10 Best Waterfalls In India
There’s something about waterfalls that completely mesmerizes the beholder. That thick band of white, foaming, gushing water cascading down between hill slopes, does a lot for the eyes, ears, heart and mind ! People feel compelled to just stand and stare and take in the beauty and sounds of this spectacle. And if the surroundings are further enhanced with lush greenery, which is mostly during monsoons, it feels like you are amidst a small section of heaven.
India, being blessed with different kinds of land shapes and seasons, can boast of many such wondrous waterfalls in different parts of our country. So given here are some of the best waterfalls of our country. Keep in mind, these are not just the highest or the most voluminous, but they are definitely some of the most beautiful.
1 – Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
Literally translated, this ‘Ocean of Milk’ is a very welcome and extremely beautiful change from the numerous beaches which abound in Goa. Dudhsagar Falls is situated on the river Mandovi, on the border between the two states of Goa and Karnataka. With the height of 1,017 ft, it is amongst the highest waterfalls in India and is covered with dense forest and high peaks. Flowing down from the mighty peaks of the western Ghats, the falls are divided into four tiers, splitting into three streams of water, heading steadily to their ultimate destination, into the deep green sea.
How to reach : Abhibus offers you bus services to Goa from Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Chennai etc.!
2 – Jog Falls, Shimoga, Karnataka
Jog Falls, located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, is the second highest plunge waterfall in India, making it a really captivating sight. Set against the backdrop of lush green forests the water cascades down 830 feet. The nearby area makes for a perfect trekking spot and one could go up to the Watkins platform to get a thrilling view of the place.
How to reach : Fly straight into Mangalore airport and from there complete the remaining journey by road.
3 – Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji
Nohkalikai Falls, located near one of the wettest places on Earth, Cherrapunji, is the tallest plunge waterfall in India with a height of 1115 feet, making it the highest waterfall in India. The good part is, that these falls are in full flow almost throughout the year, since Meghalaya receives plenty of rainfall round the year. It is an amazing spectacle and one of the best waterfalls in India. The unique feature of the waterfalls is the carving created by the force of water at the bottom of the falls. The waterhole remains a beautiful blue in winter and changes its color to sea green in the summers making it extremely spectacular. The place has a mind-blowing landscape, leaving a wonderful imprint on your mind.
How to reach : One can fly to Guwahati airport which is the closest and then take NH-40 that connects Guwahati with Shillong and NH-44 that connects Shillong with Silchar.
4 – Athirapally Falls, Thrissur Kerala
The Thrissur district in Kerala, springs to life in the monsoon season with the breathtaking Athirapally Falls. With the beautiful lush green woods and the gushing silver water flowing down into the lush green forest, which is home to species like the Great Indian Hornbill, Cochin Forest Cane Turtle and the Nilgiri Langur, Athirapally falls are indeed a mesmerizing spectacle to view. It’s little wonder that these falls are also known as the ‘Niagara of India’. They are far from being as high as Jog Falls of Karnataka or other waterfalls of India, but they are definitely a sight to behold!
How to reach : The closest airport is at Kochi. Thereafter, one can travel by private or KSRTC buses or private vehicles. AbhiBus too has luxury coaches plying from Ernakulam to Thrissur.
5 – Dhuadhar Falls, Madhya Pradesh
This enormous waterfall located in Bhedaghat district, at a distance of approx. 30 km from Jabalpur, is definitely one of the most attractive features that the city of Jabalpur can boast of. This huge waterfall is fed by the Narmada river and due to the powerful flow of water, it creates a mist in the environment which gives it a smoke like appearance and hence the name! The waterfall is surrounded by lush green trees and shrubs and creates an even more appealing visual specatacle.
How to reach : It is 30.5 km from the center of Jabalpur via Bhedaghat Road. One can travel to this place by hiring a cab which is the best option or by local transportation.
6 – Kempty Falls, Uttarakhand
Surrounded by high mountain cliffs, Kempty Falls is nestled at an altitude of around 4500 ft above sea level, on the way between Dehradun and Mussoorie. This beautiful cascade of water, falling from an altitude of 40 feet, divides into five channels. The pond formed at the bottom of the falls makes an excellent spot for swimming and bathing. A flight of stairs leads to this pond where one can enjoy with family and friends and is quite the center of activity almost throughout the year, with it being a popular picnic destination for tourists as well as locals.
Walkways and bridges lead from the falls’ entrance to various vantage points where one can take in the picturesque sight of the water tumbling down the cliff amidst the beautiful greenery that borders both sides of the waterfall, huge cliffs and the soothing chirping of birds in the background. Coupled with the cold environment, this captivating destination is an ideal place to unwind and is one of the most renowned waterfalls in Uttarakhand,
Access to the falls is via a short cable-car ride that travels down a forest-covered mountainside. As you move deep into the valley, do check out the colorful Tibetan-style homes which sit precariously on the cliffs. An alternative way to get here is to walk down a series of hillside steps.
