India sure has nature’s beauty in abundance. Beyond the rich flora and fauna and the forests, deserts and snow-clad mountains; we also have some mesmerizing waterfalls that are worth travelling to at least once in your lifetime! Some waterfalls are seasonal while some are perennial; this brings together a lot of tourists to the sites with bubbling waterfalls. There are some amazing waterfalls in India which can give Niagara Falls a run for their money.
Here is a list of waterfalls in India, these are not the highest or the most voluminous, but they are definitely some of the most beautiful ones:
Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
The Dudhsagar falls are a roughly translated as ‘ocean of milk’. This waterfall takes a trip down the hills from 320 meters of height and looks absolutely magnificent. You might have noticed this in the Bollywood movie - Chennai Express. It truly is breath-taking!
How to reach: 60 km drive by road from Panaji, Goa.
Jog Falls, Karnataka
This waterfall is very popular and is marked as one of the UNESCO ecological hotspots in the world. What makes the Jog Waterfall spectacular is not only its 830 feet height but the girth of 290 meters. It is the second biggest waterfall in Asia making it a must-see. One other feature about Jog Falls is that it is a four-tiered waterfall in Karnataka, the water flows directly to the ground with a rocket-speed. The falls are also known by the names Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi by the local people. Each tier of falls have the following names: Raja, Rani, Roarer & Rocket.
How to reach: Fly straight into Mangalore airport and thereby complete the remaining journey by road.
Shivanasamudra Falls, Karnataka
Although the falls only offer a 98-meter drop, they have an impressive girth of over 300 meters making them a spectacle to watch. During the monsoon season, as much as 19 million litres of water is discharged every second from these falls. They are one of the few waterfalls which are a sight to behold even during the dry months. Reckoned as one of the best experiences in the state of Karnataka, these waterfalls formed by the Kaveri River are a favourite among nature lovers.
How to reach: 140kms drive from Bengaluru.
Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya
The Nohkalikai Falls is the largest and most beautiful waterfall in India, measuring a whopping 335 meter and is located in Cherrapunji, which is also one of the wettest places on earth. The constant rain feeds the rivers flowing which finally ends at the falls. The serenity of this place can make any soul find peace and rejoice in its beauty.While visiting it is advisable to carry a raincoat, as here it rains without warning.
How to reach: From Guwahati rail station, you can avail local buses or hire private taxis to reach Cherrapunji.
Dhuandhar Waterfall, Madhya Pradesh
The name literally means ‘the smoke cascade’, which does all the justice to the view of this magnificent fall. The power of the waterfall can be gauged by the roaring sounds of the falls, which can be heard from a far distance. Both monsoon and dry seasons offer a different beauty to the falls, but most tend to prefer the dry season as one can observe the beautiful crevasses the water has carved into the limestone as well.
How to reach: 30 km drive from Jabalpur.
Kempty Falls, Uttarakhand
A booming tourist spot in Mussoorie, the silvery water of these falls looks absolutely rewarding in every season. The name originates from Camp Tea which was a favourite spot for colonial officers to organize tea parties on weekends. The falls descend an astonishing 4500 feet in series, placing it among the longest waterfalls in India. You can even go fishing in the water of these falls.
How to reach: 15Kms drive from Mussoorie and 30kms drive from Dehradun.
Srimane Falls, Karnataka
The Srimane Falls is small compared to other waterfalls in India, but the beauty and location place it among the best. It's not just great for the view but also for the fact that you can enjoy standing under the small waterfalls and enjoy. The best time to visit the falls is during the monsoon, as the river is flooded with water that enhances the beauty of the fall.
How to reach: 110 km drive from Mangalore towards Srihari on the Western Ghats of Karnataka.
Athirappilly Falls, Kerala
This is the famous waterfall that has been shot in various Bollywood and Tollywood movie. The Abhishek-Aishwarya starer movie - Raavan, was shot under this gorgeous waterfall. Also known as the Niagara of India, this a gorgeous and most beautiful waterfall located in Kerala. It is a relatively small waterfall measuring just 24 meters but the width of the fall is what makes it an attraction not to be missed while. In addition to the waterfall, the area also has an abundance of wildlife like the unidentifiable and endangered great Hornbill (tropical bird from Africa), found in the forest around the waterfall.
How to reach: 55 km drive from Cochin International Airport.
Courtallam Falls, Tamil Nadu
A wonder for onlookers, the falls emerge from a height of 167 meters and split into different streams as they descend, creating an incredible view. The rainy season offers a larger waterfall and due to its height, it is best to observe it from a distance to be able to see the whole fall. You can reach the falls with a jetty built right across the river below the falls.
How to reach: 160 km drive from Madurai.
Kune Falls, Maharashtra
The waterfall descending from a height of 200 meters and traversing on three tiers before gushing into the valley below that makes it an astounding view. The area is surrounded by forest making it a perfect picnic spot. The Kune Falls is surrounded by lush green valley giving you a great view, this spot is a must visit for those who are visiting this side of Maharashtra. If you are adventurous enough, you can try waterfall rappelling (80 ft) and go on a hike up the hills.
How to reach: The falls is on the Mumbai – Pune Expressway. 67 km from Pune and 3.5 km from Lonavala.
Bhimlat Falls, Rajasthan
The Bhimlat Fall is almost like a well-preserved secret of Rajasthan. Rajasthan being the image of hot afternoons, sand dunes, and a rugged terrain, Bhimlat Falls breaks that stereotypical image without a doubt! The Bhimlat Falls may just be 60 meters high, but the sheer fact that they are located in Rajasthan make them worthy of this list.
How to reach: 206 km drive from Jaipur.
Talakona Falls, Andhra Pradesh
The Talakona Waterfall offers an impressive 270-foot fall before the water pools at the bottom. The area around the waterfall offers an abundance of wildflowers and butterflies found nowhere else but here. The best time to visit these falls is during monsoons when the roaring sound of the water can be heard from several kilometres away. The background and surroundings of the place form a sight which is bound to evoke awe and endless admiration.
How to reach: 64 km from Tirupati and 89 km from Chittoor; Talakona Falls are situated in Sri Venkateswara National Park.
If you’re a nature lover then this list is all you need! The suggested waterfalls will surely allure you in one way or the other, be it for their height, intensity, view or even their curing qualities.
Comment below and let us know which of these have you already visited and how amazing experience was it for you!