To know about some of the best or most beautiful waterfalls in the world. The waterfall is also considered one of the biggest travelers according to Mehmet Murat Ildan – “Water is the most perfect traveler because when it travels, it becomes the path itself!”
Waterfalls – Earth’s (Mother Natures’) incredible natural wonder with the amazing flow of energetic water on various landscapes. The gushing water through the rocky terrains or falling from height with excellent sound creates a magical beauty and showcases the vibrant nature form very uniquely. Not only waterfalls are captivating but also rejuvenating for our souls and mind.
The waterfall is a true source of inspiration to move ahead against all odds, create a beautiful world against all struggles, and a perfect balance between calmness & energy. Our earth is full of small or big waterfalls with fantastic landscape, so in this article, I and many experienced travel bloggers will present you with the most beautiful waterfalls in the world – waterfalls pictures.
ASIA – Most Beautiful Waterfalls In The World – Waterfalls Pictures
WATERFALLS FROM INDIA
Jog Falls, Karnataka – Jog Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India, located in the Western ghats in the state of Karnataka. Not only these falls are gigantic and very high, but the drive to these falls also takes you from the steep slopes of the splendid Western Ghats. You can find lush green mountainous forests on both sides while you drive to Jog falls. Jog Falls is formed by river Sharavati with a drop of 253m and is located in the Shimoga district.
The nearest international airport to reach here is Mangalore International Airport or you can drive from Bangalore which is 397 km from here. The closest resort beach town is Karwar beach which is famous for its wonderful secluded beaches.
Monsoon to winter (August to December) is the best time to visit as you can see the volume of water falling with beautiful rainbows forming on a clear sunny day. Many buses, taxis, and private tours operate from Shimoga district to this Jog Falls. Visitors can view the waterfalls from two open viewing decks (one near the main entrance and parking area and an additional one near the inspection bungalow (IB)). The sound of falls is vast as it is a huge plunge, and the huge rocks surrounding it create an incredible echo effect.
Jog Falls is the highest untiered fall in India, meaning the waterfall falls in one drop with no tiering on layers of rocks. You have to reserve a full day for this fall as the drive is mountainous from Karwar beach resort town of Mangalore. Carry eatables and drinks as there is no big restaurant or café nearby. In between, you can find many villagers selling local produce but that depends on season and time.
Contributed by myself(Yukti) from Travel with me 24 x 7
WATERFALLS FROM LAOS
Kuang Si Falls in Laos – Kuang Si Falls is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Laos. Located around thirty kilometers from the UNESCO heritage town of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, the multi-tiered turquoise waterfall is renowned for its cascading pale blue waters.
Set amongst dense, green jungle, the water cascades down over three levels of limestone, forming several beautiful pools and lagoons ideal for swimming. An easy day trip from Luang Prabang, Kuang Si waterfall is famous for swimming in its clear, blue waters. Visitors can also climb the steep stairs to the left of the central falls to discover a “secret pool” right at the very top, which overlooks the entire cascades.
Within the Kuang Si Falls reserve, there is also a small Sun Bear sanctuary with information and displays on protecting and rescuing these endangered animals. With a restaurant on-site and several small snack and drink vendors, it’s easy to spend several hours enjoying these stunning falls.
BEST TIME TO VISIT – Kuang Si Falls is best visited during the dry season (December to May) when the cascades and pools boast their signature turquoise color. The waterfall can easily be reached independently by tuk-tuk, taxi, or private transport, or as part of a guided tour departing from Luang Prabang.
Contributed by Marie Moncrieff from A Life Without borders post.
WATERFALLS FROM INDONESIA
Sekumpul Waterfall, North Bali
Sekumpul waterfall is located in North Bali, Indonesia, and is 80 meters the highest, and one some of the most beautiful Bali waterfalls on the island. With lush surroundings, hanging vines and its impressive height, this place will give you Jurassic Park jungle vibes. Sekumpul waterfall contains three separate streams of water pouring down the mossy rocks.
There is always a lot of spray coming from the waterfall, especially on a windy day. So make sure to keep your electronics and other valuable stuff safe from the spray. Eventually, use a waterproof bag.
Besides the main attraction which is the Sekumpul waterfall, there are more waterfalls to explore in this area. A hidden waterfall in a canyon that you can find before you get to Sekumpul, and the Fiji waterfalls right around the corner of Sekumpul.
It takes about 20 – 30 minutes to walk down on concrete stairs to get to the bottom of the Sekumpul waterfall. Some steps can be slippery, and you have to cross a little stream at the bottom. So bring water shoes or sturdy sandals. Take into account that on the way back to the parking lot, you have to walk up the stairs again which can be exhausting. Especially on a humid and hot day. The entrance fee for Sekumpul waterfall is 20,000 Rupiah which is about $1,50.
Contributed by Ilse from Digital Travel Couple blog.
Tegenungan waterfall, Bali
Tegenungan waterfall is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali. Due to this fact, unfortunately, it’s pretty popular among tourists so usually it gets really crowded during the day. But don’t let it discourage you, it’s still worth visiting, even with the tourist crowds! If you’re longing for a quieter experience, go there early in the morning when you can have the waterfall all to yourself.
