Waterfalls are beautiful and wherever
they are located, they transform the place into this spectacular and
enchantingly beautiful paradise. The image of a beautiful waterfall doesn’t
fail to make anyone looking at it sigh with wonder and appreciation for
nature’s beauty. It is a real spectacle and one of the lovely wonders of Mother
Nature. The foamy cascading waters on cliffs and the amazing roaring sound
makes any sightseer experience nature at its best form. It actually has this mesmerizing effect which
stays with you long afterwards.
are various world famous waterfalls which have been photographed, written about
and boasted about by countries that are home to them. There are still many unknown
waterfalls that are equally beautiful and enchanting. However, to shorten the
beautiful waterfall list, outlined below are some of the worlds’ most beautiful
and extraordinary waterfalls which are also favorite cascades for many
travelers and nature lovers.
1. GullFloss, Iceland
in Iceland, these falls are spectacular and are also referred to as "Golden
Falls”. They are a major attraction in Iceland making their location a popular
tourist spot. The falls are an impressive 32meter high double waterfall found at
White River also known as Hvítá. During the rainy
seasons or when there is a glacial runoff, these falls are a sight to behold. They
actually become the largest volume falls in the whole of Europe.
2. Ramona Falls In Oregon- USA
in Mount Hood Wilderness in Oregon, United States, Ramona Falls and its
environs are a renowned tourist location
and loved by hikers. The falls are 120-foot long and cascade on the
stair-shaped cliff of the columnar basalt. Thanks to a lava eruption, the incredible
shape of the columnar basalt was formed.
Hikers and nature lovers love to stop and simply stare at these majestic
3. Duden Waterfalls, Turkey
Duden falls are a group of spectacular-looking falls located on the Duden River
which can be found in Antalya province in Turkey. The water at the Lower Duden
waterfall cascades gracefully in to the Mediterranean Sea by draping a rocky
cliff. The falls are loved by tourists and the fact that they are only 10km
from the sandy beaches located in South East of Antalya province make them a
popular attraction during tourist season.
4. , California- USA
known as horsetail fire fall, this fall is located in Yosemite village in
Mariposa County. The sight of this fall is very inspiring and will speak even
to the hardened of hearts when it comes to nature things. True to its name,
this 1500ft waterfall looks like a fire fall flowing down the cliff. It looks
like lava or fire but it is just water
that flows in a special way. What contributes
to its fire fall appearance is the sun which shines on it. The perfect time to visit is when the sun is
setting and the snow is melting. Photographers come from far and wide just to
capture this fire fall on camera. The falls are made up of three cascades which
are the upper Yosemite Fall, The middle cascades and the Lower Yosemite Fall. You
will have the best view of the fall if you are standing on the picnic area that
is along Northside drive.
5. Jog Fall, India
is the highest waterfall in the whole of India. It exists courtesy of the
Sharavathi River and falls from an impressive height of 253 meters. It is a
very popular tourist attraction and also a great energy source. There is a
power station nearby which has been in operation since the year 1948 thanks to
the energy from Jog Fall. It is one of the largest hydro-electric power
stations in India.
6. Victoria Falls , South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
108meters long, the waterfall is famously known as the "Smoke that thunders”.
It begins in South Africa on the River Zambezi which is also between Zambia and
Zimbabwe. It beautifully straddles the borders of two countries with a height
of 108 meters and a width of 1,708meters; this is why it is the third largest waterfall
in the world. Dr. David Livingstone who was the first visitor of this fall
named it after Queen Victoria.
7. Iguazu Waterfall, Argentina- Brazil
waterfall can be found right on the border of Brazil and Argentina. It is
actually a group of 275 falls along a 2.7 km
stretch of the River Iguazu. Legend has it that the fall was a certain
god’s creation. This god loved a beautiful aborigine woman named Naipi who did
not reciprocate the love but eloped with Taroba, her mortal lover using a canoe. In
anger the god condemned the mortal lovers to this eternal fall by slicing up
the river into the current amazing 275 falls. The falls are very beautiful and
tourists often come just to take pictures.
8. Niagara Falls, Canada- America
falls are found on the Niagara River and
are milky, voluminous and 175ft long. They straddle the border that is between
New York and Ontario, the Canadian
province. This attractive and mesmerizing waterfall has two sections which are
the Horseshoe falls located on the Canadian side of the border and the American
Falls located on the American side. It is not only a popular tourist attraction,
but it is also a great source of hydro-electric power.
9. Godafoss, Iceland
known as the waterfall of the gods, this waterfall is very beautiful. The water
from the river Skjálfandafljót
makes this fall which has a height of 12 meters and spreads out to a width of
30 meters. According to the story behind its name, in the year 999,
Christianity was declared the true and official religion of Iceland. The
chieftain Porgeir then threw his Norse gods in the river. From then on, the
waterfall became the waterfall of gods.
This is one of the largest waterfalls
in China and East Asia. It is found on River Baihe in Anshun, Guizhou province.
It is 255ft high and 331ft wide. You can view this waterfall from different
locations but the best view of the waterfall is when you are at the
waterfall-viewing pavilion. Tourists can have a clear view of the whole
waterfall and take great pictures from that pavilion which is also locally
known as Guan Bao Ting. The fall also drapes a naturally formed cave known as
Shuiliandong or water-curtain.
11. Blue Nile Falls
The Blue Nile Falls can be found
in the Blue Nile river in Ethiopia. They
are famously known as "Smoking Water” or Tis Abbay in the Ethiopian Amharic
language. The falls are located on the upper course of the river which is
around 30km downstream from Lake Tana and the town of Bahir Dar. The Blue Nile
Falls are still one of Ethiopia’s best known tourist attractions despite much
of the water being diverted to the power dam.
12. The Angel Falls,
This fall is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the
world with a height of 3,212ft and a plunge of 2,648ft. The falls are very
high, resulting to the water atomizing and changing into fine mist before
reaching the ground. This is because of the force from the strong winds in the
area. This fall is one of Venezuela’s top tourist attraction its beauty is one
sight that is forever memorable.
13. Vinnufossen , Norway
This is Europe’s tallest
waterfall and the sixth tallest in the world. It is found in the eastern part
of Sunndalsora Village in Sunndal Municipality. The falls are part of Vinnu
River and they flow down from Vinnufjellet Mountain and are fed from Vinnufonna
glacier. The falls then flow into Driva River near Hoelsand village. The shear
height of these falls will leave you dazed with wonder.
14. Sutherland Falls,
Milford Sound- New Zealand
This magnificent waterfall flows from a mountain lake. It
falls down 1,904 ft making it one of the tallest falls in the world. It is a
sight to behold and has this misty
appearance because of the sheer force with which it falls. You get the sense
that the fall is somehow alive when you look at the forceful waters.
15. Kaieteur Falls,
Essequibo Territory- Guyana
It is located along the River Potaro in central Guyana and it is actually four times taller than
Niagara falls but surprisingly not as popular. The falls got their name from the Patamona Indian
legend where the Kai chief, in an act of self-sacrifice to the Great Spirit
(Makonaima) wanted to save his people by paddling over the falls. Despite not
being popular this falls are still spectacular and still depict nature
Waterfalls are and will always be awe-inspiring sights. Since the first man paddled down the river
and was mesmerized and awe-struck by the beauty of a waterfall, the same
feeling has been replicated millions of times over the centuries, when natives
and tourists alike have beheld the
beauty of waterfalls. In the above list there are the most powerful, enormous,
voluminous and tallest waterfalls that still manage to look beautiful in the
ragged natural landscape.