Astonishing Places That Are Off-Limits
We have to believe in the beauty of our planet. Spending our lifetime discovering seems not enough so why waste time? It is the perfect time to get to know our planet and enjoy its wonders. For many Singaporeans, it is hard to spend time travelling or visiting other places because of some constraints like hectic schedules and budget.
We may not see all the wonders but the important thing is we try to go outside of our comfort zone and see what the planet offers. There are many destinations out there with magnificent views but there are only few who will really leave an impression. There are also places famous for their beauty but are just off-limits even for the seasoned travellers.
- Snake Island: The Brazilians call the island Ilha da Queimada Grande but it is known as Snake Island. The island occupies a vast area of 43 hectares. It is not habited by humans but it is home to thousands of deadly snakes like the Golden Lancehead Viper. It is believed that every 5 sqm. of land there is 1 snake. The government prohibits people from setting foot on the island but with one exception – scientists who want to study the snakes.
- Lascaux Caves: Witnessing cave paintings dated back 17,000 years ago is an experience of a lifetime. Lascaux caves in France are known for its ancient artworks that depict images of large animals living at that time. In fact, the caves are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site but it 2008, the caves were closed to the public because of fungal outbreaks. Scientists are only permitted to enter and study the paintings.
- North Sentinel Island: North Sentinel Island is a small heavily forested one. The encircling corals make it difficult for boats to dock. However, the challenge is not the accessibility but the tribe. The island is inhabited by a small tribe known as Sentinelese. The tribe rejected outside contact. Sometime in 2008, two fishermen accidentally strayed too close and were reported killed by the tribe.
- Ise Grand Shrine: The Ise Grand Shrine is in Japan. Visitors are only allowed as far as the gate to offer their prayers. Access is only for the high priest or priestess who needs to be a member of the Japanese Imperial Family.
It is a dismay that these places are restricted or off-limits but we have to understand that these places pose risk and danger. For our safety and protection, we should not try to go here. We can still the views through pictures and satellite images. We only need our imagination.