The closest city to Tegenungan waterfall is Ubud, which is a really great base if you’re travelling to Bali for the first time. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the waterfall from Ubud and since there is no public transportation in Bali, you either need to rent a scooter or hire a private driver to be able to get there.
You can visit Tegenungan waterfall every day between 6.30am and 6pm, the entrance ticket costs 15,000 IDR per person. If you arrived with a car, you need to pay 5,000 IDR for a parking fee as well. From the parking spot, you need to descend a long staircase with about 100 steps to get down to the waterfall. The stairs are well maintained, and it only takes around 5-10 minutes to reach the bottom.
There are a few stalls selling food and drinks at the waterfall, along with a toilet where you can change into your swimsuit. Yes, you can take a dip in the waterfall which is a really great experience, so don’t forget your bathing suit at home!
Contributed by Krisztina Harsanyi from She Wanders Abroad.
WATERFALLS FROM PHILIPPINES
Kawasan Falls – Located about 3 hours away from Cebu City, this multi-layered waterfall attracts thousands of locals and foreigners each year due to its breathtaking turquoise water. The area has two distinct waterfalls that are both great for swimming. One cascade drops to over 130 feet, while the less popular one plummets over 65 feet as it flows from Kandayvic Spring to the Matutinao river and Tañon Strait.
The best thing about visiting Kawasan Falls is that there is much to explore in the area, including uncrowded springs and natural waterslides surrounded by a lush rainforest filled with exotic tropical plants. Even though it is possible to visit the falls on your own, adventure seekers would rather enjoy doing a canyoneering tour instead.
This adrenaline-packed activity involves hiking through a jungle, trekking down rushing creeks within a canyon, sliding down backward on natural slides, and jumping over cliffs, to name a few. This 3-4 hour excursion is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Kawasan Falls.
The best time to visit the falls is from December to early May for the best weather. Despite its popularity, it is still possible to enjoy the falls without the crowds if you arrive early in the morning. The town of Moalboal is a good place to base yourself, so you’re only about a half-hour away from the falls.
There are plenty of activities in the area to keep yourself busy such as scuba diving on Pescador island, snorkeling with sea turtles, seeing the infamous sardine run, or exploring other waterfalls in the area.
Contributed by Kristel and Gabriel Glasier from Chef Travel Guide
WATERFALLS FROM JAPAN
Kegon waterfall is one of the three most famous waterfalls in Japan. You might find a lot of cascades like the Kegon waterfall which is 100 meters tall in the world, however, you won’t find many waterfalls which change their backdrop so dramatically with the change of seasons!
During autumn (mid to late October), this waterfall looks out of the world beautiful! During winter, the waterfall almost freezes, which gives a different vibe! There is a free observatory deck from where you can enjoy the waterfall. However, you can also go to the base by elevator to observe it closely.
You need to purchase a ticket for this. The water discharge of this fall is quite heavy and the only exit point of water of the nearby lake Chuzenji.
HOW TO REACH – You can visit this beautiful waterfall from Nikko, a major tourist destination in Japan, which is just a couple of hours of train ride from Tokyo. Nikko has several accommodations to choose from, so stay there. From Nikko, take a bus to Chuzenjiko Onsen bus terminal, which is a 50 minutes ride. Kegon waterfall is a short walk from the bus station. Just follow the crowd, you will reach there.
Once you are done seeing this waterfall, don’t forget to pay a visit to nearby lake Chuzenji, it’s beautiful, too!
Contributed by Fuad Omar from A Walk in the World blog.
WATERFALLS FROM SRI LANKA
Diyaluma Falls, Sri Lanka – If you’re searching for the most stunning waterfalls around the world, then Diyaluma Falls in Sri Lanka has to feature on your bucket list. With 220 meters in height, it’s the second-tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka.
It’s located about 40km south of Ella and can be reached in about an hour’s drive. Many elements contribute to the uniqueness and beauty of this waterfall. First off is the view from the top. You can stand right at the edge of where the waterfall tumbles down 220 meters and enjoy the view over the Sri Lankan hills and countryside. At the top here there are also three small pools, in which you can even swim!
As you make your way upriver you will find other smaller waterfalls and pools, where you can swim and dive in. Diyaluma Falls isn’t just a beautiful spot to admire, but also a natural water park that you can play around in! The trail to reach the top of the falls isn’t marked at all, so make sure to hire a local guide (around 2,000 LKR) to take you there. You will find them in the parking area close to the top of Diyaluma Falls.
Contributed by Greta from Greta Travels blog.
WATERFALLS FROM TAIWAN
Shifen Waterfall – Taiwan has no shortage of beautiful waterfalls, and Shifen Waterfall is no exception. Tucked away in the Keelung Valley, Shifen ticks all the boxes for the perfect day trip from Taipei. Besides its obvious beauty (but judge for yourself by the photo included), Shifen Falls is also Taiwan’s widest waterfall measuring 40m in width and often touted as the little Niagara of Taiwan.
Lush jungles surround the waterfall, and there are many lookout points, all offering exceptional views of it and the gorgeous greenery surrounding it. Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours here so that you can explore all the little hiking trails jolting off from the main footpath and enjoy a tasty snack and ice-cold beer along the Keelung River.
