and sculptures.

Belum Caves, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

Andaman Islands: Barren Island

This island is home to India’s only active, often erupting volcano. And, as the name suggests, there is no human presence whatsoever on this island. You can catch the view of the flowing lava only via chartered boats with the permission of forest department. It is also known to be one of the best scuba diving and snorkelling spots in India.

Barren Island, Andaman Islands

Himachal Pradesh: Manikaran Natural Springs

Admire nature’s wonder at the Manikaran Natural Springs, which is at an elevation of 1760 meters (5774 ft). The water of the spring is extremely hot and said to have therapeutic powers, thus drawing hordes of tourists from across the world to bathe in the steaming water every year. It’s a pilgrimage site as well as a tourist spot.

Manikaran Natural Springs, Hot Water Spring, Sosan, Himachal Pradesh

The hot water spring at Manikaran is known to have a lot of religious significance. It is not advised to bathe inside this water for more than 10 minutes as prolonged exposure to such high heat can cause dizziness. This is true , for I personally experienced this too. I stayed in this water for around 8-9 minutes and my body temperature had risen so much that I had to come out. Once I did, I felt dizzy and needed fresh air. I felt a bit disoriented too and almost stumbled while walking. So yes, this water is pretty hot. You can get in by placing one feet at a time and gradually immersing in completely. It is quite relaxing and apparently has a lot of medicinal properties too. The feeling of being in this place is surreal. The atmosphere is calm and peaceful and a sense of holiness and purity fills the air. There is a separate section for male and female to have a bath and there are two set of springs here. One set of spring (male/female) is inside the building and is separated by a wall. The other one, is out in the open (for the males) and adjoining it is the female one which is covered. This is where we chose to have a bath. Once we were done taking a bath, apart from feeling dizzy, we felt extremely tired and hungry. Our bodies felt light and almost drooped. All we wanted to do was to go back to our tents and sleep for an hour. So overall the experience of being here was amazing and I highly recommend everyone to give this place a visit ————————————————————– #manikaran #himachal #kasol #himachalpictures #hippieinhills #himalayangeographic #himalayan_photographers #byoinsta #beautifulhimachal #currytraveller #insta_himachal #nomadsofindia #onehimachal #outlooktraveller #thevisualyatra #trekkers_stoppe #travelandtourism_india #nature #hotsprings #beautiful #_coi #indiapictures #india_clicks #india_lens #water #photooftheday #igers

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