Travertine terraces are waterfalls that have frozen in the due course of time. Hot water springs that are located in slopes interact with limestone and lead to the occurrence of such a pristine natural phenomenon.

Travertine is the deposit formed by the chemical reaction of carbon, arising from the earth’s interior, mixing with the hot water spring and limestone. Another peculiarity that one can notice at such waterfalls is that the colour of the limestone is usually dazzling white. Travertine water terraces are a natural wonder, and a visit to such a spot will render you speechless with the gorgeous vision in front of you.

Travelerati presents you a list of the 7 Most Spectacular Travertine Water Terraces that will leave you more than mesmerized with their spectacular beauty.

1. Pamukkale Water Terraces

Location: Denizli in Turkey

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Also called the 8th wonder of the world, Pamukkale in Turkish means “Cotton Castle” and a visit to the site will prove the cotton effect this water terrace beholds.



There are many ancient Roman ruins and sites located close by which further add to the wonder that visitors experience in this place.

Where to stay in Denizli

2. Huanglong Travertine Terrace

Location: Aba in China

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The Huanglong travertine terrace is formed by a waterfall cascading its contents into this basin.

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The limestone eroded by this flowing water gives a golden effect, from which it gets the name of “dragon” in the local area.

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It is one of the most dynamic karst formations in the world. Huanglong is located 150 kilometres from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. 

Where to stay in Chengdu

3. Mammoth Hot Springs

Location: Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, United States

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The peculiarity of this natural wonder is the reformation of shape that the bed and the sides of the fall undergo every day.

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The high calcium content of the flowing water leads to this daily morphing effect. Therefore, each day one can get a different view at this spot.

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Isn’t that absolutely amazing?

Where to stay in Yellowstone National Park

4. Badab-e Surt

Location: Mazandaran Province in Iran


The play of colour at Badab-e Surt makes it unique amongst all the travertine terraces in the world.


The terrace exudes an orange hue due to the presence of iron oxide and the steps are of reddish contrast.


The overall panorama is a rich mix of vibrant colours that make it an absolute treat for the eyes. 

Where to stay in Mazandaran

Terme Di Saturnia

Location: Saturnia in Italy

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Legend has it that the Terma di Saturnia was formed by the lightning bolts thrown by Jupiter towards Saturn, which on missing the latter resulted in this formation.

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This water terrace could also be called a natural sauna as the temperature of the water here is about 100 degrees F, which makes it the perfect spot for a leisurely dip.

Where to stay in Saturnia

Beaver Falls

Location: Havasu in USA


The trail which the Havasu Creek takes for the Beaver Falls itself provides many picturesque and serene spots. There are four waterfalls in the route, which the creek follows until it ends into the Colorado River. The region is famous for its canyons and creeks, many of which have been seen in numerous classic Hollywood western movies.

Where to stay in Havasu

7. Baishuitai

Location: Shangri La Tibetan area in Yunnan, China

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The Baishuitai White Water Terrace is also known as Shi PuZhi, meaning the valley of the growing flowers. The source of the water is a willow tree and then the course takes it into the “Heavenly Pond”. Shangri la is a place made famous by the 1937 movie Lost Horizon (based on the novel of the same name), and has many mysterious stories associated with it.

Where to stay in Shangri la Yunnan

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