Nothing can match the feeling of seeing the numerous rainbows that flash in and out of sight as water droplets momentarily capture the rays of the Sun, as you stand before one of the most awe-inspiring creations of the natural world, lost in wonder at the power and beauty of a waterfall. Almost everyone experiences a calm, a warmth in their soul, an inexpressible joy, a pleasurable wonder when gazing at this miracle of natures. They represent one of the most beautiful natural sites humans can ever lay their eyes upon.
Following are some of the most beautiful waterfalls on Earth:
10. Jog Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in the whole Asia. Jog Falls, made by the Sharavathi River are located near Sagar, Karnataka. About 253 m in height, these Falls are a major tourist attraction in the locality. These falls are segmented; the water comes down in four distinct falls. Even though these falls are spectacular in the monsoon season, before the onset of monsoon season, the Jog Falls are only a pair of thin streams of water trickling down the cliff.
9. Kaieteur Falls is on the Potaro River, located in Kaieteur National Park. Along with a heavy-volume flow, the fall has a steep drop of 251m. According to the World Waterfall Database, Kaieteur is the 26th most scenic waterfall in the world. Even though it’s s less popular tourist destination, the Kaietuer Falls is definitely one of the most amazing waterfalls.
8. Gullfoss waterfall is situated in the Canyon of Hvítá River in southwest Iceland. The word Gullfoss actually means “Golden Falls”. This two tiered waterfall has a drop of about 32m, and spans the whole width of the river. The Gullfoss Falls is the country’s most popular tourist destination for nature lovers.
7. Huangguoshu Waterfall is one of the largest waterfalls in East Asia, located on the Baishui River in China; this natural wonder has a drop of 77.8 m and covers a span 101 m wide. The word Huangguoshu means ‘Yellow Fruit Tree’ in Chinese. This waterfall is a cascade of many small waterfalls located above and below the main fall.
6. The Horsetail Fall, better known as the ‘The Yosemite Firefall’ is situated in Yosemite National Park in California. Even though this waterfall doesn’t flow year round, it’s wondrous in the spring time when the snow from the mountains melts and increases the water flow. The phenomena which makes the Horsetail Fall the most unique is that sometimes in month of February, if the weather conditions are just right, the setting sun illuminates the waterfall, making it glow like fire, in the shades of orange, yellow and red.
5. Dettifoss waterfall is located in Vatnajökull National Park on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum River in Northeast Iceland. It is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe in terms of volume, having a water flow of about 190 m3per second. These falls are 100 m wide and have a height of 45m. Along with charming many tourists every year, the beauty of Dettifoss falls compelled famous Director Ridley Scott to film some scenes of his movie “Prometheus” on the bank of this natural wonder.
4. Victoria Falls is in southern Africa, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe on the Zambezi River. It is called ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ meaning “the smoke that thunders” in Zambia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. It has a width of 1.7 km and a height of 108 m. It is said that Victoria Falls form the largest sheet of falling water on the earth.
3. Niagara Falls is by far the most famous waterfall in North America. It also ranks as the biggest one by volume with an average water flow of about 2.8 million Liters per second. In addition to such majestic power, the Niagara Falls is easily one of the easiest to access. It attracts millions of tourists every year and is surely a treat for the eyes.
2. The Godafoss is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The name “Godafoss Falls” means “The waterfalls of the Gods” in the local language. It is a 30m wide and 12m tall waterfall on the Skjálfandafljót River. This horseshoe-shaped waterfall has an important role in Icelandic history. Hence, it’s a big attraction for both tourists and the local people. The beauty of this waterfall is incomparable in the winters, when most of the water freezes and leaves a glacial layer on the top.
1. Iguazu Falls lie of the Iguazu River on the border of Brazil and Argentina. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The name “Iguazu” basically means “big water” in the regional dialects. Iguazu Falls spans a distance of around 2km in width and its average flow of water is 1.3 million liters per second. These falls actually consists of some 275 individual waterfalls cascaded, which make it all the more awe-inspiring.
Though we have discussed only ten waterfalls, there are other numerous waterfalls around the world, with dazzling beauty. It’s a surety that everyone dreams of visiting a waterfall at least once in their lifetimes.