This world is strewn with a plethora of natural as well as architectural gems that bewitch the travellers across the continents. Some of these gems have been well explored, put up for tourism and commercialised enough to attract the tourists. However, there are still some natural as well as manmade troves that need to be unravelled and explored in order to gain the significance and attention that they deserve. Here is a list of some of the lesser known travel destinations that still need that keen eye to be admired well:
1. Metéora Suspended Rock Monasteries, Greece
Also called as the ‘Suspended Rocks’, the Meteora monastery in Greece is an astonishing sight that still needs some attention from the world of tourism. This is a huge complex that belongs to the Eastern Orthodox religion. Located amidst the Pindus mountains, these rocks were actually meant to be the defensive structures from invaders. As you will behold this beautiful monastery, you will notice that the buildings have been constructed on the sandstone rock pillars.
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2. Jeju Island, South Korea
Jeju island is a volcanic island located off the southern coast the South Korean peninsula. A visit to this natural wonder will mesmerize you with a soft, powdery coastline that still has remained away from the limelight. This island is also home to the Halla mountain, the highest point in South Korea.
3. Tower of Hercules, Galicia, Damato
Tower of Hercules in Damato is again a unique man-made structure that still needs some attention to come out in full glory. As per the inscriptions marked on the foundation base, this structure was designed by a Roman engineer "Sevius Lupus”. This lighthouse is 180 feet tall and overlooks the north Atlantic coast of Spain.
4. Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka
Sigiriya Rock fortress in Sri Lanka is also known as the ‘Lion’s Rock’. This mighty and stupendous structure was built during the reign of King KassapaI over 1500 year ago. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and reservoirs, this ruin of the ancient fortress displays bewitching ancient frescoes that resemble the ones in the Ajanta caves of India.
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5. Bu Tinah Island, UAE
Bu Tinah is a tiny archipelago that faces against the ecological behemoths of Maldives and the Galapagos. Inside, there are 16 species of coral that survive in that temperature and salinity levels which would otherwise kill corals in other parts of the world. The shallow waters and grassy seabed of this archipelago is also host to around 600 endangered dugongs, as well as the hawksbill turtle, which is one of the most endangered species in the world.
6. Jeita Grotto, Lebanon
Craving for more attention is the Jeita Grotto, the longest cave complex in the Middle East. Although this is one of the most beautiful caves in the world, it still needs that international attention that it deserves. This cave is made up of dramatic crystallized limestone formations creating a creepy, Martian underworld cathedral. Located just five kilometers from the Mediterranean coastline and 18 kilometers from Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, this lesser known travel destination is also known for its impressive stalactites, stalagmites, columns, mushrooms, ponds, curtains and draperies.
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7. Bagan Ancient City, Burma
Although Bagan might have received some attention recently, it still needs that importance that is given to some of the top wonders of the world. The ancient city of Bagan has served several Burmese kingdoms. Although this site deserves to be there amidst the best, it has suffered less attention due to the ruling military junta that has failed to make repairs to the ancient site and have instead used themodern materials which look very much out of place.
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8. Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India
Ajanta caves are renowned throughout India. But when it comes to its recognition in comparison with Taj Mahal, it falls short of that attention. Located in Maharashtra, these unusual beautiful caves are home to ancient detailed paintings and sculpture which belong to the genre of Buddhist religious art.
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9. Mud Volcanoes, Azerbaijan
Yanardagh, on the Absheron Peninsula in Azerbaijan is a mud volcano that burns perpetually, spitting fire for the gawking tourists who visit it. Many of these mud volcanoes are close to Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, including those at Alyat and Gobustan. Even the dangerous in nature does carry its own beauty.
10. Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines
Puerto Princesa is an underground river in Philippines that flows through a mysterious cave of stalactites and stalagmites, bats and spiders, before falling into the South China Sea. This 8.2 kilometers of this underworld waterway covers a complete mountain-to-sea ecosystem and is the longest navigable underground river.
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