Beautiful Waterfalls Around the World
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“Like a waterfall, life doesn’t flow backward.”
The Most Beautiful Waterfalls Around the World
There are literally thousands of beautiful waterfalls scattered around the world of all shapes and sizes. Some are really tall, some are wide, while others are thin and narrow.
There is something about a waterfall that encourages people to stop and admire them even from afar. Can you resist the temptation of taking a photo of a beautiful waterfall ?? There’s a certain aura about them that just seems so magical.
There are far too many unique and beautiful waterfalls around the world for just one person to see in his lifetime, so i asked some travel bloggers to share some of the most incredible and beautiful waterfalls around the world that they have discovered during their travels.
The beauty of waterfalls throughout the world has been an enormous source of inspiration for writers, poets, travellers and stay at home dreamers for centuries, so i have included many waterfall quotes for you to enjoy as you read through this compilation of Most beautiful Waterfalls of the World.
*** Cover photo – Basakal Falls, Daguioman, Abra, Philippines
“There is a magic so well-hidden in nature that it would be a sin to reveal it to the world. I find it in waterfalls that flow with such swiftness that there’s no sound; where sunlight, even at its peak, doesn’t touch the fallen leaves; where the wind is gay with scent of wild flowers; where pine trees rustle hug each other as if in some deep love.
These waterfalls wait for you on the other side of the mountain, on the other side of fear.
Silent falls that wait for silent people who can sense them around. Trek up if you’ve found the calm silence in your heart, you’ll find your magic waterfall too.“ – Shikha Gautam
1. Kvernufoss Falls, Iceland by Cristina from Honest Travel Stories
“You have to see the waterfalls in Iceland!”. I’m sure everyone tells you that. Well, they do because it’s true. This country has waterfalls of all types: big, tall, singular, grouped, even some that look like they’re from another world.
The one that not everyone recommends and even knows of is Kvernufoss. It’s not as famous as the very well-known Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, but its beauty will make you fall in love instantly. As there are no big groups of people around, you get to feel a very familiar vibe while visiting.
Summertime is the best time to visit this place, as the scenery is gorgeous and the surroundings are not dangerous. This waterfall is one of the ones you can get behind. You can imagine why this might be dangerous if snow and ice are covering the area.
The green scenery is what makes it feel as peaceful and quiet as a waterfall can be. The place looks like it’s from a fairytale, and you get to enjoy this all by yourself, so please include it in your Iceland Ring Road itinerary.
To keep it like this, please respect all the common-sense rules. Don’t litter and damage the area in any way. Other people want to enjoy it as well.
“I can see my rainbow calling me through the misty breeze of my waterfall.” – Jimi Hendrix, May This Be Love
2. Rio Celeste Waterfall, Costa Rica by Sarah of Costa Rica Vibes
Rio Celeste waterfall is located in the northern part of Costa Rica in Tenorio Volcano National Park. The picture of the bright blue water cascading out of the fall is not edited, the water really is a bright turquoise blue.
This unique color is a result of a phenomenon called “Mie scattering.” This is caused by two rivers with different properties coming together at the Celeste River.
Costa Rican lore states that when the gods finished painting the sky they washed their brushes in this river and that is how the color was created.
The best time of year to visit Rio Celeste is during Costa Rica’s dry season (mid-December until the end of April). At this time the water will be at its brightest. During the rainy season the water can lose its color following excessive rains.
Expect to spend about three hours at the national park. There are several hiking trails with nice views, including one spot where it is possible to see exactly where the rivers mix.
You can not swim under the fall, but outside of the national park there is a bridge that goes over the river. Park your car here and walk down the embankment to take a dip in the cool blue water.
“But for the briefest moment, the blue of Zoe’s pool gave way to deeper, darker aqua-colored water.” – Michelle Cuevas
3. Torc Waterfall, Ireland by Cath of Travel Around Ireland
The Torc Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world and is located within the Killarney National Park in the Republic of Ireland. The Torc Waterfall is called Easach Toirc in Irish meaning cascade of the wild boar and stands 20 metres high with 100 metres cascades.
The waterfall is formed by the Owengarriff River as it drains from the Devil’s Punchbowl lough higher up in the mountain. It also forms part of the Kerry Way walking tour.
The waterfall is reached from a signposted car park off the N71 after a short 200m walk. This brings you to the base of the waterfall, although there is a viewing point at a higher elevation which also gives you views across the Middle Lake of the three Killarney National Park lakes. The path to climb to the top of the waterfall is made of stone with about a hundred steps and can be completed in approximately 30 minutes.
Many people visit the Torc Waterfall each year from nearby Killarney Town, combining their visit to the waterfall with exploring the Ring of Kerry or visiting nearby Muckross House and Muckross Abbey. The Torc Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in Ireland and is a must if you are visiting County Kerry.
“Emerald slopes became so tall they touched the clouds, and showers painted diamond waterfalls that sluiced down cliff sides.” – Victoria Kahler
4. La Fortuna Waterfall in Costa Rica by Alex of Schimiggy
La Fortuna (or “fortune” in English) Waterfall is located in central Costa Rica in the Alajuela Province. The waterfall is 75 meters (or 466 feet tall) and is at the base of the dormant Chato volcano.
It’s a must visit when you are traveling to visit the Arenal Volcano. You can pay a fee to descend the stairs and reach the bottom of the waterfall.
Swimming is encouraged! It’s a great daytime activity for the entire family.
“I need waves. I need waterfalls. I want rushing currents.” – Tahereh Mafi
5. Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya, India by Ketki of Explore with Ecokats
On a clear day, the emerald-coloured pool formed from the Nohkalikai falls looks stunning from a distance. The waterfalls are located in the Meghalaya state of India, which literally means ‘abode of clouds’, and are one of the must-visit tourist places in Meghalaya. Nohkalikai waterfalls are one of my favorite waterfalls in the world!
Located only 8 km from Cherrapunjee which was earlier the wettest place on earth, Nohkalikai falls have an interesting and sad legend behind it. It derives its name from ‘noh’ meaning ‘jump’ of a lady named Ka Likai who jumped to her death from these falls after learning that she had consumed the flesh of her daughter in a meal prepared by her jealous husband.
Even though the story of the falls deriving its name is sad but it paints a beautiful landscape. Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India at a height of 1115 feet (335 meters) and the fourth largest waterfall in the world. The surrounding red-rock cliffs, enveloped in lush forests and covered by mist are what makes the Nohkalikai waterfalls breathtaking. The pool at the base of falls dramatically changes colors from emerald to green to turquoise depending upon the time of the day and season.
Although the best way to enjoy the mighty waterfalls is from the viewpoint, some may disagree and would want to explore the falls by taking a dip in the base pool. It is possible to trek down a steep flight of stairs that takes visitors near the waterfall and then one has to walk in a dirt path to reach the falls. The trek to the waterfall’s base pool takes an arduous 3 hours and one has to cross through forested hills, huge boulders, and a river bed. But in the end, the trek is worth the views!
“Do you seek adventure beyond the treacherous waterfalls? Do you seek the mythical being the dwells in this unreachable place? If you do, then you must first find me. – Nadia
6. Tamul Waterfall,Huasteca, Mexico by Shelley of Travel Mexico Solo
Located in the Huasteca Potosina, a Central Mexico region that spans seven states, you’ll find some of the best waterfalls in Mexico. A Mexico bucket list trip, the remote Huasteca isn’t super easy to get to — but for waterfall enthusiasts, it’s worth the effort.
