The Most Beautiful Forests In The World You Must Visit
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir
Deep, lush green cover hiding the secrets of the world and sustenance itself, forests are ethereal and mystical for a reason. They are among the last remaining shred of evidence that Earth is beautiful and will thrive for eons to come if we swear to protect them and revel in their beauty.
A walk in the woods is not only good for your physical health, but your mental and spiritual wellbeing too. We have lived in the concrete jungle for far too long that we often dissociate from our roots. This is where a forest tour in the dense jungles of any continent comes to our rescue. If you live close to a fit is, make sure you go on nature trails and walks amidst these woods. You will not only reconnect with nature but a sense of tranquility and calmness will engulf you that has become foreign to our existence, thanks to the constant buzz and pings of our gadgets.
And if you are an ardent nature lover, chart out an annual pilgrimage to some of the most beautiful forests in the world. It is enthralling and therapeutic at the same time. Excited to embark on a Mowgli-esque journey, all Rudyard Kipling style? If you don’t know where to start, consider this your cue because we have got you covered when it comes to some of the most beautiful and magical forests of them all. Get lost in the maze that a forest is!
1. Amazon Rainforest, Latin America
Sprawled on an area of 7 million sq. km, the Amazonian Rainforest in Latin America emerges at the second spot for the most extensive forests in the world.Spanning across nine countries like Brazil, Peru and Ecuador to name a few, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to going on an expedition in the verdant and expansive rainforest that Amazon is.
Also known as the ‘Lungs of the World’, Amazonian rainforest is where the world gets almost 20% of its oxygen. Plus, this vast and lush rainforest has managed to retain 10% of the world species right here. You can either start by exploring the Amazonian rivers in Brazil or head to the small villages dotted along the Ecuador. Once here, don’t forget to dive in the local culture and the indigenous tribes of Huaorani. They are one of the oldest tribes that have managed to preserve their way of life and culture and invite people to peak at how they thrive.
Safe to say, when you visit the Amazonian rainforests, you will be impressed with this part of the natural world that civilization and commercialization couldn’t touch.
- Best time to visit – All throughout the year.
- Things to do – Explore diverse habitats, meander through the waterways, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, etc.
2. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan
If you look aside from the glorious Mt. Fuji in Japan, you will be in awe of the magnificent and one-of-its-kind forest in the world – Sagano Bamboo Forest. Nestled on the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan, this bamboo forestis one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Japan.
When you enter the forest and go for the leisurely stroll along the path that cuts through the bamboo forest, you will be both mesmerized and hypnotized by the sheer symmetry and beauty of it all. A pristine and picturesque sight to behold, the tall and soaring bamboo trees make for an amazing view as you explore this often and heavily Instagrammed forest.
Another notable highlight of this forest is the sound of the wind rustling through the bamboos. It makes for a melodic sound that is part of the 100 soundscapes of Japan that define the country. If you are keen to hear this rhythm of nature, make sure you visit the forest in off-peak hours for the best visual and hearing delight.
- Best time to visit – October and November, April and May
- Things to do – Bike tours, nature walks and sky gazing
3. Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka
A UNESCO-listed forest reserve, Sinharja in Sri Lanka is accentuated with a lush green forest cover and gurgling creeks, rich wildlife, which includes everything from mammals to rare and endemic species birds. The reserve also happens to have the largest stretch of area for a tropical rainforest. If you are fortunate, you will also come across beautiful and rare butterflies while you explore the reserve.
This brings us to the topic of exploration of Sinharja Forest Reserve. Given how densely populated this corner of Sri Lanka is, you cannot cover the entire stretch of land on foot. Moreover, a tour guide or forest ranger helps as the woods are dark and deep, making it an easy place to get lost into.
- Best time to visit – January to May, August to December
- Things to do – Hiking, nature trails, temple tours, waterfall visit, etc.
4. Montverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a beauty in itself and the Montverde Cloud Forest with its surreal and trance-like clouds hanging above the verdant and dense forests is a different allure altogether. If you love exploring forests and being amidst nature, Montverde Cloud Forestmerely is unmissable.
There are plenty of mist trails shrouded in mist that ooze of adventure and a rich wildlife that you would love to know more about. Also, suppose you ever feel that walking on foot is mundane and too mainstream. In that case, you can always go rappelling down breathtaking waterfalls, zip line through the thick and misty cloud forests, or hike along the trails created by the Arenal volcano, which is just a stone’s throw away.
If you love mystical and magical forest that are literally shrouded in mist and create canopies out of big and beautiful trees, put this one on your list of places to visit ASAP.
- Best time to visit – December to May
- Things to do – Rappelling, Zip lining, nature trails, hiking,
5. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
No forest travelis complete without visiting the jungles of Uganda! The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the most beautiful globally and also happens to be the home of Gorillas. Yes, you read that right! It might seem daunting and scary to visit a jungle full of Gorillas, but this is what adds to the fun and adventure.
The lush, tropical forest is home to 10 Gorilla families and myriad of other primates. Given that it is dense and impenetrable, you will be embarking on your journey mostly on foot where you will be hiking on low terrains, down valleys and climbing steep slopes, all of it making the forest tour inside the forest exhausting yet exhilarating.
Sprawled on 32,000 hectares of land, this forest is home to 79 species of mammals, 100 species of different ferns and 160 species of trees that you might not find elsewhere on the planet. How cool is that?
- Best time to visit – June to September
- Things to do – Hiking, Nature trails, Gorilla spotting, etc.
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