India is a land of surprises that evokes thoughts of fantastic food, colorful people, bustling cities and ancient heritage. As the 7th largest country (by land mass) in the world, you can also be sure that it offers a wealth of varying landscapes and places of natural beauty that are sure to appeal to people who want to get away from it all. From the skyscraping mountains of the north to the beautiful beaches of the coast, India really does offer breathtaking views for any nature lover. Here are 14 of the most spectacular sights you can find in this wonderful country.1. The Nubra Valley, Ladakh2. Nohkalikai Falls, CherrapunjiThe Nohkalikai Falls are the tallest waterfalls in India, plunging some 1115 feet (350 meters) over a well vegetated cliff side near the town of Cherrapunji in Eastern India. The falls take their name from the Khasi for "Jump of Ka Likai" and makes reference to a local legend about a girl called Ka Likai who jumped from the cliff next to the falls after her Mother was killed by her Stepfather.3. Mizoram State, Eastern IndiaThe state of Mizoram in the far east of India is a land of lush hills, hidden valleys rushing rivers and pristine lakes. It boasts a pleasant climate with warm summers and comparatively mild winters, while heavy rainfalls feed local crops and maintain the attractive greenery that characterize this beautiful region.4. Jog Falls, Sagara Tuluk
The Jog Falls - also known as the Gerosoppa Falls or the Jogada Gundi - are a major tourist attraction found in the western state of Karnataka. The attractive cascade plunges 830 feet (230m) and is a feature of the Sharavathi River, while the amount of water flowing changes dramatically between the seasons.5. Matheran, MaharashtraMatheran is a tiny hill station located just 90km from Mumbai, and it's renowned for its incredible sunsets. It sits at an elevation of around 2,625 feet (800m) and offers dramatic, panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. The town itself features beautifully preserved, British-style architecture.6. Lonar Lake, MaharashtaThe Lonar lake is a stunning. saline-soda lake formed by a meteor impact, and is the only hypervelocity impact crater found in ballistic rock anywhere on the planet. There are numerous temples surrounding the lake - suggesting it was once considered an important spiritual place - although most of them sit in ruins today.7. The Andaman Islands8. Chitkul, Kinnaur DistrictChitkul is a small village found in the Kinnaur District of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for being the last inhabited settlement before travelers reach the Chinese border and for its spectacular mountain scenery. Potatoes grown at Chitkul are also considered to be among the best in the world!9. Tea Estates, Tamil Nadu HillsTamil Nadu is the southernmost state in India and home to a number of diverse sights including 8 UNESCO world heritage sites, a wide range of classic art, impressive Hindu temples, high hill stations and coastal beach resorts. It is also one of India's best known tea growing regions, and the rolling green tea fields prove a picturesque view for keen photographers.10. Tso Moriri, LadakhTso Moriri is a striking lake set in a stunning part of the Ladakhi region of Jammu and Kashmir. The lake sits at an altitude of 14,836 feet (4522m) and is fed by springs and melting snow from surrounding mountains. People can only access the lake during the summer, as conditions are typically too extreme during winter.11. Kerala State, South West IndiaKerala is a state found in the far south-west of India on the Malabar Coast. It is an important tourist destination thanks to its easy way of life and incredible scenery, which includes a tropical forest, hidden sea inlets and archetypal beaches. Visitors to the town of Kovalam can take a romantic boat trip through the lush fauna of the Keralan backwaters, a magical experience that's popular with honeymooners.12. Gandikota Gorge, Andhra PradeshVisitors to India who want to look beyond beaches, backwaters and hills would do well to take a trip to the small village of Gandikota in Andhra Pradesh. Nestled on the banks of the River Pennar, not only does it boast a magnificent ancient fort, but its nearby gorge is a spectacular sight situated amidst beautiful hills and wild forest.13. Beaches in West Bengal14. Nanda Devi, UttarakhandNanda Devi is the 2nd tallest mountain in India and the 23rd highest in the world. Rising to a height of 25,643 ft (7816m), it sits in a national park that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. The peak's name means 'Bliss-Giving Goddess' and the mountain is regarded as the patron deity of the Uttarakhand Himalaya.