Travel&Explore : 5 Unexplored destinations for you

       “Look deep into the nature and you will                       understand everything better”

                                                                                                                                  – Albert Einstein 
 

Rightly so!!. And it is perhaps because of his deep insights of nature, the inquisitiveness regarding natural happenings, and the urge to understand mother nature,  Einstein and many others like him saw and comprehended the world like nobody else could ever do.

Most of the scientific discoveries which paved the way for a better and comfortable life in this 21st century were inspired by natural phenomenon. 

Many of the greats from yesteryears have quiet adamantly agreed upon the fact that spending ample time in nature’s lap transforms you fundamentally. 

By taking a break from your daily life, unplugging from the pulls and pushes of technology and engaging in new activities in new places, you have an easier opportunity to release unwanted habits. 

Exploring new places reinforces your willingness to broaden your horizons, to get unstuck and to move in new directions.

So here we are with the list of 5 Unexplored Places, you would really love to explore at least once in your lifetime. 

The Benagil Sea Cave (Portugal)

About Benagil Sea Caves:

Praia de Benagil is a beach in the Algarve near Lagoa. It is located in the small village of Benagil, which is situated between Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra.(Portugal)

The local economy of Benagil was centered around fishing up until the second half of the 20th century, after which it focused more on tourism.

The nearest beaches are Praia da Marinha on the east and Praia do Carvalho on the west. The beach is highly rated at no. 2 on TripAdvisor.

Praia de Benagil is a small beach, between impressive gold-coloured cliffs. The cliffs also protect the beach from winds. The sun can however be quite strong on this beach, so make sure to bring your own parasol. 

One can hike on top of the cliffs on this beach. This will give you a great view of the beach and its surroundings. Make sure you do not go too close to the edge. 

On the right of the beach here is a hill, with a small plateau from where you can take a dive in the water. This is sure to give you a rush of adrenaline.

How to Reach : 

Air tickets are available from Delhi to Lagoa ranging between ₹25,000 – ₹30,000.

After deboarding in Lagoa(Portugal) , You can enter the following address in your GPS to get to the beach: CM1154, 8400 Lagoa, Portugal. Access to the beach is via a steep road. Be careful that there is limited parking space, which usually is taken quickly in the summer. If you want to increase your chance of parking, make sure you come early in the morning or in the late afternoon.

This godly sea-beach of Portugal makes at number 1 in this list of 10 Unexplored Places for you.

Lake Baikal, Siberia

About The Pearl of Siberia:

Lake Baikal is the deepest, oldest and largest freshwater lake by volume, containing one fifth of the world’s fresh water.

The 25-million old lake has a maximum depth of 1,642 meters and is a living museum as it is a habitat for nearly 1,700 animal and plant species, out of which two thirds are endemic. 

It is one of the clearest lakes in the world, the biggest lake in Asia and 7th biggest lake in the world by surface area. Its 23,615 cubic kilometers of fresh water surpasses the volume of all American Great Lakes combined.

It should come as no surprise that it’s regarded as one of the most important natural treasures of the world, with places like the Himalayas, the Alps, the Andes, the Amazon, the Nile, etc.

Lake Baikal is a continental rift lake, similar in this regard to Lake Tanganyika, both lakes featuring long crescent shapes.

The lake was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, and is home to Buryat tribes on its East side.

The lake’s incredible transparency is an important factor that contributes to the wildlife’s amazing diversity. The lake is one of the clearest in the world, with water transparency reaching 40 meters (131 ft). 

The presence of light to this depth enhances photosynthesis and plant life.

The lake is frozen from January until May, and there’s an interesting aspect here too: due to the enormous heat reserve accumulated by the lake and its slow release into the atmosphere, the biggest amount of evaporation happens between October and December, not in July and August.

In June, there’s practically no evaporation effect. This delay is caused by the big temperature difference between the warmer water and cooler air in autumn and early winter.

The lake begins to  freezes at the start of January, even though temperatures drop below freezing starting with November or sometimes earlier. However, the lake is covered in ice even in May, which is a lot considering the lake’s altitude.

