Natural Landscapes in India: Do you believe that God is an artist, and the earth is his canvas? If you don’t, then this post will surely make you believe so. The man-made creations are truly beautiful, but the natural landscapes you will stumble upon are incredibly spectacular. Take a list of natural beauties given below that you should add to your bucket list.
Most Beautiful Natural Landscapes in India
- Valley of flowers
The Valley of Flowers, located in a national park in Uttarakhand, is known for its spectacular variety of blooming flora. The smell of the whole valley is heavily floral. Flowers bloom seasonally, and you can come across some beautiful flowers like Meadow Geranium, Snake Foil, Hooked Stick Seed, Himalayan Rose, Blue Poppy, River Anemone, and White Leaf Hog Foot, and Dog Flower. The snow-capped mountain peaks, the river Pushpavati flowing through the middle of the valley, and the vibrant flowers make the whole place a beautiful place.
- Belum Caves, Andhra Pradesh
The Belum Caves near Kurnool are the second longest caves in India. Remains from prehistoric times dating back to 4500 BC have been found here, and there are also relics from the time when Jain and Buddhist monks meditated in this cave, along with the vessels they used. Discovered in the 1880s but unmapped and unexplored until the 1980s, this cave has a very interesting formation of tunnels that will surely intrigue you.
- St Mary’s Island, Karnataka
St. Mary’s Island, also known as Coconut Island, North Island, Darya Bahadurgarh Island, and South Island, is a group of four beautiful small islands in the Arabian Sea in Udupi, Karnataka. It is listed as one of the Geological Monuments of Karnataka and India. This is the land where Vasco da Gama set his first foot. The coastline is filled with crystalline rocks that were formed when the island of Madagascar separated from India, which is a few million years ago. According to scientific records, the rock formations at St. Mary’s Island are similar to the rock formations in Madagascar in Africa. The separation was caused by sub-volcanic activity. Standing on these rocks and watching the sunset is truly a mind-blowing experience.
- Borra Guhalu
An architectural marvel, the Bora Caves are considered to be one of the longest caves in India, stretching up to 80 meters. Water enters from the ceiling of caves and reacts with minerals in the rocks to form unique structures on the ground called stalagmites and stalactites hanging from the ceiling. A natural Shivling is also built inside the cave, which is worshiped by the tribals and local people. Remains of more than 50,000 years ago have been found in this cave.
- Barren Island
A barren island in the Andaman Sea, northeast of Port Blair. It is the only active volcano in India, and it erupted as recently as 2018. People from all over the world are coming to Andaman to see this event. The waters around Barren Island are one of the top scuba diving in the world, in addition, the area around Barren Island is famous for crystal clear waters, manta rays, spectacular basalt formations, and topography of past lava flows, and beautiful coral gardens. This dive destination is remote but can be reached by ship from Havelock Island.
- Reverse Waterfall at Sinhagad
Also known as the Grand Canyon of Maharashtra, it is only during the monsoons, that high air pressure causes the water to flow back upwards. You can stand at the top of the waterfall behind the railing and enjoy a splash of cool water on your own. The view is spectacular, and you can enjoy this gravity-defying event with hot tea and bhajis.
- Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Cherrapunji
The living root bridges are located in one of the wettest places in the world, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. They are certainly awe-inspiring and mysterious. Bridges are alive and ever-growing, as they are made from the roots of the ficus elastic, which makes them extremely strong and strong. It takes about 15 years for them to develop fully. Some bridges are more than 500 years old. Isn’t it really wonderful?
- Yana Rocks, Karnataka
The Yana Rocks of Yana Village are situated in the forests and majestic hills of Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. They are made of crystalline karst limestone. The structure has two peculiar rock shapes (known as Bhairaveshwar Shikhar and Mohini Shikhar). A temple inside a cave is also situated at the foot of these rocks, which hosts a splendid festival during Maha Shivaratri.
- Magnetic Hill, Ladakh
Magnetic Hill is one of the most popular destinations in Ladakh. It is located near Leh and the illusion here seems to defy the laws of gravity. Commonly known as ‘Gravity Hill’, this spot pulls vehicles upward, creating an optical illusion. The area, and the surrounding layout, create the illusion of a hill. The road is actually a downhill road, but it appears that the vehicles are rolling uphill in defiance of gravity. really awesome.
- Marble Rocks of Bhedaghat
3 km in length and situated on the river Narmada, the marble rocks of Bhedaghat in Jabalpur, and a truly mesmerizing view. Along with the marble rocks, the Smoky Falls is a majestic creation of nature. The whole view will make you fall in love with nature.
- Lonar Lake
Lonar Lake is located outside the city of Lonar in Maharashtra. It was formed when a meteor crashed into Earth 50,000 years ago. It is also called the third largest crater in the world. The water of this lake is both saline and alkaline and looks green from a distance. The lake is mentioned in ancient scripts like Skanda Purana, Padma Purana, and Aina-e-Akbari.
So we are sure that you are already crazy about these beautiful natural scenes. Be sure to check them all off and tick them off your bucket list. Happy Exploring!