How to reach : The waterfall is about a 30-minute drive from Mussoorie’s town center and easily accessible via auto-rickshaws and taxis.
7 – Elephant Falls, Shillong
The Elephant Falls are amongst the most popular falls in the North-East, situated next to Shillong. It is a tourists’ delight with three layers of the falls accessible to the layman from different vantage points. At Elephant Falls, one can get very close to the falls and enjoy its serenity and might. The first of the three waterfalls are tucked between the dense trees and are very broad. The second waterfall reduces to thin strands of water and is almost negligible in winters due to the receding water levels. The third and the most visible waterfall is the tallest with clear water. flowing like a sheet of milk on the dark rocks in the backdrop. Elephant Falls are a great stopover destination before one heads into Meghalaya. Located 12 km away from the capital city of Shillong, Elephant Falls is one of the most visited falls in Meghalaya.
How to reach : Nearest airport is at Guwahati which has direct flights to all other major cities of the country. One can easily hire a cab or take public or private buses till Shillong. Alternatively, there is a helicopter service from Guwahati till Shillong. The nearest rail head is at Guwahati from where one can either hire a cab or catch public or private buses till Shillong. Shillong is also well connected by road to Guwahati and nearby major cities of the North-East. Public and private buses connect it to Guwahati and other cities. From Shillong one can easily hire a cab or auto rickshaw till Elephant Falls which are located just 12 km from Shillong.
8 – Kune Falls, Maharashtra
Kune Falls, located centrally within the Lonavala Khandala valley is a three tiered waterfall with a total height of 660 ft; the highest drop being 330 ft. At a distance of 2 km from Khandala Railway Station and 3.5 km from Lonavala Railway Station, Kune Falls is a scenic waterfall situated near Kune village in Pune district of Maharashtra. It is one of the famous waterfalls in Maharashtra and also one of the best places to visit in Lonavala. The waterfall is divided into 2 sections and the highest drop at this three-tier waterfall is of about 100 m. The Kune Falls is the 14th highest waterfall in India and is completely surrounded by lush green vegetation and provides a great visual experience. The falls attracts tourists in large numbers during the rainy season when the waterfall is in its peak form and flows down with a huge gush. Bathing and swimming are popular activities in the waterfalls. The water that flows through the valley runs for many days even after the monsoon season is over. The Kune Church is located within the close proximity of Kune Waterfalls and serves as a landmark to reach the waterfalls. From the church, it takes just a short walk to reach Kune falls. The waterfall is located on the old Mumbai-Pune Highway.
How to reach : Pune airport is just 60 km from Kune falls, while Khandala Railway Station is at a distance of 2 km away and Lonavala is 3.5 kms away. Kune Falls is located 94 km from Mumbai and 70 km from Pune. One can reach these falls by a hired taxi or cab or also reach easily by your own vehicle from Mumbai Pune Highway NH 4. One can book bus tickets online at www.abhibus.com from Mumbai, Pune or Bengaluru to Lonavala.
9 – Iruppu Falls, Coorg
The Iruppu Falls are located in the Brahmagiri Range in the Kodagu district of Karnataka, India, bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is a fresh water cascade and is situated at a distance of 48 km from Virajpet on the highway to Nagarhole. Starting from the lofty Brahmagiri peaks, the falls plunge 170 ft in two different stages. These falls later become a part of the Lakshmana Tirtha River and hence this waterfall is also known as Lakshmana Tirtha falls. This fresh water cascade, surrounded by the lush green Western Ghats makes a beautiful picture and hence has become a famous picnic spot. Irupu falls is a major tourist attraction as well as a pilgrimage spot. People flock to the waterfalls during Shivratri to absolve themselves of their sins before they head to the nearby temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
How to reach : Fly to the nearest airport at Kozhikode and travel the rest by road. Irupu is situated at 48 km from Virajpet, 260 km from Bangalore and 120 km from Mysore. The Falls can be visited by the highway from Gonikopal to Nagarahole National Park off the Kutta Road after Srimangala.
10 – Shivanasamudra Falls, Karnataka
The Shivanasamudra Falls is located on the Kaveri River in the Mandya district of the state, formed after the river winds its way through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau and drops off to form waterfalls. These falls can be classified as one of the most powerful waterfalls in the country and stand out for their sheer volume cascading down from a height of 98 meters. These waterfalls are enveloped with great degree of flora and fauna, courtesy the hill forests of Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and is a photographer’s delight! The island town of Shivanasamudra divides the river into twin waterfalls and creates a segmented waterfall. Segmented waterfalls occur where the water flow is broken into two or more channels before dropping over a cliff, resulting in multiple side by side waterfalls. It is 139 km from the city of Bangalore.
How to reach : Fly straight to Bangalore Airport from any other major city in the country. Buses also ply regularly from Mysore. AbhiBus offers bus services from Bengaluru to Mandya.
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