India is a nation blessed with beyond belief natural beauty. The urban legends and myths associated with these natural beauties make it even more captivating. From the stunning snow-covered region of Kashmir to the crystal-clear waters of Kanyakumari, India has an incredible charm all around its borders.
Mawsynram, a village in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, is the wettest place on Earth; this village receives an average annual rainfall of 11,873 millimeters, which is the highest level of precipitation recorded in the world. Mawsynram and Cherrapunji are within 16 kilometers of each other. It has also found a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the same.
Lonar Crater Lake
The Lonar Crater Lake in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district is around 50,000 years old and was created by a meteor impact during the Pleistocene Epoch and enlisted as National Geo-heritage Monument. The crater bears a saline water lake, which has a diameter of 3900 feet.
Living Root Bridges
These bridges found in Meghalaya are handmade with the aerial roots of Rubber trees by the people of the mountainous terrain along the West Jaintia Hills district and East Khasi Hills district. These bridges can last for hundreds of years.
The Loktak lake located at Bishnupur, Manipur, at a distance of 53 km from Imphal, is known for its circular floating swamps, colloquially called phumdis. The lake is rich in flora and fauna; it has been declared a national park.
The sea recedes by as much as 5 kilometers and fills up again during high tides twice a day, every day at the Chandipur beach in Odisha. This place is not just enchanting to the observers but also offers an opportunity to walk into the sea literally.
The Barren Volcano
South Asia’s only active volcano located in the Barren Islands in Andaman and Nicobar. The Barren Volcano had been dormant for 150 years; it has come back to life since Jan 2017, becoming the only active volcano along the chain of volcanoes from Sumatra to Myanmar.
Stone of the Sky God
This 250-ton gravity-defying rock in Mahabalipuram called Krishna’s Butter Ball or Vaanirai Kal also known as Stone of the Sky God looks like it’s going to roll any moment but has been sitting on a 45-degree slope for more than 1,300 years.
Rann of Kutch
The Great Rann of Kutch, known for its vast expanses of white landmass stretching across India’s western frontier, is the only salt marsh in South Asia covering around 10000 square miles in Gujarat and the southern of Sindh in Pakistan.
The Magnetic Hill
This strange hill located near Leh, a district within Ladakh, tends to defy gravity. The geography of the area around this hill is such that it creates an optical illusion that cars on the hill roll ‘uphill’ defying gravity while they are moving downhill.
The pristine waterfall Dudhsagar, which means a sea of milk, is located on the Mandovi river along the Karnataka-Goa border. It tumbles down the cliff and meanders under the rail bridge and then snakes along its bed through the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary.
Valley of Flowers
This valley situated in Uttarakhand, which is covered by a carpet of colorful wildflowers. The snow-capped mountain and blue skies in the background add to its natural beauty. The best time to visit Valley of Flowers is between March and September when it is in full bloom.
Situated along the banks of the Penna river in Andhra Pradesh, one can witness solid red rocks stretching as far as the eye could see at Gandikota. This gorge resembles the Grand Canyon in Colorado and is the only known gorge in India.
Ram Setu is a mythical bridge believed to have been built by Lord Ram to reach Ravan’s Lanka with the Vaanar Sena. It is a chain of limestone shoals submerged under the sea across the Palk Strait between the island of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and the Mannar district in Sri Lanka.
Naturally created, the Shivling at Amarnath temple in Jammu and Kashmir is mesmerizing. The freezing water that falls from the roof of the cave on to the floor created this Shivling. It is the largest known Shivling in the world.
Hogenakkal Falls on the Kaveri river is one of the picturesque waterfalls in India. Located in the Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu, the fall is known for the scenic natural beauty, medicinal baths, and boat rides.
Which one of these natural wonders will go on your bucket list?