India is home to a large number of beautiful cascading waterfalls, which are more beautiful than the Niagara Falls. Some of these cascading beauties are found in the southern part of the country, which is well known for its high-altitude waterfalls. A large number of these beauties are set amidst the lush-green mountains in the most serene environments.
However, the north-east, central and western parts of the country have a sizable number of waterfalls, which continue to attract a large number of nature lovers. Have a look at some of the most beautiful and most visited waterfalls in the country.
Located amidst the pristine natural environment, Vantawang Falls showcases the beauty of the lesser-explored side of Mizoram.
The waterfall is located at a distance of about 137 km from the city of Aizwal and is born out of the Vanva river. The cascading beauty measures about 750 ft and is named after a well-known swimmer of the region who lost his life here.
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Situated on the borders of Goa and Karnataka, Dudhsagar Falls is a four-tiered one which comes crashing down from a height of about 310 m.
The water falls with such a force that when one looks at it from a distance, it resembles the image of milk being spilt over the rocks. Due to this, the waterfall is known as Dudhsagar and is one of the most well-known waterfalls in the country.
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Located at a close proximity from the city of Bengaluru, Hogenakkal waterfall is formed by the river Cauvery. At Hogenakkal, the river Cauvery drops and gives birth not just to one waterfall but multiple ones, as the water gushes down the rocky terrain of the region. At certain places the water cascades to height of almost 66 ft and sounds like a thunderstorm.
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Situated at a distance of about 20 km from the city of Satara in Maharashtra is the scenic Thoseghar Waterfalls. The waterfalls is a series of cascades with some ranging from 15 to 20 m and one from a height of 200 m.
The place is a very popular spot for the folks in Maharashtra, especially during monsoons, it also one amongst the lesser-known gems of the state and due to this, it is able to maintain the natural environments.
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Located close to Cherrapunji is the rain-fed waterfall called Nohkalikai Falls; it is also one of the tallest waterfalls in the country, which plunges down from a height of 1115 ft.
The waterfall is located amidst a massive green gorge. It is believed that the waterfall got is name after a Khasi tribe woman named Ka Likai, who jumped into the waterfall after realising that she had consumed the meat of her own daughter.
Situated on the border of Shimoga and North Kanara districts of Karnataka is one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. Jog Falls is formed by the river Sharavati and plunges down from a height of 829 ft as four different waterfalls, namely Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket.
The waterfall comes to life during monsoons and as the weather changes to winter, the glowing sun enables one to come across a beautiful rainbow across the waterfall.
Located at a distance of 80 km from Mysore is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Karnataka, Shivasamudram. It is formed by the river Cauvery flowing down from a height of 320 ft in two parts named Gagana Chukki and Bhara Chukki. The waterfall is also the location of one of the first hydroelectric power stations in Asia which was established in the year 1902.
Athirapally waterfalls is located in Chalakudy, Kerala. The waterfall is very popular amongst tourists, nature lovers and the film industry; the waterfall can be seen in a large number of Hindi and regional language films.
Originating from the upper reaches of the western ghats and flowing down at a height of about 80 ft before meeting the Chalakudy river is the Athirapally waterfalls, which is considered as the tallest waterfall in Kerala.