A Beautiful waterfalls is a place where water flows over a vertical drop or a series of drops in the course of a stream or river.
Beautiful waterfalls also occur where melt water drops over the edge of a tabular iceberg or ice shelf.
Waterfalls are one of the most beautiful gifts from nature. Few geographical features exemplify the beauty and power of nature as dramatically as majestic waterfalls. The sight of tons of water spilling over the edge of a cliff or cascading over rocks never fails to impress.
It’s very difficult to put together a top 10 beautiful waterfalls list because it’s completely subjective and limited to each person’s experience with the falls being named. But, we tried our level best to make a short list with the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
There are several hundreds of small and big waterfalls around the world, varies by height and force of fall. Visiting some of these waterfalls below might be a breathtaking experience, since they overwhelm with the stunning sight, as well as a splitting voice.
Here are some of the world’s most popular beautiful waterfalls with HD photos :
10. Yosemite Falls – USA
Yosemite waterfalls is the highest one in North America located in Yosemite National Park, California. It Falls pours down a cliff side in three cascades and provides picturesque views from multiple locations within Yosemite National Park in California. It’s one of the tallest falls in the world at 2425ft. (739 m) height, separated by three sections. The source of water is melting snow, therefore sometimes the stream may cease due to a little amount of snow.
Spring is the best time to visit Yosemite falls whenever you can see the maximum flow of water. The water flow at Yosemite falls completely get frozen during winter season. The dry stage of Yosemite also can see in month of August. Visitors will get various views of the falls from Yosemite Valley and demands for few miles of hiking which is pretty interesting.
9. Sutherland Falls – New Zealand
Sutherland Falls is New Zealand’s most popular waterfall, located in Fiordland, New Zealand. With its 1902 ft. (580 m) plunge it is one of the tallest waterfall in the world. Interestingly the Sutherland Island have three cascades, makes falls more beautiful and that create a unique landscape, originated from Lake Quill.
Tourist have to pass Milford track to reach up with Sutherland waterfalls, seems to be little complex. Flight services are also available in Sutherland Island. It was named after its discoverer Donald Sutherland in 1880.
8. Gullfoss (Golden Falls) – Iceland
Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is one of the unique and magnificent waterfall in the world. It is located in Southwest Iceland. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. It’s plunges in two stages, about (11 meters or 36 feet, and 21 meters or 69 feet) into a crevice 32 meters (105 ft.) deep.
The crevice, about 20 meters (66 ft.) wide and 2.5 kilometers (1.6 mi) in length, however, it is very beautiful. Due to a crevice, the river Hvítá seems to disappear into the abyss. The flow of the river from the regular rains and the glacial runoff, particularly in summer, makes it the largest volume falls in Europe.
7. Detian – China
Detian waterfalls is Asia’s largest transnational waterfalls located in China-Vietnam border. It is, in fact, the 4th largest cross-border falls in the world after Niagara, Victoria and Iguazu. The waterfall drops 30 m (98 ft.). It consists of many individual small and tall waterfalls surrounded by lime stones and dense trees. The different sectional flow of Detian waterfalls itself makes it one of popular tourist attraction of China.
The deep pool at the base of Detian waterfall is home to large number of big fishes, natives use to make fishing and special dishes from here. The area is also enriches by evergreen plants and rare animals. The Heishuai River, Qiaomiao lake and shakun waterfalls also attracts millions of tourists in every year.
6. Plitvice Falls – Croatia
Plitvice waterfalls can be located in plitvice lakes national park, Croatia, oldest national park in South East Europe. The series of waterfalls that link the 16 lakes of the Plitvice Lakes National Park are what makes this scenic piece of landscape the most popular natural attraction in Croatia. It counts 230 feet height for tallest waterfall, situated among forested hills near the Bosnian border.
It is one of UNESCO’s world heritage listed site of Europe in 1979. Moreover plitvice is enriches by dense forest gifts greenish beauty to surroundings. The color of water varies from crystal clear to azure, to turquoise. During winter season the water get frozen in plitvice national park. A series of plank walks, bridges and platforms make it easy to wander the park by foot. Free boat rides take passengers from the upper to the lower lakes where visitors can view Veliki Slap, the country’s tallest waterfall.
5. Niagara Falls – USA / Canada
Niagara Falls is probably the most famous waterfall in the world. It marks US and Canada border. Niagara is located between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York. This place have height of 167 feet (51 m). 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. There are 267,811 liters of water falls down from Niagara in every second. The night time illumination of Niagara is the main wonder you can see upon visit. With more than 14 million visitors each year it is one of the most visited tourist attraction in the world.
4. Kaieteur Falls – Guyana
Kaieteur Falls is located in “Kaieteur National Park”, on the Potaro River in the center of Guyana’s rainforest. It is one of the tallest single-drop and most powerful waterfalls in the world, with an average flow rate of 663 cubic meters per second (23,400 cubic feet per second).
With a free fall height of 226 meters (741 feet) it is about four times higher than Niagara Falls and about two times the height of the Victoria Falls. It is a major tourist attraction in Guyana. It attracts many tourists, who like extreme trips, since the fall is in the middle of a wilderness with no urban amenities.
3. Angel Falls – Venezuela
Angel Falls or Salto Angel 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. It is located in Venezuela, at the “Canaima national park” which is third largest national park in the world, which is protected by UNESCO.
Interestingly Angel waterfalls is 3230 meters above than that of Venezuelan jungle like a crown. During rainy season the Angel waterfalls split down in to two separate waterfalls. Also visitors can feel water splashes from Angel from kilometers away. In summer season the water at Angel falls get evaporate before reaching the base and create mist. It is named after its discoverer US aviator “Jimmie Angel”.
2. Victoria Falls – Zambia / Zimbabwe
The Victoria Falls (indigenous name: Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “The Smoke That Thunders”) are located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is the greatest curtain of falling water and often called the largest waterfall in the world, although it is neither the highest nor the widest. It has a width of 5604 ft. (1708 m) and height of 354 ft. (108 m), roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls. There are five hundred million cubic meters of water falls down from Victoria Falls in every minutes.
The strong sparing of water makes Victoria waterfalls visible from 50 kilometers away from the spot. It is listed as one of seven natural wonders on Earth. The rain forest of Victoria get 24/7 rain due to sparing of water from Victoria Falls. During full moon light the sparing of water and light from Moon created spectacular scenery of moon bow. It is possible to swim at the edge of Victoria, you won’t fall down as protected by naturally created wall, known as devils pool.
1. Iguazu Falls – Argentina / Brazil
It is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Iguazu 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 meters (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.
There are two international airports close to Iguazú Falls, Brazilian & Argentinian, and also two parks were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Every year so many visitors come here to visit most fascinating and extreme beautiful waterfalls in the world.