There can be no doubt that nature is beautiful and has a way of helping to forget the stresses and anxieties of the daily grind. While there are many different natural scenes and landscapes to visit, there seem to be something very special about waterfalls. Waterfalls give off a very magical air; surrounded by nature and with the sound of water crashing down into the valleys, they can make you feel like you have somehow managed to escape the realities of the world. If you feel like your family would love to visit a place like this, India boasts of many beautiful ones that they will remember for the rest of their lives. It does not matter where in India you live as there are waterfalls scattered amongst different states all over the country, so there is bound to be one somewhere close to you.
20 Astounding Waterfalls in India
Here are some wonderful waterfalls that you can visit with your family when you are in the mood to see one of nature’s most beautiful aspects:
1. Dudhsagar, Goa
With a height of 1017 feet, Dudhsagar is one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. It rests on the Mandovi River and sits in the middle of a valley in the shape of a crescent. The greenery is breath-taking due to the abundance of flora that surrounds the waterfall. The best time to visit this picturesque location is during the monsoons as that is when the falls are at their fullest and most beautiful.
2. Bhagsu Waterfall, Himachal Pradesh
If you visit Himachal Pradesh, you must take a trip to the little town of Mcleodganj to see the beautiful Bhagsu Waterfall. Only a twenty-minute walk from the Bhagsu temple, this fall is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful waterfall you will ever see, though it is not the biggest. Since it is one of the top waterfalls in North India, a lot of tourists visit it and so there are restaurants and places to make use of.
3. Elephant Falls, Shillong
Situated 12 km away from Shillong, these falls really stands out because of the three sequential sections that make up a part of it. It is so magnificent that the locals love to visit it during monsoons as this is when it is at its best. Small trails can be used to get to each of the falls individually. The trek is rough, so be prepared to get quite dirty along the way; something that will not be regretted after seeing the falls. As Shillong has cold climate and is often called the “Scotland of the East”, the falls offer a mesmerizing view as they are seen peeking through the mist.
4. Nuranang Falls
With a drop of 100 meters, Nuranang Falls, AKA Bong Bong falls or Jang falls, is located in the Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh. The locals make good use of this natural resource and have set up a hyro power plant at the foot of the falls. These falls were not so well known among tourists and so they still retain most of their old charms. However, with the word starting to spread, more people are starting to show interest in going and it is becoming one of the famous waterfalls in India.
5. Bhimlat Falls, Rajasthan
When you think of Rajasthan, the first thing that often comes to mind are rolling deserts; yet nestled away in the Bundi region of Rajasthan, the Bhimlat Falls makes for a refreshing break from the heat. The best time to visit this fall is between the months of June to October as this is when the monsoon will start.
6. Shivanasamudra Falls, Karnataka
This magnificent waterfall is located in the Madhya district of Karnataka. As it is close to the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, the falls are complimented with a background of eye-catching flora and fauna. Known to be the second largest waterfall in the country, Shivanasamudra Falls divides into two sections, the eastern branch and the western branch, so there is plenty to look at. June to October is when the area experiences Monsoon, and it is the best time to visit the falls.
7. Athirapally Waterfalls, Kerala
These are the largest falls that Kerala has to offer and it is the place to be if you are in Kerala during the monsoon season. Cascading down with waters fed by the Chalakudy River into the beautiful and thick forest areas that home amazing wildlife such as the Cochin Forest Cane Turtle, the Great Indian Hornbill and the Nilgiri Langur, the Athirapally Waterfalls have been called the Niagara Falls of India and is a great honeymoon destination or place to visit with the family.
8. Hogenakkal Waterfall, Tamil Nadu
Located in the Dharmapuri District of Tamil Nadu, this waterfall is known to have healing properties, and its formation is one of a kind, making it one of the most beautiful waterfalls in South India. Due to the force of the river, the softer rocks have been eroded over time, leaving the water to flow down in a circle before cascading into a crevasse and then flowing away. It is a must see for you and your family if you want to enjoy one of the most wondrous natural sights in our country.
9. Jog Falls, Karnataka
Karnataka’s Jog Falls is the second tallest non-tiered waterfall in India and is a great spot for those who enjoy swimming. After hiking down to the base of the waterfall, you can enjoy a bit of a rest and a dip in the river. The area surrounding the waterfall gives amazing trekking opportunities, making this the ideal waterfall to visit if you and your family love having adventures.
10. Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji
Cherrapunji is known to be the wettest place in the world, and it also hosts one of the most important waterfalls in India, the Nohkalikai Falls, said to be the largest waterfall in India. As the place receives heavy rains, the river also gets filled with a lot of water; all of which is flows and then falls down the 335 meters drop. Unlike other waterfalls that are magnificent only during the rainy season, this waterfall remains glorious throughout the year as it is constantly fed with fresh rains.
11. Hazra Falls, Chattisgarh
Located between two stations, the Dongargarh and Gondia railway stations, these falls are easy to access when taking public transport. Though it is surrounded by lush greenery and feels like you are in the heart of a fantasy world, it is not far from civilisation and a trip with the family to visit this beautiful waterfall is just what you need. Standing at 1500 feet high, this waterfall can make the perfect picnic spot, so carry some snacks and water along as there are very few vendors.
12. Ghatarani Waterfalls, Chattisgarh
Unlike most other waterfalls that advise you to visit during the monsoon, this one is said to be dangerous at that time, and it is better to visit it between September to December. The falls are located 25km from the little town of Jatmai and are surrounded by lush greenery and make for a place worth visiting with your family.
13. Ethiopothala Waterfalls, Andra Pradesh
Unlike the other waterfalls which are huge and mighty, this one is rather small in comparison and only stands at 70 feet tall. Found in Andra Pradesh’s Guntur District, this waterfall is the meeting place for three streams, namely, the Nakkala Vagu, Tummala Vagu and the Chandravanka Vagu. The waterfalls are located close to the Crocodile breeding centre which is located at Lagoon.
14. Chunnu Summer Falls, West Bengal
Since this waterfall is located close to places like Ganga Maya Park, Rock Garden and a lake, it can be the perfect place for you to take a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and take in the peace of nature. This magical little getaway is located in hilly Darjeeling, proving that there is more to the place than just the famous Darjeeling Tea.
15. Karumalai Falls, Tamil Nadu
Found amid thick forests and tea plantations, this waterfall is located in the interior of a Tiger Reserve. As the area is very isolated, anybody visiting will need to carry their own refreshments. The terrain that leads to the falls is very rough and difficult to manage, so if you want to visit these falls with your family, remember that the sight of it from a distance is actually a better view than if you are right next to it.
16. Umbrella Waterfalls, Maharashtra
Located in Ahmednagar, these falls prove that there is more to Maharashtra than just the big cities. When the Pravana River floods during monsoon, it fills the river, and the falls become much fuller and more beautiful to look at. The waterfall is named for its rather odd shape, where it resembles an umbrella and is a small waterfall, being only 45 feet high. Its width and volume is what makes it worth visiting, as well as the experience of going to the end of the waterfall in a jetty.
17. Vantawng Waterfalls, Mizoram
Standing at an impressive 751 feet, the Vantawng Waterfall is fed by the Lau River and is known to be the 13th tallest waterfall in India. Rather than facing the difficult task of climbing the steep formations up to the falls, it is better to enjoy the beautiful view it creates from a distance. The falls are located 5 km away from Thenzawl, in the district of Serchhip.
18. Langshiang Waterfalls, Meghalaya
As this waterfall is located very close to the village of Sangraing, it can be seen from the village. However, taking a trip to the falls themselves is worth the trip as seeing them close up is a memorable sight that you and your family should enjoy.
19. Barehipani Waterfalls, Odisha
This mesmerizing waterfall has two tiers and is located in Simplipal National Park, meaning it is surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna. Perhaps you may get lucky and glimpse a prowling leopard or two. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in India, standing at a height of 1309 feet and is located on the river Budhabalanga that flows over the Meghasan Mountain.
20. Nohsngithiang Falls, Meghalaya
Standing at 1,033 feet, these falls are also known as Mawsmai falls or Seven Sister Waterfalls as it has seven segments. The most beautiful thing about this waterfall is how the sunlight gets reflected off the water droplets, sending beams of light dancing across the surface. The Nohsngithiang falls are situated to the south of the village of Mawsmai in the East Khasi district of Meghalaya.
With the way most countries developing into concrete jungles, nature seems to be disappearing fast. If you are someone who truly appreciates the beauty of nature and want to share some of it with your children, one of the family trips you should consider is heading out to a waterfall. You and your family will enjoy nature’s beauty and bond over memories of something precious.
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