The best waterfalls in the world are not easy to come by. But there’s just nothing else like it whenever you do get the chance to visit one.
They’re pieces of nature that possess a combination of traits like peaceful, beautiful, and magical.
They’re some of the best gifts the world provides us.
And we all need to get out there and visit them!
So we created a list of some of the best waterfalls in the world.
Check out these things of beauty and make your own list of the ones you’d like to visit some day!
25) Jog Falls
Location: Sigarra and Siddapur, Karnataka, India
Height: 830 feet
Width: 1550 feet
Type: Cataract and Segmented
Jog Falls is the 2nd highest plunge waterfall in India. You can find the waterfall between the cities of Sagara and Siddapura in Karnataka, India.
The waterfall has 4 distinct falls and it’s quite a beauty to see during the monsoon season.
There are about 1400 steps to get to the bottom of the hill to the viewpoint. Good luck getting back up!
24) Torc Waterfall
Location: Killarney, Ireland
Height: 66 feet
You can find Torc Waterfall in Killarney National Park at the base of Torc Mountain.
The waterfall cascades over 360 feet from the Owengarriff River.
If you plan on taking a trip to Ireland in the future… you should plan on visiting the waterfall by taking a tour of the Ring of Kerry and Kerry Way.
23) Bigar Cascade Falls
Location: Anina, Caras-Severin, Romania
Height: 25 feet
Bigar Cascades Waterfall is one of the most unique waterfalls in the world. You can find it by visiting Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park in Romania.
The waterfall is unique in the way it lands on the cliff below. As soon as it hits, the water splits into many tiny streams of water before falling into the river below.
The waterfall lies precisely on the 45th parallel… the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole.
So maybe that explains the beautiful weirdness going on here?
22) Ventisquero Colgante Falls
Location: Aisen, Chile
Height: 1800 – 2000 feet
Width: 100 – 150 feet
Ventisquero Colgante Falls is a waterfall that drops from the Hanging Glacier in Queulat National Park in Aisen, Chile.
The glacier is the main attraction of the park. Depending on which direction the ice melts, the meltwater falls into the valley below.
The waterfall flows all year long but the best time to see a good flow rate is during the summer.
21) Manawaiopuna Falls
Location: Kauai, Hawaii
Height: 400 feet
Manawaiopuna Falls is the famous waterfall from the movie Jurassic Park. So we had to put it on our list!
You can only reach the waterfall by helicopter…
But that won’t be a problem because you can find Jurassic Falls helicopter tour rides on Kauai!
The tours allow you to see stunning views of the island and land right next to Manawaiopuna Falls.
20) Burney Falls
Location: Shasta County, California
Height: 129 feet
Width: 250 feet
Burney Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the United States! The flow rate of the falls consistently moves 379 million liters a day.
You can find the waterfall in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park in Shasta County, California.
The waterfall is the result of river drainage from underground streams located above.
The falls are a US National Natural Landmark and Teddy Rosevelt once called the falls the “8th Wonder of the World”.
19) Dudhsagar Falls
Location: Goa, India
Height: 1017 feet
Width: 100 feet
Dudhsagar Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in India. You can find the waterfall in Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park.
The falls form a natural border for the Indian states Karnataka and Goa. This area is also in the Western Ghats mountain range and surrounded by lush forests. It’s one of the most beautiful areas in India.
The waterfall isn’t as impressive during the dry season. Make sure you visit during monsoon season to see the waterfall in full force!
18) Staubbach Falls
Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Height: 974 feet
Staubbach Falls is a magical waterfall located above the village of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. The village and waterfall are in the middle of some of the most gorgeous scenery in the Bernese Alps.
The waterfall itself falls from a valley located over the village. The water makes an impact with the overhanging cliffs below. During sunny days, the mist from the waterfall makes Staubach Falls a fantastic sight to see.
17) Wallaman Falls
Location: North Queensland, Australia
Height: 1001 feet
Width: 49 feet
Type: Cascade and Horsetail
Wallaman Falls is a waterfall in Girringun National Park of Queensland, Australia. The falls is also in the Wet Tropics of Northern Queensland. The Wet Tropics have some of the most amazing tropical rain forests in the world and have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1988.
The main drop of the waterfall is 879 feet and the tallest in the country of Australia. The waterfall empties into a pool below that is 66 feet deep. An average of 100,000 people visit the waterfall each year.
16) Snoqualmie Falls
Location: Snoqualmie and Fall City, Washington
Height: 268 feet
Width: 100 feet
Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most popular scenic attractions in Washington State. You can find the waterfall between the cities of Snoqualmie and Fall City.
