India is a land of different climates, landscapes, weather, lush greenery, seas, mountains and much more. Where a thick blanket covers the mountains in most parts of the month the other end of the country drips in sweat. Nature’s sensational changes have left us to admire it with our eyes wide open and inner soul enriched.
One of the beautiful creations of nature are the breathtaking waterfalls that are all across the country and we have curated a list of them so that you don’t miss these picturesque places. These waterfalls are unique and startling in their own unique way. Scroll through and you might find your destination to be at and explore, and for convenience we have also divided the piece in four parts so that you can decide if you wanna go north, south, east or west. So, why don’t we just start with it?
Famous waterfalls of North India
Bhagsu Falls, Dharamshala
Travelling up to the miraculous hills of Himachal Pradesh? Then don’t forget to drop by the stunning Bhagsu Falls. A Dharamshala tourist’s favourite spot, the waterfall has been surrounded by utmost greenery and serenity with a top view of the Kangra Valley. The Bhagsu waterfall begins from the Dhauladhar valley that is regarded as a religious spot of the devotees too. The Bhagsu waterfall takes a blunt curve through the famous Bhagsunath Temple devoted to Lord Shiva that has held incredible importance among devotees throughout the years. After surpassing it you’ll have to further move forward to a trek on a rocky and steep curve to reach your destination. There are a couple of cafes around for you to relax your feet and quench your thirst.
How to reach Bhagsu Falls?
The Bhagsu Falls can be reached by either a taxi from Mcleodganj and Dharamshala. Further on you will have to trek to reach.
Best Time to Visit: June to September
Bhimlat Falls, Rajasthan
A spring of water in the land of dunes and camels is the tourist favourite Bhimlat falls. The falls are located in the town of Bundi which is at a convenient distance of 206 km from Jaipur. The falls have been often adjudged as an oasis by the locals and visitors due to its exhilarating occurrence in the land of desserts. The Bhimlat waterfall is at a height of 60 meters that further merges its waters into a sea-green lake at the foothill of the waterfall.
An unknown historical fact about the Bhimlat falls states that it was created by Pandav Bhim to quench the thirst of his fellow Pandavas who were on a Vanvas. But, according to a research held, the Bhimlat waterfall was created due to an 8th Century earthquake.
How to reach Bhimlat Falls?
Hire a taxi or cab from Chitoor Road. The Bhimlat falls are just 35 km away.
Best Time to Visit: June to October
Kempty Falls, Mussoorie
The Kempty Falls are located on the Chakrata Road, Tehri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand, India, which is at a 13 km distance from Mussoorie. One of the most popular waterfalls of North India descends from the mountains and seamlessly falls from a great height of 4500 feet into five different channels making it one of the most scenically beautiful falls to witness while holidaying. The pond created at the bottom of the waterfall gives people a great opportunity to sit back and relax. The falls sit pretty in the middle while being surrounded by steep mountains. The place was initially created as a picnic spot for John Mekinan as he was bewitched by the enthralling mountainous surrounding.
An unknown fact known only by the locals is that the name Kempty has been taken from ‘camp and tea’ because of the fancy tea parties that were held at this spot in the evenings.
How to reach Kempty Falls?
The best way to reach the Kempty Falls is by taking a bus or a cab from Mussoorie(15 km) or Dehradun (45 km).
Best Time to Visit: March and June
Satdhara Falls, Dalhousie
The beautiful Satdhara Falls is located in the scenic Chamba valley of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh. The falls are surrounded by staggering tall mountains and dense forests. The Satdhara brings together the waters of the seven beautiful springs, due to which it has been named the Satdhara Falls (Saat in hindi language means seven). All the waters meet at 2036 meters above the sea. The water from the fall is known for its purity and medicinal properties that are known to cure skin diseases due to the concentration of mica inside it. Hence, it is also known as ‘Gandhak‘ in the local language.
How to reach Satdhara Falls?
The best way to reach here by taking a bus to Gandhi Chowk.
Best Time to Visit: April To October.
