Waterfalls are so mesmerizing that they take your breath away. They are nature’s most wonderful creations. The sheer force with which water falls from a great height, cascading down the cliffs, making a thunderous roar, and the way the light glistens off the cool spray, is so amazing.
There are many types of waterfalls depending upon the height they fall from and the kind of terrain they are located in, but each one is beautiful to the senses in its own way. Around the world, there are many spectacular waterfalls that tourists often love to visit, some of them located in the toughest of terrains and jungles, but worth the view. Let us take a look at some of the best of these waterfalls that we find are really beautiful and spectacular.
Best Waterfalls In The World
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Falling from a height of 3,212 ft, Angel Falls is the world’s highest waterfall and is among the best waterfalls in the world. Angel falls was discovered by Jimmie Angel when he flew over it, and is named after him. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and thousands of visitors come every year to enjoy the view of this breathtakingly beautiful waterfall, the mist of which can be felt from a mile way as you approach it.
Iguazu Falls, at the border of Brazil and Argentina
Iguazu happens to be not just one single waterfall, but a group of 275 waterfalls that vary in height, most of them being around 210 ft in height. It is one of the widest falls in the world and is in the shape of the letter U. The view is really breathtaking and many visitors come to visit this beautiful waterfall along the Iguazu river.
Yosemite Falls , California, USA
Located in the beautiful Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Falls happens to be the highest measured waterfall in North America. It is a major attraction, especially in the spring season when the water flow is at its best. Falling from a height of 2425 ft, this waterfall is considered one of the best waterfalls in the world.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that are located on the Niagara river at the border of Canada and the United States. The combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, and present a most breathtaking site. The total height of these falls is 167 ft, and they are renowned the world over for their beauty.
Ban Gioc–Detian Falls, border of China and Vietnam
Ban Gioc–Detian falls are two waterfalls on the Quây Sơn River. The waterfall drops 98 ft and is separated into three falls by rocks and trees. You can hear the thunderous roar of the water from afar as you approach these waterfalls. Having been under border dispute for quite some time, these waterfalls have recently been opened to tourists.
Taughannock Falls – New York, USA
Located in the Town of Ulysses in Tompkins County, New York, in the United States, this waterfall is a 215 foot drop and presents a very mesmerizing view. The water flows through a long gorge with cliffs surrounding it. Visitors have to walk along a 1.2 km trail to get an excellent view of the waterfall.
Sutherland Falls, New Zealand
With a drop of nearly1,904 ft, Sutherland Falls is located on the South Island, and is considered to be one of the best and most beautiful waterfalls in the world. It is not easy to reach this waterfall, but the efforts are worth it. Water falls in three cascades, and is surrounded by rocks and thick foliage, and has a very mysterious and beautiful appearance.
Plitvice Waterfalls, Croatia
These waterfalls are made up of a series of small and large falls that happen to inter-connect 16 lakes in the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. Natural dams of travertine separate these waterfalls. What makes these waterfalls most beautiful are the range of colors of the lakes that turn azure to green, blue or grey, and keep changing constantly due to various natural factors.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe And Zambia
Located on the Zambezi river, Victoria falls is one of the best waterfalls in the world. It has a height of 354 ft and is 5,604 ft wide, and is considered the world’s largest sheet of falling water. You can easily approach these falls by bus or train, or go for a wild safari. Enjoy rafting in the Zambezi river and get a view of this beautiful waterfall. The spray is visible from a distance of 30 miles during the rainy season.
Langfoss Waterfall, Norway
With its 2008 ft drop, Langfoss waterfall was declared one of the best waterfalls in the world in March 2011 by the World Waterfall Database. It does not have a straight drop, unlike most other waterfalls. Instead, you will see water slipping down the cliff and joining the Akra Fjord finally. This waterfall is present in its natural state, and you can reach it very easily to enjoy the breathtaking view.
Dettifoss is a beautiful waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, and is considered to be one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. It has a drop of 144 ft and about 200 cubic meters of water flows through it per second. It is very easy to reach this waterfall through a tarmac road, and you will enjoy the beauty of the surrounding cliffs and gorges around the lakes.
Tugela Falls, South Africa
This magnificent waterfall is considered the second largest in the world. Its total drop in five free-leaping falls is 3,110 ft. Located in the Dragon’s mountains at the Royal National Park, this waterfall can be reached by hiking through either of the two trails that lead to it. The long trek is worth the view of the steep cascades that will leave you mesmerized.
Krimml Waterfalls is a tiered waterfall that begins at the top of the Krimml Ache valley in Austria and plunges downward in three stages. At 1247 ft, it is considered the largest waterfall in Europe. As it is a glacial stream, the flow varies with season, and the best time to visit this beautiful waterfall is in the months of June and July.
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
This beautiful waterfall is located in Kaieteur National Park on the Potaro River in central Essequibo Territory, Guyana. It is 822 ft high and is considered the 123rd tallest single drop waterfall in the world. In terms of volume, it is the 19th largest in the world. Hidden among the dense green forests of Guyana, this waterfall is among the most scenic and beautiful waterfalls in the world.
Palouse Falls, Washington, USA
This beautiful waterfall lies on the Palouse river in southeast Washington, United States. With a drop of 198 ft, this waterfall actually consists of an upper fall and a lower fall. The beautiful canyon surrounding it is 377 ft deep. The view of the cascading waterfall and the feel of the sprayed mist in the air are truly mesmerizing to the senses.