The waterfall gained mainstream popularity from appearing on the television series Twin Peaks.
Today, the waterfall attracts over 1.5 million visitors a year. The park has plenty of other features that include a park, an observation deck, hiking trails, and a gift shop.
15) Kaieteur Falls
Location: Guyana, South America
Height: 741 feet
Width: 371 feet
Kaieteur Falls is a single drop waterfall in Kaieteur National Park. It’s the tallest single drop waterfall in the world!
Kaieteur Falls is so big that it’s 4 times taller than Niagara Falls!
The waterfall is a popular tourist attraction in the Guyana Region of South America. It’s also a part of the Amazon Rainforest. So you can check that off your bucket list too!
You can also see the falls featured in several television shows. Like River Monsters with Jeremy Wade!
14) Multnomah Falls
Location: Multnomah County, Oregon
Height: 620 feet
Width: 10 feet
Multnomah Falls is a tiered waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge. You can find the falls between the cities of Corbett and Dodson.
The waterfall is the tallest in the state of Oregon. It’s also one of the state’s most scenic attractions. Visitors can reach the waterfall by taking the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway.
The waterfall has a hiking trail that allows visitors a view 100 feet above the falls. The trail also leads to an observation deck for more pictures.
The waterfall attracts over 2 million visitors a year!
13) Mealt Falls
Location: Isle of Skye, Scotland
Height: 180 feet
Mealt Falls is a breathtaking waterfall located on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The water flow comes from a nearby lake called Loch Mealt.
The waterfall is right next to Kilt Rock which is a 300-foot tall amazing sea cliff formation made out of basalt.
The two sites together are amazing to see and you can view them from the same observation deck. Kilt Rock will be off in the background as you view the waterfall.
If you want to see more of the cliffs…
There are better views if you continue walking on the other side of the walking path.
12) Skradinski Buk Waterfall
Location: Sibenik-Knin County, Croatia
Height: Over 150 feet
Width: 328 feet
Sardinski Buk Waterfall is the highlight attraction in Krka National Park in Croatia. The waterfall consists of 17 different falls that make the waterfall a total of over 1300 feet in length.
The difference in height between the top waterfall and the bottom waterfall is over 150 feet.
Sardinski Buk is the largest travertine cascade waterfall in Europe. And it’s also considered the most beautiful calcium carbonate waterfall in Europe.
11) Rhine Falls
Location: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Height: 75 feet
Width: 490 feet
Type: Segmented Block
Rhine Falls is a waterfall located along the Rhine River in northern Switzerland. The falls is between the borders of Schaffhausen and Zurich. It’s the largest waterfall in Switzerland and in all of Europe!
The waterfall took shape during the last ice age about 14,000 to 17,000 years ago. Today, Rhine falls is a tourist attraction for the nearby town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall.
Some features of the falls include:
- Viewing platforms
- Guided tours
- Youth hostel
- Rheinfall Park
10) Havasu Falls
Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona
Height: 90 – 100 feet
Havasu Falls is the most visited waterfall of Havasu Creek in the Grand Canyon.
The waterfall empties into a beautiful blue plunge pool. The concentration of calcium carbonate allows the pool to have such a pretty color. You even get to swim in the bright blue pool water if you feel like it!
The only downside to the falls is that it requires a 10-mile hike to reach it. So don’t plan on visiting Havasu Falls unless you’re planning on camping for the night. But most people would say that the hike is well worth the destination at the end!
9) Yosemite Falls
Location: Yosemite Valley, California
Height: 2425 feet
Yosemite Falls is a popular attraction in Yosemite National Park in California.
The waterfall consists of 7 different tiers:
The Upper Fall: The highest part of the waterfall with a 1430 foot plunge. That plunge height makes it into the top 20 of tallest waterfalls in the world.
The Middle Cascade: A series of 5 smaller plunges that combine for a total plunge of 675 feet.
The Lower Fall: The last plunge of 320 feet before the water reaches the plunge pool and Yosemite Creek.
There are tons of hiking trails and viewing areas to see each part of this incredible waterfall. There’s even a steep 3.5-mile trail that will give you the best views of the Upper Falls.
8) Detian Falls
Location: Daxin County, China and Trung Khanh, Vietnam
Height: 229 feet
Width: 656 feet
Detian Falls is a waterfall that lies on the border of Daxin County, China and Trung Khanh, Vietnam. The waterfall is the largest in all of Asia, and it’s the 4th largest across a national border in the world.
