I’m not sure why we love waterfalls. They’re beautiful, spectacular and sometimes even downright surreal. Kids love them grandma loves them, even dogs have more fun around them. So, that’s reason enough t go down a list with the 20 most amazing waterfalls in the world. Enjoy!
20. Shifen Waterfall, Taiwan
When the water flows in one direction and the rocks slope in the opposite direction, you get what is known as a cascade waterfall. Located on the Keelung River in Taiwan, the Shifen Falls is such a beauty, so you best take a trip down there and check it out.
19. Big Waterfall, Croatia
In Croatian, it’s called Veliki slap, and with water spurting everywhere you just don’t know where to look first. Due to the mineral run-off from the Dinerac Alps, the water here is often turquoise in color, which is incredibly beautiful.
18. Gocta Falls, Peru
According to some, Gocta is the 5th highest waterfall in the world. Opinions may differ, btut we can all agree that this place is nothing short of amazing, especially if you think about the fact it was only discovered by westerners in 2005.
17. Detian Falls, Vietnam, China
Located on the border between Vietnam and China, on the Guichun River, these falls are close to a a place called Tongling Gorge – where bandits used to hide out. As a result, treasure is still found in the caves. Get packing!
16. Mardalsfossen, Norway
The water at Mardalsfossen is used for hydroelectric power and only goes over the falls during the summer. So, you’d better be there between June 20 and August 20 if you want to be impressed. The water drops 2,154 feet over granite rockface, looking like something coming out of a Lord of the Rings movie.
15. St. Clair’s Falls, Sri Lanka
St. Clair’s Falls is the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is made up of two tiers, Maha Ella, and Kuda Ella, which translate from Sinalese to the “Greater” and the “Lesser” fall. Simple, yet beautiful.
14. Baatara Gorge Waterfall, Lebanon
Known as the cave of three bridges, this waterfall was only discovered in 1952. I cna’t figure out why, since it’s way to beautiful not to be admired.
13. Niagara Falls, Canada/US
Going over Niagara Falls in a barrel is easy. surviving the trip is another story. So, why bother? It’s better so stya off, in the distance, and admire the waterfalls and the interesting visual effects created by the falling water.
12. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
About four times the height of Niagara and roughly twice the height of Victoria Falls, this stunning place is located in the rainforest on the Potaro River. Kaieteur breaks into a series of sharp cascades at different points, before allowing all that water to flowinto the Essequibo River – one of the biggest rivers in South America.
11. Inga Falls, Congo
Inga Falls is the laziest waterfall ever, meaning that its 3,000-foot wide series of falls and rapids on the Congo River takes about nine miles to drop 315 feet. It’s made up of hundreds of channels, split up by large rocks and small islands. Wonderful, isn’t it?
10. Yosemite Falls, California
With a combined total of 2,425 feet of falling water, this the tallest waterfall in the US. supposedly, this place looks its most beautiful during the Spring; however, I think just getting there is its own reward.
9. Rhine Falls, Switzerland
The Rhine Falls is among the largest plain waterfall in Europe. Visitors may take a boat ride to the cliff in the center of the falls or simply go at night when it’s lit up by spotlights. You choice!
8. Erawan Falls, Thailand
In Hindu mythology, the Erawan is a three-headed white elephant. And these seven-tiered falls are said to resemble it, although it doesn’t make any sense. The falls are the main attraction in Erawan National Park, which has only been around since 1975. Worth the trip, though.
7. Tugela Falls, South Africa
Looking at the water, coming down the mountain, yo urealize how insignificant we all are. Although the Angel Falls are nearly always cited as the tallest in the world, you could climb up there and see if Tugela to be taller. One way or another, it will be a good day to be alive.
6. Gaping Gill, England
Gaping Gill is the second largest natural cave in Britain, located on the slopes of Ingleborough mountain in Yorkshire. The stream Fell Beck runs into it, creaing the tallest unbroken waterfall in England and possibly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
5. Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia
On the Blue Nile River in Ethiopa are the Tis Abay – Amharic language – meaning “smoking water”. Just downstream a bit sits the first stone bridge to have been built in Ethiopa, in 1626. Two incredible sights for the price of one; I could look at these falls all day long.
4. Russell Falls, Tasmania
The Russell Falls is a tiered, cascade waterfall comprised of an upper curtain, a lower curtain, and a bathroom curtain. What now? They are the big ticket in Mt Field National Park, Tasmania’s first national park. In 1899 they were featured on Australia’s first postage stamp – I’m guessing that drawing or print could not measure to this incredible picture.
3. Iguazu Falls, Argentina, Brazil
On the Iguazu River, between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are made up of 275 individual waterfalls and cascades that cover an area of about two miles wide. I’m speechless!
2. Angel Falls, Venezuela
The Angel Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Between April and December clouds can get in the way lower down, so for the coolest shots people charter a plane and fly right over it. IF you’ve guts to do it, forget about the plane and just jump with one of those wing-suits. How about it
1. Havasu Falls, Arizona
Located in the western part of the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls stand on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. The naturally occurring magnesium colors the waters of Havasu blue, as you can easily see; the deeper the pools, the bluer the water. Water temperatures in the naturally forming pools stay at a steady 70 degrees all year round, so feel free to bring your bathing-suit. What better place to chill out than this?