After you’ve enjoyed the scenery, head back to Shifen Old Street, where you can release a sky lantern, get lost in the town’s nooks and crannies, or try more delicious Taiwanese street food!
HOW TO REACH SHIFEN WATERFALL
While getting to Shifen from Taipei is an adventure in itself, it will be worth it! If you’re not taking the direct bus from Taipei, opt for a scenic train ride past cute little villages and lush jade-colored mountains. You can catch any northbound train to Ruifang at Taipei Main Station and, from there, switch trains to the historic Pingxi Line. The Pingxi train only stops here every hour so remember to plan accordingly. It’s also a good idea to grab an Easy Card (Taiwan’s local top-up transit card) so that you can simply tap-and-go on buses or trains.
Contributed by Mariza from Hoponworld blog.
AFRICA – Most Beautiful Waterfalls In The World – Waterfalls Pictures
WATERFALLS FROM ZIMBABWE
Victoria Falls – Situated along the Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambia lies Victoria Falls, a striking site that deservedly holds the title as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of The World. At 108m high, Victoria Falls might not be the highest waterfall there is, but together with a width of 1 700m, it’s certainly the largest.
Tourists flock to Victoria Falls National Park to witness the falls which are best seen from the Zimbabwe side. There are several viewpoints within the park, all offering incredible views of the falls as they come crashing down into the canyon floor. Victoria Falls National Park is open year-round but each month brings with it a different experience for tourists.
During the dry season, from July to December, the falls empty. They are at their lowest in October and during this time, they won’t be impressive due to the lack of water. However, from January the wet season begins. By May, Victoria Falls is at its fullest, offering a thrilling experience for visitors.
Whilst Victoria Falls is the main attraction, there is so much to do in the area including sunset cruises along the Zambezi River and white water rafting. It’s best to coordinate your trip with a safari at one of the nearby parks or opt for a once in a lifetime liveaboard experience instead.
Contributed by Carryn from Torn Tackies travel Blog
WATERFALLS FROM NAMIBIA & ANGOLA
Epupa Falls is an impressive group of waterfalls on the Cunene River in the North of Namibia on the border with Angola. It’s definitely one of the must-see places in this arid country to experience its incredible diversity. The group of falls stretches for 1,5 km with the highest single drop of 37 m. In the local language of the Herero people, Epupa means foam which refers to the foam created by the dropping water.
The scenery here is truly breathtaking; dramatic drops, bizarrely shaped rock formations, and massive baobab trees.
Sunset is the best time to visit the falls for taking photos. There are a couple of lodges on the river banks close to the falls. One can spend a day or two staying in the close proximity to Epupa Falls, enjoying the tranquility and the beauty of the area, waking up with the sound of the roaring falls, and watching the splendid sunset.
HOW TO REACH EPUPA FALLS
The best way of visiting Epupa Falls is to rent a car in Windhoek, the capital city. The road to the falls is partially tarred, partially gravel. It’s better to have a 4×4 vehicle. There are group tours from Windhoek that include a visit to the falls. A trip to the falls can be combined with a visit to an Ovahimba village. Ovahimba people are one of the indigenous tribes that inhabit the region.
Contributed by Alya & Campbell from Stingy Nomads.
EUROPE – Most Beautiful Waterfalls In The World – Waterfalls Pictures
WATERFALLS FROM ICELAND
Iceland has one of the most dramatic landscapes beyond compare. The active volcanic activities on the island and extensive lava fields carved the island that looks like outer space with an abundance of hot springs, fjords, rock formations, and waterfalls. In the Icelandic language, waterfalls are called ‘foss’; and most first-time tourists come and leave Iceland without visiting at least one of them.
Some of the most dramatic waterfalls include Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dettifoss, and Goðafoss – while some of them are located on the East Side of the island, Gullfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls as it’s part of the Golden Circle.
The Golden Circle is a classic and the most-visited Reykjavik excursion that covers the Þingvellir National Park, the Great Geyser, and the Gullfoss. The circle is located only about a 45-minute drive away from Reykjavik, making it an easy day trip either with a local tour of self-driving.
Gullfoss has a unique view from the top of a cliff as it makes a 90-degree turn before the water cascades and disappears into a narrow slit. The name Gullfoss means ‘the golden waterfall’: one way that explains its name was likely that the waterfall has a stunning golden evening hue during sunset. Many waterfalls in Iceland are connected with myths and folklore and Gullfoss is no exception.
According to an Iceland physician, Sveinn Pálsson, in his travel journal, a farmer had plenty of gold and could not bear the thought of someone else taking his wealth after his death, so he hid the gold in the chest and threw it into the waterfall. While gold was never found, tourists could still come to appreciate the beauty of mother nature.
Contributed by Kenny Chow from Knycx Journeying.
Dettifoss is one of the best waterfalls to see in Iceland, and it is also one of the most powerful waterfalls in all of Europe. Located in Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon in northeastern Iceland, Dettifoss can be found along the Jökulsá á Fjöllum River. The 330 feet wide waterfall is 144 tall with a fantastic powerful flow. It is easy to see the sheer power of it purely by the eye alone.
HOW TO REACH DETTOFOSS FALLS
Though you can see Dettifoss from either side of the river, you see different views depending on the eastern or the western side. From the west, you’ll get to know the entirety of its 330-foot width, but from the east, you’ll look in awe at its power. Note that the eastern side can only be reached by an old gravel road, also known as Route 864, this makes travel to the waterfall more difficult in the cooler months.
