The Most Beautiful Waterfalls In India
Very few are aware that India is more than art , food, colours, etc. India is blessed with some stunning landscapes and mind-blowing natural beauty. Apart from the mountains and the beaches, the country has some spectacular waterfalls and some of the most beautiful waterfalls with flowers! We’ve shortlisted some of the best waterfalls in India for you to add to your following travel list. These scenic sites will blow your mind. We promise.
1. Dudhsagar Falls
At the height of 320 metres or about 1017 feet and an approximate width of 30 metres or about 100 feet, Dudhsagar Waterfall is touted as the biggest waterfall in India. The name “Dudhsagar” literally means Sea of Milk, which perfectly fits the majestically cascading white water. You need to book a jeep (shared or private) at the entry gate that will take you further towards the falls. The four-tiered waterfall is located on the Mandavi river, and beautiful surroundings will leave you mesmerised. This spot is also a favourite among trekkers.
Location: Goa (about a 70km drive from Goa airport)
Best time to visit: October to January
2. Shivanasamudra Falls
Shivanasamudra Waterfalls can be easily reached by road from Bangalore. The drive is lovely, dotted with mountains and lush greens on both sides of the road. Situated along the river Kaveri, the falls offer a beautiful view and have an approximate width of about 1,000 feet and a height of 322 feet. Once you reach here, you can enjoy boating in the very peculiar little circular boats or coracles that takes you near the majestic falls. The endlessly gushing river down the rocky cliffs is a visual treat. Of all waterfalls in India, this has to be one of the most captivating ones.
Location: Karnataka (about 130km from Bangalore)
Best time to visit: September to January
3. Chitrakote Falls
Chikrakote is the widest in Asia and the biggest waterfall in India; it is also called the Niagara Falls of India. The waterfall origins from the Indravati river in the Bastar district. Chitrakote falls are at the height of 95 feet and about 980 feet wide. The thick forests surrounding the falls add to the natural beauty, one of the most stunning features of most waterfalls in India. If you wish to, you may climb down a flight of stairs for a boat ride at the bottom of the waterfall; the view from here is exceptionally breathtaking. Once here, you can also visit the ancient Shiva temple that is very close to the waterfall. The place also offers local handmade art items on sale – the famous Bastar art.
Best time to visit: Winters, and July to October
4. Athirapally Falls
Athirapally waterfalls, situated on the Chalakudy river in Kerala, is one of the most stunningly scenic sites in South India and the state’s largest waterfall. During the rainy season, the drive to Athirapally is the most calming, beautiful experience with lush greens encompassing the roads. Once here, you can walk through the forests and reach the waterfall while enjoying nature. The fall is literally gigantic with a height of 82 feet and a width of 330 feet – makes it one of the best waterfalls in India. Don’t forget to wear your running shoes to enjoy the beautiful nature trail here.
Location: Thrissur district, Kerala (about 38 km from Cochin Airport)
Best time to visit: June to January
5. Nohkalikai Waterfalls
Nohkalikai Waterfall is the pride of Meghalaya, the fourth-highest waterfalls globally and the highest waterfall in India with a height of 340 meters or 1120 feet and a width of about 23 meters or 75 feet. The falls are located in the evergreen, beautiful Khasi Hills rainforest. The site is lovely in monsoons when the water cascades down directly into the pool that’s formed under and makes it even more mesmerising. There is a stair that takes you to various other viewing points as well. Of all waterfalls in India, Nohkalikai has to be the most majestic one.
Best time to visit: Monsoons
6. Jog Falls
Jog waterfall is the second-highest waterfall in India, at the height of 830 feet and a width of about 472 feet. Its location – in the middle of the dense forests in the Shimoga district, Karnataka – makes it a wonderful sight. Jog Waterfalls drop directly without streaming onto rocks, making the view very different from the usual falls. One of India’s largest hydroelectric stations is operational here.
Location: Shimoga district, Karnataka
Best time to visit: August to December
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