While India has tall skyscrapers, gorgeous malls and the most advanced technology being invented right now, yet everything falls short in front of the umpteen beautiful wonders that behold us. From crystal clear lakes, an island formed by volcanic formations to a floral extravaganza on the hills, here are 6 incredibly breathtaking natural wonders that you won’t believe are in India. So, forget international destinations and go #Vocalforlocal this very instance.
1. Loktak Lake In Manipur
Manipur houses the largest natural freshwater lake in the northeast known as Loktak Lake. This lake has unique ecosystems called Phumdi, which means floating mats of vegetation. The natural eco-systems resemble miniature islands floating across in the freshwater lake. And that’s not all, Loktak Lake actually houses the world’s only floating national park. The Keibul Lamjao National Park situated on the south-western part of the Loktak Lake has the endangered endangered Manipuri brow-antlered deer, Sangai and other 425 species of animals. It’s one of the most beautiful natural wonders of India.
2. Balancing Rock In Tamil Nadu
If you ever visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram, you’ve got to witness the iconic Krishna’s Butter Ball. This is actually a huge stone that balances itself on the slippery edge of a hill. Tourists flock from all across India just to catch a glimpse of this one of a kind natural wonder. This awe-inspiring 20-feet high, 5m wide and weighing 250-ton rock stands the test of time for years. Apart from acting as a spectacle for tourists, the rock also provides shade for animals and birds.
3. Hide & Seek Beach In Odisha
Odisha is home to many gorgeous beaches and lakes. But the Chandipur Beach in the Balasore district is nothing short of a natural wonder. This beach has a rare phenomenon, that you can see in very few parts of the world. Every day, the sea recedes till it almost disappears. And then it splashes back to fill up space during high tide. It’s called the Hide & Seek beach as t come out to play twice a day. This disappearing beach also hosts the horseshoe crab and the red crab. It’s one of the best beaches in India, thanks to the surreal experience it offers to both locals and tourists.
4. St Mary’s Island In Karnataka
Nestled off the coast of Malpe in Karnataka, St Mary’s Island is famous for its numerous volcanic rock formations. Set of hexagonal and polygonal rock formations took place around 60 million years ago. The rock shapes are so distinct that they actually look man-made. This pristine island is so beautiful that even Vasco Da Gama stayed here during his journey to Kerala. In fact, St Mary’s Island is a geological monument by the Geological Survey of India.
5. Belum Caves In Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh interestingly has the second-largest caves in India known as the Belum Caves. These caves are one of the longest caves in the Indian subcontinent. Having a depth of around 3.5km and stalagmite formations, it’s truly a sight to behold. Belum Caves often leave tourists awestruck by its expansive nature and adventurous vibe. Formed by the constant flow of underground water for centuries, right now, only 1.5km of the cave remains open for visitors.
6. Valley Of Flowers In Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand’s Valley of Flowers laces the bucket list of nature photographers across the world. The rich and diverse flora and fauna of Valley of Flowers have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best time to visit here is from May to October, where the valley is adorned with hundreds of colourful blooming flowers. The valley also features the Brahmakamal, the Blue Poppy and the Cobra Lily. From nature lovers, botanists to foreign visitors, everyone’s welcome to the Valley of Flowers. Apart from Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand also houses the World’s Biggest Tulip Garden.
So, desis visit these 6 breathtaking natural wonders of India, and you can forget visiting abroad. The deep mysterious caves of Belum, Hide and Seek beach of Odisha and the welcoming St Marys Island are some of the reasons you need to explore Incredible India.