How magnificent is a waterfall? What mysteries lies in the caves? How beautiful are the beaches? These are some questions we ask ourselves when we are shown some of the popular destinations in the West. India too is loaded with all these places and more. The country has many a caves, some yet to be explored while others are brimming with history of the past. We have so many wonderful beaches at Goa and the Andaman islands. Again we do have many magnificent waterfalls from the north all the way down south. If that was not all we also have backwaters in Kerala where one can hop onto a houseboat and enjoy the ride down the river. So it's time to get off the couch and step outside to explore these natural sights of India.
Located in the Anantgiri Hill range in the Araku Valley is one of India's largest caves called Borra Caves. Home to bats and golden geckos, this cave also houses a temple built within it by the local tribes.
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Called the 'Niagara Falls of India', Chitrakot falls is truly a sight to see in Chattisgarh. Located near Jagdalpur, in Bastar District on the Indravati river, the height of the waterfall is 95ft.
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Havelock Island named after General Henry Havelock, is the star attraction among the Andaman Islands. This paradise on earth is throbbing with tourists round the year in its various beaches.
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The Ethipothala Waterfalls situated on the Chandravanka river, a tributary of River Krishna , is a 70ft high river cascade. A view point was constructed by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department so that tourist may enjoy the sight. The lagoon formed by the waterfall is a crocodile breeding centre.
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Goa, a former Portugal colony, is famous for its beaches. A famous tourist destination India, Goa is also famous for the Portuguese churches, wildlife sanctuaries, and the Dudhsagar Falls. The Goa Carnival is a world famous event involving participants to wear masks.
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Backwaters of Kerala
Kerala, a state in the Malabar Coast of south western India, is known for its tropical backwaters. These backwaters are an extensive network of interlocking rivers, canals and lakes. One can travel these waters on houseboats and enjoy the view they offer. Also do not miss out on tasting the freshly caught fish made into a curry while on the boat.
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Munnar, situated 1600mt above sea level, is a beautiful hill station in Kerala in the Western Ghats range. Trekking and mountain biking are the activities one can indulge here in. Bird watching too is famous here as there are many species of birds to be found here.
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Kanchenjunga is the world's third highest mountain. Located at the India-Nepal border in the Himalayas at an altitude of 8586 m above sea level, Kanchenjunga literally means "The Five Treasures of Snows"
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Situated in Jammu Kashmir, the lake is at an altitude of 15,075 ft and is the largest of the high altitude lakes in the Himalayan region. The lake sits between Ladakh in the north, Tibet to the east and Zanskar to it's west.
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Khajjar is a popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. It is a three days trek from Kalatop and once here one can indulge in activities like horse riding, photography and other activities.
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Kudremukh is a hill station in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. The popular hill station other than offering a beautiful view of the Western Ghats also has a national Park which is home to many a wild animals and plants.
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Manali is a touridt destination in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The hill station gives a view of the snow covered mountains in the nearby ranges and also has a lot of tourist spots like Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Pandoh Dam, Chandrakhani Pass and more.
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This picturesque hill station is located in the Nilgiris hills. Tourist coming here can enjoy the view and also visit other places of interest like Dodabetta Peak,Ooty Lake, Botanical Gardens and more.
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In the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir lies the Pahalgam Valley which is a place abundant in dense forests, beautiful lakes and clear stream. Pilgrims going on the Amarnath Yatra passes through this valley before they reach their destination.
in the Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh is an man made lake known as Pakhal Lake. The beautiful view along with the prospect of spending hours in isolated bliss makes this place a popular retreat. The hilly terrain and the dense forests around it makes this a picnic spot.
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Snowfall in Tawang
Located in the north-western part of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is one of the Buddhist towns of the region. It is a sight to watch this village in winter when the whole area is covered in snow. Tourists and Buddhist pilgrims come here round the year to explore this place.
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Snow covered Himachal
The Himalayan landscapes of Himachal Pradesh is famous for its various outdoor activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding and more.
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Rishikonda Beach at Vishakapatnam is where one can laze in the sun kissed sand and breathe in the salty sea air. One may also go swimming, water skiing or wind surfing.
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