The waterfall drops into a deep pool of water that is 656 feet wide and 99 feet deep. The pool allows visitors to take raft boat rides to get up close to the waterfall. Don’t worry, there are observation decks nearby if you don’t feel like getting on a boat.
7) Palouse Falls
Location: Franklin County and Whitman County, Washington
Height: 200 feet
Palouse Falls is a waterfall on the Palouse River in Washington. The waterfall breaks down into an upper section and a lower section. The upper section of the falls in only a 20-foot drop. The lower section is the main drop of around 200 feet.
Due to the scenic beauty of the waterfall, Palouse Falls is a state park. You can visit Palouse Falls State Park and take advantage of the scenic views, campgrounds, and picnic area.
6) Tugela Falls
Location: KwaZulu-Natal, South America
Height: 3110 feet
Tugela Falls is a series of waterfalls located in Royal Natal National Park in South Africa. The start of the waterfall begins in the Dragon’s Mountain at an elevation of 9,751 feet.
The waterfall has 5 separate drops with a combined total of a 3,110-foot drop. This makes Tugela Falls the 2nd tallest waterfall in the world!
There are a couple of trails that will take you up Dragon’s Mountain to see Tugela Falls. The views from the top are some of the most amazing views in the world!
5) Plitvice National Park
Location: Lika-Senj County and Karlo Vac County, Croatia
Plitvice National Park is a gorgeous area in central Croatia that has amazing waterfalls. The park holds a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation since 1979.
The park’s best waterfalls include:
Veliki Slap – a 255-foot drop
Galovacki buk – 82-foot drop
Plitvice National Park receives between 1 and 1.5 million visitors a year. And a lot of that is because of the waterfalls.
4) Victoria Falls
Location: Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Height: 355 feet
Width: 5604 feet
Victoria Falls is a waterfall located on the Zambezi River in southern Africa. The waterfall creates the world’s largest international border for Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Due to its combined size of its height of 355 feet and its width of 5604 feet…
Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world!
Both Zimbabwe and Zambia allow tourists to cross borders to access the views of each side of the fall.
There is a famous feature of the waterfall called the Devil’s Pool. It’s a small pool where visitors can swim right up to the edge on the Zambian side of the falls.
3) Angel Falls
Location: Bolivar, Venezuela
Height: 3212 feet
Angel Falls is a waterfall located in Canaima National Park in Bolivar, Venezuela. It holds the title of the tallest waterfall in the world!
The height of the waterfall is 3,212 feet and the plunge is 2648 feet.
The waterfall is also famous for providing the inspiration for Paradise Falls in the movie Up. It looks just like it!
The only way to visit Angel Falls is by plane. But don’t worry! There are a couple of small airlines that provide flights to Canaima National Park.
Location: Southwest Iceland
Height: 105 feet
Type: Tiered and Cataract
Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The waterfall lies in the canyon of the Hvita river in southwestern Iceland.
The waterfall plunges in two different stages. The first stage has a drop of 36 feet and the second stage has a drop of 69 feet. The water eventually plunges into a 105-foot crevice below.
Today, the Gullfoss is a part of the Golden Circle of Iceland. The Golden Circle is a popular day excursion for tourists visiting the country.
1) Niagara Falls
Location: Ontario, Canada and Niagara, New York
Height: 167 feet
I don’t think it’s a surprise that Niagara Falls made it to number 1 on this list.
Most people have heard about Niagara Falls. But most people probably don’t know that Niagara Falls consists of 3 separate waterfalls.
Here are the 3 different falls:
Horseshoe Falls – This fall lies on the border of the United States and Canada. It’s the largest waterfall of Niagara Falls with a width of 2590 feet.
American Falls – As the name suggests, this fall lies on the American side of the border. It’s the second largest waterfall of Niagara Falls with a width of 1050 feet.
Bridal Veil Falls – A smaller waterfall located right next to American Falls. It’s the smallest of Niagara Falls with a width of 55 feet.
Today, Niagara Falls is the most popular waterfall in the world. It receives over 30 million visitors a year!
For those reasons, we had to make it our number 1.
If you ever visit Niagara Falls…
Remember that the best views of the fall are on the Canadian side of the border!
And you can also get up close to the falls through the Cave of the Winds attraction. This attraction lets you take an elevator down to the falls and walk along a boardwalk right next to the Bridal Veil and American Falls!
Weren’t those waterfalls amazing?
I suggest you add them to your bucket list and see what you can check off!
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