Waterfalls are some of the most majestic works of nature. Read on to see some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world!
TOP 1 Iguazu Falls
The Iguazu Falls lie on the Iguazu River and mark the border between Argentina and Brazil. Stretching 2.7 kilometres long, the waterfall is divided into a whopping 275 waterfalls and cataracts, each varying between 60 to 82 metres high. There are waterfalls as far as the eye can see, which makes the experience more breathtaking than you can imagine just by looking at photos. A noteworthy point is the Iguazu Falls is surrounded by rainforests on both the Argentina and Brazil sides which are preserved by the governments. This enables the native flora and fauna to thrive, and you get to experience the relatively untouched rainforest as you set foot there.
TOP 2 Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the world, with a height of 108 metres and a width of 1,708 metres. Marking the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the majestic sheet of roaring waters lies on the Zambezi River and is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls. It is home to several species of plants and animals which are unique to the area.
TOP 3 Niagara Falls
One of the most famous waterfalls in the world, the Niagara Falls marks the border between Canada and the United States. It is made up of three waterfalls, namely the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, all of which culminate to form the majestic Niagara Falls which draw droves of visitors every year. At 50 metres, it is not the tallest waterfall around but its width compensates for it with more 168,000 cubic metres of water flowing over the crest line every minute.
TOP 4 Yosemite Falls
The mighty Yosemite Falls stands at 739 m, a combined height for Upper Yosemite Fall, the middle cascades, and Lower Yosemite Fall. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in the United States, and one of the main attractions in Yosemite National Park. The best time to visit the Yosemite Falls would be during spring when the snowfall from winter melts away and gives rise to a gushing flow. Another highly popular time to visit the Yosemite Falls would be during two weeks in February where the waning light of winter lands on the waterfall at just the right angle which causes the falls to transform into a massive streak of orange that resembles lava. You would not want to miss the rare right of the falls looking like it’s on fire!
TOP 5 Skogafoss
The breathtaking Skogafoss is one of the must-visit spots in Iceland. Standing at a width of 25 metres with a height of 60 metres, it is fed by two glaciers and is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. Rainbows are commonly sighted on sunny days due to the amount of water droplets produced by the splash. Lucky ones can even spot double rainbows! The cliff from which it falls marks the former coastline, as the current coastlines have receded. You can walk to the observation platform at the base of the Skogafoss to soak in its majesty, or climb the steps up the cliff to see Skogafoss from the top. The resulting sight will convince you that it is well-worth the effort!
TOP 6 Palouse Falls
The Palouse Falls in a gem in the Palouse Falls State Park in Washington State. It marks the end of the Palouse River where it drops 60 m into a round basin. From there, the water body moves through winding gorges towards the Snake River. This makes for a spectacular sight for those who hike around the back of the falls as the yellow and green colours of the columns contrasts with the deep blue of the waters. It is no wonder then that the Palouse Falls is a hotspot among photographers and painters. Nature lovers also obsess over the spot by making the trip there in different seasons to observe when the water is high, low or frozen.
TOP 7 Multnomah Falls
The sublime Multnomah Falls stands at 189m at the Multnomah Creek in the Columbia River Gorge. The roaring cascade of icy water amidst the lush greenery is a sight like no other which draws hoards of visitors every year. The Multnomah falls is split into two parts – an upper fall of 165m and a lower fall of 21m with a 3m drop in elevation between the two falls. Visitors who want to get closer can walk up a paved trail to Benson Bridge which was built right across the falls and allows you to see the top of the upper fall, the misty base of the upper fall and the drop of the lower fall. It’s not an experience for the fainthearted.
TOP 8 Plitvice Falls
The Plitvice Falls does not belong to the category of majestic roaring waterfalls with jaw-dropping height, but it is easily the most beautiful waterfall in the list. Nestled in the Plitvice Lakes National Park in central Croatia, the Plitvice Falls are part of a network of 16 lakes amidst relatively untouched nature. The sight of the lakes and waterfalls might make you think you are in paradise! The tallest waterfall, Veliki Slap, is 78 m tall.
TOP 9 Gullfoss
Gullfoss means “Golden Falls” as it is named after the spectacular sight of the waters appearing golden from the reflection of the sunlight. Gullfoss originates from the Lángjökull glacier about 40km to the north and ends at the canyon of the Hvítá river in southwest Iceland. An interesting point about Gullfoss is its cliff which is lower than the cliffs surrounding it. This creates an unusual sight where the waterfall looks as though it is vanishing into the earth.
TOP 10 Spa Pool in Hamersley Gorge
The Spa Pool in Hamersley Gorge made it into the list thanks to the picturesque curved rock formations that accompany it. The rock formations are formed over thousands of years and comes in beautiful amber, bluish and silver hues. This beautiful sight of an ice blue pool surrounded by rock formations and fed by a waterfall is found in Karijini National Park, Western Australia. However, you’ll need to go on hiking trails in Hamersley Gorge in order to reach this gem of a place.
Photo credits: Niagara Falls State Park, Eugene Kaspersky, Contiki, Thomas Duffy, Hit Iceland, Outside Walla Walla, Insider, Google Sites, Extreme Iceland, DK Photography
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