Tamul Waterfall is known as the crown jewel of the Huasteca, which also has other amazing waterfalls to see. The others include Micos, Tamasopo, El Salto and Puente de Dios. Tamul is the tallest, at 340 feet high (103.5m), and widest, at 985 feet across (300m).
The best time to see the Cascada de Tamul Waterfall in all its glory is during the wet season, November to February. In fact, during the dry season, it can look more like a trickle than a waterfall!
Famous for its turquoise water, Tamul is located at a point where two rivers merge, the Santa Maria River and Gallinas River. The best way to see it is in a wooden panga boat (basically a long, colorful canoe), or by SUP paddleboard; there are rentals and tours near Tamul.
Tamul Waterfall, and all Huasteca Potosina waterfalls are located about eight hours by car or bus from any airport. To visit, most will fly into Mexico City International Airport, then rent a car and drive. The best place to stay is in Ciudad Valles, in San Luis Potosi state, Mexico.
“We start in different places, but in the end, we all meet at the waterfall.” – Unknown
7. Bridal Veil Falls, Telluride, Colorado, USA by Taylor of Nomads in Nature
When you enter the town of Telluride during Spring and early Summer, you can’t miss the tumbling waterfall perched high in the mountains for a mesmerizing backdrop to this already picture-perfect town.
The trailhead parking lot is about 2 miles past the end of downtown. Be prepared to hike this slippery and steep 5 miles, where you must cross rivers and boulder over a few rocks until you get to the base of Bridal Veil Falls.
Once at the base, expect to be soaked by the raging waterfall as it cascades down 365 feet, pouring over cliffs and boulders. For an added bonus, I recommend continuing the hike all the way to the top of the waterfall to see the most perfect sunset over the magical land of Telluride.
The southwest of Colorado is a lesser traveled area due to it being a 4-5 hour drive from a major airport or city, such as Denver. But, if you do get the chance to explore this gem of a landscape, Telluride is one of the most magical places in the world.
Once inhabited for a 1000 years by the Ute tribe, it is now home to a small community of 2500 residents who get to enjoy year round activities. From the epic summers with countless waterfall hiking trails to the breathtaking snowy winters and home to one of America’s top rated ski resorts.
Insider tip- make sure to go in the afternoon for better photos when the sun has set and isn’t providing a harsh let over the waterfall.
“Grace is finding a waterfall when you were only looking for a stream.” – Vanessa Hunt
8. Kaparkan Falls, Tineg, Abra, Philippines by Kat of Abramazing
One of the most Beautiful Waterfalls Around the World, Kaparkan Falls is a terraced waterfall in the province of Abra.
Kaparkan Falls flow through a 500-meter wonderland of limestone formations, blue lagoons and caves, from its spring source down to the Tineg River.
The best time to visit this natural wonder is during the rainy season, between the months of August and September. During this time the spring flows generously, allowing its water to overflow the 60-meter-wide limestone terraces, filling up the deep turquoise blue lagoons, and dropping beautifully to its final fall.
Getting there is an adventure in itself. Off-road vehicles are available during this time organised by Abramazing Tours, when the 9 km trail is thick with mud. One can also hire a guide and trek.
The tiring journey will surely be worth it. The cool spring water will ease your aching muscles. Be awed by the giant Balete tree in its midst. Jump into the blue lagoons.
In the dry season, when the pools are empty, and the limestone pools are revealed, one can somehow get a glimpse of how this majestic natural creation came into being.
“Abra’s natural environment has engineered this incredible masterpiece right before my mind could ever imagine a waterfall that may look as grand as this. I found out that nature could surpass human creativity and imagination” – Edmaration #Townexplorer
9. Blue Nile Falls in Ethiopia by Jonny of Backpackingman Travel
The Blue Nile Falls are located in Ethiopia on the Blue Nile river and it’s one of the main tributaries of the Nile river draining out from the nearby Lake Tana. Known locally as Tis Abay, which means the “great smoke”, the falls are one of the best things to see in the country.
Just getting to the falls is half the fun as you ride over a bumpy dirt road into the stunning landscape of Ethiopia and then you have to hike for 30 minutes or so along the side of a lush hill before making an Indiana Jones-style crossing on a rickety bridge that spans the gorge.
Once across the bridge you can hike down to the bottom of the falls and experience the spray over your face and be in awe at the power of nature. It’s one of the best waterfalls in the world not just for the waterfall itself but for the scenery surrounding it.
The best time to see the falls is in the summer during the rainy season as the water levels are much more and to go at sunset for spectacular photography.
“I feel like water that transforms from a flowing river to a tranquil lake to a powerful waterfall to a freshwater spring to a meandering creek to a salty sea to raindrops gentle on your face to hard, stinging hail to frost on a mountaintop, and back to a river again.” – María Virginia Farinango
10. Ouzoud Falls, Marrakech, Morocco by Eva of Not Scared of the Jetlag
Hidden in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, an awesome day trip from Marrakech, you can find the Ouzoud waterfalls. They are the highest waterfalls in Morocco with around 110 m over a couple of cascades. Depending on the season, they carry a lot of water surrounded by red rocks and green bushes.
The name Ouzoud means “grinding grain” in Berber and you can find a few still active mills on the upper part of the river.
Down at the bottom there are usually a few small boats waiting to take you into the pool below the falls. But beware, you will get wet. From here, there are also a few hiking paths along the river, in the beginning lined by little cafés and restaurants, but further on it is very quiet and unspoilt.
If you like animal encounters, you will be happy here. There are barbary macaques everywhere, and they are used to humans. They will try to steal your food, and maybe even your sunglasses or camera, so watch out.
The easiest way to visit the Ouzoud waterfalls is with a group tour from Marrakech. But this almost guarantees that you will be there with a huge crowd. I recommend renting a car and arriving around lunchtime. There are enough restaurants around, and in the afternoon, you will have the falls almost to yourself.
“My desert soul erupts with turquoise water, floods and cascades and waterfalls rushing in around my rocky parts, pushing and reshaping and filling every hidden dark spot.” – Kiersten White
11. Krimml Waterfalls in Austria by Martina of PlacesofJuma
One of my favorite waterfalls in the world is the Krimml Waterfalls in Austria. This mighty force of nature is located in the province of Salzburg and is a popular destination for day trips. This natural gem is most famous for its incredible 380-meter drop, which actually makes this waterfall one of the highest waterfalls in Europe.
A real specialty is the waterfall path, a 100-year-old hiking trail that winds in serpentines along the Krimml waterfall. You enjoy an insanely beautiful view of the falls and the valley. But hiking is not the only highlight! The aerosol of the waterfall is also said to have a healing effect, especially for respiratory diseases.
You can visit the waterfall at any time of the day. The ticket office opens at 8:00 a.m., so you can pay the entrance fee later. There is also a combined ticket that includes the Krimml Water Worlds, another beautiful attraction in the area.
The Krimml Waterfalls can be visited from May to the end of October. In winter you can only visit the lower part of the waterfall, the waterfall path remains closed. Really nice are also the torchlight hikes that are offered around Christmas time.
