India isn’t just about the Taj Mahal. In fact, it is blessed with more natural beauty than man-made beauty, although that takes nothing away from the beauty of Taj Mahal or other historical monuments of India. There are the beaches of Goa, the backwaters of Kerala and the snowy lands of Ladakh.
Top 10 Waterfalls in India
And then there are some amazing waterfalls which are in full swing during the monsoon season. There are falls in India which can give Niagara Falls a run for their money. Here is a list of top 10 waterfalls in India, and keep in mind, these are not the highest or the most voluminous, but they are definitely some of the most beautiful.
1. Jog Falls, Shimoga, Karnataka
Karnataka is blessed with some of the highest waterfalls in India. The Jog Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India, and they make for one of the most spectacular waterfalls in India. As water falls down the cliff from a height of 253 meters, you can almost feel the force of it against the rocks. When in full flow during the monsoons, 3.4 million tonnes of water fall down the cliff every second.
2. Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
Dudhsagar literally translates to “ocean of milk.” When the water falls down a height of 310 meters at Mollem, Goa, it seems nothing short of milky water. When in full swing, these falls can pack quite a force.
3. Iruppu Falls, Coorg
Coorg is blessed with plenty of natural beauty, which makes it one of the most popular hill stations of South India. A highlight of the natural beauty of Coorg is the Iruppu Falls, located close to Nagarhole National Park. People flock to the waterfalls during Shivratri to absolve themselves of their sins before they head to the nearby temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
4. Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya
You can expect waterfalls by the numbers in Meghalaya, the wettest state of India. One of the most spectacular of the lot is the Nohkalikai Falls, which is also the tallest plunge fall in India. With a height of about 1100 meters, these falls are a true spectacle of nature. The best part is, you can expect these falls in full flow almost throughout the year, since Meghalaya receives plenty of rainfall round the year.
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5. Jang Falls, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
You need to trek a distance of about 200 meters from the power station to reach these waterfalls. Located close to Jang Village in Arunachal Pradesh, these waterfalls not just serve as a tourist attraction, but also serve as the source of electricity for the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
6. Kune Falls, Maharasthra
Mumbai may be a commercial jungle, but the whole of Maharashtra isn’t. In fact, the Lonavala-Khandala region is blessed with several beautiful waterfalls during the monsoon season. Kune Falls stand out among the rest. These are 200 meters high, 3 tiered waterfalls, which are sight unto themselves. Although you can only watch them during the monsoon season, when you do, you will be left amazed by their sheer beauty.
7. Bhimlat Falls, Rajasthan
The Bhimlat Falls are almost like a well preserved secret of Rajasthan. Almost all of us associate Rajasthan with the imagery of hot afternoons, sand dunes, and a rugged terrain. But Bhimlat Falls crash that stereotypical imagery of Rajasthan. In fact, Bundi Village, the village closest to these waterfalls, actually receives more average rainfall than Delhi during the monsoons. The Bhimlat Falls may just be 60 meters high, but the sheer fact that they are located in Rajasthan make them worthy of this list.
8. Athirapally Falls, Thrissur, Kerala
Kerala isn’t just about the placid backwaters. Come the monsoon and the Thrissur district springs to life with natural beauty all around. The gem of Thrissur district is the Athirapally Falls, which can be seen in full flow during the rainy season. They are far from being as high as Jog Falls of Karnataka or other waterfalls of India, but they are definitely a sight to behold.
9. Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu
They are unofficially referred to as the “Niagara of India”. That pretty much sums up the beauty of these waterfalls, located in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. It is a major tourist attraction of the region, also well known for its disease curing properties.
10. Shivasamudram Falls, Karnataka
Karnataka can safely be called the “State of Waterfalls in India.” It is blessed with roaring falls a few kilometers from each other. Cauvery Falls in Karnataka stand out for their sheer volume. During the monsoon season, as much as 19 million litres of water is discharged every second from these falls. They are one of the few waterfalls in India which are a sight to behold even during the dry months.
[To see a more comprehensive list, check our post on 45 of the best and most beautiful waterfalls in India]