The diversity in India is not only among the people who live here, or in their culture and language they speak, the country also offers diversity in the landscapes. Up in the North, India is covered with the great ranges of Himalayas; then there is the famous Thar Desert; The coastal regions descending down south; it also has the mini hill stations dotted in the regions of North-East and other elevated places.
During the monsoon season what we get to see is the waterfalls in these regions gushing in full intensity. Some waterfalls are seasonal while some are perennial; this season brings together a lot of tourists to the sites with bubbling waterfalls. The sight of them makes you fall in love with the nature all over again, you can spend a long time just staring and conversing with the murmuring waterfalls.
Top 10 Best India Waterfalls
There are numerous waterfalls scattered around the country, however, the top 10 must visit Waterfalls in India are:
- Kune Falls, Pune, Maharashtra
- Meenmutty Falls, Kerala
- Langshiang Falls, Meghalaya
- Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji
- Jog Falls, Karnataka
- Vantwang Falls, Mizoram
- Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
- Nohsngithiang Falls, Meghalaya
- Courtallam Falls, Tamil Nadu
- Athirappilly Falls, Kerala
Kune Falls, Pune, Maharashtra
The height of this waterfall is 200 meters (660ft) and is the 14th highest waterfall in India. Kune Falls is one of the major attractions in the Pune district of Maharashtra; located in between the two hills of Lonavla and Khandala.
The area were the Falls is placed is 622 meters above the sea level, the highest drop at this three-tire falls is of 100 meters. The kune falls is surrounded by lush green valley giving you a great view, this spot is a must visit for those who are visiting this side of Maharashtra. If you are adventurous enough, you can try waterfall rappelling (80 ft ) and go on a hike up the hills.
Meenmutty Falls, Kerala
Meenmutty means where fish gets blocked, it is located in Wayanad District in the state of Kerala, India. It is a three-tiered waterfall with a height of 300 meters. The sight of the waterfalls is only visible after a hike of about 2 km through the jungle but is worth the walk.
Meenmutty stands as second largest waterfall in the state of Kerala, the water descends from nearly 1000 ft over three stages. If you are travelling uphill to Ooty, you can drop visit this fall as it lies on the main road to Ooty.
Langshiang Falls, Meghalaya
This Waterfall is the third highest waterfall in India, 337 meters (1106 ft). It is located at West Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya; it can also be seen from the village of Mawpon. 10 km from the waterfall is another spot, Nongkhnum Island, the biggest river island in the region.
Langshiang Falls is situated near a village called Sangriang, there are other smaller falls nearby this huge fall like Wei Spi falls and Kshaid Chong falls. However this falls is massive and gives you an experience of utmost pleasure and awe at the same time.
Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji
This fall is the 4th highest fall in India, 335 meters (1,099 ft) but is the tallest plunge waterfall in the country. It is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on earth. The water force has created a pool on the ground which is blue during winters and turns green during the summer. Winter dries up the water flow turning small streams.
The name of the waterfall has an old legend behind it; it is believed that a girl named Likai had jumped off from a cliff near the waterfall in despair. In Khasi language it means ‘jump of Ka likai’ (Nohkalikai). This waterfall offers a different view altogether, the broad forest covered cliff gives a way to a string of water. It is a must visit spot.
Jog Falls, Karnataka
This waterfall is very popular and is marked as one of the UNESCO ecological hot spots in the world. It stands as second highest plunge falls in India; its height is 830 feet. The sight from this spot is breathtaking, attracting tourists heavily, making it through to the top 10 waterfalls in India list. One other feature about Jog Falls is that it is un-tiered waterfall in Karnataka, India, the water flows directly to the ground.
The intensity of the fall heightens during the monsoons giving it a more beautiful view. The vegetations that grow around the falls are complimentary to it.
Vantwang Falls, Mizoram
This waterfall is located in Mizoram, about 137 km from Aizwal and about 5 km from the village of Thenzawl in Serchhip district. It is the highest waterfall in Mizoram (750 ft) and 13th highest in India. Vantawng Falls is made by the Vanva River and the waterfall creates seven storied cliff while descending. The name of the waterfall comes from a great swimmer, Vantawngs, it is said that he used to swim like a fish. It is surrounded by a lush green forest, giving it a scenic view.
Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
This waterfall is found in the high peaks of Western Ghats, south of Goa and close to the Karnataka border. The name literally means “sea of milk”, and as the name suggests it does look like flowing sea of milk. The height of this waterfall is 310 meters (1020 ft), 30 meters of width with four tires. Dudhsagar is at its peak flow during the monsoons, the sight becomes stunning.
Nohsngithiang Falls, Meghalaya
This waterfall is known by several names as Mawsmai Falls because of its location, which is near the village of Mawsmai; Also known as the Seven Sisters Falls due to the seven streams that flows down the height. Nohsngithiang Falls plunges down the height of 335 meters (1033 ft), and is the fourth highest waterfall in India. It is near Cherapunjee and attracts a number of tourists with its charm.
Courtallam Falls, Tamil Nadu
Kutralam as the locals call it is in Tirunelveli district, South Tamil Nadu. This waterfall serves a medicinal value and is often called as the ‘spa of the South’; people visit from all over the country to take a dip in the water. The curative quality is believed to cure various skin diseases and even nerve disorders as they run through the forest of herbs. The height of the fall is 550 ft, it is best during the rainy seasons.
Athirappilly Falls, Kerala
This Falls is situated in Arthirappilly panchayath in Thrissur district of Kerela, South-West coast of India. The height of this fall is 24 meter (80 ft), there are other nearby falls too which attracts tourists. The view of this waterfall is serene, overlooking the horizon.
The waterfalls have a different appeal about them altogether, which makes us wonder about the wonders of the nature. The suggested waterfalls will surely allure you in one way or the other, be it of their height, intensity, view or even of their curing qualities.