“The fall of your hair is rushing through my head like elegant waterfalls repeatedly dancing down into an open riverbed.” ― Curtis Tyrone Jones
12. Manawaiopuna Falls, Kauai, USA by JJ Haglund of The Minivan Bucket List
The island of Kauai is Hawaii’s most lush island and is often referred to as the wettest place on Earth. The central mountain, Mount Waialeale, receives over 450 inches of rainfall every year, so the island is dotted with hundreds of spectacular waterfalls.
Many of them could be worthy of inclusion on a list of best waterfalls in the world, so what makes Manawaiopuna Falls (aka Jurassic Falls) unique?
Two things. One, it was made famous by the 1993 film Jurassic Park – it’s the waterfall that was featured in the scene when the group first arrives at the island via helicopter.
Second, because the waterfall is on private land, it’s only accessible via helicopter! There are several helicopter tour companies that can take you there and it’s well worth splurging on it for a bucket list adventure like this one. You’ll soar over lava cliffs and through green valleys, then the iconic John Williams-scored theme song will start blaring through your headphones, and when you finally land and walk up to the majestic falls, your inner 90s kid will be smiling from ear to ear.
“When you’re young, there’s so much that you can’t take in. It’s pouring over you like a waterfall. When you’re older, it’s less intense, but you’re able to reach out and drink it. I love being older.” – Unknown
13. Minas Viejas Falls, Huasteca Potosina, Mexico by Isabella of Boundless Roads
Minas Viejas is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that you will find within the northern region of Mexico called Huasteca Potosina. The entire area is brimming with many natural wonders that you really should not miss. Located in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi the huasteca potosina is a network of lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, that would keep you busy for an entire week enjoying great views and swimming in refreshing hidden natural pools.
Minas Viejas is in my opinion one of the most spectacular waterfalls available to visit. To get there it is advisable to rent a car or hire a driver from Ciudad Valles because it is difficult to get there by local transportation.
Once you get to the site and pay a small entrance fee you will have to walk down some natural stairs to reach the stunning waterfalls plunging into an emerald green lake and flowing into other pools and ultimately a river with milder currents.
The water is freezing cold but once you jump in you get used to it. And it’s totally worth it. You can swim around and also climb up to some rocks and jump back in if you are brave enough.
If you love adventure there are some tours that offer rappelling from the above mountain down to the fall.
This is a visit that you should incorporate in a 3 or 4 days travel itinerary around the huasteca and include other amazing waterfalls such as Tamul, and Puente de Dios. Enjoy!
“There is a waterfall in every dream. Cool and crystal clear, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul.” – Virginia Alison
14. Hamilton Pool, Texas, USA by Victoria of Texas Travel 365
If you are looking for the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, look no further than Texas! You may be wondering, Texas? Yes, Texas!!!
One of the best waterfalls in Texas is at Hamilton Pool Preserve. Regular waterfalls are okay, but waterfalls that are in a cave? Even better!!! This waterfall at Hamilton Pool is 50 feet tall and is a popular spot to visit, and it is easy to see why. While you used to be able to swim in the pool at the base of the waterfall, it has now been closed for safety reasons from falling rock and such.
If you visit, just enjoy with your eyes, but no swimming. It is a great day trip from Austin which is where it is located near and it costs $12 for adults but it is free for children. If you want to visit, you will need to make a reservation on the website for the park!!!
Enjoy one of the prettiest waterfalls in the world that is totally underrated!
“In cultivating mindfulness, we are going beyond or behind our thinking, much the way you might find a vantage point in a cave or depression in the rock behind a waterfall. We still see and hear the water, but we are out of the torrent.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
15. Gullfoss Falls, Reykjavik, Iceland by Victoria of Iceland Trippers
If you are looking for one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, look no further than Iceland, home to thousands of waterfalls! Gullfoss Waterfall is easily one of the most recognizable and most visited waterfalls in Iceland.
It is stunning and it isn’t too often that you stand above a waterfall plunging into a gorge in the nature seen here! Gullfoss is easily accessible to Reykjavik and is located on the Golden Circle Drive. If you are taking a Golden Circle Road Trip, this is the pinnacle of your visit.
Gullfoss means “golden falls” in Iceland, and if you visit here when it is sunny, you will see why. There is a visitor center, food, and restrooms located at the parking lot area so you can even stay for something to eat while enjoying the gorgeous view!
“Once we have tasted far streams, touched the gold, found some limit beyond the waterfall, a season changes, and we come back changed but safe, quiet, grateful.” – William Stafford
“Good luck and Good work for the happy mountain raindrops, each one of them a high waterfall in itself, descending from the cliffs and hollows of the clouds to the cliffs and hollows of the rocks, out of the sky-thunder into the thunder of the falling rivers.” – John Muir
16. Salto de la Jalda, Dominican Republic by Chris from Punta Cana Travel Blog
Salto de la Jalda is the highest waterfall in the Dominican Republic with a height of around 400 feet. Even though it is located just 2 hours away from the billion-dollar tourism industry of Punta Cana with more than 2 million tourists per year, Salto de la Jalda hardly gets visited by a dozen of tourists a day.
The reason is that it requires a 6-hour round-trip hike to reach the highest waterfall in the Dominican Republic – but it is absolutely worth it. It is particularly beautiful because when you arrive at the waterfall, you can feel the power of nature and admire the fully untouched scenery, which is breathtaking and a unique holiday experience. Seeing the gorgeous waterfall and having it all to yourself is also a perfect reward for the long hike. Feel free to enjoy the natural waterfall pool and have a swim.
The hike to Salto de la Jalda waterfall is pretty long, but not too difficult. The trail is mostly flat and runs through cocoa groves and along a river valley. Just at the end, there are a few steep inclines, but if you can handle the distance, the hike to Salto de la Jalda is doable. When heading towards Salto de la Jalda waterfall, take all your snacks and drinks with you as there are no shops along the way.
It is very recommended to go with a guide as the trail is not marked. The trailhead is located in the community of Magua between Miches and Sabana de la Mar, around 1.5 hours away from most all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana.
17. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland by Claire of ZigZag On Earth
Iceland offers a great variety of majestic waterfalls throughout the country. One of the most popular is Seljalandsfoss, because you can walk behind it.
Located on the South Coast, it can be accessed easily, just a 1h40min drive from Reykjavik.
Here, the water from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier drops 60m (around 200ft) over an ancient sea cliff into a pool.
From the front it may not be the prettiest, but, as soon as you walk behind, the experience is unforgettable, triggering all your senses: you will see the land though the falls, observe the power of the flow, listen to the crashing sound reverberating in the cave and feel the water refreshing your skin.
Being popular, I recommend a visit early morning or late afternoon to have the space to enjoy. Don’t forget to bring protection for your camera if it is not waterproof. And wear proper shoes, as it is slippery behind.
Also note that in Winter, the path is closed as it becomes too dangerous with the ice.
And since you are here, don’t miss the second waterfall: Gljufrafoss. Just a 5min walk along the cliff will take you to a hidden canyon. Inside the water is flowing as well.
“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
18. Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, USA by Nathan of All about Glamping
Snoqualmie Falls is a giant 268-foot waterfall that is very popular in Washington State. It is nestled within towering old-growth evergreen trees. It is a display of the iconic beauty one expects to see in the Pacific Northwest. The falls see over one and half million visitors each year due to the ability to park right next to the falls off of a major highway. Some may also remember Snoqualmie Falls from the hit TV series “Twin Peaks.”
