Waterfalls are natural wonders that are found everywhere on earth. They can be huge and magnificent or small and serene. Either way, a waterfall is always considered beautiful and an amazing creation of nature. There are countless waterfalls in the world in total if you consider all the small and seasonal ones as well. Even if you only consider the big and magnificent ones, there are still hundreds of stunning waterfalls in the world as part of various tourist destinations. The top of these waterfalls are truly superb.
10. Sutherland Falls, New Zealand:
Sutherland Falls are considered by some as the tallest waterfalls in New Zealand. They are located near Milford Sound in New Zealand’s Sound Island and were discovered by Donald Sutherland in 1880. They fall a total height of 580 meters in three cascades. It is a tourist destination and you can hike to the base of the fall from Quintin Public Shelter on Milford Track.
9. Yosemite Falls, USA:
Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America at 739 meters of total vertical fall. It is located in the Yosemite National Park in Sierra Nevada California. The waterfall consists of melted snow water and can sometimes run dry if the snow melts completely. The waterfall is at its peak in terms of water flow in spring and at that time it becomes a big tourist attraction for people visiting the Yosemite National Park.
8. Plitvice Falls, Croatia:
Plitvice Falls are part of the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. It is a very interesting phenomenon in which water from many rivers and underground rivers came together to form these lakes that run off into each other. There are 16 lakes and they are said to be formed by natural dams of travertine. Travertine is deposited with the help of moss, algae and bacteria. The lakes form a beautiful landscape as they cascade into each other descending a total of 133 meters over a distance of 8 km.
7. Sivanasamudra Falls, India:
Sivanasamudra falls are located on the Kaveri river in the state of Karnataka in India. Sivanasamudra is a small island town that divides the river into two and holds many temples. The waterfalls are also known as Gaganachukki falls and form twin segmented falls. The average width is of 305 meters and a height of 98 meters. The volume of water flowing over these falls is largest during the monsoon season.
6. Gullfoss, Iceland:
Gullfoss translates of Golden falls and is a waterfall in the canyon of Hvita river in Iceland. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Iceland. It is very interesting because the waterfall is into a crevice in the ground about 20 meters wide and 2.5 km in length. From a distance it seems like the mighty river just disappears into the ground. There were initial attempts to utilize the waterfall to generate electricity but it was later given up and the river and waterfall is now protected.
5. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe:
Victoria Falls are a waterfall on the Zambezi River in Africa at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is considered the largest waterfall in the world based on its width which is 1,708 meters. The height is around 108 meters. The waterfall can be visited from both the Zimbabwean and the Zambian side. On the Zimbabwean side there is a location known as the Devil’s pool where during a few months in the year a natural pool is formed near the edge where adventurous tourists can go to swim.
4. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana:
Kaieteur Falls are located on the Potaro River in Guyana in the Kaieteur National Park. The height is 226 meters. The water flows over a flat sandstone cliff and drops down in a single drop. The width varies from 76 meters to 122 meters depending on the season. It is surrounded by tropical rain forest and there is no sign of civilization which adds to the natural beauty of the place.
3. Angel Falls, Venezuela:
Angel Falls are located in Venezuela on the Gauja River. It is the highest waterfall in the world at 807 meters. The water falls over the vertical walls of the Auyantepui Table Mountain in the Canaima National Park in Venezuela. The fall is so long that a lot of the water doesn’t reach the bottom and is carried away as a fine spray by the wind. Even in dry season it is a wonderful spectacle to visit. It can be viewed aerially or through canoe trips in the river.
2. Niagara Falls, USA/Canada:
Niagara falls are located at the border of USA and Canada on the Niagara River that flows from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic. The falls consist of three separate falls. The Horseshoe Falls in the Canadian side is the largest and then there are the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls on the American side. These are the largest waterfalls in North America. They were formed when the Great Lakes were formed and the melting water from glaciers tried to reach the Atlantic.
1. Iguassu Falls, Argentina:
Iguassu Falls are part of the Iguassu National Park between Brazil and Argentina. The total length of the falls is around 2.5 km along which there are several islands that divide the falls into about 275 individual waterfalls. The height varies from 60 meters to 82 meters. Most of the river’s flow falls into a chasm known as the Devil’s throat. The falls present a beautiful view as there are places from where you can be surrounded by waterfalls on almost every side.