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Have you visited these Phantasmagorical wonders of India ?

Planning to visit the wonders of world like Grand Canyon, Amazon Rainforest, Eifel Tower, Victoria Falls, Niagara Falls, Great Barrier Reef, Great Wall of China and so on?! What about some strikingly scenic natural wonders which lie a little closer to our home? Yes, India is a domain for stunning array of natural wonders and there are some irrefutably spectacular, breath taking places that possess world record for their unique feature. Here is a list of such less popular but amazing gems to ignite your wanderlust. Bolster yourself for pleasant surprises.

India is a domain for stunning array of natural wonders and there are some irrefutably spectacular, breath taking places that possess world record for its unique featureAnanthapura Temple, Kerala – guarded by World’s only Vegetarian Crocodile – This is a lake temple at Kasargod district of Kerala. It was built in 9th Century and is guarded by a vegetarian crocodile called Babiya which is 150 years old. This temple is considered as the natural and original abode of Lord Ananthapadbhanaban (Vishnu) and one needs to walk through a bridge which was also built in 9th century, to reach the temple.

Chandipur Beach, Odhisa – Hide and Seek Beach of the world – It is located at Balasore district of Orrisa. This is a magic, rarely seen anywhere in the world. Not kidding, we can actually see the sea disappear in front of our eyes and come back again. This hide and seek game happens twice in a day. When the sea disappears, we could walk on the sea bed for about 5kms. no it is not just the water receding, it disappears.

Dras, the Gateway of Ladakh – the second coldest inhabited place in the world – It is a town in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir. This breath-taking valley came to notice in 1999. The temperature here can dip up to minus 60 degrees Celsius. In summer and spring, this place appears like a green grass blanket with vibrant flowers and is intensely beautiful. This picturesque hamlet is numbingly cold in winter and is mysteriously attractive.

Hogenakkal Falls, Tamilnadu – the Niagara Falls of India – It is located in the Kaveri river at the Dharmapuri district of Tamilnadu. “Hoge” means mist and “kal” means rock and the name "Hogenakkal" means mist created by the water hitting at the rocks. It makes us feel the smoke is emerging out of the rocks. A bath in this water is considered to be a medicinal bath. The carbonite rock in this site is the oldest kind of rock of South Asia. It is a scintillating water fall of India.

Keibul Lamjo, Manipur – the world’s only floating National Park – It is the integral part of Loktak lake, is located at Bhishnupur district of Manipur. It is the largest freshwater lake of eastern India. It is about 40sqkm and is home for 425 animal species, for about 200 aquatic plants and for more than 100 species of birds. This place is accessible through dugout canoes.

Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan – the second longest wall in the world – This Great Wall of India is located at Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. This hidden secret in the desserts of India is the cousin of The Great Wall of China. Cradled in Aravalli ranges, this fort was built in 15th century and snakes through the valleys along the mountain tops. This Great wall is about 36km long and there are about 360 temples within the fort.

Mawlynnong Village, Meghalaya – the Cleanest Village of Asia – This “God’s own garden” is located at East Khasi Hill district of Meghalaya. This magical paradise is about 100 km from Shillong and is home to many fascinating living root bridges. Smoking and use of polythene is completely banned here and rainwater harvesting is highly encouraged. The whole village collects the domestic waste in bamboo dustbins and direct it to a pit which is later used as manure. Read on to find five reasons to visit it today. 

Muzhappilangad Beach, Kerala – the longest drive-in beach in Asia – This pristine stretch of sandy land is located at Kannur district of Kerala. Blue waves hitting the black rocks on one side and green lustrous bushes and trees on the other side, be ready to surrender to this unique driving experience. This longest drive-in beach stretches across 4 km of sand.

