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5 Incredibly Beautiful Waterfalls to Visit in India

Waterfalls are always a sight to behold. The sound of the splashing water and the vegetation usually surrounding the nearby area always refreshes us. India being the land gifted with immense natural beauty has plenty of waterfalls.

All waterfalls look lovely, but some are just incredible. Read on to know about five such waterfalls in India.

1. Jog Falls, Karnataka

Jog Falls from bottom
Jog Falls from bottom. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

There is not even a speck of doubt about the fact that this is the most incredible and beautiful waterfall of India.

Jog Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the country. It is situated in the Shimoga district and lies on the Sharavathi River.

It comes down in a segmented form, combining four falls: Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket. The names of these individual fall sound quite funny but trust me; Jog Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.

The waterfall starts falling from a height of about 830 feet. You have to trek to reach this fall but its all worth it. It is usually forbidden to walk down the trekking path in monsoon because it can be slippery. Therefore, summers and winters are the best time to visit the Jog Falls.

2. Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya

Nohkalikai Falls
Nohkalikai Falls. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

This is the tallest plunging waterfall in India. Falling from a large height of 1100 m, Nohkalikai Falls is spectacular.

It is a known fact that the North-Eastern states have a pleasant climate throughout the year with monsoon showers prevalent annually. Meghalaya literally translates to the abode of clouds. The sheer beauty of this state will amaze you, and this waterfall acts as icing on the cake.

The Nohkalikai Falls is surrounded by dense vegetation. Below the waterfalls, a small pond is formed that has an unusual green colour. The story behind the name of this waterfall is gruesome and tragic.

According to the locals, there once lived a woman named Likai. She had a baby daughter, but unfortunately, her husband passed away soon. She later remarried. The second husband was fed up with Likai giving all her time and attention to the baby girl and not to him. One day while she was away at work in the plantations, he killed the baby, cooked her meat and threw away her bones. When Likai returned from work, she couldn’t find her baby. She was so tired that she decided to eat first and unknowingly, ate the cooked meat. After the meal, she sat down to cut some betel nuts when she spotted a severed finger nearby. Quickly realising what had happened, she went mad with grief and jumped off this cliff. Thus, the name Nohkalikai meaning the place where Likai jumped.

Well, at least the waterfall isn’t as gruesome as this story.

3. Jang Falls, Arunachal Pradesh

Nuranang Falls
Nuranang Falls. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

As mentioned earlier, the North-Eastern states have no shortage of scenic beauty. Also, these states aren’t as developed as other North Indian states, and therefore, most of these natural gems remain untouched by human hands.

Jang Falls, also known as Nuranang Falls, is one such gem. Located in Tawang, this waterfall is the source of power for the nearby village/town. You will have to trek a little to reach here, but once you do, the view is equally rewarding. With a small bamboo bridge and huge rocks to sit upon, you can just sit and admire this creation of nature.

4. Iruppu Falls, Coorg

Iruppu Falls
Iruppu Falls. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

Coorg is easily the most beautiful city in Karnataka. Every year, lakhs of tourists crowd to admire the serenity and calmness offered by this city. With round hills, pleasant climate and diverse flora and fauna, Coorg is also a favoured hill station by many.

Adding to the existing charm of Coorg is this lovely waterfall named Iruppu Falls. It is located in the Brahmagiri district and also borders with the adjoining state of Kerala.

This waterfall is also significant because one of Cauvery River’s tributaries begins from this fall. It is also a famous pilgrimage site because of the Shiva Temple nearby. During the occasion of Shivratri, a large number of devotees visit this temple. It is believed that after Sita was abducted, Lord Ram and his brother Laxman reached here while searching for her. When Lord Ram got thirsty, Laxman shot an arrow at the Brahmagiri Range out of which this waterfall originated. Thus, people believe that the holy water of Iruppu Falls can wash away all sins.

5. Athirappilly Waterfall, Kerala

Dense forests around the waterfall
Dense forests around the waterfall. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

Located in the Thrissur district of Kerala, the Athirappilly Waterfall is known as the Niagara Falls of India.

This waterfall may not have a height like the ones mentioned above in the list, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not beautiful. At the height of 80 m, it is the largest waterfall in Kerala and an ideal weekend destination if you’re in the state.

The speciality of the area surrounding the waterfalls is that in the dense vegetation around, a large number of endemic species of flora and fauna exist. There are also endangered animals like the Asiatic elephant in this region. Thus, daily jungle safari is organised nearby by the government.

By Merlin Chacko

Currently studying English Literature at Delhi University. Obsessed with Harry Potter and NOT Shakespeare. I believe that nothing nourishes the soul like books and travelling. Constantly amazed by the Indian culture and its history. Personally feel that the old forts and ruined palaces in India are almost magical.

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