7 Beautifully Unusual Places Less Frequented

The world is a mysterious paradox. There are places that are wonderfully weird as well as curiously ugly but it has always been a pleasure reading about them. Likewise, there are these unusually beautiful places that have been far less visited by tourists but have been quite well known among local residents. Come on. Let’s have a look !

1. Caño Cristales, Columbia:

This river that looks like one of those Windows Vista pre-loaded wallpaper is located in Serrania de la Macarena in Columbia, South America. Being untouched by roads and modern day transport, it can be reached only on a horse or donkey or by foot. The river is filled with waterfalls and rapids which displays a hue of different colours in the period of September – November (between wet and dry season) because of algae growth. It is because of this unique phenomenon, the river is often called ‘The Liquid Rainbow’. Quite fiiting name, ain’t it?

2. Beppu, Japan:

Beppu is place of about 2800 hot springs in Japan on the island of Kyushu, which is the second largest producer of geothermal water in the world. Nine of them, called ‘Nine Hells’ have special mention because of their characteristics. They are named Umi Jigoku (sea hell), Oniishibou (shaven head hell), Shiraike Jigoku (white pond hell), Yama Jigoku (mountain hell), Kamada Jigoku (cooking pot hell), Oniyama Jigoku (devil’s mountain hell), Kinryu Jigoku (golden dragon hell), Chinoike Jigaku (blood pond hell) and Tatsumaki Jigoku (spout hell).  Each of them have a characteristic colour due specific mineral deposits and  are popular attraction among locals but less known among foreign travellers. Now that you know about Beppu, why don’t you plan for a trip to Japan?

3. Pamukkale, Turkey:

Pamukkale, meaning ‘cotton castle’ is also know by the name ‘white castle’. It has been said that after frequent earthquakes in Turkey left fractures on the ground, hot underground water rich in calcium carbonate spurted out through them. Upon cooling, chalky substances formed over the fractures and led to the structures that are today standing at Pamukkale. Pamukkale was once a healing spa where many locals would go for hot springs therapy but later it became a UNESCO heritage site and closed for treatment. Although this place has been first cited in literature over two millennia ago, it is not quite famous among foreign tourists.

4. Spotted Lake Osayoos, Canada:

Osoyoos, meaning ‘narrowing waters’ in Okanagan language is a sacred lake according to First Nations of Okanagan Valley Indians. This lake is saline in nature and is closed on all sides without any inflow or outflow. It has very high mineral content with the highest sulphate salt content in the world apart from negligible amounts of silver and titanium. During summer after the water evaporates, big pores are formed which are coloured according to the mineral concentration in that area. Since it is on private land and the access is restricted, it is not very well know to foreigners.

5. Great Blue Hole, Belize:

Situated in The Bahamas, Belize has these characteristic deep circular cavities called blue holes which are usually gateway to a network of caves that are even many kilometres in length. Some very rare species of fauna have been spotted in these Blue Holes by divers. Also in some underwater caves, there were deposits of stalagmites and stalactites that are characteristic of dry land caves. This proved beyond doubt that these caves were once above sea level during the last ice age period about 65,000 years ago. Since they are not quite accessible, they are less known among tourists. Isn’t they lovely?

6. Sanqingxiang, China:

Sanqingxiang located in the Jiangxi province of China, is a national park area. This world heritage site is well known for its exceptional scenic beauty. Although it does not cover a large land area, it displays an extraordinary granite geology, waterfalls and a foggy and misty weather that makes sunsets quite exceptional. It is said to bestow a sense of intense peace nd evoke the spiritual dimension among travellers. History says that the ‘Lord of the East’ Mu-Go wanted to create a garden for the his consort ‘Yin’ and made the four elements of Earth, Water, Wind and Fire to fuse and created this beautiful “Garden of Gods”.

7. Death Valley, California

This place called Death Valley or Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa in California is one the flattest places in the face of earth. This place experiences short showers once a year and becomes very slippery when the hexagonal mud shapes turns back into a slog. But once it dries out, they form hexagonal stone like mud shapes again. Scientists believe that this phenomenon is due to wind movement but they were not  able to explain the sudden movement of stones and the movement has never been shot on video so far. Because of the weird nature of this place, heat and flatness, it has had very less visitors.

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