We are going to tell you about beautiful places in the world that could attract the attention of tourists, however, their visit is closed for some reason. Let’s find out.
1. Keimada-Grandi Island (Snake Island) – А lot of poisonous snakes
Keimada-Grandi island, placed 22 mi away from the shores of Brazil, firstly looks like a heavenly place only in appearance. A trip to these island can cost you life, since this green patch of land is teeming with dangerous snakes: about 4000 poisonous snakes on 0.26 mi². The most dangerous of them is the island botsrops. Its poison is five times stronger than other representatives of the viper family. Sake bite instantly causes necrosis of the tissues. Therefore, the authorities of Brazil prohibit a visit to Keimada Grandi, which was also called Snake Island. In this case, diving and fishing near the coast are permitted.
2. Island Surtsey – Scientific experiments
In 1963, a number of eruptions of an underwater volcano occurred in the waters of Iceland and created a new island with a scale of 1.6 mi².
It fastly attracted scientists from many countries, as it is a visual model of the origin of the island and life on it. Since then, Surtsey, named after the mythological hero Surt, the ruler of the fiery giants, serves strictly scientific purposes and is a closed area for tourists. Throughout the life of the island, scientists have observed how plants, insects, worms and birds populate the new land, and how barren volcanic pumice becomes fertile. If in the 1980s there were 20 plant species, by 2008 there were 69 of them.
By the year 2000, erosion and sea waves had reduced the area of the island to 0.9 mi², but now the process of “reduction” of Surtsei, according to scientists, slowed down. In 2008, UNESCO included the island in the World Heritage List, recognizing its great scientific value.
3. North Sentinel Island – Aboriginal aggression
In the Bengal Bay of the Andaman Islands, which formally belongs to India, lives a dangerous Sentinel tribe: it avoids any contact with civilization and fiercely resists any invasion. We have two news: good and bad. The good thing is that you can visit a tribe that has rejected all the benefits of civilization, and whose way of life has not changed in almost 60,000 years since its inception. Thus, you can see with your own eyes the distant past of the Stone Age era. The bad news is that the people of this tribe do not want to see you on their island. If you arrive there, they will most likely try to kill you.
According to the scientists, Aborigines spent up to 60,000 years in isolation. Nowadays, according to various estimates, there live from 50 to 400 people.
The tribe lives in North Sentinel – a small area of about 45 mi², an island off the coast of Myanmar. Over the centuries, people who live here, who have not learned to even fire, avoid any contact with the civilized world. And it seems that the Sentinelis, who live under the protection of the Indian authorities, are quite satisfied with their lives and do not need any changes
People living on the island of North Sentinel, reject any connection with the outside world since the researchers discovered them in the 1700s. The time of the tribe’s appearance is the Stone Age, and the Sentineltsy still retain the same way of life as in that era.
It is difficult to find photos of this area and people living on it, most of those who visited this island did not return back. Therefore, many photos of the tribe are made from afar. On them, the islanders throw stones at planes that fly over their heads, and into ships drifting at a safe distance.
4. Grand shrine of Ise in Japan – Entry only for selected
In Japan, the most important shrine is the temple complex of Ise-dzing. The main temple is fenced with a high wooden fence, only high-ranking clergymen and members of the imperial family can get inside. The main casket (chapel), created for the emperor and the empress, is not allowed for visitors: they can only see the roof, and the building is fenced with four fences.
Until 1945, Ise was even more difficult to access: it was separated from the outside world by the Miyagawa River, which symbolized the boundary of the sacred land. Monks were categorically forbidden to cross the river – it was believed that this would lead to a breach of the holiness of the kumirni and bring disaster to the whole of Japan.
5. Tiger reserves in India – the conservation of a rare species of animals
In 2012, the Supreme Court of India announced the closure of tourists from all national parks, which contain Bengal tigers. The authorities of all Indian states were ordered to create buffer zones of the endangered subspecies of animals. This measure harmed the tourism industry, but allowed to restore the population of large cats. Recently, the World Wildlife Fund of Russia announced that over the past four years, the number of tigers in India has increased by 30% – from 1,706 individuals in 2010 to 2,226 in 2014.
6. Gruinard Island Reason-Biological weapons tests
In 1942, the British government bought the Scottish island of Gruinard – 196 hectares for biological weapon testing known as “anthrax”. The British were pleased with the results: it turned out that anthrax seriously and permanently pollutes the territory and poses a threat to the lives of people and animals for decades, causing a lethal final in 95% of all cases.
Up until the 80’s, the island was one of the most deadly places on the planet – all visits were banned. Only in 1986, scientists finally engaged in the “cleaning” of the sinister island: they sprayed 280 tons of formaldehyde diluted with sea water, and then launched Gruinard sheep into it. The animals survived and remained healthy, and in 1990 the island was declared safe, but no one settled on it. Archaeologists warn that anthrax spores have remained in the soil of the island, which means that it will not be suitable for life for hundreds of years.