Waterfalls are nature’s most beautiful phenomena occurring on this planet! Originating from a flowing water source, then breaking into a thousand shards of spray drops glimmering all the way throughout the fall! This planet is blessed with many picturesque and breathtaking sceneries, most of them associated with a waterfall!
The best and largest waterfalls in the world are listed below:
1. Niagara Falls, USA
“Niagara Falls” is a summation of three waterfalls that run on the base between Ontario, Canada, and New York, USA and form the southern border of the Niagara George.
The water from the Niagara river takes a fall from 167 ft. which is equivalent to 51 meters and the average flow rate is 2,400 cubic meters per second.
The water from these falls is used for the generation of hydroelectric energy which affects the flow rate of this waterfall, which is the most famed and a major tourist attraction in the USA.
2. Plitvice National Park, Croatia
It is a forest reserve of about 295 sq. meters located in central Croatia and has a long and elongated chain of 16 terraced lakes extended by waterfalls from place to place the end of which is marked by the limestone canyon.
This place has quaint waterfalls which reflect the nature of the iconic lakes presents here. The natural solace of the lakes blends in perfectly with the youthful exuberance of the waterfalls, one of the best scenic attractions in Croatia.
3. Iguazu Falls, Brazil, and Argentina
Sandwiched between two provinces, namely Misiones, Argentina and Parana, Brazil lies the largest water stream in the world the tumid Iguazu river which runs and fuels one of the most scenic waterfalls in the world the Iguazu falls!
The water of these falls runs down a whopping 195 meters and flows with a speed of 1.756 cubic meters per second.
4. Rhine Falls, Switzerland
The Rhine Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the European continent and is situated on the High Rhine, which shares the area between the cantons of Zürich and Schaffhausen, next to the quaint town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland.
The water flows down from over 364 meters and thereby runs at 600 cubic meters per second. This beautiful fall is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful water features in all of the world.
5. Dudhsagar Falls, India
The four-tiered waterfalls situated in the heart of the western ghats on the Mandovi river in Goa, India is one of India’s most famed and beautiful water indeed the Dudhsagar falls.
These falls are fueled by the perennial rains in the western ghats and water drops five times from a height of 320 meters and flowing with a tremendous force, it literally appears like a “sea of milk.”
6. Jog Falls, India
One of the purest waterfalls located in the Sagara Taluka, India is indeed the Jog waterfall. One of the many characteristics of this waterfall is that it becomes a plunge waterfall during the rainy season.
Taking a drop from about 253 meters the water from this waterfall runs with enough force to generate electricity at the hydroelectric plant which is set up near the fall. It is a result of three falls which take root water from the Jog river.
The mist brewed up by the combined effect of the three falls fills the surroundings, creating some of the best sceneries.
7. Torc Waterfall, Ireland
This waterfall is located in the Torc mountain situated in County Kerry, Ireland. This waterfall is surrounded by forests so plenty of animals are spotted here especially the red deer.
The longest drop is 18 meters and the water flows at a subtle speed throughout the forest. The waterfall and the surrounding area is very suitable for hikers and trekkers which are seen in abundance here.
8. Dalton Falls, (China and Vietnam)
“Ban Gioc – Detian Falls ” is a name often used collectively for the two waterfalls which are fueled by the Quây Sơn River, that runs through the international border between Vietnam and China; located between Guangxi, the Karst hills of Daxin County, Trùng Khánh District, and the Cao Bằng Province.
The water from the river drops three times from a total height of 60 meters, making thundering sounds as it rages through the cliffs.
9. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and Zambia
These falls are located in a town named after them, which is situated in western Zimbabwe and a few kilometers from Livingstone, Zambia.
It draws water from the Zambezi river which falls from a height of 108 meters due to which the water gushes with the tremendous force of about 1088 cubic meters per second which has resulted in the formation of many gorges.
It is surrounded by the well-known Victoria falls national park, which boasts of this waterfall and is a major tourist attraction in Zimbabwe.
10. Kawasan Falls, Philippines
These falls are located in the southern direction to the island of Cebu, Philippines. The water at Kawasan Falls is naturally blue in color due to the high amount of limestone deposits present in this area.
It has two main waterfalls which are at a height of 131 meters and 61 meters respectively, both of them landing in the naturally created blue lagoons and pools. The Kabukalan spring and the Matituano river provide the water, which fuels the waterfall.
Canyoneering adventure camps are set up here in the area surrounding the falls owing to their height and plenty of lagoons.
11. Gullfoss Falls, Iceland
It is located in the canyon of the Hvita river present in southwestern Iceland. The water of these falls drops about two times from a total height of about thirty-two meters which causes the water to run at speeds of 140 cubic meters per second.
In the Icelandic language, the word Gulfloss means golden just as per the translation this waterfall appears golden during a sunny day as the water takes up the golden-brown color from the sun rays.
This waterfall is well known for its multi-step cascade along the Hvita river. It is Iceland’s signature waterfall and contributes greatly to the tourism of this nation.
12. Multnomah Falls, Oregon
This iconic waterfall is situated in the Columbia River Gorge, east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, Oregon, United States. The waterfall is very easily accessible from the Historic Columbia River Highway and Interstate 84.
The water from the waterfall taking a drop from about 100 feet carves the basalt hills as it flows it a two-tier way. This waterfall is the tallest one in the region of Oregon. The waterfall is named after the Multnomah tribe which used to reside in the forest region surrounding the waterfall.
The underground springs present at the Larch mountains fuel this waterfall as it flows all year-round. Maintained thoroughly by the authorities of Oregon this waterfall is a popular tourist destination.
13. Snoqualmie Falls, Pacific Northwest
This waterfall is situated in the northwest United States, east of Seattle on the Snoqualmie River between Snoqualmie and Fall City. Fueled by the Snoqualmie river the water drops once from a height of 82 meters, which makes it ideal to generate electricity using a hydroelectric power plant, which is located just some distance ahead.
It is one of the most visited places in Washington. There is a traditional burial site, juxtaposed to this waterfall as this fall is sacred for the people who live in the surrounding area. The mist rising at the very base of the waterfall is believed to connect heaven and earth with the people living here.
Due to the excellent infrastructure and the creation of numerous observation decks and picnic spots and hiking areas more than 1.5 million people visit this waterfall every year.
14. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
This waterfall is situated in southern Iceland. The waterfall is fueled by the Seljalands river which is known to have its origin in the volcano glacier and the fall drops from 60 meters and runs right in front of the facade of a cave through which the visitors walk behind the fall.
This waterfall is one of the very rare waterfalls, where tourists can easily walk behind the narrow and cascading falls. Adventurous tourists can follow the pathway from the base of the cliff that will take you right behind the vigorously raging waterfall.
This is a great way to witness and experience the waterfalls grace from its very core. This waterfall is at the top of the itinerary of most of the tourists visiting Iceland.
These waterfalls are natures blessing to the planet. Just a visit to any waterfall and observing its flow and channelizing the inner spirit in sync with the flow one can easily achieve solace in the chaotic lifestyle in today’s world!