One of the things that make Snoqualmie Falls so unique is there is a 4-star hotel situated at the top of the falls called Salish Lodge, named after the group of indigenous tribes from the region. There are multiple observation decks to take in views of the powerful falls. Plus, for those looking for a bit more adventure, you can take a hike down to the bottom of the falls and feel the mist hit your face.
The hike is a 1.4-mile roundtrip interpretive trail that is fine for families and pets as long as they are leashed. After you visit Snoqualmie Falls, head to the historic town of Snoqualmie. You will find a top-notch railroad museum, some lovely boutique shops, a wonderful brewery, and a few delicious cafes and restaurants.
“By the time we arrived, as evening was approaching, I felt as sore as a rock must feel when the waterfall has pounded on it all day long.” – Arthur Golden
19. Hippo Waterfall, Kullu, India by Avantika of Wayward Wayfarer
Hippo Waterfall is located in the Tirthan Valley in the Himalayan district of Kullu, India. It is one of the many waterfalls that falls under the jurisdiction of the Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Hippo Waterfall is one of many beautiful day hikes in Tirthan Valley.
The hike to the waterfall begins at a village called Gushaini. It is an easy to do trail of about 10 kilometers which takes 3 hours to complete one way. You will not have any network coverage throughout the trek except for the one designated point called Darakhali mobile point which is about half way into the trek.
The Hippo Waterfall is named so because of the deep grey-purple coloured on which the water falls. Due to the glistening water and its flat, round shape, it very much looks like a hippopotamus taking a shower! Locally, this waterfall is called Chulli Chaw.
The waterfall is located right by a small bridge and also makes a beautiful natural pool below it which is perfect for a mid afternoon summer dip!
If you’d like to explore more, consider hiking further up to Rolla Thach and deeper into the Great Himalayan National Park.
“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.” – John Muir
20. Shifen Waterfall, Taiwan by Jea of Jea Wanders
Shifen Waterfall is a curtain-style waterfall residing within a beautiful forested mountainside setting in Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan. This 40-meter wide waterfall is Taiwan’s broadest and perhaps the most picturesque in all of Taiwan. Its area is quite prone to rain due to its proximity to the mountains and the north coast of the country, so visitors can always expect a steady flow of water coming from the falls.
The waterfall is just a short walk down the road and there are viewing platforms that are well set up so that people can have the best viewing spot and get some pretty great photos. It has a deep emerald pool but swimming is not allowed. That being so, Shifen Waterfall is perfect for those who have fascination with waterfalls, but not that keen on hiking to one and swim in it.
It has been nicknamed as the little Niagara of Taiwan because of its horseshoe shape. Although not as tall nor as wide (at 20 meters high and 40 meters wide), but it’s insanely beautiful and incredibly powerful. Walking to the waterfall involves crossing a suspension bridge which adds fun and thrill to the experience. There are also several shops and cafes along the walk area where you can rest and grab something to eat near the waterfalls.
“Life is naked. A nude body is the truest and noblest symbol of life. If I draw a mountain as a heap of human forms and paint a waterfall in the shape of tumbling human bodies, it is because I see in the mountain a heap of living things, and in the waterfall a precipitate current of life.” — Kahlil Gibran
21. Yosemite Falls, USA by Karen of Travel Mad Mum
If you only have one day in Yosemite, a trip to visit Yosemite Falls should be at the top of your itinerary. At 2,425 feet, it is the highest waterfall in North America and one of the highest waterfalls in the world. Three separate drops make up Yosemite Falls; an upper, a middle and a lower.
What makes Yosemite Falls so special is that the water is not running all year round. To see Yosemite Falls at its most stunning, then visit in April, May or June. This is because Yosemite is caused by melting snow. If you are hoping to see Yosemite Falls in summer, then it may be just a trickle or completely dry.
The best time to see Yosemite Falls is late April or early May. This is because it increases your chances of seeing a rainbow coming out of the mist. If you do decide to visit Yosemite at this time, then head along the Lower Falls Trail between 7am and 8am. Expect to get wet at the end of this trail, so stand further back if you want to snap a few photos.
“A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins
“Do not feel sad for your tears, as rocks never regret the waterfalls.” – Munia Khan
22. Kozjak Falls, Kobarid, Slovenia by Miriam of Miry Giramondo
One of the most beautiful waterfalls is located in Kobarid in Slovenia, just a few kilometers away from the border with Italy. The country is most famous for its Battle during the First World War. But in addition to historical evidence, Kobarid also offers amazing new natural sites.
In fact, here is the Kozjak waterfall, considered one of the most beautiful in Slovenia. A corner of paradise hidden by high and dark walls, covered with limestone layers. 15 meters high, it is located along the gorge of the Kozjak stream, its emerald color leaves you speechless.
Both the stream and its waterfalls are part of a protected natural area, in a landscape of the highest value. To get there you have to take a path from the Napoleonic bridge of Caporetto, you have to take a dirt road but very very simple inside the woods.You arrive next to a Tibetan bridge and continue straight for about 7/8 minutes until you reach the falls.
Or you can decide to walk the historical itinerary of Kobarid where historical facts and places are brought to light but also natural wonders, the best way to discover this fantastic area. Entrance to the waterfall costs 5 euros. I’m sure this waterfall will win you over.
23. Sekumpul Waterfall, Bali, Indonesia by Jackie & Justin of Life Of Doing
Visiting the dozens of waterfalls in Bali is a memorable experience that you’ll have on this Indonesian island. Sekumpul Waterfall is the most stunning waterfall to visit and is highly recommended to visit when you’re here.
Located in the northern part of the island, it’s surrounded by vast greenery and luscious forests. The gentle cascades flowing to the bottom are impressive at 80 meters (260 feet) high.
Reaching Sekumpul is not the easiest, yet worth the effort. First, you need to travel on a windy and narrow road by motorbike or private car. You’ll pass by a few registration stalls on the way, but don’t stop by any of these. These places will charge an exorbitant amount for a tour. The real registration stall is next to the parking lot. From there, walk down the path for 15-20 minutes and cross streams potentially knee-high deep before reaching the waterfall.
As you get closer to the falls, there are plenty of opportunities to take photos. Luckily, the waterfall isn’t crowded due to the remote location.
You’re welcome to swim at the bottom of the falls to cool off from the heat. Wear your swimsuit ahead of time as there aren’t any changing areas.
“Just as a waterfall grows slower and more lightly suspended as it plunges down, so the great man of action tends to act with greater calmness than his tempestuous desires prior to the deed would lead one to expect.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.
24. Lower Duden Falls, Antalya, Turkey by Marco of Nomadic FIRE
Ancient Roman ruins, gorgeous beaches, deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Seas, and stunning mountain views, there are so many beautiful places to see when living in Turkey. However, in a large metropolitan city of nearly 1.3 million people, something I did not expect to find were picturesque waterfalls.
Duden waterfalls in Antalya, Turkey, are actually a set of two different waterfalls- Upper and Lower Duden. Especially during the fiery heat of the Turkish summer sun, a relaxing picnic near either of the falls makes for a cool escape from the city. While both falls offer a respite in nature, the Lower Duden falls is the more unique of the two.
Located directly on the Mediterranean coast and cascading down from a height of 120 feet/40 meters, Lower Duden is the only falls in Turkey that empties directly into the sea. The mist created by the falls combined with the limitless Turkey sun project a continual rainbow.
