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Our planet is a treasure chest with so many facinating places to see and know about. So many vistas, mountains, rivers and amusing features of nature that can leave you astonished and simply in awe of how things have changed since time immemorial! We’re in such absolute awe of the world that we can’t help but share with you, some of the most stunning natural wonders. As a part of this series, we started off with Lonar Lake in India, followed by the Yoho National Park in Canada and now third on our list is the Columnar Basaltic Lava at St Mary’s Islands in Karnataka, India. Also Read - Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa Tests Positive For COVID-19 For 2nd Time, Admitted To Hospital

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They don’t say the nature is pretty awesome for no reason! After all, could you have wrapped your head around the fact, that at some point, approximately 80 million years ago, India was connected to Madagascar? No kidding, the Africa island was indeed connected to our country’s west and south west regions! these pictures are of the St Mary’s Islands off the shore from Karnataka’s fisherman town of Malpe. malpe is located in the Udupi district  St Mary islands is a collection of four small islands that can be reached only by boats. The islands were indeed formed due to volcanic activity that occurred on the surface of the earth. Also Read - Night Curfew to Continue in Karnataka, May Extend it After April 20, Says BS Yediyurappa

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Though the four islands were formed as a result of the volcanic eruptions, researchers say that only the northern most island has hexagonal columns, making them the only ones found in India. Also Read - Bengaluru: Existing Restrictions to Continue, Decision on Extension of Night Curfew on April 20. What Transpired in The Crucial Meet

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In fact, Mumbai is home to one such monolithic rocks, located in Andheri and is named Gilbert Hill. There are two temples on top of the rock and the tourism corporation of Maharashtra has been trying to put this one of a kind rock in  Mumbai on the tourist map.The islands in Udupi are also called Coconut Islands Thonespar and make perfect getaways for leisurely vacations.

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This place is heaven for people who’re interested in geology, as these lava pillars are listed as one of the 26 Geological Monuments in India by the Geological Survey of India. Legends have it that when Vasco Da Gama reached India, he reached here first, fixing a cross on the shore before proceeding towards Kerala. It is believed that the legend is the reason for the name of the Islands.

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