Famous waterfalls of South India
Jog Falls, Karnataka
The state of Karnataka is famous for all things spectacular, adding to that is the second-highest plunge waterfalls in India, the Jog Falls. Marked thirteenth in the world by the waterfall database, it is a major attraction for tourists all over the world. The fall makes its way through the waters of the River Sharavathi and descends from a high altitude of 830 feet into four distinct cascades known as Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer leaving everyone’s eyes stunned with jaws dropped. The best way to enjoy it here is by either hiking up to the Watkins viewpoint or you can trek down 1,400 steps to its bottom. A relaxing dive in the river is considered as an exceptionally remarkable experience.
How to reach Jog Falls?
By Air: The Mangalore Airport is the nearest to Jog Falls. It is located 243 km away from the Jog Falls.
By Train: The Shimoga railway station is the nearest railway station. It is located around 101 km away from Jog Falls.
By Road: The Jog Falls is well connected to both Bangalore and Mangalore by a network of national highways.
Best Time to Visit: June to September
The largest waterfall of Kerala, Athirappilly Waterfall is frequently adjudged as the Niagra Falls of India for its massiveness and frothy waters. The fall descends from a great height of 80 feet that further flows through the lush greenery of the Vazhachal Forest further towards the Arabian Sea. The location of the Athirappilly Waterfall makes it one of the most beautiful Falls to admire due to the rich flora and fauna that it is surrounded with. It is one of the only places in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species can be spotted. Many films and music videos have also been shot here. To travel up to here you will have to get down from the mountain for about 100 meters. Many locals also address the Athirappilly Waterfall as Bahubali waterfall.
How to reach the Athirappilly Fall?
Athirapally falls can be easily reached by roadway buses from Kochi. An approximate drive of 2-3 hours will land you here from Kochi. You can also reach the falls through three routes Valparai, Angamaly and Chalakudy.
Best Time to Visit: September- January.
Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu
The majestic Falls of Tamilnadu, the Hogenakkal Falls is located in the Dharmapuri district. It descends from the waters of the southern river Kaveri and divides itself into multiple streams and falls through multiple steps that appear as an outstanding site. The name Hogenakkal means the ‘smoking rocks; due to the different carbonatite rock arrangement that can be seen around it. The carbonatite rocks are considered as the oldest kinds of rocks in South Asia and one of the oldest in the world too. These falls have earned huge praises around the state and country and hence, are also judged similar to the Niagara falls. The water of the Hogenakkal is lauded for its purity. People believe that its waters possess medicinal properties as many natural herbs have grown in its waters. Hence, you can drink the water of the fall or take it home with you. Tourists also have the opportunity to enjoy the Coracle boat ride from one end of the river to the other.
How to reach Hogenakkal Falls?
Best way to reach Hogenakkal is to avail a bus as the closest bus station is hardly 1 km in the Hoggenakkal town. You can also get yourself to board a cab or taxi.
Best Time to Visit: Anytime after the monsoon season.
The Meenmutty Falls is located at a distance of 29 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad district near the Neyyar Reservoir area of Kerala. The fall is regarded as one of the largest waterfalls in Kalpetta and the second largest in the state of Kerala. A popular tourist attraction of Wayanad, the Meenmutty Falls is at an altitude of 300 metres that further gets split into three divisions. The name Meenmutty in Malayalam translates into a place where fishes are blocked. The mesmerizing fall is surrounded by the verdant Mepadi forests, making it one of the most astonishing places to visit. A tourist will have to reach here by climbing rocks and going through a trek through the jungle. Many people choose to either camp nearby or just sit and wait for the sun to set at the end of the day.
How to reach Meenmutty Falls?
The best way to reach the fall is by taking a 2 km trek along the Wayanad-Ooty Road. Buses also run from Kalpetta to the main entrance of the lake at regular intervals.
