Waterfalls are probably one of the most endearing phenomena of nature. The sight of crystal clear water cascading down a ravine and its thunderous sound are enough to rejuvenate and reinvigorated tired bodies and stressed minds. India, given its phenomenal variety in terms of landscapes, is home to countless waterfalls which adorn the land with their silvery splendour. Here is a list of some of the top waterfalls in India in no particular order.
This lovely water fall which literally translates into ‘Ocean of Milk’, has been lovingly filmed in the Bollywood blockbuster, “Chennai Express”. The falls adorn the Western Ghats on the border between the states of Goa and Karnataka. Dudhsagar lies approximately 60 kilometres from Panaji. If you wait long enough you would be able to see the romantic sight of a train curving on the bridge as the water cascades down – A heavenly sight indeed. While you are here, stay at the spectacular La Vida Varca and indulge in the top things to do at Varca for a blissful holiday.
The Barehipani falls is one of the highest falls in India. The water cascades from a height of 1,309 feet. The fall is actually two-tiered and the second drop of the water fall is from a height of about 850 feet. This scenic waterfall is located in the state of Orissa. The waters of the Budhabalanga River flow through the Meghasuni Mountain before taking a huge leap and creating a picturesque scene.
A short trek through the mountains leads you to the Khandahar falls, which is situated about 104 kilometers from Rourkela, in Orissa. A beautiful and ethereal stream, with the strange name of Korapani, takes a plunge from a height of about 800 feet to the valley below in a single drop. The waterfall looks like a horse’s tail from afar and hence is classified as a horse tail type waterfall. The area is a lovely place for a family picnic in pristine environs.
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This serene and enchanting waterfall is located in the beautiful and verdant vicinity of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. The falls lie at a distance of about 11 kilometers from Dharamshala and paints a pretty picture as it is framed by greenery and cliffs. A must visit when in Dharamshala, there is a lovely Shiva temple near the falls which lends it a mystical ambience. Enjoy Dharamshala to its fullest extent by staying at the breathtaking ‘The Sanctuary’ for an unforgettable holiday experience.
When the rains pour down, it is time to head towards the small village of Thoseghar to catch a glimpse of the spectacular Thoseghar falls. Thoseghar is situated about 20 kilometers from Satara, in the Konkan region. The Thoseghar falls consist of a series of waterfalls with varying heights, the highest being one which has water plummeting down from a height of 200 meters. In the rainy season, the falls assume poetic proportions and are indeed a sight which instantly enchants and humbles.
Bear Shola Falls
If you are in the south of India and happen to visit the picturesque hill station of Kodaikanal, then a visit to the Bear Shola falls is a must. The fall comes into its own during the monsoon seasons as a stream of water meanders over undulating hills to fall down into the ravines. The Bear Shola falls is situated about 2 kilometers from Kodaikanal. Forest falls usually offer a handful of scenic and tranquil moments away from the cacophony of the urban jungle.
This spectacular falls is situated in Shimoga district of Karnataka. It is ranked 13th in the world and is one of India’s highest waterfalls. The Sharavathi River plunges from a height of about 830 feet. This river flows through rocky terrain before cascading dramatically over a chasm. A flight of about 1400 steps takes one down the hill to the base of the falls, where the view is spectacular.
When you travel from Mumbai to Pune, you cross the beautiful Lonavala-Khandala valley, where the Western Ghats come alive in all their natural finery. Small and big rivulets flow across rocky paths and birds melodiously sing the glory of nature as rain gently washes the trees and the rocks. Amidst this enchanting landscape lies the Kune Falls which is a three-tiered water fall having a combined height of about 660 feet.
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Chunnu Summer Falls
When in the vintage hill station of Darjeeling, in West Bengal, as the fragrance of the tea gardens envelops you, head out of the town for about 12 kilometers to reach the Rock Garden. This spectacular spot is a beautiful garden landscaped with rocks and panoramic views of the hills and the valleys. It is here that you can see a stream flowing over rocks and across the colorful flower. This is the Chunnu summer falls and is serenity personified. Indulge in luxury at the lap of nature by staying at the striking ‘Khush Alaya’ and hit the refresh button in the game of life.
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