Top waterfalls around the world
Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil – One of the most spectacular natural attractions in the world, it is the most popular waterfall as well. What sets this attraction apart from the rest is that it is characteristic of 250 drops of distinct heights, making it the paradise of waterfalls. The name Iguazu comes from the Tupi word – meaning big water. The falls stretches along the coast of Brazil‘s state of Parana. There is also a legend behind the waterfall that states that once, a God wanted to marry a stunning woman named Naipi, who rejected his advance and fled with her lover – Taroba in a canoe. The God got angry and in rage sliced the river in half and created waterfall and condemned the lovers to eternal falls.
Niagara Falls, Canada – One of the most popular falls in the entire world, Niagara Falls is majestic and provides a stunning sight. Located between the international borders of USA’s New York and Canada’s Ontario, Niagara is a collection of three waterfalls that straddle between the two borders. The three falls are named as the Horseshow Falls, The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The unique combination of the three waterfalls makes it the highest flow rate in the entire world. The grandeur of the Falls is such a fascinating sight that it has been attracting tourists since many years.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Locally known as Mosi – oa – Tunya – meaning “The smoke that thunders” is one of the most stunning sights in the world. What makes this waterfall unique is the fact that it is twice as tall as the Niagara Falls. Bear in mind that the entry fee to see the waterfall is $30 which in turn goes to support the Mugabe government. This fee is taken in cash only. Also note there are no ATMs to accept foreign cards so you must have cash or local currency handy. The Victoria Falls is a result of thousand of years of erosion due to volcanic activity. The volume of water will be higher in the rainy season and you will be able to see the rocky structure beneath the falls during the dry season – a marvellous sight in itself, but overshadows the grandiosity of the falls.
Huangguoshu Falls – The largest fall in Asia stands tall at 75 mt. high and 81 mt. wide. It is located on the Baishui River in the province of Guizhou, China. The sheer charm of the waterfall itself draws attention and invites thousands of tourists every year. The entire area is scenic and provides peace to the mind. The three waterfalls are known as Water curtain cave, water cluster and Rhinoceros pool.
Angel Falls, Venezuela- Named after Jimmy Angel, a pilot who discovered the falls in the year 1937, Angel falls is located in the Canaima National Park – a UNESCO world heritage site. This is one of Venezuela’s popular attractions and as it is situated in a secluded jungle, it is not accessible easily. Visits should be avoided on a cloudy day as the waterfalls may not be clear to be seen. It is the tallest fall and also the tallest single drop fall and also one of the 8 wonders of the world. After a long hike, you can relax at the natural pool beneath the falls.
Plitvice Waterfalls, Croatia – Hidden gem of Croatia, these waterfalls are located in Plitvice Lakes National Park. At the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, near the mountainous region of Karst, these turquoise coloured falls form a postcard picture. This site is also UNESCO world heritage site. Although a bit underrated, these falls are majestic nonetheless.
Jog Falls, India – The appearance of these falls change according to the changing season in India. You can hear the falls roar the loudest when you visit it during the monsoon season, in a single drop. This attraction, although unique in itself, is still unspoilt and unexplored. To visit, you must venture into the state of Karnataka in the western region of India and head to Sagar city where these falls are situated. The falls are 255 mt. high and its magnificence is a reason unto itself to venture further down the country.
The stress and the drama of the city life make you lead a fast paced life where you lose touch with the nature. With cut throat competition all around us, it is reassuring to know that there is a way to get away from it or to even take a break. In order to mellow down, witnessing such natural marvels is a blessing in disguise. The falls’ sheer size is overpowering that demands attention of the onlooker, and in turn it provides a soothing effect. It’s a universal realization that after a visit to such attraction, we do get back to our daily routine, albeit with a healthy and fresh mind and body.