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11 Amazing Wonders Of The Nature You Should’nt Miss In Your Lifetime

Karthika S Nair | Feb 14 2019
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Feeling that itch from wanderlust again?

Do not go to any ordinary places. Explore some of the wonderful hidden delights for the eyes and mind.

The Earth's beauty is never explored enough. The best phrase to go with this is ‘best is yet to come’.

We have heard about many lovely towns, countries and cultures of the world. Many of us take delightful vacations whenever we get an opportunity. With Social Media all around us, many unheard of places are popping constantly up and the world is ever watching with a never ending appetite to see more and more of new places, cultures and lives.

Shall we look at some of the most beautiful places on planet earth? So, grab a book and note down these places you should visit at least once in your lifetime. The experience you would get would worth your time.

Here are 11 amazing wonders of the nature that you must explore.

   1. Underwater Forest Of Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan

This spectacular marvel, lake Kaindy is located in the south of Kazakhstan.

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This lake was formed by the result of a limestone landslide, triggered by Kebin earthquake which took place in 1911. It formed a natural dam and the spot was filled by mountain water.

It has an underwater forest known as the 'sunken forest' where the Asian spruce trees protrude out of the water like spikes in this water body, giving it a quirky appearance. The coldness of the water and the presence of algae help in preserving the trees.

The fact that the river conserved the trees underwater makes this place a wondrous phenomenon in the eyes of the beholder.

The limestone deposits and the algae in the river gives the lake a ravishing bluish green colour and it appears 'crystal blue' when viewed from a distance. it’s an incredible sight to view through the binoculars while you are travelling.

As a primary landmark in Kazakhstan, Lake Kaidy is a major tourist destination and a popular place visited by both the locals and the foreigners. .

   2. Underground natural springs, Mexico

The wonders of nature is beyond one can express in words and this undergrouns springs of Mexico is a classic example to it. You have to see it to believe it. One will fall in love with this place so instantly.

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Ik Kil, the underground caves of Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico was discovered decades ago and is a major tourist attraction that draws thousands of people every year. It is part of the  Ik Kil Archeological Park.

This underground 'well' or cenote is part of a massive underground network of rivers and caves that gives rise to natural springs. This has formed by the collapse of limestone bedrock.

Ancient Mayan civilisation saw this place as 'sacred' and used it for both 'relaxation' and for 'sacrifices’ as concluded by historian. As a matter of fact, excavations have dugged out bones and pieces of jewellery from the bottom of the springs.

   3. Spiderweb Cocooned Trees, Pakistan

Survival instincts and struggle of a species led to this natural but unusual phenomenon.

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Along with the people, Spiders were also trying to escape from a flood, which took place in 2010. This has happened in one of the Pakistani villages named Sindh.

People were displaced for a while and when they came back, the sight left them wonderstruck. Spiders found shelter in a number of trees and formed massive network of thick web in less than a week.

The photographs of this 'cocoon' went viral and people around the world were fascinated with the ‘art’ created by millions of spiders.

Although the sight of these numerous spiders lurking in the tree is terrifying, the blessing in disguise was the disappearance of mosquitos. The locals are thankful as the number of mosquitoes in the area has become dramatically low, thus ruling out possibilities of insect-borne diseases like malaria.

   4. Reflective Salt Flats, Bolivia

Imagine looking at a mirror which never break!

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That's what you will get to see at City of Uyuni, Bolivia. When it rains a thin layer of water sits on top of the salt bed. This acts like a mirror and forms a beautiful sight.

Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flats. Millions of years ago there were salt lakes which later dried up to form these slat beds. This place is very rich in  sodium, potassium, magnesium and lithium. As a matter of fact, it contains 70% of the world's known lithium reserves. 

Today this place in Bolivia is one of their most famous tourist spot. The best time to visit is between February and April because that is the time of rains here. You need the rain to witness this beautiful mirror effect.

   5. Pink Lake Hillier, Australia

This lake will look like a flat swathe of yummy chewy when witnessed from afar.

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Well, this is a saline lake located in the Western part of Australia. The vibrant chewing gum pink colour or the strawberry milkshake resemblances is due to the presence of microalgae  named Dunaliella Salina. This algae can survive in highly saline environment.

Due to its antioxidant nature, it is also used to make cosmetics. This pink form is permanent and the colour does not change even when collected in a glass.

Due to the presence of important biological and chemical components in the lake, swimming is not permitted in the water. Tourists can see this place from a helicopter.

   6. Shimmering Shores of Vaadhoo, Maldives

Heaven on Earth will only be a modest comparison when we talk about Vaadhoo’s shimmering shores. It’s a delight when you go to the shores of Vaadhoo Island, at night.

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Witness the spellbinding phenomenon of blue starry appearance of the beach shore, which is the result of a chemical reaction called bioluminescence. It occurs when marine microbes called phytoplankton, in the sea water, is disturbed by oxygen. It  emits bioluminescence as a result of this reaction.

What a perfect spot for a romantic date this beach would be!

   7. Hogenakkal Falls, Mysore, India

Hogenakkal Falls is also called 'Niagara' falls of India'. This place which is around 146 Kms from Bangalore is filled with Carbonatite rocks and is one of the oldest in the world.

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This falls provide drinking water for the people of Tamil Nadu.

The steady and powerful flow of water is the major attraction of this place. Boating is an enjoyable activity here to explore falls. However, during monsoon, boating is not allowed here.

   8. Reverse Waterfall at Sinhagad, India

India is called 'Incredible India’ for a reason. This country has a diversity of delightful nature scenes to offer. There are some rather unusual places this country has that are must visit places.

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Unlike the traditional flow of water, you will get to see a phenomenon called 'reverse waterfalls' or 'upside down waterfalls' here at this place.

The water runs upside down due to specific wind pressure. The strong wind reverses the flow of water and it sprays backward.

This is more of an illusion as it 'appears' to be flowing backward. However, it is an absolutely worthy place to visit.

   9. Magnetic Hill, Ladakh, India

Ladakh as such is a very beautiful place with its serene landscapes.

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This downhill road 'appear' like a hill due to its surrounding slopes. This stretch of Leh-Kargil Highway defies the law of gravity.

Cars and other objects move on it's own due to the magnetic nature of this place.There are several theories about backing the strangeness of this place. The widely discussed and accepted theory is the presence of a strong magnetic force emerging from the hill that pulls vehicles within its range.

   10. St Mary’s Island, Udupi, India

Vasco da Gama, after reaching this place from Portugal, named this Island after Mother Mary. St. Mary's Islands, also known as Coconut Island, is in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi, Karnataka, India.

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The main attraction is the basaltic rock formation in a hexagonal form. It is also called the 'coconut Islands' due to the presence of numerous coconut trees.

   11. Mud Volcanoes, Baratang Island, India

India is rich in natural wonders. This mud volcanoes are one of its kind and is the only the only known mud volcanoes in the world.

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Mud volcano is a geothermal event which takes place due to the eruption of mud, water and gases.

Last time it erupted was when the Indian Ocean Earthquake happened in the year 2004.