Few geographical features exemplify the beauty and power of nature as dramatically as a waterfall. The majestic view of hundreds of tons of water that flows over the edge of a cliff and breaking on the rocks is a sight that never stops to impress anyone. Here are 10 of the most impressive and beautiful waterfalls in our world where you can go during vacation.
Angel Falls: Canaima National Park, Venezuela
The Angel waterfall is the highest in the world, falling 978 meters from the top of the AuyanTepuy, and with an uninterrupted drop of 807 meters. Since the falls are in an isolated area of the Venezuelan junglenatural environments, the only way to reach the Angel Falls is by taking a flight from Puerto Ordaz. From here one has to cross the river to reach the base of the falls.
Plitvice Waterfalls: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitvice is a group of 16 natural lakes. Plitvice waterfalls quickly became one of the most visited places by tourists after its existence known as before only few people heard of it. It is the most beautiful place and you must visit it if you are in Croatia. Plitvice is not a single waterfall, rather it is made up of many waterfalls. Exploring the deep blue colour lake and surrounding greenery rich area is also an amazing experience.
You need to take a connecting bus from terminal building at Zagreb Airport to the main bus terminal. From here you can take a bus directly to the Plitvice Lakes. It takes 2 to 3 hours by bus from Zagreb to reach Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.
Blue Nile Falls: Tigray, Ethiopia
Known locally as Tis Issat, these waterfalls are found on the Blue Nile River in northern Ethiopia. Although a considerable volume of water is now diverting to feed a dam, it is still a majestic site and one of the best-known attractions in the country. Visitor can reach there through fertile countryside and down into a gorge spanned by a 17th century bridge.
Waterfall is located in the northwest of Ethiopia near the city of Bahir Dar. People who want to avoid the sharp inclines of the first route can choose to go across the river via boat and take an easy flat, 20 minute walk to the base of the waterfall.
Gullfoss: Blaskogabyggd, Iceland
Gullfoss is an impressive double waterfall 32 meters high, on the White River. It is rightly one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. Water flow from the rains and glacial runoff (especially during the summer), make it the largest waterfall in Europe. It is the one of the most visited attractions in the Iceland.
Waterfall is located about 120 Km east of Reykjavik, Capital city. You can take any vehicle to get there, road is perfect and you do not need a 4×4 vehicle.
Iguazu Falls: Misiones, Argentina and Paraná, Brazil
Located along the border between Argentina and Brazil, they are one of the great natural wonders of the world. Most of the falls measure around 64 meters in height. The most impressive is the “Garganta del Diablo” (82 meters high, 150 meters wide and 700 meters long waterfall).
You can get there from two airports, Foz do Iguaçu Airport in Brazil and Cataratas del Iguazú (IGR) in Argentina. No matter which route you select, waterfall is about 5 miles from both airports.
Niagara Falls: New York and Ontario
They are a group of waterfalls located in Elia Niagara, in the northeastern part of North America – on the border between the United States and Canada. There are actually three different waterfalls: the “Horseshoe waterfall”, the “American waterfall” and the smaller “Bride’s Veil cataract”.
On American side, falls are about 30 minutes (44 Km) away from Buffalo Niagara International Airport. You can take taxis and shuttle services from there. On Canadian side, you can reach there by taking a 12 minutes FlyGTA flight from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) or you can take bus/car from downtown Toronto.
Havasu Waterfall – Arizona – United States
Havasu waterfall is one of the most beautiful and popular waterfalls in the world. The contrast between the deep blue of the water, which accumulates in a natural pool, and the coppery red of the rocks of the canyon is very striking. It is one of the most spectacular places you will tread, surely you love it.
Getting to the waterfall is very difficult, you cannot drive up to waterfall instead you need to drive to the nearest city and then must take a tedious hike to reach the canyon where fall is located. You can drive to Hualapai Hilltop on the rim of the Grand Canyon, from here you must hike 16 Km into canyon to reach Havasu waterfall. The part of the canyon where waterfall is located is controlled by Havasupai Indian Tribe and the Havasupai Reservation and you must get a permit from them before planning a visit.
Victoria Falls: Livingstone, Zambia, and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls are located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.It is often cited as the largest waterfall in the world, although it is neither the highest nor the widest. It has a width of 1.7 kilometres and a height of 108 meters. Combining height and width, Victoria Falls are only comparable to the Iguazu Falls.
The fall is located to the west of Zimbabwe and to the east of Zambia. Visitors can access it from any of two countries, via the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Livingstone in Zambia. Both Victoria Falls and Livingstone have air connections.
Jog Falls: Karnataka, India
At 253 meters high, it is the highest waterfall in India and here you can refresh your mood. In the dry season, this waterfall is almost unrecognizable, since only two thin layers run down the face of the cliff. However, during the monsoon season, the water fall even surpasses the Kaieteur Falls (Guyana) in terms of volume.
By air you can get there taking a flight to Mangalore, Airport and get a taxi to reach the falls.
Tugela Falls: Royal Natal National Park, South Africa
The Drakensberg Mountains – in the Royal National Park of South Africa – are home to five connected waterfalls, which collectively make up the Tugela Falls. An exhausting six-hour hike awaits you if you want to contemplate the breathtaking views from the top.
You can take a trail starting at “The Sentinel” car park to the top of Mont-Aux-Sources. From here you can climb to the top of the Amphitheatre from anywhere between 5 to 8 hours depending on your fitness level. You can also take a second trail to the base of Tugela Falls which starts at Royal Natal National Park.