What is better than listening to the sound of water striking the rocks and watching it fall luxuriously? The beauty and power of nature, just spilling off the edge gives you the ultimate peace of mind. No matter what height they’re falling from, waterfalls are simply a treat to the eye! Here, we have listed a few of the best waterfalls from across the world that you should definitely visit sometime.
Situated on the Zambezi river in between the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls is one of the world’s largest waterfalls. Extending across 1.7 kilometers, it is a UNESCO world Heritage Site and was named as one of the 7 wonders of the world by CNN. It was discovered by David Livingstone in 1855 and named after Queen Victoria. Sometime in August and January, the river dries up and people swim to what is known as the Devil’s Pool, at the edge of the falls, where a few rocks form a barrier. Also, the spray that the waterfall causes can be viewed from over 40 kilometers.
The Niagara river spills 3 beautiful falls which are together called the Niagara Falls. They are the Horseshoe Falls, which is the largest, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls which is the smallest. A small island called Goat island sits in between the Horseshoe and Bridal Veil Falls. It was formed over ten thousand years ago, as a result of some glacier activity. The water falls at a very high force that not many people have gone over it. However, Annie Taylor, a 63-year-old teacher was the first person to take the plunge. She went in a barrel and made it out alive, with some minor injuries.
Created by the Sharavathi river and situated in Shimoga district, Jog Falls is the second highest plunge waterfall in India. It consists of four parts called Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket. The Raja falls is the highest waterfall. The Roarer is called so because of the sound it makes. The Rocket falls plunges directly to the bottom while the Rani flows down gracefully. With a height of 253 meters, the Jog Falls are a source of hydroelectric power in the Karnataka State. A series of steps are constructed to the bottom of the falls to enjoy the splendid view.
Consisting of over 275 waterfalls and situated between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazu Falls is the world’s largest waterfall stretching across 2,700 meters. There is a legend as to how these falls were created. God wanted to marry an Aborigine girl called Naipí who escapes on a canoe with her lover. Enraged by this, he separates the Iguazu river by creating the waterfalls. It is twice as wide as the Niagara Falls and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It would be best to visit during spring and fall to get the most out of it.
With a height of 979 meters, Angel falls are the world’s highest waterfalls. Located in Venezuela, in the Canaima National Park, the Angel Falls are also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It falls over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain and is named after a US aviator, Jimmie Angel who was the first person to fly over the falls. It is said that one can even feel the droplets of the waterfall from a kilometer away at times. During rainy season, the falls split into two.