The western side is open year-round as Route 862 leading to the viewpoint is open year round and is a paved road. The city closest to Dettifoss is Akureyri, located about 1 hour and 45 minutes or 2 hours and 20 minutes away, depending on whether you’re seeing Dettifoss from the east or west side. If you’re not planning on camping, it is the best city to stay in since it is the closest major city to the waterfall.
Contributed by Constance from The Adventures of Panda Bear.
Goðafoss Waterfall, Iceland
Goðafoss waterfall is a small horseshoe waterfall located in the far north of Iceland. It is part of the Diamond circle, a tourist route that circles around the north of the country from Akeyuri to Húsavík. It is 53km from the northern capital of Akeyuri with the drive taking about 45 minutes along roads that are rough gravel in places. The waterfall is easy to find and is located right on the main Ring Road around the country.
This waterfall has a drop of about 12 meters and expands across 30metres with several more minor falls making up the full horseshoe. It is beautiful throughout the year, but in the winter, when it is frozen and surrounded by snow, it is particularly stunning. Add to this the chance of seeing the northern lights dancing above it; it really is a special place.
While you are there, take a short walk down to the bridge and look at the smaller Geitafoss waterfall by the bridge before walking up to the viewpoints on the opposite side of the river. This waterfall looks totally different from the other side of the river.
By the bridge is an old farm called Fosshóll, which has a small café and provides accommodation which is worth considering if you want to see the waterfalls at sunrise, sunset or under the northern lights.
Contributed by Suzanne from Meandering Wild blog.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland
Iceland is known for a massive variety of waterfalls, and what better place to see them. But I ask, how many out there do you know that you can walk behind? The magnificent Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is located about 2 hours from Reykjavik along the island’s south coast. The curtain of water is around 60 meters tall and cascades over cliffs, making it great to walk behind.
There is a straightforward and short walking path that will lead you in and behind the waterfall. Show caution, though, the course can be slippery, and take your wet weather gear, as you will get wet. If you manage to catch it on a sunny day, you might also be lucky enough to see a rainbow. Lastly, for photos, you will need something with a flash (and waterproof) to ensure you’re not a shadow in your memories.
Pick your time of year for this one, the path tends to be closed for this one during winter due to ice falling or very heavy rain but you can still enjoy seeing the falls from the front. In the summer, early mornings and late afternoons mean fewer tourists. Or a special time would be at night, as it’s the perfect spot to watch the Aurora Borealis.
If you’re in the area, you might also want to visit Skogafoss Waterfall and the visitor center. Alternatively, the popular golden circle tours often include Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss on their itineraries.
Contributed by Chris Fry from the Aquarius Traveller.
WATERFALLS FROM AUSTRIA
Krimml Waterfalls in Austria
The Krimml Waterfalls are the highest in Europe with a total drop of 380 metres over three stages. Amid some of Austria’s highest mountain peaks in the Hohe Tauern National Park, these falls aren’t on the beaten track but nevertheless attract thousands of visitors annually.
Experiencing the Krimml Waterfalls in their totality requires an 8 km hike (total, up and down). The time and effort are totally worth it, especially if you stop for a cold drink or something to eat at the restaurant near the top. The unfit or those with limited time can admire the falls from the Kürsinger Platz at the foot of the bottom-most drop. Chances are the spray will take your breath away and even leave you soaking wet if you go to close.
A small visitor’s fee is charged to view the falls. It’s mainly used to maintain the hiking trail and viewing platforms of which there are plenty along the way. Near the parking areas, you can also visit the Krimmls Worlds of Water, an interactive and fun water experience for kids and families. The village of Krimml is the closest town to stay near the falls. Other bigger towns or cities within day-trip reach are Salzburg, Zell am See, Mayrhofen, and Innsbruck.
Contributed by Linda from Travel Tyrol
WATERFALLS FROM GERMANY
Located in the town of Triberg, the waterfalls are one of the most beautiful in the Black Forest and are visited by many people, both tourists and locals alike. After wandering the town and taking in all of the beautiful scenery, a visit to the waterfalls are a must. You can make your way walking through the city or you can drive there and make the short walk to the waterfalls from the car park. You can hear the rushing of the water well before you get there.
The first section is accessible from walking platforms that get you very close to the falls. There are plenty of places to stop and take the perfect picture before waking through the forest up to the higher viewing platforms giving you views from above and below the falls. After you have had enough time at the falls and in the beautiful forest that surrounds it, have a look for the hungry little squirrels that call the Triberg waterfalls home. (You can purchase some peanuts at the entry to feed them) They happily take the peanuts from your hand if you are patient enough.
Triberg Waterfalls are stunning and a great day trip from Freiberg into the Black Forest.
Contributed by Bec from Wyld Family travel blog.
WATERFALLS FROM SLOVENIA
Located in the Triglav National Park in Slovenia, Pericnik waterfall definitely deserves some recognition. Its clear blue waters rush from the mountains of the Mojstrana region and fall into the pristine river Triglavska Bistrica that then winds amidst the pine trees. Divided into two levels, Pericnik is one of the highest waterfalls in the country. It marks the beginning of one of the loveliest Triglav National Park hiking trails, which leads to the Vrata Valley.
