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TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD

SALAR DE UYUNI

Resembling a vast unending Europe, these are the world’s largest salt flat covering a roughly 4,100 square mile or ten thousand Square kilometer area. A proper lake in prehistoric times, today the flats are made of a 10-billion-ton layer of salt under which sits between 50-70% of the world’s lithium reserves. Vegetation and wildlife here are sparse. The almost unnaturally level flats are also packed with chemicals like Magnesium potassium and Borax. But more importantly they are eerily beautiful.

MORAINE LAKE

Situated just nine miles or 14 kilometers outside the village of lake Louise in Banff national parksin view of the Rocky Mountains lies the Moraine Lake fed by glaciers. This rock flower blue Lake was once featured on the Canadian 20-dollar bill earning the moniker the 20-dollar view. Apart from being unsurprisingly popular with Hikers, it is also one of Canada’s most photographed locations. It crests in late June. But visitors can take in the Rockies or their reflection on Moraine lake nearly year round.

IGUAZO FALLS

One of the modern natural wonders of the world, this is a staggering waterfall system. The largest of its kind sits on the Argentina Brazil border. Its name meaning big water in native languages, this natural attraction is unique in the way that it can be accessed from three different countries. Given its additional proximity to Paraguay,the water from its source is shared effectively among chain of mini waterfalls. The lion’s share of the river passes over a u-Shaped chasm known as the Devil’s throat.

ANTELOPE CANYON

Known to the Navajo as the place where water runs through rocks. The name might not do sufficient justice to the beauty of this wonder.Antelope canyon is more majestic than its name suggests. It is the product of Millennia of rainfall and floods eroding and smoothly carving deep corridors into the Navajo Sandstone. But the canyon walls only form a part of the attraction, the key factor being sunlight. Sneaking its way through the canyon and creating a fiery appearance. Summer is usually the time if you want to feast your eyes on this natural magnificence as the light beams are more plentiful and more interesting.

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF AND WHITEHAVEN BEACH

The Great Barrier Reef is the World’s largest structure made by living organisms.The reef structure is composed and built of billions of tiny organisms called coral polyps. It is home to diverse aquatic species. From whales to dolphins and clownfish to Leatherback turtles it has it all. It also shelters nine kinds of seahorse. Near the Barrier Reef is the Whitehaven beach.It is considered one of the planet’s most beautiful and eco-friendly beaches. The coast is lined with 98% pure Silica which gives it a glorious whitefinish and has sand which doesn’t retain heat,thus you can walk the shore till your heart’s content and never burn your feet. Isn’t that great?

THE CLIFFS OF MOHER

The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort ‘Mothar’ – which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower at Hag’s Head in the early 1800’s. Today the only reminder of the fort for which these gorgeous cliffs were named is an old watch tower rising 390 feet or 120 meters at Hag’s head to a height of 702 feet or 214 meters down the coast. The cliffs are home to 30,000 birds from 20 different species, including the adorable puffins. A look in any direction provides a view of other Irish dreamscapes including the 12 pins Mountain range, the Aran Islands and the mound Turks mountains.

ALGAR DE BENAGIL

This seaside gem is located on Portugal Southern coast. Once a fishing base region, today the Benagil sea caves draw visitors based on looks alone. It is best accessed by water via the Kayak boat or swimming.It is difficult to get to this place but one can be more than compensated once we view its unfathomable beauty.It is like a vast cathedral of Divine handiwork. This natural Grotto with its rocky walls, silky sand and weathered skylight is enough to make you feel small and insignificant and yet protected against everything else the world has to offer.

PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK

One of Southeastern Europe’s oldest National Parks, Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World heritage site since 1979. It has over 73,000 acres or 297 Square kilometers of something for everyone. Overflowing with waterfalls, cascades, hiking trails and limestone canyons. It is hard to know where to look. But the lakes and their vivid colors are the park’s main serving. It features 16 interconnecting color changing lakes, thanks to minerals organisms and abundant sunlight.

SELJALANDSFOSS

These falls are among the best known in Iceland and rank among the most beautiful in the world. Part of the Seljaland’s river, the Falls and their 197 Foot or 60-meter drop are fed by waters from the volcanic glacier. A land of seemingly never ending rainbows,Seljalandfoss has the added bonus of a cave behind the falls aquatic curtain, allowing visitors of surreal view point. Best part is that the location itself is relatively easy to access and can be seen from a nearby well used ring road.

PALAWAN ISLAND

It is a place where the most intensely unnatural colors come to life and where jagged rock formations are seemingly driven to hopelessly clear water. Surrounded by rich lagoons and richer forests, it doesn’t take much effort to picture Palawan. Largely untouched by human, it has been voted as the world’s most beautiful island for more than once, with its beach, El Nido also topping the list. Cartoonish colors and psychedelically vivid, this hidden gem could be accessed by plane or boat.Tt is home to unique Wildlife, including the Philippine Mouse deer and Purple Crabs.