10 Greatest Waterfalls in the World

A waterfall is one of the most amazing creations that nature has to offer. There is just something about the sight of thousands of tons of water flowing over a cliff and plunging into the river below. There are many beautiful waterfalls around the world but this list features the 10 greatest and most amazing waterfalls we were able to find.



10Jog Falls
Jog Fallsflickr/Enchant_me

Jog Falls, created by the River Sharavathi, falling from a height of 253 meters (829 feet), is the highest waterfalls in India. Before the rainy season Jog Falls is nearly unrecognizable with only a pair of thin streams of water trickling down the cliff. But during the monsoon season the waterfall comes to life and exceeds even Kaieteur Falls in Guyana in terms of height and volume.

Read more: India Guide

9Huangguoshu
Huangguoshu

Measuring 77.8 meters (255 feet) high and 101 meters (330 feet) wide, Huangguoshu is one of the largest waterfalls in Asia and part of a group of 18 waterfalls in the surrounding area. A 134 meter (440 foot) long naturally formed cave in the back of the Huangguoshu allows visitors to view the waterfall from a very close range and one can even touch the water.

Read more: China Guide

8Gullfoss
Gullfossflickr/bobtravis

Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”) is a magnificient 32 meter high double waterfall on the White River (Hvítá). It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The flow of the river from the regular rains and the glacial runoff, particularly in summer, makes it the largest volume falls in Europe.

Read more: Iceland Guide

7Detian Falls

The Detian Falls is situated on the border between China and Vietnam. It is, in fact, the fourth largest cross-border falls in the world after Niagara, Victoria and Iguazu. Due to the various border conflicts between the two countries the area has only recently been opened to tourism.

Read more: China Guide

6Blue Nile Falls
Blue Nile Fallsflickr/A. Davey

Known as Tis Issat (“smoking water”) in Amharic, the Blue Nile Falls are located on the Blue Nile river in northern Ethiopia. Although much of the water is now diverted to a power dam, it is still a beautiful sight and one of Ethiopia’s best known tourist attractions.

Read more: Ethiopia Guide

5Kaieteur Falls
Kaieteur Fallsflickr/sorenriise

Kaieteur Falls is located on the Potaro River in the centre of Guyana’s rainforest. It is one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world, averaging 663 cubic meters per second (23,400 cubic feet per second). With a free fall height of 226 meters (741 feet) it is about five times higher than Niagara Falls and about two times the height of the Victoria Falls. While there are many higher falls, few have the combination of height and water volume.

Read more: Guyana Guide

4Angel Falls

Angel Falls or Salto Ángel is the world’s highest waterfall, dropping a total of 978 meter from the summit of the Auyan Tepuy, and with an 807meter uninterrupted drop. Because the falls are located in an isolated jungle region of Venezuela the only access to Canaima National Park, the gateway to Angel Falls, is by air.

Read more: Venezuela Guide

3Niagara Falls
Niagara Fallsflickr/Montse PB

Probably the most famous waterfall in the world, The Niagara Falls are located between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York. Niagara Falls is actually three different falls, the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls. Horseshoe Falls is located on the Canadian side while the other are located in New York. With more than 14 million visitors each year it is one of the most visited tourist attraction in the world.


Read more: Canada Guide

2Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls (indigenous name: Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “The Smoke That Thunders”) are located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls is often called the largest waterfall in the world, although it is neither the highest nor the widest. It has a width of 1.7 kilometers (1 miles) and height of 108 meters (360 ft), roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls. In combined height and width Victoria Falls is rivaled only by South America’s Iguazu Falls.

Read more: Zimbabwe Guide

1Iguazu Falls
#1 of Greatest Waterfalls In The Worldwikipedia/chensiyuan

One of the great natural wonders of the world, Iguaçu Falls is situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along the Iguazu River. The majority of the falls are about 64 metres (210 ft) in height. The most impressive of them all is the Devil’s Throat a U-shaped, 82 meter high (269 ft), 150 meter (492 ft) wide and 700 meter (2300 ft) long waterfall.

Read more: Argentina Guide

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7 comments

  1. rinokumura

    Stunning sceneries. Jaw-dropping. Its so beautiful that all i can do is look at the photos. What more if I’m on the actual place? I cant say much, but I’m really amazed. Great shots.

  2. Have been to Iguazu Falls three times…it is stunning…the mist rises so high that you can see it from 10 kilometers away (and then as you approach you can hear the roar)…Be sure to enjoy the rest of nature there–we saw coatis, parrots, and monkeys!

  3. Carole

    Niagara Falls may not be the biggest but the Horseshoe Falls are among the most beautiful to look at. However Iguazu looks unbelievably beautiful. Can’t get excited by Victoria Falls especially when the water hardly trickles over some of the time. The surrounding scenery is not that interesting or scenic and you can’t get up close to them in a boat. This is due to narrow gorge which is why I prefer Niagara and Iguazu as you get a better perspective from ground level as it were. Africans like to say Victoria Falls are the largest in world but they are neither the highest or widest.

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