If a travel broads our horizons and terror sharpens our senses, then combining them leave us an indelible mark. From the «Temple of 20,000 Rats» to the «Ιsland of Snakes», that make your skin melt, Quora Site discovered the most terrifying and hideous places on Earth. If you’re looking for adventure, you don’t have to search for more.
Are you ready? Let’s go! Here are some of the most terrifying places on Earth:
5. The «Ιsland of Snakes»
The Ilha da Queimada Grande in Brazil is forbidden for any visitor! It is located about 33km far from Sao Paulo’s State and is full of poisonous snakes. The «Ιsland of Snakes», as they call it, hosts about 4,000 poisonous Bothrops Ιnsularis (also known as Golden Logheads), an extinction specie that trapped on the island when the sea level covered the strip that connected it with land. In 1920s, the Brazilian Navy blocked the access to the island to protect snakes from humans and humans from snakes, although numerous people foolishly ventured there in the past. Their golden thorns grow more than half a meter and their poison, that acts extremely fast, melts human body. «Poison causes a multitude of symptoms, including kidney failure, muscle tissue necrosis, cerebral and intestinal bleeding», explains Smriti Iyer.
One story tells of a fisherman who lost power in the engines of his boat. After drifting to the island he ventured inland, unaware of the terrors that lay in wait. When his boat was eventually discovered, he was found dead in a pool of blood covered in snake bites.
Another story is of the last lighthouse keeper to inhabit the island with his family. Rumor has it they ran in terror when snakes crawled in through their windows; their bodies were later found scattered across the island.
4. The Roopkund Lake
What do you expect to see when the glacial ice melts at 5,000 meters above sea level? Probably some stocked water, a small lake or a water stream and some fish fossils, right? How about spotting more than 500 human skeletons? Yes, that’s Roopkund Lake’s mystery, that is situated in Uttarakhand State of India. HK Madhwal discovered those floating skeletons in 1942. Reports said that those bones were there from late 19th Century but the carbon dating samples (collected from skeletons in 1960) revealed that these people were from 12th – 15th Century. The cause of this mass death is assumed to be a massive landslide or blizzard.
3. The «Temple of 20,000 Rats»
An Indian Temple is overrun with more than 20,000 rats and the devotees couldn’t be happier. The Karni Mata Temple in Rajasthan is known for its devotion to the furry animals, often seen as the scourge of urban areas. Rats scurry throughout the temple, where they are worshiped, fed and protected.
The rodents move freely within the Temple and can be seen eating from a huge metal bowl of milk and grains, placed there daily by devotees. Small children can be seen playing and interacting with the rats – while scores of tourists flock there each day to catch a glimpse of the unique spectacle.
While black and brown rats are easily spotted in the temple courtyard, devotees believe sighting a white rat is a blessing.
2. The «Gateway to Hell»
Sometimes a fire just won’t go out. There is a places called Darvaz in Uzbekistan, nicknamed by locals «The Gateway to Hell». It’s a semi-underground gas fire that’s been burning nonstop for 35 years.
Once the geologists were drilling for gas. Then suddenly during the drilling they have found an underground cavern, it was so big that all the drilling site with all the equipment and camps got deep deep under the ground. None dared to go down there because the cavern was filled with gas. So, they ignited it so that no poisonous gas could come out of the hole, and since then, it’s burning, already for 35 years without any pause. As you see, it’s so impressive!
1. The «Island of Dolls»
The Isla de las Munecas, also known as «The Island of Dolls», is a sinister playground that floats in a canal just outside of Mexico City. The island’s former caretaker, Don Julian Santana, said that, 50 years ago, he found a young girl floating dead in the canal.
Whatever the case may be, for decades afterward, Santana proceeded to collect dolls from the trash and canals, hanging them around the island in an attempt to please the young girl’s spirit.
In 2001, Santana was found floating dead in the same spot where he said he once found the girl. The island officially opened to tourists after his death. What remains is the dark forest of all those Mexican dolls with decapitated heads, severed limbs and blank eyes, that totally creeps us out.