India, the land of the legends, mystery, culture and many more things. You have always heard and searched for Natural Wonders of the World but did you ever try to look for Natural Wonders of India. If not I bet you should have give it a try once and be ready to amuse. Here is the list of 11 Natural Wonders of India that will hold your breath and give you next travel goal.
1. Messhapulimala, Kerala
On our list of Natural Wonders of India first comes the Heaven of South Meesapulimala. Meesapulimala is the third highest peak in the Western Ghats after Anamudi and Mannamalai. Its peak is 2,640 metres (8,661 ft) above sea level. In so much height it will give you a feeling of heaven on earth and make you live the moment.
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2. Borra Guhalu (Caves), Vishakapattanam
The caves, one of the largest in the country, at an elevation of about 705 m (2,313.0 ft), distinctly exhibit a variety of speleothems ranging in size and irregularly shaped stalactites and stalagmites.The caves are basically karstic limestone structures extending to a depth of 80 m.
3.Umangot River, Meghalaya
Next comes my favorite Umangat River, the cleanest River in India where you can see the floor of the river. Umngot River at Dawki possibly India’s cleanest river. The Umngot is a prime fishing spot for both Indian and Bangladeshi fishermen. Umngot flows through Dawki, a small but busy town in the East Jaintia Hills district near the Indo-Bangladesh border. The town itself is a mere 95 km from Shillong.
Dawki serves as a busy trade route between India and Bangladesh where hundreds of trucks pass every day. The Umngot itself is a prime fishing spot for fishermen from nearby areas.
The river is the natural boundary between Ri Pnar (of Jaintia Hills) with Hima Khyrim (of Khasi Hills) over which hangs a single span suspension bridge. It is the gateway to Bangladesh.
Take a look at the picture above – the water is so clear that when seen from a distance, it appears as if the boat is floating in mid-air!
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4.Ram Sethu, Adams Bridge
It was reportedly passable on foot up to the 15th century until storms deepened the channel: temple records seem to say that Adam’s Bridge was completely above sea level until it broke in a cyclone in 1480.
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5.Lunar Crater, Lakes
Next on the list of Natural Wonders of India comes right from the outer galaxy on Earth. Lonar Lake is a saline soda lake located at Lonar in Buldhana district, Maharashtra, India, which was created by a meteor impact during the Pleistocene Epoch and it is the only known hyper velocity impact crater in basaltic rock anywhere on Earth.
This lake, which lies in a basalt impact structure, is both saline and alkaline in nature. Geologists, ecologists, archaeologists, naturalists and astronomers have published studies of various aspects of this crater lake ecosystem. Lonar Lake has a mean diameter of 1.2 km and is about 137 metres below the crater rim. The meteor crater rim is about 1.8 km in diameter.
6.Valley Of flowers, Uttrakhand
At 6th places comes the Valley of Flowers I definitely sure your GF will love this. Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora.
This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, and blue sheep. Birds found in the park include Himalayan monal pheasant and other high altitude birds. At 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level, the gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east.
7.Needle Hole Point Mahabaleshwar – Natural rock formation that appear like an elephant’s trunk
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8. Amarnath Cave – Where the mystical ice lingam of Lord Shiva resides
Next comes the holy place of Lord Shiva. Naturally formed Ice Lingam. Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m about 141 km (88 mi) from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir and reached through Pahalgam town. The shrine forms an important part of Hinduism, and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism.
The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains. The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims. Thousands of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave on challenging mountainous terrain to see an ice stalagmite formed inside the cave.
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9.Loktak Lake – Floating vision
Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India, and is famous for the phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matter at various stages of decomposition) floating over it. Keibul Lamjao is the only floating national park in the world. It is located near Moirang in Manipur state, India. The largest of all the phumdis covers an area of 40 km and is situated on the southeastern shore of the lake.
The Keibul Lamjao National Park is the last natural refuge of the endangered sangai (state animal)Rucervus eldii eldii or Manipur brown-antlered deer (Cervus eldi eldi), one of three subspecies of Eld’s deer.
10. Columnar Basaltic Lava, Karnatataka – Unique volcanic formations
11. Athirapally Falls, Kerala
Last but not the least on our list of Natural Wonders of India comes the scene right from the Hollywood, Athirapally Falls. Athirappilly Falls is situated in Athirappilly panchayath, Chalakudy Taluk in of Thrissur district, Kerala on the southwest coast of India.
Located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and the Sholayar ranges, this 24-metre waterfall and the nearby Vazhachal Falls are popular tourist destinations. There is another waterfall on the way from Athirappilly to Vazhachal Falls, in close proximity to the road and is locally called “Charpa Falls”. Athirappilly Falls is the largest waterfall in Kerala and is nicknamed “The Niagara of India”.