Modhera Sun Temple, Gujarat – more than just an architectural wonder – This Hindu temple dedicated to Sun God is located at Mehsana district of Gujarat. This amazing temple is built in a perfect alignment with Tropic of Cancer using the locking system that is said to be an earthquake resistant method. The wonderstruck fact of this temple is that it gets illuminated naturally on both the Equinox days. This temple is a hidden symbolism – 365 elephants representing 365 days, 52 pillars depicting 52 weeks, 12 statues of Sun God typifying 12 months, 7 horses standing for 7 days and the 2 wives of Sun God Sanjana and Chaaya delineating the day and night. It is certainly more than an architectural wonder of 1026 CE.

Roopkund Lake, Uttarakhand – the mystery skeleton lake in the world– This high altitude glacial lake is located at Uttarakhand. It is at height of 16500 feet above the sea level. This shallow lake is 2 meters in depth and human skeletons remains are visible at its bottom when the snow melts. This mind-blowing scenic beauty is a famous trekking spot too. So, explore this paranormalism in the laps of Himalayas.

India is full of such places to visit that, even a lifetime of travelling will not be enough for it. There is no time to get bored in a country as beautiful as this. But somehow, these fantabulous tourist spots missed a mention in our geography books.

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Comments (25)

Ashwini Posted on Aug 15, 2018

This is really an awesome post. Thanks for sharing Article


Ashwini Posted on Jul 26, 2018

India is an amazing and wonderful country. There are many places there where kids can really enjoy and have fun.


Chartric Posted on Jul 21, 2018

Your story was really iniaomrtfve, thanks!


Meena Posted on Nov 30, 2017

Wow all these places are so new and unique


Snigdha Prusti Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Wow, you have mentioned some awesome places of India... Recently in Diwali I had visited modhera Sun temple and it is really beautiful.

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Anchal Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Have not visited any of these sites sadly. But thanks for this list,. Will keep it in mind.

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Judy Posted on Nov 22, 2017

This post will haunt me till the time I tick all of them from my list. Nice compilation and tonnes off travel goals for me

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Richa Posted on Nov 21, 2017

I have been to chandipur beach thats my hometown , proud to see it mentioned here!!!\r\n\r\n

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Honey Prisha Lalwani Posted on Nov 21, 2017

This is one of the best blogs i have come across recently - the disappearing beach has me deeply intrigued now!! also, i\'ll have to look up what \"Phantasmagorical\" means heheh

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Roshni Parate Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Such a great article need to visit all those places :)

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Rakhi Parsai Posted on Nov 21, 2017

You have listed down so many beautiful places in India. Looks like you have great knowledge of various places in the country. Lovely post.

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Nisha Malik Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Wow this place look exotic. A very nice holiday destination for sure. Thank you for posting all the information about the place.

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Nidhi Km Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Thanks for such an informative facts about India. I loved the fact about the floating island

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Khushboo Posted on Nov 21, 2017

This place looks amazing for holiday.. I would love to visit there

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Reetuparna Saha Posted on Nov 21, 2017

I had no idea about the disappearing sea. Truly an incredible India! Have been to Mawlynnong, and true that this place has a lot to teach us.

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Humaira Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Amazing and superb pics of destination. This is an interesting destination to explore. Thanks for sharing.

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Bushra Khan Posted on Nov 21, 2017

wow! I have never visited any of these places! shall add them to come my must visit places!

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Jhilmil Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Awesome list, I have been to kumbhalgarh, roopkund and Modhera temple and I can vouch that these were one of the most serene places.

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Steffy Manju Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Amazing holiday destinations... Thnx for suggesting... Even I have visited ly sun temple, hogenakal falls and the ananthapura r pending...

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Priyanka Patwari Posted on Nov 21, 2017


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Prerna Sinha Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Charu, what an amazing collection of lesser-known facts. The vegetarian crocodile caught my attention :).

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Shubhada Bhide Posted on Nov 21, 2017

India is an amazing and wonderful country. There are many places there where kids can really enjoy and have fun.

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Tengkubutang Posted on Nov 21, 2017

woww.. so many great place to go for holiday in india.. will check it out later.. thanks!

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Namrata Kumari Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Wow. This was full of information. Added these places to my list

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Jiya Posted on Nov 20, 2017

I never heard of this place. This sounds an amazing holiday destination would love to visit it

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