We are blessed with an abundance of natural wonders with enough lakes, mountains and rivers to explore for a lifetime. We’ve also got some of the most jaw-dropping waterfalls on earth around the world. Seeing huge amounts of water overflowing the edge of a mountain or falling over rocks never stops to leave us in awe.
Here are ten of the best waterfalls in the world. Let’s dive in then!
1) Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall. Located in Canaima National Park, the second largest national park in Venezuela. In 1933, American gold prospector James Crawford (‘Jimmie’) Angel discovered Angel Falls accidentally, flying over the mountain in his Flamingo monoplane. Angel Falls are best seen between the months of May and November. Between December and April, rainfall is much more infrequent and the waterfall dries up. There’s only one way to visit Canaima National park – by air. And from the park, boats will take you to Angel Falls.
2) Niagara Falls, USA/Canada
It’s not hard to understand why many consider Niagara Falls a top natural wonder of the world, as it is visited by over 15 million people every year. Located in Ontario, Canada, it is a place of immense beauty with wild waves of daredevils slipping water over the towering falls from above. Due to this beauty and breathtaking view, it’s one of most romantic places around the world.
The Niagara falls are actually made up of 3 separate waterfalls across Canada and America. From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. To experience the amazingness that this place has to offer, one should definitely go for the boat ride ‘Maid of the Mist’ which takes the passengers through the three falls!
3) Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, flanking Zimbabwe
The Victoria Falls is a more than impressive destination as many travellers spend the whole day walking along the footpaths or swimming on the edge of the Falls. To really see the beauty of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, you have to visit it at different times of the year. During month of August-December it is almost a trickle, and during monsoon season (February – June) you will find thunderous clouds of smoke. When the water is at its peak, you will most certainly be drenched from head to toe. Take the time to look upon this awesome site without any time constraints, soak it up, get soaked, see what Mother Nature is fully capable of and for the more adventurous of you, fly over top to view the beauty of ‘Mosi-oa-tunya’ (‘The smoke that thunders).
4) Jog Falls
The Jog Falls, which comes to life only during monsoon, is India’s highest waterfall, located in state of Karnataka on Sharavati River. Best time to visit Jog falls is usually from June to September as monsoon remains active during this time of the year. Afternoon is the best time to watch the fall as sunlight will directly fall on the waterfall.
5) Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
The mighty Iguazu Falls, located on the border of the Argentina province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana can instantly turn even jaded travelers into a raving fan. These falls will surprise you every time you visit. The tallest of these waterfalls, called the Devil’s Throat, drops by more than 80 meters into a milky abyss that creates a permanent cloud of mist.
6) The Faroe Islands, between Norway and Iceland
These are one of the most delightful islands you will ever see. Perhaps the most wonderful islands on the planet aren’t loaded with palm trees and daylight, but with spectacular cliffs and waterfalls tumbling into greenish blue oceans. But the Faroe Islands remain so obscure to voyagers. It’s surely an appealing destination for travelers and adventure lovers. Most local people call this fall “The Waterfall on Gásadalur”.
7) Kaieteur Falls
Whether you love waterfalls and have been to Iguazú Falls or Niagara or you’re not particularly interested in waterfalls, you should definitely visit the Kaieteur Falls once in your lifetime. Kaieteur Falls is the world’s widest single drop waterfall, located on the Potaro River in the Kaieteur National Park, in Essequibo, Guyana. Its location is in the Amazon forest. Watching 30,000 gallons of water shooting over a 250m cliff in the middle of an ancient jungle with few tourists in sight is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Best time to visit is in the morning during the rainy season.
8) Plitvice Falls in National Park, Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia’s most famous attractions and also claims to have some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Visitors also described the stunning park as ‘Mother Nature at her loveliest’. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, interconnected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodlands populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. The waterfalls are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colours change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals in the water and the angle of the sunlight.
9) Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
Named after Donald Sutherland, who found the waterfall in the year 1880, it is the tallest waterfalls in the New Zealand. The waterfalls are located in Fiordland, New Zealand with the height of 581 m. It is near Milford Sound in New Zealand’s South Island. If you’re a shutterbug, Sutherland falls is the right place to take photos for your collection. The view is so amazing it will make you feel as if you’re dreaming. It’s not easy to describe the majestic view of these falls. This is another place worth visiting at least once in your lifetime!
10) Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia
The Blue Nile Falls are one of the best waterfalls in Africa. It is located in Ethiopian plateau, passing the Blue Nile River. This waterfall is also known as Tis Issat meaning smoking water, as the continuous dropping of water creates a smoke-like bounce of water droplets. If you are planning to visit the falls, it is recommendable to wear comfortable clothes as the trail on the way to the falls is quite bumpy. The flora around the falls is lovely. The Blue Nile Falls are also enriched with different types of wildlife that can only be found in Ethiopia.
So take some time out from your busy schedule and enjoy some of nature’s most incredible wonders!