To view Lower Duden, visitors can take an 8 km walk along a bike path all the way from Antalya’s Old Town toward Lara beach. There are direct buses available for ~0.40 cents for those not in the walking mood. There are no fees to view the falls, but you can hire a boat from Antalya to view the falls from the sea for a special treat.
“Above them, a waterfall tumbled from a clifftop as high as a church steeple. The water fell in milky blue strands, shooting spray in the air that danced in rainbows of gold, pink, and blue.” ― Martine Bailey
25. Sunwapta Falls, Alberta, Canada by Samantha of Continuous Roamer
You will find Sunwapta Falls along the Icefields Parkway in Alberta. The Icefields Parkway is a well-known scenic road that travels from Banff to Jasper in the Rocky Mountains. In Stoney language, Sunwapta means turbulent river, which is apt for Sunwapta Falls because the water that thunders down the falls and Sunwapta River is powerful.
Sunwapta Falls consists of upper and lower falls. Even though Sunwapta Falls is only 18 metres tall, it is worthy of its spot on a list of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world because of its unique view. The Upper Sunwapta Falls curve around a small island with pine trees dotted across it, creating a picture-perfect moment.
Due to its rural location, you will need to rent a car and drive to Sunwapta Falls or arrange a tour that includes stops along the Icefields Parkway. Sunwapta Falls is easy to access on foot once you have arrived in the area. There is a free car park and a short walk down a slight incline to get to the upper falls. You can also walk 2 km to the lower falls. However, it can be dangerous, so make sure you stay on the trails and bring your bear spray with you.
“She dares me to pour myself out like a living waterfall. She dares me to enter the soul that is more than my own; she extinguishes fear in mere seconds. She lets light come through.” – Virginia Woolf
26. Seven Sister Waterfalls, Meghalaya, India by Soumya of Naturediary
The Nohsngithiang Falls, popularly known as Seven sisters waterfalls, is located at Cherrapunjee (the wettest place of India) in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya state, India.
Flowing down from a height of approximately 315 meters or 1033 ft, it is one of the highest waterfalls in India. It plunges down in seven stages, and thus the name comes from it. And seven segments of the waterfalls also symbolize the seven sister states of North-East India. Monsoon is the best time to visit the waterfalls.
This time the falls and the surrounding view of the falls become so alive. The waterfall gushes through lush greenery, falls on the limestone with full force and vigor, and creates a gurgling sound.
The magnificent view of the waterfalls makes the place a picture-perfect location. Mawsmai Cave, Arwah Cave, Nohkalikai Falls are some famous tourist attractions near Seven sister waterfalls.
Umroi airport in Shillong is the nearest airport from where you can quickly come here by hiring a car. It is situated about 57 km from Shillong. If you want to come by train, then you have to come to Guwahati rail station. And it will take almost 5 hours by road to reach Cherrapunjee from Guwahati.
If you want to stay near Seven Sisters waterfall, then choose Polo Orchid Resort, from where you can get a fantastic view of the waterfalls.
“There’s nobody living who couldn’t stand all afternoon in front of a waterfall. Anyone who can sit on a stone in a field awhile can see my painting. Nature is like parting a curtain, you go into it as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.” – Agnes Martin
27. Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe by Carryn of Torn Tackies Travel Blog
Standing tall at 108m high and 1,708m wide, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. The natural wonder sits on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa and is one of the most breathtaking waterfalls you’ll set your sights on.
Victoria Falls can be seen from either the Zimbabwe side, in the small village of Victoria Falls, or from Livingstone on the Zambia side. It’s worth visiting both viewpoints which are easily accessible by the Victoria Falls Bridge which connects the two countries.
When visiting Victoria Falls, each season brings with it a different experience. During the wet season, from February to June, visitors will witness Victoria Falls in all her might. With gushing waters, spray and mist, you’ll feel the power of this incredible waterfall.
In contrast, August to December is the dry season which means the falls aren’t as full. While they’re not nearly as impressive during this time, it is a great opportunity to visit Devils Pool or go white water rafting along the Zambezi River.
While Victoria Falls is the highlight of any trip to Zimbabwe or Zambia, the area boasts stunning scenery and wildlife and so it’s best to spend a few days here and go off the beaten track to witness nature at its best!
“You know you are in Africa at Victoria Falls because there is nothing anyplace to keep you from stepping off into the cataract, not a handrail, not an inch of barbed wire. The falls represent death for the taking.” – Norman Rush
28. Helmcken Falls, British Columbia, Canada by Debbie of World Adventurists
One of the most beautiful waterfalls to visit in the world is in British Columbia. In Wells Gray Provincial Park you will find the 4th largest waterfall in Canada, Helmcken Falls. The Park is often overlooked for the nearby National Park destinations of Jasper and Banff, leaving it an underdeveloped outdoor paradise.
The interaction of layers of volcanic eruptions and glacial activity carved the mountains and river canyons. The hard work of nature revealed the breathtaking Helmcken Falls which cascades 141m into the canyon below, one of 41 named waterfalls viewable at the park.
Helmcken is viewable in two ways, by a short walk from the parking lot to the viewing platform, or by a hike. Being able to see the waterfall steps from your car makes it possible for anyone to view one of Canada’s best waterfalls.
The viewing platform hangs over the lip of the canyon, giving a stunning panoramic view of the Murtle River tumbling in the distance. If you would prefer the hike, it is a one-hour-long adventure along the Rim Trail (not recommended with young kids due to the massive drop-offs) for another breathtaking perspective.
Helmcken Falls is also spectacular in winter when it freezes and is covered in ice and snow.
“As the music played over the speakers and the waterfall in the pool filled the silence around us, I knew that without a doubt I had just been ruined.” – Abbi Glines
“I sat by this waterfall for hours, watching water come thundering down like a gale yet spraying itself on me as lightly as a feather.
This sheer change, so stark, is surprising. Perhaps a cue to be a storm yet stay soft. Or, perhaps, I read too much in nature.” – Shikha Gautam
29. Grunas Waterfall, Theth National Park, Albania by Phil from Journication
Rather unknown to most travelers is the Grunas Waterfall. It is one of the highlights of Theth National Park, Albania, a true hidden gem in Eastern Europe.
The national park in the north of the country is difficult to access and today is only accessible via a gravel road. However, the road over the pass is being developed more and more, so in the coming years more and more hikers and adventurers will come to Theth from Shkodra or Tirana.
Not far from the village you will find one of the highlights: the Grunas waterfall. You have to plan a good hour for the hike. Passing the blood revenge tower, the path leads along the raging mountain river Lumi i Thethit – also over an adventurous bridge.
The path leads past some old farms. Here, time seems to have stood still. In the summer months the locals offer cool drinks. There are some places to sit with a beautiful view into the wild valley of the Theth National Park.
The last part of the hike is uphill until you reach the basin of the Grunas Waterfall. It falls more than 30 meters into the depth. The waterfall consists only of meltwater.
Particularly hardy adventurers can go swimming in the ice-cold water.
30. Erskine Falls, Lorne, Sth. Australia by Audrey of See Geelong
The gorgeous Erskine Falls is nestled inside the Great Otway National Park just outside the seaside town of Lorne along the Great Ocean Road in southern Australia. Surrounded by thick rich greenery and ancient forest, Erskine is considered to be one of the most beautiful and impressive waterfalls in the national park, a region that’s jam-packed with lots of noteworthy cascades.
The stunning falls tumble 30 metres down a rocky cliff face into a delightfully secluded gully surrounded by enchanting rainforest. Here visitors enter another world filled with velvety moss, weird fungi, giant ferns, and huge old trees that bathe the area in shade.