HOW TO REACH PERICNIK WATERFALL –
Finding the waterfall is an easy task. It is only a 40-minute drive by car from the country’s capital, Ljubljana, to the parking lot by the hut “Koca pri Pericniky”. A short walk from there leads to the first level of the Slap. The hike up takes about 15 minutes in a slow tempo. It is not complex and only requires comfortable shoes. A small flat rock marks the end of the first part of the climb and allows to take some truly epic pictures.
The second part of the walk is a bit more challenging, with some steep steps closer to the top. It will take about ten minutes to climb up. The second level of Perichnik is much cozier, opening to some breathtaking panoramas of the mountains. Plus, the most curious hikers can also climb into a small cave behind the waterfall. For these purposes, taking a raincoat would be a good idea. It is highly recommended to then continue the hike to the Vrata Valley, but many travellers also choose to stay by the waterfall for a picnic by the river.
Contributed by Inessa and Natalie Through a Travel Lens
WATERFALLS FROM CROATIA
The stunning waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia are approximately a 3-hour drive north and inland of the famous city of Split. Several bus tours operate day trips from Split to Plitvice Lakes but to ensure plenty of free time to explore the park, hire a car and stay overnight nearby. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a very popular tourist destination all year round and in summer, boardwalks at key sites in the park, particularly around the photogenic Lower Lakes, get very busy.
Staying overnight allows you to visit the park early or late in the day when the park is quieter and more peaceful. Also, entrance fees are significantly reduced after 4 pm yet you will still have several hours to explore before the park closes.
The scenic, 73,000-acre park is famous for its sixteen mineral-rich lakes formed by cascading waterfalls slicing through a limestone canyon. The lakes have different blue and green hues according to their mineral content. The park is divided into two sections – the famous and popular Lower Lakes (as seen on postcards throughout Croatia) and the quieter, more wooded Upper Lakes.
There are seven hikes of varying lengths and difficulty to choose from and a road train, and boats link the different parts of the park.
Visitors should not miss the dramatic 78-meter-high Veliki Slap in the Lower Lakes section, Croatia’s highest waterfall.
Contributed by Sinead from Map Made Memories blog.
WATERFALLS FROM SARDINIA
There are many beautiful waterfalls in Sardinia, most of them easily accessible through a short walk. The most breathtaking one, however, is the Cascata a Mare di Capo Nieddu. This is the kind of place that will honestly leave you speechless! The waterfall is formed by a river that jumps directly into the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, with a jump of roughly 40 meters. It’s found not far from the small town of Cuglieri, in the province of Oristano in central Sardinia, and it’s the only waterfall that flows right into the sea in Italy, and one of the very few in Europe.
Keep in mind that the waterfall is not visible throughout the year – it really depends on the rain, so don’t count on seeing it if you visit Sardinia in the summer.
HOW TO REACH – The easiest way to reach the waterfall is to drive on SS292 from Oristano to Cuglieri. Past Santa Caterina di Pittinurri, at km 100.5, turn left on a small country road and keep driving for about 1 km. You will get to a small intersection, where you must go right and then drive over the bridge. Once you get to the gate, park your car and start walking along the easy trail that will take you to the viewpoint in about one hour.
Contributed by Claudia Tavani, from Strictly Sardinia blog.
NORTH AMERICA – Most Beautiful Waterfalls In The World – Waterfalls Pictures
WATERFALLS FROM USA (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
Niagara Falls, New York
One of nature’s most spectacular wonders is located on the international borders between the USA and Canada. It is between the state of New York (northern part of US) and Ontario – province of Canada (the southern part of Canada). Niagara is the collective name of three waterfalls. From smallest to largest, the three waterfalls are The Horseshoe falls, The American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls.
This is located on the Niagara river, which falls into Lake Erie & Lake Ontario. This combined waterfall falls from the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world that has a vertical drop of more than 165 ft. I viewed Niagara Falls from the US side, and you can also view it from the Canada side too. There is a laser show every night with occasional fireworks accompanied by a light show.
Every evening beginning at dusk, Niagara Falls is changed into stunning colored lighted water. A special laser light show is arranged in Niagara Falls and lasts for about 15 minutes after different intervals, followed by the fireworks. Refer to illumination show timings before heading towards it. You can take a cruise to feel the flow over you, and ponchos are included in your Cruise tickets. NIAGARA FALLS in the US is also known as the Honeymoon Capital of the world and worth visiting on East coast, US.
How to reach Niagara-
408.4 miles (700 km) from New York, approximately a 7 to 8-hour drive by car. The nearest international airport is Boston and Buffalo. Buffalo is 25 miles(42 kilometers) away. A road trip to Niagara in a single day is very hectic, so better to stay in 1 city like Boston (a University town) or Syracuse (a nice scenic town surrounded by lakes and vineyards).
Contributed by Myself from Travel With Me 24 x 7
Snoqualmie Falls, Washington State, USA
A visit to Seattle would not be complete without a stop at one of Washington’s most famous landmarks: Snoqualmie Falls. Located just a half-hour outside of the city, Snoqualmie is very easy to visit. With parking just 100 yards from the waterfall observation deck, modern facilities, and a 2-acre park full of gentle hiking and beautiful scenery, it is no wonder upwards of 1.5 million people visit this waterfall each year.
