India is home to some of the most beautiful natural attractions in the world. Be it waterfalls, rivers, mountains, beaches, India has it all. One of the lesser known natural attraction in India are the incredible rock formations. Rock formations can be in the form of balancing rocks, pillar rocks or the incredible marble rocks. Here is a guide to some of the most beautiful rock formations on India.
1) Gilbert Hill, Mumbai
One of the only three such structures found in the world, the Gilbert Hill in Mumbai is a basalt rock formed 65 million years ago when molten lava was squeezed out of the surface of earth during the Mesozoic period. The only other place where a similar structure is found is in Wyoming and California.
2) Marble Rocks, Bhedaghat
The Marble Rocks is an area along the Narmada River near Jabalpur. The Narmada River has carved out a beautiful 8 km gorge out of the soft marble. There are cable cars to take the visitors across the gorge and row boats that offer guided tours of the river downstream of the fall. One of the scenes of Shahrukh Khan’s movie Ashoka was also shot here.
3) Basalt Rocks, St. Mary’s Islands
St. Mary’s Islands are a set of four small islands in the Arabian Sea near Udupi that are known for the distinctive geological formation of columnar basaltic lava. These islands and the rock formations are one of the 26 Geological Monuments of India. The Basalt Rocks here have crystallized into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic.
4) Yana Rocks, Sahyadri
Yana is a village in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka which is famous for the the two massive rock outcrops known as the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara. These huge rocks are composed of solid black, crystalline limestone.
5) Natural Arch, Tirumala hills
The Natural Arch in the Tirumala Hills of Andhra Pradesh is one of the few natural arches in Asia and the only natural arch in India. The arch measures 8 m (26.2 ft.) in width and 3 m (9.8 ft.) in height, and is naturally formed in the quartzite of Cuddapah Supergroup of Middle to Upper Proterozoic (1600 to 570 Ma) due to natural erosive forces.
6) Pillar Rocks, Kodaikanal
The Pillar Rocks in Kodaikanal are a set of three giant rock pillars that stand 122 meters high. Located at a distance of 8 km from the lake tower, tourists can get a panoramic view of the surrounding from this point. There’s also a public garden near the viewpoint that one can visit.
7) Phantom Rock, Wayanad
The Phantom Rocks of Waynad district of Kerala is a really amazing rock formation. The rock has the shape of a skull and is locally called Cheengeri Mata.
8) Balancing Rocks
Balancing rocks can be found at two places in India- Mahabalipuram and Jabalpur. The rock at Mahabalipuram is known as Krishna’s butterball and weighs over 250 tons and stands on an extremely slippery area of the hill. The balancing rocks at Jabalpur are said to have survived an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude.
Go give a treat to your eyes with these amazing rock formations and be mesmerized by the wonders of nature!