There are two viewing platforms from which you can see the falls. It’s a short easy walk to the first lookout that has a terrific view looking down over the falls. However, it’s the view from the second lookout at the base of the waterfall that is truly breathtaking. Accessed via 240 steep steps it’s a strenuous climb back up but it’s oh so worth it.
“I feel like water that transforms from a flowing river to a tranquil lake to a powerful waterfall to a freshwater spring to a meandering creek to a salty sea to raindrops gentle on your face to hard, stinging hail to frost on a mountaintop, and back to a river again.” — María Virginia Farinango
“It was more than just the gentle tumble of the waterfall, or the wind or the sound of birds. It was much, much more he knew. He looked about him and he knew he had found what he had been looking for.” ― Michael Delaware
31. Athabasca Falls, Alberta, Canada by Amber of She’s Catching Flights
Jasper National Park in Alberta Canada is a great spot to see some waterfalls. It is a beautiful area to see some wildlife, as well as some of nature’s marvels like the Rocky Mountains too.
In these looming mountains, you can also spot waterfalls as you drive by. One of the best places in Jasper National Park to see waterfalls is at Athabasca Falls.
This main waterfall is surrounded by trees and has a great view of the mountains. It’s quite a popular spot for the great view, so there is also a path that was created that you can use to walk around to see different angles of the waterfall, as well as some of the surrounding nature.
The water here is very crisp and beautiful. If you walk down the mountain, you can even walk around in the water not too far away from the waterfall.
Athabasca Falls is located along the Icefields Parkway, which is a route that will give you a view of many mountains and waterfalls. There are also a lot of rest stops en route, so you can pull over to get photos of many of these waterfalls.
Since this is such a popular place for the view, try to come earlier in the day to avoid some of the potential crowds so you can have an unobstructed view for yourself
32. Takakkaw Falls, Banff, Canada by The World Pursuit
Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park is easily one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Canada. It’s located right outside of Banff National Park and is well worth a stop on any Banff itinerary in the summer.
Takakkaw Falls, or “Tak Falls” for short is the second highest waterfall in Canada at a total height of 373 meters! Tak Falls is impressive to see in the summer months, in the winter the access road to the falls close, making them almost inaccessible.
However, Tak Falls are great as you don’t have to hike to see them. They can easily be seen just a short walk away from the car park. Though, I personally think the best view is from the Iceline Trail. “Takakkaw” translates to “magnificent” in the Cree language, and that’s exactly what you’ll think about them the first time you see them.
If you have extra time and want to stretch your legs I highly recommend hiking to Laughing Falls which is a 4km hike away.
“A waterfall is concerned only with being itself, not with doing something it considers waterfall-like.” – Vernon Howard
33. Iguazú Falls, Argentina/Brazil by Jen from Dabbling in Jet Lag
Iguazú Falls is a spectacular series of waterfalls buried in the dense tropical rainforest on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Overall, there are 275 waterfalls spanning an area of 2.7 km (1.7 miles). You can visit the falls in both countries, each of which offers a unique perspective. For the best panoramic views head over to Brazil.
While in Argentina, a series of wooden footbridges lead to various vantage points. You’ll pass an impressive array of flora and fauna. And, if you’re lucky, you might even see an alligator.
The most impressive waterfall is, without a doubt, the Devil’s Throat. Here 14 falls combine into one massive cascade dropping some 80 meters (262 ft.) into a white pool. It’s so powerful there’s a permanent mist that engulfs the area.
To visit this magnificent wonder, walk to the platform that sits above the falls or take a speedboat to the bottom. Either way, it’s a surreal experience, to say the least! And, if you visit in the afternoon, the sun bounces off the mist creating a kaleidoscope of colors.
You will want to brush up on your travel photography tips because these are definitely some of the most beautiful waterfalls.
“When we stand at the foot of this world of cascades and, raising our eyes, see 269 feet above us the horizon filled with a line of waters, this awesome spectacle of an ocean pouring into an abyss is almost frightening.” – Robert Chodat
34. Savica Waterfall, Slovenia by Marjut of The Smooth Escape
Nestled between the towering peaks of the Julian Alps, Savica Waterfall is a prime example of Slovenia’s natural beauty. It might not be the tallest or the mightiest of waterfalls but there’s no doubt that it’s breathtakingly beautiful and should be a part of every Slovenia road trip.
The waterfall is situated in the heart of Triglav National Park, near the picturesque Lake Bohinj, which is a 1.5-hour drive from the country’s capital city Ljubljana. The access to the waterfall is fairly easy – a 15-minute walk along a well-maintained forest trail will take you to the viewing platform where you’ll see this wonder of nature.
Savica Waterfall gets its water from deep inside the mountains through an underground stream, which bursts out of the craggy rock walls and cascades 78 meters into a mesmerizing turquoise basin. Although tempting, swimming in Savica Waterfall is prohibited in order to preserve its pristine beauty.
Since Savica Waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls in Slovenia, it can get pretty busy in the summer months. If you don’t like the idea of sharing this spot with dozens of other tourists, visit the waterfall early in the morning or outside of the peak tourism season.
“There’s no better place to find yourself than sitting by a waterfall and listening to its music.” – Roland R Kemler
35. La Fortuna Falls, Costa Rica by Veronika of Travel Geekery
You can find La Fortuna waterfall in the jungle of the Arenal Volcano national park, which has a mighty volcano in its center and belongs to the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. The whole area is famous for excellent hiking opportunities. One of the popular spots in the area is the waterfall La Fortuna.
Catarata La Fortuna falls for good 70 meters to a small emerald pool and then continues on as the Fortuna river. The beautiful lush setting makes it so picturesque!
You can even swim in the pool the waterfall ends in, just not too close to the actual waterfall. Park rangers always keep watching to make sure everyone stays safe. Just around the corner from the waterfall, the waters calm down, it’s easier to swim and you can even observe some fish.
Head to the Eastern entrance to the Arenal NP to get in. After paying an entrance fee, you’ll be free to explore and can start your hike down 530 steps to reach the waterfall. Firstly, though, stop at the viewing platform to watch the waterfall from afar. The way the narrow streak stands out in the jungle is unique and beautiful. This is the best photo spot too.
“The higher the trail the steeper, it grows ten thousand tiers of dangerous cliffs, the stone bridge is slippery with green moss cloud after cloud keeps flying by waterfalls hang like ribbons of silk the moon shines down on the bright pool I climb the highest peak once more to wait where the lone crane flies.” – Hanshan
36. Durian Perangin Falls, Langkawi, Malaysia by Victoria of Guide Your Travel
Durian Perangin Waterfall is one of the most beautiful places in Langkawi and the perfect place to see on your next trip to the island. It’s located in the middle of the jungle but is actually quite accessible and you can easily get there by car after which you’ll have to hike for about 15 minutes.
The waterfall has several levels and you’ll be able to follow the river to the top passing by swimming holes and lots of beautiful places to have a picnic. There are some small shops nearby where you can buy fresh durian or other snacks. The waterfall is surrounded by durian trees which gives it its name.
The hike to the main falls is relatively easy but it does involve stairs which can get slippery if it rains. However, even if you’re not up for the climb you can still see the river and enjoy yourself there. Make sure to go when the weather is nice and not too rainy as the whole area is very muddy and can get slippery.