The waterfall is 268 feet tall, and depending on the time of year and the water level, can range from 50 to 150 feet wide. In the summer, the park around the waterfall is bustling with tourists and weddings. But if you want to see Snoqualmie in all its glory, visit in the winter or early spring.
The spray from the powerful waterfall can be seen from miles away. One of Seattle’s most renowned resorts, Salish Lodge and Spa, is perched at the very top of the waterfall. Salish is known as a perfect romantic getaway, and if you are a nature lover, the scenery can’t be beaten. If you just want to see the falls, it is an easy and scenic taxi ride from downtown Seattle.
Snoqualmie Falls is a sacred place to the native people of the Snoqualmie Tribe. Only in 2019 did they regain control over the waterfall, the surrounding land, and the lodge that sits at the top, to prevent further development and protect this pristine natural wonder.
Contributed by Dani Ward from Diapers in Paradise
Kanarraville Falls, Utah, USA
Kanarraville Falls is located about an hour from Zion National Park in Utah. These beautiful waterfalls are located inside a slot canyon. Slot canyons in Utah are formed from years of wind and water erosion that creates these narrow tunnels throughout the landscape of the Southwest USA.
Kanarraville Falls has gained in popularity over the years due to the Instagrammable waterfalls – but they are not easy to get to. First, you need to purchase a permit to hike to the waterfalls in advance. While this only costs $12 they sell out months in advance as they only allow 150 hikers in per day. Second, the weather can be a concern. You need to check if it is raining as the area is prone to flash floods. You will hike 1.5 miles in to the first waterfall which is the prettiest waterfall. The track starts off as a dirt track but it is quickly covered by a stream that flows through the canyon.
So you will be wading through the water for most of the hike. Third, there are a few ladders and slippery rocks to climb to the waterfalls. It is definitely worth it! Kanarraville Falls is different from other waterfalls. It may not be the biggest waterfall, but it definitely has character is the red sandstone walls as the backdrop make it a beautiful place to visit.
There are many resorts in Utah, and the Red Mountain resort in St. George is beautiful and about 45 minutes away from the falls.
Contributed by Nicole from American SW Obsessed
Havauspai Falls, Arizona
Havauspai is absolutely stunning; it’s a paradise nestled in the desert. Turquoise waterfalls flow against bright red and orange canyon walls in Arizona. Havasupai sits on a Native American reservation, so advance permits are required to go here, but if you’re lucky enough to get a permit, it’s worth it!
It’s a 10-mile hike down to the first waterfall and the campground, which sits right between Havasu and Mooney Falls. Backpacking is required, plus it’s more enjoyable that way! It allows you to truly experience the area and the different falls. Get an early start on the hike down from the car! There is no water or shade along the trail, and it can get hot, so bring enough water and food to make it the entire 10 miles.
The first waterfall you’ll encounter is Havasu Falls. Past this fall are the campgrounds. Try to get a campground closer to Mooney Falls; they’re more secluded. To get to Mooney Falls, you’ll need to hike past the campground and down some stairs. Once you’re down to Mooney Falls, you can keep going further down the canyon to Beaver Falls, which is 6 miles round trip from the campground.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also keep hiking to the Confluence, where Havasu Creek meets the Colorado River; this is a 16-mile round-trip hike.
Contributed by Jenny Kotlyar from the Campsite Vibes blog.
Multnomah Falls, Oregon
Just outside of Portland, Oregon, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world can be found – Multnomah Falls. A 30-minute drive from the city center will bring you to a nature-lovers paradise among the towering trees and cascading falls. Multnomah Falls is the state’s tallest waterfall at 620 feet high. The best view of the enormous falls is from the Benson Bridge, an overlook that provides an up-close view from 69 feet above the roaring waters.
The Multnomah Falls Lodge is a must-see National Historic Landmark built in 1925 that features a restaurant, gift shop, and information center with free trail maps! The falls flow year-round, so you can enjoy this natural wonder in any season. The Larch Mountains feed the stream through underground springs along with the snowmelt.
The parking lot is known to fill up quickly, so a shuttle is an easiest and most efficient way to access the park and costs $10 round-trip per person on the Columbus Gorge Express. Be sure to dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes since the area is usually wet and misty. A visit to this amazing waterfall is an experience that will create priceless memories to last a lifetime!
Contributed by Erin McLaughlin from The Gal On The Go blog.
Yosemite Falls, California
When it comes to the best waterfalls in the world, you cannot skip Yosemite Falls from the list. Yosemite Falls truly special is the jaw-dropping view of the national park’s granite cliffs and a magical rainbow on a sunny day. It is a fantastic 739-meter-tall waterfall which is also considered the highest waterfall in North America and the fifth-highest waterfall in the world. Yosemite Falls is located in the southern part of Yosemite Valley in California.
Whether you are planning for a more extended trip or just a one day trip to Yosemite, you must keep this spectacular waterfall in your itinerary, which is the best attraction in Yosemite National Park. There are a total of three stages in the waterfall with varying heights. The upper Yosemite Fall plunges 1430 feet, it is a strenuous hike that takes around 6-8 hours to reach the upper fall, but it’s worth a visit.
