17 Greatest Waterfalls in the World

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Gocta Cataracts

Location: Honduras

Height: 25 m (82 ft)

Image: Photo of the Agua Nueva Falls, located near the head of the Goctas River, Honduras.

This waterfall is located in a forest area near La Ceiba, Honduras. It is in the east of the country and is about 98 kilometers east of Tegucigalpa. The water from the waterfall rushes down a steep, rocky slope and forms a large pool at the base.

The La Ceiba region has a large number of waterfalls and these are a common sight as the rivers and streams of the area are mostly non-navigable and falls are usually preferred spots for development. Goctas is one of the most noteworthy cataracts in the Honduran region.

This waterfall is the reason why this region was one of the first inhabited areas in the Honduran. A small village named Gocta is located near the Agua Nueva waterfall.

Access can be made by driving east from La Ceiba along the road to El Poy and traveling along connecting roads until reaching the villages of Gocta.

The total elevation drop for this waterfall is approximately 10 meters (33 ft), making it one of the highest in Honduras. The waterfall is officially named after the nearby village, the Agua Nueva waterfall.

Sutherland Falls

Tasmania, Australia.

Sutherland Falls, named after the Sutherland family that settled in the area in 1836, is located near the town of Cremorne in Tasmania, Australia. Located approximately 9 km from Tarkine National Park, it is the 16th tallest waterfall in the world at a height of 100 meters.

As with all waterfalls, the most striking thing about Sutherland Falls is the water itself. The water pour down the impressive rocks of the falls and hit the bottom like a wall of water.

Visiting Sutherland Falls in the Fall months is especially stunning. The trees will be turning colors, and there is almost always rain or mist. Sutherland Falls is one of the many waterfalls in the area that make up the Tasmanian Wilderness.

Although Sutherland Falls is one of the most impressive of the many waterfalls in the area, there are many other waterfalls to see. If you decide to stop by Sutherland Falls, you can easily see the others as well.

The first waterfall to see is Panorama Waterfall. From there, you can see through the fog to Crown Cascade Waterfall. You can continue to see the Harlin Falls Waterfalls after that.

Both surrounding the Glen Falls, which is a huge waterfall in its own right, but is a good hike from the others. Sutherland Falls are usually more accessible than the others.

Tugela Falls

·Tugela Falls is one of the biggest and most spectacularly located waterfalls in the Drakensberg mountains on the the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, South Africa.

·Zip line tours are available along the railing of the falls.

Tugela Falls is located about an hour's drive from Durban in the KwaZulu Natal South Coast.

The top of Tugela Falls, about 550m above sea level, is a viewpoint from which you can see the surrounding terrain below and massive outcrops and other dramatic rock formations. An adventurous walk, or even a short birding walk to the top of the falls, could lead you into some very spectacular scenery

It is one of the world's highest and most spectacular waterfalls; the top of the fall measures 66m.[6][7] Tugela Falls is also one of the highest waterfalls in the world not formed by glaciers. The actual plunge of water is 93 m while the waterfall is about 350m.

There is a nearby campsite and a recreational area alongside the falls, which is a popular holiday destination.

Nohkalikai Falls

India.

Nohkalikai Falls is a large, horsetail-shaped waterfall in the lap of mesmerizing Nohkalikai Mountain range in the southeastern part of India. It is positioned on Wayanad district. There is an interesting historical account behind the formation of this waterfall.

In the past, an enormous flood swept through the region and made its way down to the Nohkalikai valley. The huge body of water which became the Nohkalikai Falls carried some large boulders with it that were dislodged from the mountains. When these boulders crashed against the mountainside of the Nohkalikai Valley, they commenced the formation of the waterfall.

The powerful water flow of the Nohkalike River makes it one of the fastest flowing rivers in India. It flows down from the hills with a precipitation of about 9,999 mm and forms the waterfall Nohkalikai. It falls 657 ft and is the highest waterfall in India.

Dettifoss

Iceland.

Frozen waterfalls do a lot of damage to the surrounding environment. Dettifoss, on the other hand, is 100% natural and is one of the largest waterfalls in the whole of Europe. Its volume of water is so great that when the water is blocked by a glacier at the source of Dettifoss, the force of the waterfall can explode rocks in the area.