If you’re coming to Langkawi on a sunny day you’ll be able to go for a swim at the waterfall to cool yourself off.
“Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go on its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you.” – Sheng-ye
37. Usri Falls, Jharkhand, India by Ruma of The Holiday Story
Usri Falls is a panoramic picnic spot in the eastern Giridih district of Jharkhand. The waterfall is formed by the Barakar River, one of the main tributaries of the Damodar river. The name Usri comes from the word Ushree which means “beautiful source.”
The fall drops from a height of 39 ft (almost 12 meters) from the hillside. It gets divided into three different streams, which ultimately form a steep gorge on the side. Usri Falls originates within the greenery of mountainous forests. The contrast between the mysterious darkness of forests and clear white splashes of the waterfall creates magnificent scenery attracting tourists long ago. Giridih used to be a popular tourist destination among people of eastern India. Eminent personalities like Rabindranath Tagore, Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose, and Satyajit Ray have all been fascinated by the Falls. Mention of the Usri Falls can be found in both Tagore and Ray’s literary works.
From November to February, the winter months are the best time to have your picnic in front of the Usri Falls. The weather remains charming during this time, and the waterfall is also quite voluminous. However, the waterfall is at its best during the monsoon month of August, when water levels are at an all-time high.
The distance from Giridih main town to Usri Falls is just 14.7 km. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are readily available to help tourists cover this short distance. There are many hotels in the main town of Giridih and the station area. Try visiting the falls before 6 PM for a safe and pleasant experience.
“The ordinary-sized stuff which is our lives, the things people write poetry about – clouds, waterfalls, daffodils, what happens in a cup of coffee when the cream goes in – These things are full of mystery, as mysterious to us as the heavens were to the Greeks.” – Tom Stoppard.
38. Cascada Velo de Novia in Chiapas, Mexico by Zoe of Zoe Goes Places
Life doesn’t get much better than standing at the bottom of a 120-metre-tall waterfall in the middle of the Mexican jungle! But, this is exactly what you get when visiting the impressive Cascada Velo de Novia (translated as the Bridal Veil Waterfall for the long, flowy waterfall). Located in the Cascadas El Chiflon waterfall park in the Mexican state of Chiapas, Velo de Novia can be easily reached from the nearby town of San Cristobal de las Casas – popular with expats and tourists alike.
With three different viewpoints, you won’t be short of places to take breathtaking photos of Cascada Velo de Novia to make friends and family green with envy back home. The closest of which is just metres from the waterfall, but in exchange for a close-up view the waterfall will leave you soaked through! Luckily, for those who don’t fancy a free shower from mother nature, the other viewpoints still offer spectacular views without the thick mist.
A visit to Cascada Velo de Novia and Cascadas El Chiflon makes for a great day out for all the family! The site also has a swimming area, zip lines, cabanas, picnic areas and stalls so you can spend all day admiring the waterfalls surrounded by nature!
“I love you like a river that understands that it must learn to flow differently over waterfalls and to rest in the shallows. I love you because we are all born in the same place, at the same source, which keeps us provided with a constant supply of water.” – Paulo Coelho
39. Dettifoss, Iceland – by Martha of May Cause Wanderlust
Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Iceland – and it cannot help but wow you!
The waterfall is 100 metres wide and has a drop of 44 metres down into a canyon. With an average water flow of 193 m³/s, the huge volumes of water hurtle off the edge of the waterfall with such speed and force, the noise and spray is intense! Oh, and movie fans might remember this waterfall from the beginning of the movie Prometheus.
Dettifoss’s distance from Reykjavik means it isn’t visited by as many people as other Icelandic landmarks in the south – but it is one of the best things to do in North Iceland and really is worth the journey.
There are two ways to see Dettifoss: the fenced west side viewing area is reached first by a paved road and then a walk over about 1km of rocky ground. This side of the waterfall receives most of the spray and as a result, has some grassy areas (and you may want a waterproof jacket on!).
The east access point is drier and has rocks which you can clamber down to get very close to the water. Be careful not to get too close, though: this waterfall is seriously powerful! Another warning is that this side is reached by a gravel road which can be uneven and potholey.
“By the time we arrived, as evening was approaching, I felt as sore as a rock must feel when the waterfall has pounded on it all day long.” – Arthur Golden
40. Sua Ludong Falls, Meghalaya, India by The Gypsy Chiring
Meghalaya, the abode of clouds is blessed with innumerable waterfalls and natural beauty. Sua Ludong Falls is relatively a newly explored waterfall which is located in Jarain region of West Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya. Jarain which is about 16 km from its district headquarter Jowai, is also known for the majestic Phe Phe Falls and the unique carnivorous pitcher plant.
Tucked between two hills, Sua Ludong will introduce you to its clear blue waters and a natural pool all to yourself. What I love the most about the waterfall is its remoteness and the range of adventure activities. Kayaking, Cliff-jumping, Snorkeling, multi vine and suspension bridge are a few must-do activities at the waterfall. I have been to Sua Ludong twice and swimming at the waterfall is my favourite.
Both Sua Ludong and Phe Phe falls are looked after by Paradise Adventure Camp Meghalaya. The best time to visit Sua Ludong Falls is post-monsoon till January as the water flow decreases by February.
The nearest airports are in Shillong (Regional) and Guwahati (International). The Guwahati Railway Station is about 96 km from the state capital Shillong, from where regular buses, shared taxis and rented cars can be boarded.
“You cannot hear the waterfall if you stand next to it. I paint my jungles in the desert.” – Unknown
41. Milancev Buk, Bosnia by Ellis of Backpack Adventures
Una National Park in Bosnia is home to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Although it is close to the border with Croatia and the more famous Plitvice park it receives very few visitors even though Una is more beautiful.
Milancev Buk is one of the largest waterfalls along the Una and is 54 meters high. It has a scenic location surrounded by pools and lush greenery. Even more spectacular is Strbacki buk that thunders down in a set of rapids and travertines.
The waterfalls are now inside Una National Park. The park was established in 2008 to protect the pristine nature around the Una river. Observation decks make it easy to visit the waterfalls. It is also the perfect place for outdoor activities like rafting, swimming, kayaking and hiking.
It is best to visit Una National Park with your own transport or you can organize a tour in nearby Bihac. From Bihac it is easy to visit Una National Park on a daytrip or you can choose to stay in one of the small scale guesthouses in the park.
“Waterfalls wouldn’t sound so melodious if there were no rocks in their way.” – Rishabh Gautam
“Experiencing the present purely is being empty and hollow; you catch grace as a man fills his cup under a waterfall.” – Annie Dillard
42. Christine Falls, Washington, USA by Chantelle of Flannels or Flip Flops
Christine Falls is located in Mount Rainier National Park, in Washington USA. There are over 150 waterfalls in Mount Rainier National Park, but Christine Falls is the most famous, and the most beautiful waterfall in the park.
P.B. Van Trump was one of the first people to climb Mount Rainier, he named these falls after his daughter, Christine.
Christine Falls drops 69 feet in total and is divided into 2 drops. The upper falls are 32 feet and the lower is a drop of 37 feet. The lower falls are framed by a beautiful stone bridge and are the most frequently photographed falls in the park.
