A waterfall is a true spectacle of Mother Nature and its forces and wonders. It is one of the best creations of nature so far. The significant power of white cloudy water crashing from the cliffs to the depths has significant appeal on anyone who has seen the wonders of some of the biggest waterfalls in the world. There are lots of amazing waterfalls across the world.
We have listed ten of the biggest, greatest and most mesmerizing waterfalls across the world.
10. Jog Falls
Created by River Sharavathi, Jog Falls are falling from around 253m (829 ft.) above the cliff and the second highest plunge fall in India. Located around Sagara in Karnataka, these segmented waterfalls are the center of attraction for the tourists. Also known as Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi, the Jog Falls is almost non-recognizable before rainy season as only a couple of thin streams trickle off the cliff. During monsoons, the fall comes to life and exceeds the height and volume of even Kaieteur Falls, Guyana.
It refers to “Golden Falls” and it is among the most beautiful and undoubtedly most popular falls in Island. It is a giant 32m high double waterfall which is falling on Hvita (White River). It is one of the major centers of attractions in Iceland. The flow of river from the glacier runoff and regular rains, especially in summer, makes it largest waterfall in Europe by volume.
8. Ban Gioc – Detian Falls
Falling on the Quay Son River (Guichun River), Ban Gioc – Detian Falls are actually two waterfalls straddling the border between Sino and Vietnam in the Karst hills, Daxin County, Guangxi. It is located on the Trung Khanh district, Cao Bang province in Vietnam, located 272km north of Hanoi.
The Detian Falls is located on China-Vietnam border. Actually, it is the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world, after Victoria, Nigeria and Iguazu. The area has just opened to tourism recently because of border conflicts between two nations. The waterfall falls around 30m and separated into three falls by trees and rocks. One can easily hear the water hitting the cliffs from afar due to its thundering effect.
It is the sixth tallest waterfall in the world and tallest of all in Europe. Vinnufossen is located east of Sunndalsøra village in the Sunnadel municipality in Møre og Romsdal county of Norway. The waterfalls are the part of Vinnu River flowing down from Vinnufjellet Mountain from Vinnufonna Glacier. It flows in Driva River near Hoelsand.
6. Blue Nile Falls
It is a waterfall falling on the Blue Nile River, Ethiopia. In Amharic, it is called as Tis Abay, which refers to “great smoke”. It is located on the upper course and around 30km downstream from Lake Tana and Bahir Dar town. These are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ethiopia. The falls are estimated to be from 37 to 45m high, having 4 major streams varied from thin in dry season to around 400m wide in monsoons. Currently, the regulation of Tana Lake has reduced variations somehow. As of 2003, the hydroelectric power station took a lot of flow from the falls, except in monsoons. The Blue Nile Falls has isolated the ecosystem of Lake Tana from the rest of Nile and it has played vital role in the development of endemic fauna.
5. Kaieteur Falls
On the Potaro River in the heart of Guyana, Kaieteur Falls is the high volume fall in Potaro-Siparuni region. It falls on Kaieteur National Park and is one of the strongest waterfalls in the world, falling at around 663 cubic m. per second (i.e. around 23400 cubic ft. per second). It is around 5 times higher to Niagara Falls with the height of over 226 meters. It is one of the major centers of attractions in Guyana. It is located at the heart of Guyana rainforest. The waterfall was first discovered on April 1870 by Charles Barrington Brown, who is a British geologist appointed as a surveyor at British Guiana.
4. Angel Falls
It is a 27m (90ft.) falls located on Mt. Brook in Township D falls northwest in Houghton and the White Mountains of Franklin County in Maine. It is the remarkably scenic waterfall and a set of dropping tiers of 90ft in height and the nearest cliffs are 115 ft. in height. It flows from 25ft. gap in the cliff and is thought to be the tallest fall in Maine by many people. It is tied with Moxie Falls for height as Katahdin Falls in Maine and it is around 710 ft. taller. When the flow is perfect, the fall seems to be look like an angel.
3. Victoria Falls
Also known as “The Smoke that Thunders”, the Victoria Falls is a waterfall falling on Zambezi River in South Africa in the Zimbabwe-Zambia border. It is also known as the largest waterfall in the world, though it is neither the widest nor the highest. With the width of 1.7 km and height of 108m, almost double the height of Niagara Falls in Canada, it is rivaled only by Iguazu Falls in combined width and height.
2. Niagara Falls
It is one of the most popular falls in the world. Niagara Falls is the combined names of three waterfalls, i.e. Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls, which straddle the border between New York State of US and Ontario province of Canada. They form south of the Niagara Gorge. On Canadian side, the Horseshoe Falls is located and the American Falls is falling in New York. It is among the most sought-after tourist attractions in the world, by attracting around 14 million visitors every year.
1. Iguazu Falls
Discovered by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish conquistador in 1541, Iguanzu Falls is among the great natural wonders and it is located between Argentina and Brazil. The waterfall is not all about its width, height or volume but it features 275 falls along the river. Most of the falls are around 64m in height. The best of them is a U-shaped Devil’s Throat which is 82m high (269 ft.), 700m. long (2300 ft), 150m wide (492 ft) waterfall. Iguanzu Falls is named after Tupi or Guarani words which mean “water” and “big”. According the legends, a deity wanted to marry a pretty woman “Naipi”, who fled with Taroba, her mortal lover in canoe. The deity sliced this river in a rage and created waterfall and condemned lovers to a huge fall. One can reach the falls from two towns – Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil and Puerto Iguazú, Argentina.