Dettifoss is a perfect example of what happens when water is pushed through an area for a long time. The effect is a breathtaking sight of flowing turbid waterfall, and the area around the falls is a perfect location for camping, hiking, and fishing.

Yosemite Falls

In Yosemite National Park, California, U. S.A. (USA)

Yosemite Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the world and is depicted on the national flag of Mexico and in the logo of the city of San Francisco, California and the state of California. Topping out at 2425 ft (73.5 m), this American waterfall is the tallest free-flowing waterfall in North America and one of the tallest in the world. An iconic American landmark, the Yosemite waterfall is often visited by sightseers from around the world.

Topography and Geology

The Yosemite Valley begins west of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and terminates at Sentinel Dome at the western border of Yosemite National Park. A granite dome formed of sedimentary rock, the granite features of Sentinel Dome and El Capitan are what give Yosemite Valley and the cliff surrounding the falls its name. The granite deposits of the Yosemite valley occurred as molten lava, which cooled and solidified over millions of years. The falls

Plitvice Waterfalls

Croatia.

The Plitvice Lakes (Croatian: Plitvice) are a group of 16 lakes and waterfalls in the isolated karst valley of Dinaric Alps. The lakes “are intertwined with the most beautiful waterfall in the world, Plitvice “Vegetation.” They are the only area in the world with a natural selvel in the water.

The Plitvice Lakes are located in the dense karst formation of the Croatian Dinaric Alps. A karst landscape is a limestone landscape formed by the erosion of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, sandstone, or gypsum. A classic karst landscape is formed by a confluence of underground rivers where tributaries enter from above. The Plitvice Lakes were formed during the last glacial period.

The lakes are home to a very rare fishing cat, the Plitvice Lakes' cat (Pristerodon transsylvanicus) that is considered a vulnerable species by the IUCN. Some 450 different bird species have been spotted in the area, including some that are endangered and protected, like the Dalmatian pelican and Dalmatian wren. The Plitvice area has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Jog Falls

The waterfall is a spectacular, much-visited attraction in Dubovsk. Its height is about 220 m, and its base is 15 m thick. It is gradually deepening, like a waterfall made of several streams. It crowns at the moment the Tsangus River continues its course to the south.

Huangguoshu

Waterfall, · Sichuan Province, China.

The Huangguoshu falls in China’s Sichuan province are China’s third tallest waterfall. The waterfall is made up of a series of waterfalls that come off of a single source, Over 100 streams combine to create the falls.

The waterfall, also known as the Thousand Buddha Waterfalls, has a total of 190 pools.

The water that falls from this waterfall holds a special kind of power. In the 1950’s a Harvard professor named Joseph Needham – conducted an experiment on the water.

He took two identical cases, one with the parched and barren flavour, and one with the flavour of a ripe, ripe pear. A number of subjects pronounced the water in the parched and barren case completely tasteless and were unable even to swallow it.

He then presented the same water, this time with a pear flavour, and they pronounced it delicious and fine.

The water here has a special touch which helps to revitalize, calm and rejuvenate weary travelers.

The waterfalls can be reached by walking about 7 kilometers from the entrance. The falls are in the middle of the mountain and the path isn’t very obvious.

Gullfoss

Waterfall, Iceland, Iceland.

Gullfoss is a waterfall in South Iceland. I have traveled all over and I have never seen another waterfall like it. Since the 13��s the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland has been a magnet for tourists.

The waterfall is comprised of three drops: the uppermost is 60 feet high. The middle drop is 35 feet and the lowest is 23 feet. The waterfall has been surrounded during the last few years by a very green and lovely green.

This is because the waterfall is a feeding ground to a lot of wild birds. Many Icelanders visit this waterfall for bird watching, and at the left of the waterfall there is a restaurant that has excellent views of the Gullfoss and where you can enjoy a tasty lunch.

The waterfall is hidden away in a beautiful valley just a few miles south of Iceland’s capital area of Reykjav�k. At the bottom of the valley, past the restaurant, there is a viewing area where you can take the Gullfoss tram to overlook the waterfall in all its glory.

Detian Falls

Blue Nile Falls

The Blue Nile Falls is the most visited tourist attraction in Ethiopia. Located in the Bale Mountains, this waterfall is the largest in Africa as well as the largest waterfall in the world that can be seen from the air by people. The water falls at an average rate of 3,125m.

