10 destinations that will take you to the world of Pandora in ‘Avatar’

Waiting for the release of the second Avatar film, Avatar: The Way of the Waterdiscover some places on Earth that offer landscapes as breathtaking as in the original film itself!

In 2009, a movie took the world by storm. The world of Avatar, the movie, impressed many with its stunning landscapes, the beautiful Tree of Souls, bioluminescence, flying animals and more. If you’re someone who’s been drawn to the world since it first hit screens some 13 years ago, know that you’re not alone – you’re one of the thousands who seek out places on Earth to understand where the movies might have been shot or what scenic landscapes inspired the stunning film sets.

Now, as we await the second installment of the film, we’re taking you through some of the places on Earth that may have inspired the breathtaking landscapes of Avatar.

10 Places On Earth That Inspired Pandora Avatar

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, located in China’s Hunan Province, is said to have inspired the floating mountains of Pandora. Among the country’s most breathtaking parks, the Avatar Hallelujah Mountains (formerly “Southern Sky Column” or “Southern Pillar of Heaven”) is the specific location that seems to have served as inspiration for the film.

The stunning mountains are gigantic pillar-like boulders, which are the result of years of erosion due to expanding winter ice, wet weather and the dense foliage of these mountains.

Huangshan Mountains, China

While the Zhangjiajie Mountains were certainly the main inspiration behind Pandora’s Floating Mountains, the Huangshan Mountains are another of the places on Earth that have inspired film locations. Known as the Yellow Mountains, these stunning structures have attracted poets, artists and many others over the years.

The stunning pillared mountains are reminiscent of those in Zhangjiajie, which is probably why they also inspired the landscapes of Pandora.

Angel Falls, Venezuela

Sofa National Park in Venezuela is home to the magnificent Angel Falls, said to be among the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. The falls is what is said to have inspired where Jake Sully and Neytiri try to catch the bird dragon and is a hard place to reach.

Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Mount Roraima, a scenic flat-topped mountain, is located in Venezuela and marks the border between the country and Brazil. The place is shrouded in clouds and appears to be floating in the air, making it a featured destination in many stories outside of Avatarincluding the Disney movie At the top.

Wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park, Ashikaga, Japan

If you have been enchanted by the Soul Tree of Avatar, one of the places on Earth, you can witness the same scenic beauty as the Wisteria Tree at Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan. The country is known for its stunning scenery and beautiful flowers, and one of the most picturesque are the wisteria blossoms, which hang from the trees in their delicate purple hue, painting the perfect picture.

Bioluminescent Lagoon, Jamaica

The microscopic organisms in the water of the bioluminescent lagoon in Jamaica act as the perfect backdrop reminiscent of the waters of Pandora, as well as the bioluminescent skin of the Na’vi people on the moon. And it really makes a beautiful place for those who want to feel the mystical world of Pandora on Earth!

Socotra Island, Yemen

What makes the Socotra Islands earn a spot on this list is the fact that their trees have an almost alien structure. The island is home to hundreds of rare plant species, including the dragon’s blood tree, which is among the flora that should have inspired the natural world of Pandora in the 2009 film.

Northern Lights, Finland, Canada, Alaska and more

The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis can be seen in several places around the world, especially those in Canada, Alaska, and Finland which are some of the most popular, making them on this list. The stunning lights, seen for a short part of the year in the sky, are said to have inspired Pandora’s skies, and no, we’re not complaining!

Glow Worm Caves, New Zealand

If you want to see the night sky underground, or just witness what Jake Sully must have felt when hundreds of wood spirits landed on him and Neytiri, just head over to Waitomo’s Ruakuri Caves in New Zealand. Dotted with hundreds of thousands of glowworms, these captivating caves are reminiscent of a natural beauty beyond imagination, just as it was in AvatarIt’s Pandora.

Hero and featured image: an image from the film

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India