The best part about viewing Christine Falls is that it is located right off the road, making it easy for everyone to enjoy! There is no technical hikes or long days needed to view the beauty of Christine Falls. From Longmire drive about 4.5 miles up the road to Paradise and you will see a small parking area. A short set of stairs leads to the falls overlook. Be careful as you cross the road, it is on a corner. It can also be very slippery when icy or wet.
Christine Falls is beautiful in every season, but beware of road conditions in the winter. Your best spot for photographs is directly in front of the parking lot next to the road.
43. Bukit Hijau Waterfall, Penang, Malaysia by Marco of Penang Insider
The northwestern Malaysian island of Penang has a few interesting waterfalls, but the one at Bukit Hijau is certainly quite special. Coming down from the rocky side of a hill surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, the Bukit Hijau (meaning “Green Hill” in Malay) waterfall may not be the tallest or the biggest in Penang, but even if it’s quite easy to reach — you can drive a car directly in front of it — it’s still not very well-known and completely off the beaten track.
One of Bukit Hijau waterfall’s specialties is that it sloshes right in front of two temples, one Hindu and one Chinese, built next to each other to remind visitors of Malaysia’s multiculturalism. During the rainy season (usually in June, and between October and November), this waterfall becomes bigger and the pool at its bottom can be used to bathe.
Bukit Hijau waterfall is tucked away at the end of a small lane in the residential district of Island Glades, better reached with your own wells or a ride-hailing app. It’s one of the main attractions of a natural area devoid of development that is popular with local hikers, and yet unknown to the thousands of tourists who come to visit UNESCO-inscribed Georgetown.
“It was a world of acts, and words had no more influence on acts than the sound of a waterfall has on the flow of the stream.” – Kim Stanley
44. Skradinski Buk, Croatia by Roxanne of Faraway Worlds
There are many beautiful waterfalls in Croatia, but the Skradinski Buk waterfalls in Krka National Park are particularly remarkable. Firstly, the journey to the Krka Falls is stunning. If you leave from Skradin, you can take a boat ride to the park, slowly meandering down an estuary lined with trees.
Then, you have your choice of how to explore the park. If you arrive early in the day, take the main route through the cascading falls, otherwise, spend a few hours wandering through the park first. There are numerous trails to explore and you can even visit the Visovac, a pretty isle and monastery in the middle of the river.
Still, it’s the Skradinski Buk waterfalls which will be the highlight of the trip. There are fewer visitors in the morning and late in the afternoon and having a quiet moment with the waterfalls is magical. The falls culminate in a large, clear pool, which used to be open for swimming, however this is no longer the case.
There are still a few areas where you can swim elsewhere in the national park, however – just head to Remetić – Pisak and downstream of the Roška waterfall.
“Within a waterfall the sound of a pine forest a thousand years old” – Michael McClintock
45. Sylvia Falls, Australia by Holly of Best of the Blue Mountains
There are countless waterfalls in the Blue Mountains, both hidden and well-known, to delight both visitors and locals alike. One of the most popular tracks, the Valley of the Waters, follows the path of the creek as it descends into the canyon below, featuring at least seven waterfalls.
While the first of these, Empress Falls, is certainly the largest and most well-known, it is the second of the falls along this track that truly takes the breath away.
The stairs of the track run down beside the falls, allowing you to admire the water cascading over the rocks from multiple vantage points as you descend, before opening up into a wider viewing area perfect for setting up the tripod for some long exposures. While these falls are always flowing, they will naturally look extra spectacular after a good rainfall.
The Valley of the Waters track commences at the Conservation Hut in Wentworth Falls, and Sylvia Falls is a little over a kilometre down the track. While it is an easy walk down, bear in mind that you will have to ascend again and it is a solid climb out. Take the opportunity to recuperate with the fabulous views at the Conservation Hut when you reach the top.
“When you are outpouring your emotion, it is like me trying to climb up a waterfall To get to you. But if you are calm and have faith in me I can sail right over to you, On the still waters of your soul.” – Kate McGahan
“Mountain-rose petals, Falling, falling, falling now… Waterfall music. ” – Matsuo Basho
46. Tibumana Waterfall, Bali, Indonesia by Mal from Raw Mal Roams
Situated in the heart of the island of gods, Tibumana is one of the most stunning Bali’s waterfalls and an absolute must-visit!
You can find Tibumana Waterfall by driving around 30 minutes east of Ubud. There is a small entrance fee equivalent to about one dollar that also covers the parking charge. From the car park, there is about a 10-15 minutes walk to the waterfall. The path is really idyllic, and it takes you through a lush jungle, small natural streams of fresh water and wooden bridges.
Once you arrive at the waterfall, Tibumana will take your breath away. It is surrounded by greenery, and it falls from a high clifftop into the pool of water. The best thing about this waterfall is that you can come here to enjoy a refreshing dip in its pool. The water goes up to the waste, and you should avoid swimming near where the water drops from the cliff.
There is a staff member on-site, ensuring all visitors maintain a safe distance from the fall. Don’t forget your camera with you, as Tibumana is a dreamy place perfect for snapping a few beautiful shots! On the way back, you can grab a quick bite and a cold drink in one of the local warungs.
47. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia by Helen of Helen on her Holidays
When you visit the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, you’ll be amazed at quite how many waterfalls can be squeezed into a relatively small area. There are waterfalls everywhere you look: look down and there’s a waterfall underneath the boardwalk where you’re standing; look to the left and there’s a wide cascade from one lake into the next, look to the right and there’s a torrent of water disappearing into the ground.
The Plitvice Lakes is a national park, UNESCO world heritage site and one of the world’s most beautiful places. Sixteen natural, turquoise lakes are linked by hundreds of beautiful waterfalls, some little more than a trickle, the largest (which is appropriately named the Great Waterfall) over 78 metres high.
The national park authorities have provided a number of walking routes which take in the most beautiful waterfalls, lakes and views. For most of the way you’ll be walking on narrow wooden boardwalks, but the route also includes a serene boat trip across one of the lovely lakes.
The Plitvice Lakes are in central Croatia, about halfway between the capital Zagreb and the coast at Zadar. Day trips are available from many of Croatia’s most popular destinations.
“When God takes a shower, waterfalls come to life around the world.” – Unknown
To Sum up – 47 waterfalls from 23 countries to add to your bucket list. Yes we have missed thousands more waterfalls around the world, even some famous ones, but at least you now have an idea of the different types there are and which countries to visit to see them.
I hope you enjoyed reading the accompanying “Waterfall Quotes” too.
Now go out and start chasing your own waterfalls !!!!
“Lessons from a waterfall – Keep moving, and you will eventually get over it.”
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What a list! I love waterfalls, seeing them online just reading about it feels like I am in that place. All of them are very appealing but Tamul Waterfall (Mexico), Rio Celeste Waterfall (Costa Rica), Seljalandsfoss (Iceland), Kozjak Falls (Slovenia), Tibumana Waterfall (Indonesia) would be my favourite. I have been Sua Ludong, Nohkalikai and Seven Sister Falls of Meghalaya. Meghalaya is full of beautiful waterfalls too.
Yes many beautiful waterfalls are listed here. I hope to tour India next year and see some of your wonderful falls.
I really enjoyed this post, not only for the amazing waterfalls, but also for the inspiring quotes. I am glad the Iguaçu Falls have made it to the list, I will be visiting it in January/22.
I have visited Iceland a few years ago and there are so many beautiful waterfalls there.
Happy that you enjoyed the post. There really are some amazing waterfalls around the world. Enjoy Iguaçu Falls.