However, the lower Yosemite Falls drop 320 feet. It is an easy hike and a half-mile round trip from the trailhead. You will get a mesmerizing up-close view of the waterfall from the bottom. You must visit Yosemite Falls in May and June to see the best water flow. I recommend planning your trip months as finding an affordable hotel can be painful on summer weekends.
Contributed by Trijit Mallick from BudgetTravelBuff blog.
WATERFALLS FROM MEXICO
Roberto Barrios Cascades, Mexico – In the vicinity of Palenque in the state Chiapas you’ll find several fantastic waterfalls, of which Agua Azul, Misol-Ha, and Roberto Barrios are the best known. Cascadas de Roberto Barrios is located near the small indigenous village of Professor Roberto Barrios, about 50 minutes south of the famous Palenque ruins.
Roberto Barrios is much less busy than touristy Agua Azul and sees more local visitors. The amazing turquoise waters form a series of about 10 cascading waterfalls. Some pools are deep enough to swim in, while others are relatively shallow. The underlying limestone gives you a pretty good grip and lets you climb from one waterfall to the next. You can also discover the various pools by following the small paths in the surrounding forest. The location is stunning.
HOW TO REACH – You can reach these magnificent cascades by tour, public transport, or rental car. The local Mayan villagers maintain the falls. You’ll encounter them on your way through the village, selling jewelry and other handicrafts, drinks, and snacks. You can support the small community by buying locally, but if you have special dietary requirements, make sure to bring your food.
The village has no capacity for overnight visitors, so it’s best to stay in Palenque, where you’ll have many accommodation options.
Contributed by Lisa Van Den Berg from Flip Flop Globetrotters.
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WATERFALLS FROM AUSTRALIA
Crystal Shower Falls
Crystal Shower Falls is the star of the show at Dorrigo National Park, part of Australia’s UNESCO-listed Gondwana Rainforest sites. One thing that makes it special is that you can walk behind the waterfall and look out through the spray to the bridge that crosses the river below. There is even room to sit and eat a picnic lunch or just contemplate the view for a while
You can take two routes to the waterfall, and both are relatively easy. We recommend you take the full 6.6km loop walk, known as the Wonga Walk. This takes you through the lush, ancient rainforest, which is as stunning as the falls. You will also be treated to a smaller but also very pretty drop, Tristania Falls. If you don’t want to do the full Wonga Walk, you can reach the falls more quickly from the 3.5km trail that leaves from the Glade Picnic Area.
If you don’t want a long drive after you walk, I suggest you check out Dorrigo Mountain Holiday Park, where you can camp, park your RV or rent a small cabin.
Tip: Nearby is the town of Dorrigo and another great waterfall, Dangar Falls. This one only requires a 5-minute detour, so is really worth a stop.
How to get there: The waterfalls are best explored by car either as a day trip or as part of a jaunt along the entire route. You will find them about an hour from Coffs Harbour (NSW) along the appropriately named Waterfall Way, a 180km route that runs between the town of Armidale in the Northern Tablelands and Coffs Harbour on the mid-north coast of the state.
Contributed by Paula from Sydney Expert blog.
One of the largest and best waterfalls in the Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls spills over a cliff fed from Jamison Creek and tumbles into the Jamison Valley 187m below. While it is more spectacular after periods of heavy rain, nonetheless the view of the rivulets of water finding their path down the rockface and the views over the Jamison Valley to Mount Solitary, make it one of the most popular spot in the Blue Mountains.
Located in the town of Wentworth Falls, several lookouts offer views and access to the falls. Rocket Point lookout is accessible from Tablelands Road and provides a side-on view of the falls, but the more popular location to view them is from Princes Rock lookout, which offers a front-on view. Princes Rock lookout can be reached a short walk from the picnic area at the end of Falls Road and has the added advantage of also passing the exceptional view from Jamison Lookout.
A track continues past both lookouts, taking walkers down to cross the creek between some more minor but pretty falls and the cliff’s edge. The trail continues to become the National Pass, a piece of history that will go past the base of the falls. Much of this route is comprised of steep stairs carved into the rockface, and while it’s a careful climb down, it’s a knee-burning climb back up!
Contributed by Holly from Globeblogging
If there is one place in Victoria, Australia, that is going to have incredible waterfalls, it’s the Great Otway National Park thanks to some of the highest levels of rainfall in the whole state. Whilst there are loads of great waterfalls in the Otways, one of the most stunning is Beauchamp Falls. Once you have arrived at the heart of the temperate rainforest via the windy road off the Great Ocean Road, the waterfall can be accessed via a stunning 3km return walk.
As you walk to Beauchamp Falls through the Ash forest, you’re surrounded by lush ferns, trickling creeks, toadstools, and mossy banks. The magical and serene setting is a small taster for what is to come. Arriving at a clearing within the enchanting forest, the crashing 20-meter drop of the falls, creating a lovely pool in the heart of the rainforest, is show-stopping.
The mossy banks and surrounding ferns, with a scattering of boulders in front of the pool, is a picture-perfect setting. The lushness makes it hard to believe you’re in Australia at all.
