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10 of the most colourful places on Earth

By Deepak K - May 6, 2015

Travelling is all about experiencing the colors of life and if you are one such traveller who wants to dance in it, here is a list of 10 most colourful places on Earth. And make sure to note down your favourite spots so you can plan a trip later.

1. Five Flowers Lake, China

Colourful places on Earth

Glistening with five different shades of turquoise, the pristine Five Flowers Lake set inside the unspoiled natural reserve of Jiuzhaigou is a fairytale destination. A closer look into the multi-coloured lake and you will find it littered with ancient fallen tree trunks, which makes it more interesting.

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The best time to visit Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve is during the summer which is in July. Frequent buses are available from the Xinnanmen and Chadianzi bus station in Chengdu. The price of the ticket during the peak season is ¥220 and during the off-season, it is ¥80.

2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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Abundant with over 4,000 individual reef systems, 1,500 different varieties of fish and 4,000 different varieties of molluscs, the remarkable Great Barrier Reef which spans a breathtaking 2,300 Kms is marine diversity at its best.

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While the Great Barrier Reef might resemble like it is just another diving location, the rich explosion of colours beneath the surface will prove you otherwise. From scuba diving to snorkelling to sailing to helicopter tours, there are plenty of different ways to experience Great Barrier Reef.

3. Jodhpur, India

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Inviting with a sea of blue rooftops, the city of Jodhpur is a wonderful mix of the past and the present. Nicknamed the ‘blue city’, every single structure which includes havelis, forts, palaces, and temples is painted with a hue of blue and viewing the city from the top of Mehrangarh Fort is a spectacle you shouldn’t miss.

Jodhpur has its own domestic airport and is well connected with Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, and Mumbai. The closest international airport to Jodhpur is in New Delhi.

4. Kawachi Fuji Garden, Japan

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Decorated with over 22 different varieties of Wisteria that illuminate the garden tunnels with shades of purple, pink, red, and white, the pastel-coloured wonderful destination of Kawachi Fuji Garden is hard to believe until you see it up close. But it is as real as it sounds.

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To experience the best of Kawachi Fuji Garden visit it during the time of Spring (April to mid-May) when the garden will be in full bloom. To reach Kawachi Fuji Garden, take a train to JR Yahata Station and from there, either ride on a taxi or hop on the free shuttle that heads to Ajisai no yu. The garden is open from 9.30 am to 6 pm and the entry costs ¥1300 (Adult).

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5. Lavender Fields of Valensole, France

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Rolling with lovely purple and blue lavender fields, Valensole in France seems like a mystical place where all the magic in the world converge. If you are wondering, how these lavender fields bloom at their finest almost throughout the life, it is because the sun shines brighter on the Valensole for over 300 days in a year.

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The ideal time to visit Lavender Fields of Valensole is either during the Summer or during the Spring. And each field is different from the other, so make sure you have a car to zip around the field and find the right one for you.

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6. Red Beach, China

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When you hear the term ‘beach’, you immediately think of silky soft sands and the soothing sound of the waves crashing on the shore. But Red Beach will prove you otherwise. Home to over 260 varieties of birds and 399 different varieties of wild animals, Red Beach is the biggest wetland and reed marsh of the world.

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Covered in a particular type of seaweed – suaeda salsa which grows from April to May, Red Beach looks green throughout the year but come Autumn and the entire landscape turns vividly red. To reach Red Beach, take a bus from Panjin to Red beach reception centre. From there, ride on a golf cart till Red Beach. The entry costs RMB80, excluding the transport.

7. Tegallalang Rice Terrace, Bali

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Incredibly popular among the tourists, Tegallalang Rice Terrace is one of the most photogenic locations in the world and needs no introduction. Layered one below the other, the beautifully spread rice terraces inviting with its lush greenery should be on every traveller’s bucket list.

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If you are planning to visit Tegallalang Rice Terrace, try visiting it early in the morning or late afternoon, as afternoons are generally scorching. And make sure to carry short bills with you when you go because the locals ask for donations along the way. The entry fee to Tegallalang Rice Terrace is priced at IDR 10.000 (pax).

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8. The Wave, Arizona

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Swirling like a wave, the undulating sandstone formation of ‘The Wave’ is one of the visually surreal places to visit in the world. Stretching along the northern Utah/Arizona border, the spectrum of the colours and the wilderness of ‘The Wave’ is easy to fall in love with.

Given the fragile nature of the attraction, entry to The Wave is limited and will be decided by a daily lottery system which dispenses only 10 next-day permits. Additionally, there are also ten online permits available for each date when booked four months in advance.

9. Tulip Fields of Holland, Netherlands

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Overflowing with colour and fragrance, the mesmerizing field of flowers in Holland will easily lift up the spirits of even the dullest of travellers. From red to purple to pink to yellow to orange, the range of colours on offer is too vast that you will actually need a notebook to write everything down. But wait, we are not sure if it will fit in a notebook.

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While the best time to visit the Tulip Fields is from March to mid-May, try visiting in April when they are in full bloom. And to get the best of the tulip field experience, head to Keukenhof. It is open from March 22, 2018 to May 13, 2018 and adult ticket is priced at €17. There is also the combo option which comes with return bus transfer from Amsterdam, Schipol, Harlem, and Leiden.

10. Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, China

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It’s more often than not easier to mistake Zhangye Danxia for a made-up desktop wallpaper and neglect it completely. But the insane rainbow looking mountain range is for real! A part of the Zhangya Danxia Geopark, the multi-coloured ranges are a result of sandstone and minerals getting pressed together a million years ago.

The site is a 40-minute ride away from Zhangye and the entry costs 60 Yuan. The best time to visit is during the summer and the vivid colours come to life immediately after a rainfall.

Refer to our guides for comprehensive information on the destinations.


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