Considered one of the many wonders of nature, geothermal hot springs around the world are among the best places to relax. Many of them are believed to have therapeutic effects as well. Here is our pick of the top five hot springs in the world that you must visit.
The name “Pamukkale” means “cotton castle” in Turkish. The 17-tier pool is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a water temperature of 94 degrees Fahrenheit. Contained in milky-white limestone formations, the waters of the hot spring tower over the southwestern city of Denizli, about a six-hour drive from Istanbul.
Kerosene Creek, New Zealand
Located in Rotorua, Kerosene Creek is warmed to around 85 degrees Fahrenheit by a natural underground spring. You will have a fantastic view of the lush jungle and a waterfall that gently cascades into the creek. Although it’s free to swim in the creek, you need to know how to get there – which the New Zealand Tourist Board can help with.
Kraus Hot Springs, Canada
Reaching this secluded hot spring in Canada’s Northwest Territories involves driving to a geothermal pool and then paddling 20 miles. Accessible via the Nahanni River, this secret oasis offers views of dramatic canyons and thundering waterfalls. Licensed raft and canoe guides allow visitors to safely explore this hot spring, which is a perfect place to stop, soak and relax.
Although many hot springs are found across Greenland, the ones you can soak your feet in are on Uunartoq, an uninhabited island off the territory’s southern coast. A true example of arctic beauty, the island is surrounded by mountain peaks and drifting icebergs. The temperature of the hot springs here remains at 100 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. If you ever plan to bathe in the hot springs of Uunartoq, a private boat tour is the best way to go about it.
Khir Ganga, India
The four-hour trek to reach these hot springs begins at the village of Barsheni in the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh. A grassland where Lord Shiva is said to have meditated for 3,000 years, Khir Ganga is a relaxing stop you might crave after a tiring hike. While bathing in the hot springs, you will have an amazing view of the mighty Himalayas. There is also a nearby temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.