The bigger they are, the harder they fall – waterfalls, that is. Few things in nature can hold us spellbound like a truly majestic waterfall. But where in the world can you see the most scenic waterfalls? There’s nothing more serene than to watch the water fall from that height & there’s a lot you can learn. We’ve rounded up the five most beautiful falls for your viewing pleasure.
- Deitan Waterfalls
Country – China-Vietnam
Height – 70 meters
Detian Waterfall is the widest waterfall in the territory of Asia and second largest transnational waterfall.It is located within the republic of China, about 40km from the southern border with Vietnam. It is spread along the Vietnamese border in the Chinese autonomous region of Guangxi Zhuang.
Detian are actually two large waterfalls that are formed by Karst hills around Daxing, which is part of Guangxi Province of the Chinese side. Visitors can hire a bamboo raft to take in the quiet pool in which flows the water of Detian. In addition, it is an excellent place for swimming. Don’t keep this for the last day of your trip when your visiting China
Tourists can find accommodation at Saigon -Ban Gioc Resort found just outside the entrance path to the waterfall. For cheaper options, there are a few guesthouses, known locally as “Nga Ngi” in Vietnam, located a kilometer away or around a 15-minute walk up the road from the entrance.
- Kaieteur Falls
Country – Guyana
Height – 226 meters
Kaieteur Falls is a waterfall on the Potaro River in central Guyana. It is located in the Kaieteur National Park.
According to Paul A. Zahl’s book “To The Lost World“, “Many years ago, an old and good Carib who could no longer move with the tribe was placed in a canoe far above the brink of the falls, the tribal rationalization being that if the gods disliked such proceedings, they had ample opportunity to intercede. And they did intercede! At the brink, the canoe was halted and miraculously converted into the big stone which today lies conspicuously at the edge of the escarpment where the Potaro River drops 741 feet. Thus the Native Indian name for the falls is “Kaieteur,” meaning “Old Man Falls“.
The only way to get to Kaieteur Falls is to fly. Trips can either be booked in advance, or locally, in Georgetown. You will be required to take at least two flights in a small plane.
- Yosemite Falls
Country – USA
Height – 739 meters
Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest in North America and fifth highest in the world—and the most famous and most photographed of Yosemite’s waterfalls. Its three separate falls drop a total of 2,425 feet—nearly half a mile. Known for its colorful rainbow in the spring, it’s one of the icons of Yosemite, and has been featured in the work of famed photographers and countless calendars and books.
Yosemite Falls can be viewed from numerous places around Yosemite Valley. A one-mile loop trail leads to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall (the eastern side of the loop, from the shuttle stop to the base of the waterfall, is wheelchair accessible).It’s also possible to hike to the top of the falls as a vigorous, all-day hike.
Yosemite Falls is most impressive in March, when the crashing water can be heard throughout eastern Yosemite Valley. By August, the snow has finished melting and it becomes only a trickle—and then dries up entirely.
- Angel Falls
Country – Venezuela
Height – 979 meters
Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall at 979 meters (almost 20 times the height of Niagara Falls), is named in honor of Jimmie Angel, the Missouri-born bush pilot who crash-landed his turboprop nearby in an ill-fated search for gold in the 1930’s.
Though the Pemon Indians were surely among the first to contemplate the waterfall, the name Angel Falls stuck after word of the arduous 11-day trek of Angel’s traveling party reached the outside world.
The remoteness of this region has kept it relatively pristine; it is still impossible to travel by car through most of Canaima National Park (where the waterfall is situated) because there are almost no roads. Airstrips built by Capuchin missionaries allow limited travel in small planes. Canoeing or hiking are the most common ways of getting around.
- Jog Falls
Country – India
Height – 253 meters
Hidden in the remote Western Ghats, Jog Falls are the highest waterfalls in India and a must visit if you are in India. Jog is the translation of the Kannada word “Joga” in Kannada. The roaring waters of the River Sharavati drop from a height of 875 ft to form the glorious waterfall. While doing so Sharavati is split into four different tracks namely “Raja” (King), “Rani” (Queen), “Roarer” and “Rocket”.
Jog Falls are unique in that the water does not stream down the rocks in a tiered fashion, it thunders down the slope losing contact with the rocks, making it the tallest un-tiered waterfall in India. The beauty of the waterfalls is enhanced by the lush green surroundings, which provide a scenic backdrop. Visitors can hike to the base of the falls and can take a plunge in the water. Here, Watkins Platform is one of the more popular points to view the falls. I
Jog falls is easily accessible and is well connected by road and train. The nearest town Sagar is around 30kms from the fall. One has to take a deviation of about 2kms, from the national highway to reach the falls. The nearest airport is Bangalore airport (378Km) and Mangalore (180Km).