The Blue Nile Falls is located at the source of the Blue Nile river. This is the source of the world’s second-longest river, which is the Nile. Below the falls is Lake Tana.

The Blue Nile Falls were not part of the waterfall tour. I was wrong to think the Blue Nile was one of the most impressive waterfalls ever when I was in Ethiopia. It was impressive to be sure, even though I was expecting to be blown away.

This was a very impressive waterfall and a great attraction that I would definitely recommend visiting if you are in Ethiopia. It was a bit of a hike to get to it, but not too bad and worth it just to witness the water at its source in this amazing and stunning spot.

The Blue Nile Falls are the tallest and most impressive waterfalls in Ethiopia. Located in the Bale Mountains, they are the largest waterfall in Africa as well as the largest waterfall in the world that can be seen from the air by people.

Kaieteur Falls

The largest waterfall on Guyana is the Kaieteur Falls, which is located at 400 feet, on the Kaieteur Plateau. It is also known as the Kaieteur National Park Falls because it is a National Park in Guyana, but the entrance is now closed to the general public.

They were known originally as “Artapouna,” which was the original name of the Kaieteur Plateau. It was after Kaieteur Falls that they were given their new, current name.

Kaieteur Falls are known to be one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. Their spray just misses the clouds. Since they are seen at such great heights, they are only to be seen from the Kaieteur Plateau, the road leading up to it, and the area above the falls.

Located in the Amazon basin, the Kaieteur Falls is the largest single drop in the world. Known to be over 100 meters, Kaieteur Falls will be the largest waterfall to be located in the Amazon basin.

So far, the water flow rate has been measured to be about 5 billion liters per hour. As far as heights go, it’s unknown how high up the water flow rate is at this point. The area where the water fall travels is about 500 square meters and is 13 meters wide.

Angel Falls

This waterfall is 779 meters high and is the highest waterfall in the world. The 15 mile hike to get to it is very intense. Getting to the top of the falls can take just 2 to 3 minutes, but the fall itself takes about a minute and thirty seconds.

However, the hike up to the top is very steep and steeped with jungle growth. As you go up the path, you will begin to hear a thundering sound. This is the sound of the waterfall.

For centuries, the indigenous people of Venezuela and Arua tribesmen have been making the four hour trek up to this waterfall to do ceremonial dances and rituals. The path up to the top of the falls is lined by several other indigenous tribesmen, who will dance and throw objects at you.

After the initial 2 to 3 minutes of walking up, you will reach the top of the falls. The experience is amazing. The view of the waterfall and the surrounding jungle is incredible. You can feel the force of the waterfall from the top.

Niagara Falls

USA.

Niagara Falls is a part of the Niagara River which flows northward through eastern New York State to empty into Lake Ontario, part of the Saint Lawrence Seaway system, at the city of Buffalo. The falls were formed about 10,000 years ago when the glaciers covering the Niagara escarpment receded.

Niagara Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is made up of three distinct segments: Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and American Falls.

The Horseshoe Falls are the most powerful section of the Falls and they range in height from 65 to 75 m (213 to 246 ft). At their farthest extent, the falls are about 100 m (328 ft) wide. The total vertical fall is more than 135 m (443 ft) tall, making it the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America.

The Horseshoe Falls are named after a natural spring just north of the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. The spring water, which warms to the temperature of the water in the river, forms a large natural cavern (or green house) on the north side of the escarpment, where the temperature remains a constant year round.

Victoria Falls

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls, Argentina.

The Iguazu Falls is simply a breathtaking sight to behold. Surrounded by the lush rainforests of Iguazu and Brazil, the falls is a magnificent natural wonder that is found on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Iguazu Falls consists of 275 separate falls, with the tallest being the “Ni-Ni” falls, which are 97 meters (317 feet) high.

The Iguazu Falls are named after the local iguazu trees which are common in the area and the original native name for the region was “Iguassu”. The falls are often referred to by the indigenous T”abášá or Guaraná speakers as the Iguašu, which means “big water”.

The falls are located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, across the Iguašu National Park. The park consists of both Iguašu Falls and the Cataratas do Iguašu, located in Brazil.