7 FAIRY TALE Mountains and Caverns! #4 Will Make You PACK Your Bags!

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Published on September 8th, 2017 | by Brandon Ramsey in Travel


Did you know that most fairy tale locations are inspired by real world places? That’s right, your favorite castles and locations from books and movies are probably very similar to their real world counterparts.

Today we’re looking at the highs and lows of Earth’s fairy tale locations. From the peaks of mountains to the depths of caverns, these are 7 fairy tale mountains and caverns!

1. Angel Falls, Venezuela

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You think Niagara Falls is impressive? This waterfall has 15 times the height! These falls run off the table top mountain of Auyantepui. The site is named after Jimmy Angel, who was a U.S. aviator known for being the first person to fly over the falls.

His ashes were even scattered there in 1960. These falls, unsurprisingly, were the inspiration for Paradise Falls in Disney’s Up.

2. Batu Caves, Malaysia

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The Batu Caves are located beneath limestone hills and are over 400 million years old! The base of the caves has a giant 140-foot golden statue of Lord Murugan who is the Hindu god of war, victory, wisdom, and love.

To reach the caves, visitors have to climb 272 steps and enter an area full of shrines where Hindu people pay their respects.

3. Cave of the Crystals, Mexico

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This remarkable location is situated 980 feet beneath the Chihuahua Desert. These are among the largest crystals ever discovered on Earth. The biggest ones are up to 39 feet long and weigh 55 tons!

The caves remain largely unexplored because of the harsh conditions. You can only visit for about 10 minutes before you need equipment to continue.

4. Glow Worm Cave, New Zealand

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This is a specific spot in the Waitomo Caves. It’s known better as the Glowworm Grotto. Here you’ll find a species of glowworms that create incredible starry scenery on the ceilings and walls.

These particular species can only be found in New Zealand and each one is about the size of the mosquito.

5. Para Taksang, Bhutan

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This location is best known as the Tiger’s Nest. It’s a monastery and a major Buddhist sacred site on the cliffside of the Upper Paro Valley. The location is scary for someone who doesn’t like heights, but you can tell by the picture that it’s worth visiting.

6. Wisteria Tunnel, Japan

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You’ll have to forgive me because this isn’t technically a cavern, but it is a tunnel! Once you see this picture, you’ll understand. This is a tunnel at the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu, Japan.

It’s a place straight out of a fairy tale, so it had to be included in our list.

7. Zhangye Danxia Landform, China

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This may look like a painting, and you would be forgiven for thinking so, but it’s a real place. Welcome to a mountain range in China! It looks like this because of the red sandstone and mineral deposits that found their place here over 24 million years.

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