Best Time to Visit: October to May
The Soochipara waterfall is a three-tiered waterfall located in Vellarimala, Wayanad. The height of the waterfall is around 200 feet that are considered perfect for mountain climbers amateurs and professionals both. The water that falls from the Soochipara later joins the Chulika River aka Chaliyar River. The name of the fall, Soochipara has been derived from two words where ‘soochi’ means rock and the latter half ‘para’ translates into a needle. The reason behind the name is the rocks near the waterfall which are in the form of a needle. Hence, it is called Sentinel Rock Waterfalls. Apart from being visited by trekkers and mountain climbers, people decide to stay at one of the free tree-top accommodations located nearby. The accommodation has been provided by the forest department which provides a great serene view of the entire Western Ghat valley.
How to reach Soochipara Falls?
You can either hire a cab or taxi or drive yourself up to the Soochipara Falls. Since the roads are not well-maintained, no public transport is allowed until the waterfalls. Hence, you will have to walk for 2 kilometres in order to reach. A flight of fifty to seventy stairs will land you next to the Soochipara Falls.
Best Time to Visit: March to June.
Famous waterfalls of Central India
The Dhuandhar Falls is located 31 km away from the Jabalpur city in the Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The falls descend from a height of 30 metres. The waters of River Narmada flows through the falls and merges itself into the waterfall while taking the downfall. The downfall is so loud that you’ll be able to hear its sound while being far off. The water of the Dhuandhar fall is found to be white in colour due to the bed of white and grey marble rocks that lay at the foot of the water which is world-famous. A smoky mist created by the plunge that has been the inspiration behind its name Dhuandhar, that means smoke flow. To help tourists witness the waters from a better angle, there have been platforms constructed too. Tourists can also enjoy this place by going on a boat or a cable car ride.
How to reach Dhuandhar Falls?
The best way to reach the Dhuandhar falls is by taking the Bhedaghat route with the help of a cab or taxi
Best Time to Visit: July to October
The Chitrakote Falls is located near Jagdalpur, in the Bastar district of the state of Chhattisgarh. The fall is famously adjudged as the Niagara Fall of India due to its horseshoe-like shape. The Chitrakoot Falls receives its waters from the Idravati river that flows towards the Jagdalpur side. The flow of water takes a plunge of 300 metres(one-third the width of Niagara Falls) that later divides itself into three streams during summers. When the river Indravati is at its maximum flow capacity it stretches up to a width of 300 metres. The sight of water plunging into form one with a cast of whiteness is considered absolutely stunning to witness. Near the falls is also a small Hindu shrine that has been dedicated to Lord Shiva. Spend a day here away from the stressful days and soak in all the stunning views to calm your soul.
How to reach Chitrakote Falls?
The best way to get to the falls is by bus. There are state-run buses that start from Jagdalpur to the Chitrakoot falls that function on a daily basis.
Best Time to Visit: July to March
Famous Waterfalls of West India
Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
Visiting Goa for your next holiday? Don’t forget to visit the most amazing Dudhsagar falls which are located 60 kilometres away from Panaji on the Goa-Karnataka border. The waterfall is found inside the arena of the Mollem National Park, hence an abundance of greenery will welcome you on your arrival. Gushing through the Western Ghats, these are among the highest waterfalls in the country and one of the hundred highest waterfalls in the world. The name DudhSagar translates into the sea of milk as a white layer is formed when the water crashes to the bottom on the fall bed. The Dudhsagar Falls are then further divided into four tiers on the Mandovi river.
There are many other sightseeing options near the Dudhsagar falls like the Devil’s Canyon, Tambdi Surla Temple, Bondla wildlife sanctuary and the Dudhsagar plantation and farms.
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How to reach Dudhsagar Fall?
By Air: The Panaji airport is the nearest airport to Dudhsagar. Avail a cab to cover the 60 km distance from the airport to the falls.
By Train: The nearest station is the Collem railway station. Avail a cab for the further commute.
By Road: Drive up to here by getting a cab or taxi by taking the NH4A highway route.
Best Time to Visit: November to February
Kune Falls, Lonavala
The Kune Falls are located in between the Lonavla-Khandala valley Lonavala near the city of Pune, Maharashtra. They have been marked as the fourteenth highest waterfall in India. The falls have a great elevation of 660 feet that splits into three ways while taking the high plunge. The area is surrounded by green forest trees with the Sahyadri Mountains. In the backdrop. This makes it the perfect spot to spend an evening with the view of the Kune Falls besides.
