Waterfalls are among the most beautiful and magnificent wonders of nature. They make for the most sought after getaway destinations. Why don’t you plan your next vacation visiting one of them. Here are the 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world, the ones that should be on your bucket list.
Niagara Falls, USA and Canada
Niagara Falls, on the USA-Canada border, is unquestionably the most popular waterfall on the planet. It draws somewhere between 14 and 20 million visitants yearly. It has been the spot for many reckless and brave acts, such as that achieved by Annie Edson Taylor, who endured a trip over the Niagara Falls in a vessel. At 1203 metres width, it’s far from the largest waterfall, but it is the falls with the most significant quantity of water moving through it. It has three separate sections: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe, or Canadian Falls. The most picturesque view is from the water.
Plitvice Falls, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site in Croatia. It is famous for its lakes arrayed in rapids. Currently, 16 cascading lakes can be viewed, and are distinguished for their unique shades with crystal-clear hues of emerald and turquoise. Water passing over the limestone and chalk over the years has created the walls, resulting in natural dams that create amazingly striking waterfalls as well as rivers and caves. Each year, higher than 1,200,000 visitors tour the national park.
Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA
The most picturesque waterfall in the Grand Canyon is found within the old Havasupai Indian Reservation and falls 30 metres over flaming red rocks, merging into turquoise waters. Its loud roar can be heard from a half-mile away, reverberating off the steep rock walls that enclose it. The falls don a wide sandy beach and have an abundance of sheltered cottonwood trees to rest by.
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Among some of the most pristine rainforest left on earth, Kaieteur Falls is placed on the Potaro River in central Essequibo Territory, Guyana. It is 226 metres high when surveyed from its leap over a sandstone cliff to the initial break. It then moves over a set of steep cascades that, when incorporated in the measures, bring the cumulative height to 251 metres. Kaieteur is one of the most voluminous waterfalls in the globe with a normal flow rate of 663 cubic m per second.
Easily Iceland’s most popular attraction, Gullfoss is a large waterfall on the river Hvita which begins in the glacial lake Langjokull. Gullfoss implies ‘golden falls’ because the glacial deposit in the water becomes golden in the sunshine. The 32 metres tall waterfall falls in two stages at approximately right angles to each other. As one first reaches the falls, the crevice is hidden from view, so that it looks that the powerful Hvita River simply dissolves into the earth. This unique characteristic of the falls makes it both novel and remarkable.
Yosemite Falls, USA
Found in one of the most stunning National Parks of the USA, Yosemite Falls is the highest in North America and the fifth highest in the world. Actually formed of three distinct falls, it has a complete drop of 739 metres. Yosemite Falls is also prized for its moonbow display in spring and a “snow cone” that appears at the base of the upper fall in wintertime. Fed by snowmelt, the peak flow is typically in May or June. Once all the snow in the high ranges have melted away, Yosemite Falls becomes only a trickle and is often depleted by August.
Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
One of the planet’s most impressive sights, the Iguazu Falls are utterly astounding. A vacation is a jaw-dropping, visceral experience, and the energy and sound of the cascades live eternally in mind. There are more than 270 falls, attaining heights of 200 feet, in a region where cliffs and islets are separated in a half-moon. An added advantage is the environment: the falls lie divided between Brazil and Argentina in a vast area of the national park, much of it rainforest growing with different flora and fauna. The falls are easily approached from either side of the Argentine–Brazilian border, as well as from nearby Paraguay.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls is placed in the Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in Venezuela. The world’s highest waterfall, it drops from the Auyantepui into what is identified as the Devil’s Canyon 979 metres below. The native people named it Kerepakupai-mer but it was called Angel Falls after Jimmy Angel, an American bush pilot and gold-hunting adventurer, who found it in 1937. The height of the falls is so huge that before getting anyplace near the ground, the water is atomized by the strong breezes and transformed into the mist.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
Victoria Falls depicts the most magnificent curtain of dropping water in the world, a magnificent sight of beauty on the Zambezi River, making the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Columns of shower can be seen from miles away as, at the extent of the monsoon, more than 500 million cubic metres of water per minute plummets over the side, over a width of two kilometres, into a canyon over 100 metres below. Travelling overland from Cape Town to the majestic Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular journeys on earth.
Dettifoss Falls, Iceland
It is one of Europe’s most powerful waterfalls. Bestowing frozen melt-waters over its 44 metres cliff unchecked at a flow of around 500 cubic metres per second, one can feel the ground trembling. Located at the summit of the majestic Jökulsárgljúfur (the Icelandic version of the Grand Canyon), it is encompassed by three other significant waterfalls on the same river. It epitomises the natural and raw scenery that characterises Iceland.
Image: Extreme Iceland
Saumya Rastogi is an intern with SheThePeople.TV