From the waterfalls that originate from the ice glaciers to the waterfalls that make their way into the sea. India has some beautiful waterfalls where you can enjoy the water cascading down the steps and making a soothing sound to please your soul. Here is the list of best waterfalls in India whose beauty needs to be appreciated.
Here is the list of 20 Waterfalls in India That You Must See
Known For : Jog Falls | Water Sports in Jog Falls
Jog falls counted amongst the highest waterfalls of our country. It is located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, which nearly lies in the centre of the state. Set against the backdrop of lush green forests the water of four cascades which are known as Raja, Rani, Rocket and Rover merge to form the majestic beauty of the falls. The enormous view of the falls can be enjoyed best from the Watkins platform. For the extended thrill, you can also choose to trek to this point to enjoy the stunning view and the thunder sound of water falling from a height of 253 meters.
Best Time : July to December
Dudhsagar translates to “sea of milk”. The beauty of this waterfall gushing down from the towering height of 310 meters and creating the scene of white waterfall truly lives up to the name given to it. The waterfall is located on the borders of Karnataka and Goa and the fact that it is not an easy task to enjoy the pure view of falls makes it even more beautiful. Trekking is an exciting activity that you can do to reach a point with a serene view of the falls. The railway bridge reflecting the vintage look with the grandeur of waterfalls in the backdrop is a view that will behold in your heart for the rest of your life.
Located in the wettest place of India, Nohsngithiang falls are also known as seven sister falls because of seven streams cascading parallelly creating a beautiful panorama of 70 meters set amidst the lush green forests. These falls easily makes its way to the fourth highest waterfall in India. Nohkalikal falls the major attraction of seven sister falls. The waterfalls straight and uninterrupted from a height of 340 meters making its way to the earth’s surface. The unique feature of the waterfalls is the carving created by the force of water in the foothills. The waterhole remains blue in winter and beautifully changes its colour to sea green in the summers making it extremely spectacular.
Kerala- God’s own country is known for catering some waterfalls in its land. Soochipara waterfalls, located at a distance of 13 km from the town of Meppady in the Wayanad district of Kerala surely counts as one of the beauties of the state. The waterfall wears the best look in the monsoon creating the aura of light mist amid the green woods. The clean and chilled water and the thunder sound of the falls add another bit of perk to your experience.
Bhagsunag waterfalls may not make its way to the highest Indian Waterfalls but, for the adventure lovers, this place is surely a treat. Located at a favourable distance of 11 km from Dharamsala, a fresh water spring surrounded by cliffs and trees, and temple where people come to seek blessings, the whole set up looks mesmerisingly beautiful amid the cascading water. Reaching the highest point of the waterfall requires a short trek making the trail adventurous and exciting. The cafeteria next to falls offers an additional element to visit even better. They serve lip-smacking snacks and hot coffee. What else can be a better place to enjoy a light meal if not beside the beauty of a waterfall?
Located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka and at a short distance of 8 km from the beautiful hill station Kemmangundi, this place is rounded off in one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. The massive waterfall is located amid the dense forest and coffee plantations. The smell of fresh coffee beans in the environment makes you feel refreshed and alive. One of the parallels falls also believed to possess the medical properties that can help in healing. To escape away from the busy life and for a weekend in the pure beauty of nature, Hebbe falls can be counted as an ideal destination in Karnataka.
Bhimlat falls can easily be called an oasis in the land of desert. Located in Bundi which falls at a favorable distance of 472 km from the capital city, Bhimlat falls - a weekend getaway from Delhi. The water falling from a height of 60 meters and making its way into the sea green lake on the foothills of falls, and the phenomena look stunning with green woods beautifying a side of falls. Amid the desert land of Rajasthan, Bhimlat falls a delight for tourists.
Located in the nature paradise – Mussoorie, Kempty falls is one of the most striking tourist attraction of the city. Located at an elevation of 1371 meters above the sea level, the view of water gushing from the height and dividing into five various falls is something to look out for. The waterfall is surrounded by the beauty of green trees, huge cliffs and the soothing chirping of birds in the ambiance, everything set to revitalize your mood. With the cold breeze in the environment, this place is an ideal destination to unwind yourself.
Kerala is a paradise of natural beauty. With the number of beautiful beaches and breathtaking waterfalls, it is surely bliss for all those who love water bodies. Athirappilly waterfall in the Thrissur district of Kerala is created by the river Chalakudy. It is a perfect getaway if you are out in search of peace. With the beautiful lush green woods, the landscape of small villages and pleasing weather all make it a must-visit waterfall in Kerala. On top of all, you will be wished by the huge amount of flora and fauna and the rare, endangered species of Hornbill. Look out for the various elements of nature from flora to fauna. Everything along with the gushing water is delightful.
There is no doubt that a road trip to Leh via Manali is a treat for a lifetime. Various mesmerizing landscapes, mountains loaded with snow, lush green valleys. Sissu Falls also happens to fall on Leh- Manali Highway while you are making your way to the hills of Leh and Ladakh. An absolute beauty of nature at an elevation of 3051 meters. Enjoy the beauty of this waterfall making its way from the lush green valley and pouring down to the surface of the earth. The tranquility and freshness in the atmosphere will take away all your fatigue.