How to reach Kune Falls?
The best way to reach the Kune Falls is by driving on the Mumbai – Pune Expressway.
Best Time to Visit: October to May
Famous Waterfalls of East India
Nohsngithiang Falls, Shillong
The popular Nohsngithiang Falls is located 4 kilometres away from Cherrapunjee in the Mawsmai village of the East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya and hence, also called the Mawsmai Falls. It has been regarded as the tallest waterfalls of the country. The Falls has a great elevation of 1033 feet from where it gets further divided into seven parts. Due to this reason, it has been given the name of the Seven Sister Waterfalls. The Nohsngithiang falls hold great importance among all the seven sister states of the eastern region-Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya. During your time visiting the falls don’t forget to stay back to watch the sun setting behind at the end of the day.
How to reach Nohsngithiang Falls?
By Air: The Umroi airport is the nearest airport for domestic flights. But, if you are travelling from a major city then Guwahati is the nearest airport.
By Train: The nearest railway station is the Guwahati station.
By Road: Cherrapunjee is around 53 km from Shillong and is well connected by road. You can take a bus from Bada Bazaar till Cherrapunjee. From there avail a taxi or cab to the Mawsmai village.
Best Time to Visit: During the monsoon season.
Nuranang Falls, Arunachal Pradesh
The unknown Boong Bong Falls also called the Nuranang falls is one of the most stunning waterfalls in the northeastern part of the country. But, sadly it is not known and heard by many tourists. The Nuranang falls are located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, 2 kilometres away from the town of Jang on the road connecting to Tawang and Bomdila, hence, named the Jang Falls too. The water of the falls originates from the Nuranang river that passes through the Sela Pass in the Northern region.
Locals of Tawang believe that the Nuranang river and Nuranang falls are named after a local Monpa girl named Nura. It is said in 1962 she had helped a soldier called Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, during the time of the Sino-Indian War. But, was later captured by the Chinese forces. A small hydel plant at the foot of the fall can also be seen which is used to generate electricity for the locals. You can choose to either trek from the power station to the Nuranang waterfall. But you will require the permission of the government. Famous Bollywood movie Koyla shot a song sequence right at the Nuranang waterfall.
How to reach Nuranang Falls?
By Air: The nearest airport is at a distance of 480 km in Guwahati. You can hire a cab or avail a helicopter service.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is in Tezpur. It is well connected to both the towns of Tawang and Bomdila by road. Hence, you can hail a car or a bus to reach.
By Road: You can hire a cab or board a bus as they make a stop at the Nuranang Falls and move further to Bomdila.
Best Time to Visit: February to November
Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya
Nohkalikai Falls is adjudged as one of the highest waterfalls in India. Located at a distance of 5 kilometres from Cherrapunji, the Nohkalikai Falls have a great height of 1100 feet that further forms a big pond of water. A common story follows behind the name of the waterfall. Noh Ka Likai, in local Khasi tribe, means ‘the leap of Likai’. It is commonly believed that a woman named Ka Likai who was a widow had a daughter. She remarried so her daughter could get the love of a father. But, her new husband hated the woman’s daughter as Ka Likai devoted all her time to her. Once when she was away at work, he killed the little girl and cooked her flesh as a meal. When Ka Likai was back from work, she was happy to see that her husband had cooked something for her to eat. Later, when she picked up the nut basket she found her daughter’s fingers in it. Filled with enormous disbelief and sadness she jumped off a cliff. Hence, the fall was named after her, the Nohkalikai waterfalls.
How to reach Nohkalikai Falls?
By Air: The Borjhar airport is the nearest in Guwahati. You will have to hire a taxi or board a bus to reach the Nohkalikai Falls.
By Train: The nearest station is the Guwahati railway station. It is at a distance of 99 km from Cherrapunjee.
By Road: The journey from Guwahati to Shillong is a four-hour journey. From there Cherrapunji is 54 km away and Nohkalikai is just 10 minutes away.
Best Time to Visit: Monsoon season