At the top of Beauchamp Falls (where you start the hike), there is a small, free camp ground providing the ideal base to explore the rest of the Great Otway National Park, such as the incredible Beech Forest and the world’s oldest lighthouse, Cape Otway.
Contributed by Tammy Thurman from Travelling Tam blog.
Russell Falls is in Mount Field National Park, Tasmania. It is an easy day trip from Hobart along the picturesque Derwent Valley. Russell Falls is a three-tiered waterfall surrounded by temperate rainforest forest.
There are a few reasons why Russell Falls is such a wonderful place. First, it is accessible. The falls are just a 10-minute walk from the carpark along a flat even path. There are no difficult, long hikes needed to see them. It might only be a short walk to the falls, but you still get a wonderful introduction to the Tasmanian wilderness. You pass by towering tree ferns and old-growth forests. At night, the path is lit by glow worms.
There is always water coming down the three levels of the falls, more in winter of course. On the platform at the base of the falls, fine spray hangs in the air and drips off the tips of the ferns. If you are there early or late in the day keep an eye out – you might see a platypus in the pool at the bottom of the falls. If you have a couple of hours, from Russell Falls you can continue along the Three Falls track. It is a beautiful hike that takes you past two more waterfalls and past giant swamp gums. The forest smells and sounds amazing. It is a great introduction to the natural beauty of Tasmania.
Contributed by Natalie & Steve from Curious Campers blog.
WATERFALLS FROM NEW ZEALAND
Stirling Falls, Milford Sound, – Stirling Falls are huge at 151m high. However, the vast mountains around them, make even Stirling Falls look small. But in fact, they are three times as high as Niagara Falls. Stirling Falls can be found in the beautiful Milford Sound region, in the South Island of New Zealand. Rudyard Kipling was quoted saying the Milford Sound is the “8th Wonder of the World”. It is certainly an incredible area, that can only be accessed by a single out and back road, 2 hours from the nearest town, or by plane or helicopter.
The best way to view Stirling Falls is by cruise boat or by kayak. Several cruise companies will take you out into Milford Sound, with the best part being they drive right up under the waterfall. You will be able to experience the full force of Stirling Falls, but don’t forget a raincoat. The best time to visit Stirling Falls and Milford Sound is during the rain. The Fiordland area receives around 200 days of rain a year, and you may be thinking that a boat cruise would not be enjoyable in the rain. However when it rains, the waterfalls completely spill over with immense pressure and the nearby mountains are crying, with thousands of more waterfalls appearing.
Contributed by Jennifer Parkes from Backyard Travel Family.
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WATERFALLS FROM BRAZIL
Iguazu Falls – Iguazu Falls are made up of a system of 275 waterfalls, with the exact number depending on the season. It spans an area 2.7 kilometers wide, and it’s almost twice as tall and nearly three times wider than Niagara Falls.
They are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Everyone has a different opinion of which side is better, as they are two vastly different experiences.
The Brazilian side of the falls has panoramic views – which is incredible. However, you’re up close and personal to the falls on the Argentine side, and you can feel the power of these magnificent natural wonders. On the Argentine side, you can also take a boat ride right into some of the falls.
It is possible to visit Iguazu Falls without a guide the main bus terminal in Puerto Iguazu (the closest city to the Argentine side of the falls) has buses running every 20-30 minutes. You can purchase your tickets ahead of time at the stand in the bus terminal, or you could just pay the bus driver. (If your Spanish is less than stellar, buy your tickets inside at a stand with English signs – it’ll be a little less hectic for you then.)
For accommodation, Hotel Saint George is only a couple of minutes’ walk from the bus terminal. The rates are reasonable, they also have a nice restaurant and bar and pool area (and plenty of highly-rated restaurants within walking distance).
Contributed by Lindsey Puls from Have Clothes, Will Travel
WATERFALLS FROM GUYANA
Kaieteur Falls is the world’s largest single-drop waterfall by the volume of water flow. Still, this wonderful corner of paradise is relatively unknown and light-years away from mass tourism.
Located in Kaieteur National Park, Kaieteur Falls can only be reached by plane, flying over the impassable jungle of Guyana. Otherwise, it’s also possible to trek for 4-5 days to get there, however, still very few companies organize this kind of trip. The country has only recently started promoting itself as a touristic destination for North American and European travelers, which means it’s the right time to go before everyone finds out about Guyana, South America’s best-hidden secret.
A day trip to Kaieteur Falls is a rare kind experience in nowadays’ world: travelers still have the opportunity to enjoy the place all for themselves, without crowds and lines, surrounded only by the powerful sound of the water falling for a good 226 meters. The surrounding area is also well known to birdwatchers: Kaieteur National Park is home to the stunning – despite the funny name – Cock of the Rock. Guyana is also home to some other very interesting animals: giant anteaters, giant river otters, jaguars, harpy eagles and countless others.
HOW TO REACH – You can fly to Kaieteur Falls from Guyana’s capital, Georgetown. Other routes are available but at a significantly higher cost. Guyana is one of the few unspoiled countries left in the world, where travelers can experience the feeling of being among the first few lucky ones to visit. If Kaieteur Falls is the most popular landmark in the country, imagine what other secret wonders are awaiting!
Contributed by Giulia Cimarosti from Giulia Cimarosti blog.
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