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India Tourism – Natural Wonders

Written By: Manoj

Unravel the many natural charms that are bundled up in eclectic India. Some of them are a case of intrigue while others are plain enchanting!

While there are many such enchanting wonders in India, we have listed the seven must-see ones. Feast your eyes on the largest inland salt water lake, unique volcanic formations, balancing rocks and more!

Balancing Rock

Balancing Rock

There are many who have come to this site and scratched their heads over how this is possible. At the heritage rich destination of Mahabalipuram is the famous balancing rock. A rather massive stone, it stands on very tiny and slippery area of the hill but has never lost balance. Locally known as Krishna's Butter Ball, the stone that is 20 ft high and 5 mt wide, weighs over 250 tonnes. It is a case of curiosity as to how the rock manages to stay put and not roll down.

Photo Courtesy: madhan r

Barren Islands

Barren Islands

Home to the only confirmed active volcano in South of Asia, the Barren Island of Andaman is another natural wonder. It is situated about 135 km northeast of Port Blair and primarily consists of the volcano and debris. It belongs to the chain of volcanoes that mark the boundary between the Indian tectonic plate and the Burmese plate. The volcano towers about 305 mt above sea level and stretches around 2,000 mt below it. The first recorded eruption was in 1787. From then onwards, the volcano has flared up more than ten times.The latest eruption began in September 2010 and continued through to January 2011.

Photo Courtesy: Satyam555

Columnar Basaltic Lava

Columnar Basaltic Lava

These are not your regular rocks by the sea but ones that have been formed by a volcano. Head off to Columnar Basaltic Lava in Coconut Island, St Mary's island to witness this strange marvel. The columns in Karnataka are believed to have taken shape more than 60 million years ago, during the formation of the Deccan traps. Do not expect a sand beach to unwind as the place is scattered with basaltic rocks.

Photo Courtesy: Arun Prabhu

Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake

A surreal and breath-taking sight, Gurudongmar Lake is located in Sikkim and is considered as among the highest lakes in the world. One of the sources of River Teesta, this water body is situated at an altitude of 17,100 feet. Fringed by zigzag snow clad mountains and barren land and with clouds hovering above, the pristine lake is a riveting sight. On the banks is a venerated Gurudwara to honour Guru Nanak's visit here.

Photo Courtesy: Virtous One

Marble Rocks

Marble Rocks

Displaying exquisite beauty, Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat near Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh is a stunning sight. It soars to a 100 ft on both sides of the Narmada river. This river has carved the soft marble, producing a lovely gorge of about 3 km in length. The effect of the sunlight shining on the marble-white pinnacles and creating shadows on the limpid waters is magical. The entire scenery is especially worth watching on moonlit nights.

Photo Courtesy: Partha Sarathi Sahana

Needle Hole Point

Needle Hole Point

For a rare view of nature, head to Needle Hole Point in Mahabaleshwar to witness what seems to be finely sculpted by a craftsman. The natural rock formation which resembles an elephant is located close to Kate's Point. It is referred to as the Needle Hole Point, as you can view a natural rock formation with a naturally formed hole that allows you to view the background vistas through it!

Photo Courtesy: Balaji.B

Sambhar Salt Lake

Sambhar Salt Lake

India's largest inland salt lake, the Sambhar Salt Lake in Thar Desert is another natural wonder in the country. Usually, desert areas are supposed to desolate and barren. However, this water body is an exception. The lake is bowl shaped and surrounds the historical Sambhar Lake Town situated southwest of the city of Jaipur. Legend has it that, Shakambhari Devi, the goddess of Chauhan Rajputs and the consort of Lord Shiva, turned a dense forest into a plain of silver as a reward to the services done to her. The locals feared that greed would overcome people and hence, she later converted it into a lake. The shore here continues to have a temple devoted to the Goddess Shakambhari Devi.

Photo Courtesy: Vipul Mathur

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