How to Reach This Lake:

There are regular flights between the major Russian cities (such as Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Vladivostok, etc.) and Irkutsk or Ulan-Ude, which are located within a close reach to Baikal lake (Irkutsk: 65 km, Ulan-Ude: 250 km).

Normally, a one-way flight Moscow – Irkutsk would cost you about ₹4000-8000, a return flight is twice more expensive.

Baikal Lake is situated along the Trans-Siberian route, so if you take that route, you’ve got to take a detour at The Baikal. There is no excuse if you don’t, because traveling 5000 km with a train and bypassing this Unexplored Place would be something you’d regret for the rest of your life!

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

About:

Established in 1952, Fiordland National Park is now over 1.2 million hectares in size, and encompasses mountain, lake, fiord and rainforest environments. The National Park is administered by the Department of Conservation.

Fiordland was also the final refuge for the world’s only flightless parrot the Kakapo.

Two-thirds of Fiordland National Park are covered by virgin beech and pod carp forest. A 500 kilometre network of walking tracks allows visitors to explore the primeval world of mountain peaks, alpine lakes and moss-carpeted valleys.

The place was awarded with the title Te Wahipounamu – ‘the place of greenstone‘, after the area’s most treasured mineral resource.

The National Park was enlisted  as a United Nations World Heritage site in the year 1990. 

Three of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks‘ can be found in Fiordland National Park.

The most famous (and consequently most popular) is the Milford Track, which takes five days to complete. The Kepler Track is a circular route that can be walked in four days and the Routeburn, which crosses into Mount Aspiring National Park, generally takes three days.

How to reach:

While visiting Fiordland National park can be a costly and exhausting affair, but there is no stopping for those who are willing. On average it takes near about 52 hours flight from Mumbai to Queenstown. Which costs about $2000.

The Department of Conservation provides more than 50 hikers’ huts in the park

‘Great Walks’ huts are found on the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn tracks, and these provide a higher-than-usual level of comfort. 

More basic huts are available on the other tracks – in most you will find sleeping platforms with mattresses, toilet facilities and a water supply.

Son Doong Caves, Vietnam

About:

Remember that Norn Cave from the movie Age of ultron, Where Thor and Dr. Selvig go together to figure out the mysteries behind the 6 infinity stones. Well a visit to Son Doong Caves would give you a reminiscence of the same.

Son Doong Caves are considered as the world’s largest cave that contains its own river and even a jungle.

At more than 5.5 miles long, it’s cavernous enough to house a skyscraper! The first expedition set off to explore this underground world in 2009 before being stymied by a 200-foot-tall wall of calcite inside.

Much of the surrounding network of over 150 caves near the Laos border remains unsurveyed. 

How to reach:

To reach Hang Son Doong, adventurers must first pass through the Ban Doong ethnic minority village. 

The only village located inside the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, less than 40 people makes up the population of Ban Doong.

Munnar

Munnar rises as three mountain streams merge  – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. 

Sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji.

This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2018. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

Let us now explore some of the options in and around Munnar that would provide travellers ample opportunities to enjoy the captivating hill station of Munnar.

Eravikulam National Park

One of the main attractions near Munnar is the Eravikulam National Park. This park is famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. Spread over an area of 97 sq. km., this park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds.

Anamudi Peak

Located inside the Eravikulam National Park is the Anamudi Peak. 

This is the highest peak in South India, standing at a height of over 2700 m. Treks to the peak are allowed with permission from the Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.

Top Station

Top Station, which is about 32 km from Munnar is at a height of 1700 m above sea level. 

It is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Travellers to Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.

Tea Museum

Munnar has a legacy of its own when it comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations.

Taking account of this legacy and to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects of the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges, a museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago by Tata Tea in Munnar. 

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Aluva about 108 km and Angamali, about 109 km

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, via Aluva – Munnar Rd, about 108 km

Currently the state of Kerala is facing its worst natural calamity ever. If you seek to help and support the victims to make sure that the state of Kerala regains its old glory. Click on the link below.  

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