To escape away from the bustling life of Mumbai and Pune you could easily plan your weekend getaway to the Satara city of Maharashtra. The city is a treat of natural beauty with pleasant weather and mountains loaded with lush green vegetation. In the mid of all this, you will have a treat of a series of waterfalls, Thosegarh is remarkably known as the pride of Western Ghats. The waterfalls are ranging from 15 meters to 500 meters. You can hear the gushing sound of the waterfall from a distance but to enjoy the wholesome view you will have to go through a bit of trekking. The point offers the majestic view of a number of waterfalls all surrounded by green trees.
This enormous waterfall is fed by the Narmada river and is surely a beauty that the city of Jabalpur can boast of. Situated in Bhedaghat district at a distance of 30 km from Jabalpur the evergreen trees and shrubs edge the waterfall. Due to the powerful flow of water, it creates a mist in the environment and hence it is at times known as Smoke cascade. Although, the monsoon is the best time to enjoy the beauty of this waterfall, but due to its unique properties it flows enormously throughout the year.
The beauty of north-east India is not hidden from the world. With many beautiful landscapes of mountains, it also caters a number of waterfalls. Kynrem falls is located in the East Khasi hills at a favourable distance of 16 km from Cherrapunji. Kynrem falls is a three step waterfall generating from a top of hills and cascading downwards in three steps. Located in the wettest region of India the waterfall offers a spectacular view in the monsoon season. To enjoy the full view of the three steps of the waterfall make your way to the bridge with water flowing below the surface and enjoy the beauty of this majesty.
Known For : Activities near Shivanasamundram Waterfall | Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls | Shopping in Shivanasamundram
Located on the banks of Kaveri river, in the small Mandya district of the state, this one accounts for one of the most powerful waterfalls in the country. At the height of 98 meters the water makes its way into the rocky bed on the surface. The island of Shivanasamudra divides the river Kaveri into two parts hence creating two majestic waterfalls known as Gaganchukki and Barachukki waterfall.
Best Time : August to February
Courtallam waterfall is counted amongst the largest waterfalls of India, and it is the largest waterfall of Tamil Nadu. From an enormous height of 160 meters, the water makes it's way downwards into the river Chittar. Being originated from the Western Ghats, it flows flawlessly throughout the year and is a delight to watch in any part of the year. Being the largest waterfall of the state, it offers the vast panorama which can be best enjoyed from a distance where you can behold the various levels of the waterfalls right in front of your eyes.
Kune falls is the hidden gem of the state of Maharashtra which can be enjoyed best through a weekend getaway from the city of Pune and Mumbai. The water falls from a height of 100 meters and before making its way into the valley below it divides the waterfall into three parts. It is an ideal spot for the picnic with family or short trek with friends. The lush green forests and refreshing breeze in the environment make your day out worth a while.
Affectionately known as the ‘Niagara falls of India,’ Chitrakote falls, located in Jagdalpur in Bastar district of Chattisgarh. It is the largest waterfall in India. The waterfalls from the massive height of 100 meters and increases to 150 meters in monsoon making its way down the surface. The Indravati river is a significant source of this waterfall. The best time to enjoy the beauty of waterfall is monsoon season where you can witness the grandeur of water turning a bit violent. The site of Chitrakote falls also considered as a Hindu pilgrimage spot where thousands of devotees come to pay their homage to the god Hari.
The name Hogenakkal is a blend of two words Hog which means smoke and kal means rocks in the Kannada language. And, as the name says it all, this waterfall creates a mystic illusion of smoke when the water falls from a height of 20 meters to the rock bed on the surface. Not just a dip in the waters of Hogenakkal waterfall, you can enjoy the adventure of boating in the traditional boats. Although, boating is allowed only after the monsoon season when the water is not fierce and powerful. But, you can certainly enjoy the beauty of this waterfall throughout the year.
As you will make your way ahead from Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, you will find them in numerous small-town beauties. Dalhousie is one such small town in Chamba district which is situated on five hills. Satdhara falls remain the unmatched beauty of this place. At an elevation of 2035 meters above the sea level this wonder is a mixture of seven springs, and hence the name Satdhara. This waterfall offers the perfect blend of streams, tranquil environment, the lush green vegetation of Deodar and Pines trees all around. On top of all, the forests and streams of Satdhara fall possess the powers to curate the various health problems and ailments, giving it a unique feature.
Located on the trail of one of the most exciting and scenic treks of Himachal Pradesh is the Rudranag waterfall flowing fiercely in the Parvati valley. According to Hindu mythology, Rudra Nag is the very spot where Lord Shiva had meditated. To enjoy this beauty of nature, you have to begin your trek from Kasol, Kheer Ganga trek as it is popularly known. The beauty of green valleys and the snow-capped mountains in the backdrop will leave you speechless. Do not miss to enjoy the water cascading down from the infamous wooden bridge which offers the wholesome view Rudra Nag.
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Being a nature lover and not visiting waterfalls... not done right! The above listed 20 best waterfalls in India are the real example of beautiful nature that you can't resist the urge to take photographs of them.