Water, the liquid that sustains nature. It will be very difficult for us to find a living being who does not need water. Have you observed water anytime? Yes, I know that you take bath in water, wash yourself with water, drink water many times a day, but what I am asking is- have you observed water? Take a glass of water and look at it carefully. It is transparent. It has no taste. It mixes with most of the materials and it takes every color given to it. That is water. And that is why waterfalls are so charming.
The speed of falling water itself is a great freshener. Why does that make us feel good? Is it the power of the fall, or the great volumes of water that falls non stop? The whole atmosphere feels clean near a waterfall. The small drops of water that cover the whole surroundings are enchanting in themselves and the view is mesmerizing.
Why do people go and visit waterfalls? How many of us think about that? We visit waterfalls because we love watching them. We get energized watching them. We get a feeling of unknown excitement being near a waterfall. Why? The first reason is that the waterfall is natural. No man-made waterfall will ever attract so much attention as the natural one will. We are after all products of nature and carry the genes of forefathers who lived in jungles. The second reason is the sense of purity we feel near a fall. That and the power, the velocity of the fall, copious amount of water going down at every moment.
Here are our Top 10 Most Wonderful Waterfalls in the World:
Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
Located in the wild and exotic Fiordland National Park, which is also a World Heritage Area, Sutherland Falls is a beautiful 580 meter-high waterfall that is sure to take your breath away. It is one of the many natural attractions of the Milford Track in New Zealand as well.
Jog Falls, India
The second-highest plunge waterfall of India, Jog Falls is a major tourist attraction in Karnataka. Located on the border of Shimoga and Uttara Kannada districts of Karnataka, Jog waterfalls is the highest waterfall in the state.
Also known as Gerosappa Falls or the Joga Falls, these falls are one of the most important attractions in all of South India. Second, only to the Nohkalikai Falls of Meghalaya, Jog falls drops about a huge 253 m (850 ft. ) in a single fall. However, due to the construction of Linganamakki Dam, the flow in the falls is hugely restricted before monsoons.
Yosemite Falls, California, USA
Yosemite Falls drops 2,425 ft and is made up of three separate waterfalls. Seen from several standpoints within the park, you might want a view from above, in which case you should put on your hiking boots to reach the top. Other falls in the park include the splendid Ribbon Fall at 1,612 ft, while the 1,000 ft Horsetail Fall is famous for looking as though it is on fire when it reflects the orange glow of the sunset.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
Visiting Iguazu Falls, one of the most dramatic natural wonders of the world, is a truly amazing experience and a wonderland for family hiking and adventure outdoors. Situated on the border of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, nearly 275 waterfalls and cascades are strung out along the rim of a 2.5 mi crescent-shaped cliff to plummet up to 80 m into the gorge below. The fury of these mammoth falls, the deafening roar of white-frothed waters as they hurtle down into the distant spray assaults the senses.
Set within the lush rainforest of Iguazu National Park, the Iguazu Falls are divided into two main parts by La Isla San Martin (San Martin Island), with most of the falls found on the Argentinean side. The largest of these, the Garganto Del Diabolo (Devil’s Throat) is split in horseshoe fashion between Argentina and Brazil, tumbling thunderously nearly 90 m. into the river canyon below. Craning over the extensive walkways of the upper path, hanging mid-air above the lip of the giant drops, you are struck by breathtakingly panoramic views of this largest of the falls.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls in Venezuela is one of the world’s most stunning natural spectacles. At a height of 978 meters, it is far and away from the highest waterfall in the world, more than justifying a trek into the Canaima National Park away from your hostels in Venezuela.
The park is located in the Gran Sabana region of the country which offers plenty in the way of natural beauty in itself and serves as an excellent precursor to the enormity of Angel Falls, with stunning table-top mountain views and an abundance of rare wildlife among the treats on offer.
Gullfoss Falls, Iceland
Gullfoss is, in many ways, like Iceland’s Eiffel Tower, or Golden Gate Bridge. Though a natural feature of the landscape it’s somehow captured the hearts and imaginations of hundreds of thousands of people and has become a must-see for both visitors and locals alike. Its beautiful tiered drop has a gentle, soothing power and regardless of the weather is always mesmerizing, even if frozen sculpture-still in winter.
After a scenic drive northward from the main highway, Route 1, through meandering hills and easy landscapes, Gullfoss is hidden from view until the very last moment, tucked as it is down into a river gorge. For the first time visitor especially, arriving at the edge of the gorge gives a sense of discovery – even though there may be people all around you, there’s a feeling that yours are the very first eyes to witness the fall’s beauty. Close-up and enveloped in its mists, or at a distance on a viewing platform, Gullfoss is a delight to behold!
Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario
Niagara Falls is situated between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York, and is separated into two sections: The American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. The highest drop is from Horseshoe Falls which is about 170 feet, whereas American Falls is only a 70-foot drop. However, the sight of Niagara Falls is still spectacular. The intensity of the water rushing over the cliff’s edge, pumping at its peak over 100,000 cubic feet of water every second from Lake Erie, leaves Niagara Falls as a true testament to Nature’s majesty.
Plitvice Falls, Croatia
While most of the other waterfalls mentioned here are singular ones, Plitvice Falls is more like a network of falls, making it one of the most unique one. The many drops end in various hues of blue, ranging from clear to azure to turquoise. These finally extend onto a limestone canyon. Located within a national park, one can hike around and across them. The national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
The Victoria Falls are on the Zambezi River, at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa. They are one of the Great Natural Wonders Of The World.A mile across and 400 ft high, they form the largest vertical sheet of water in the world.They were “discovered” by David Livingstone in 1855 and named for Queen Victoria.Before that, they were known locally by a more romantic name – Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “Smoke That Thunders”The falls are part of two national parks, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, and they are one of Southern Africa’s major tourist attractions.
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
In Guyana, South America lies one of the greatest waterfalls (Kaieteur Falls) in the world. The Guyanese maintain it’s the world’s largest – bigger and better than Angel Falls, Victoria Falls or Niagara Falls. But not too many people seem to know it. Visit Guyana and see for yourself what the fuss is all about.