Top 21 Waterfalls Around the World
Everybody loves waterfalls. They are so magnificent and strong they can always take our breaths away. No wonder they are considered to be natural wonders on Earth. With such great strength, waterfalls stand proudly above us, letting us look at them and enjoy a few moments of true wonder. These waterfalls are the most overwhelming, the most stunning and the most breathtaking waterfalls on Earth.
1. The Iguazu Falls
The Iguazu Falls is definitely one of the best natural attractions of Brazil and Argentina. It stretches across the border of the Brazil and Argentina. Iguazu actually means “big water” in Guarani or Tupi words. Legend says that a god wanted to marry a woman, but she fled with her mortal lover. In rage, god sliced the river and created waterfalls to condemn the two lovers to an eternal fall.
2. Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls are situated in California, and it is a part of one of the most popular parks in this state. It’s conveniently located a few hours from san Francisco in central California. You can use Yosemite Falls to go to hiking, skiing in winter and camping in the wilderness. But most of all, Yosemite Falls attract people to see how beautiful nature really is.
3. Alfred Creek
Alfred Creek, previously known as Glacier Creek, flows through the south coast of British Columbia. The name is derived from Mount Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This park is nestled in the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains. Its cascades are long about 2,297 ft which makes this beauty one of the highest waterfalls in North America. How great is that?
4. Augrabies Falls
Augrabies Falls is a waterfall on the Orange River in the Northern Cape of South Africa. The name comes from Khoihoi residents and it means “the place of big noises.” The falls is roughly 60m in height and records over 7,800 cubic meters of water every second is water flow. This area is also renown for producing diamonds. Augrabies Falls is one of the most impressive examples of granite erosion!
5. Baatara gorge waterfall
Baatara gorge waterfall is a beautiful waterfall in Lebanon. It actually descends the Baatara Pothole which is located on the Lebanon Mountain Trail. This amazing waterfall actually drops water into a cave. This is a majestic scene as natural bridges allow you to stand above the cave and between the waterfalls. During the spring, the snow melts and a cascade of about 100 meters falls down into the 250 meter chasm.
6. Blanche Cascade
Blanche Cascade is the most famous waterfall on Reunion Island. It is estimated that Blanche Cascade is 2100 feet high, but there are however some claims that it is actually only 800 meters. Strangely Reunion island is located off the coast of Madagascar. This remote island contains hundreds of beautiful waterfalls; however this is the most beautiful. Whatever the case is, this picture is absolutely breath taking.
7. Blue Nile Falls
Blue Nile Falls are a waterfall located on the Blue Nile river in Ethiopia. In Amharic, when translated, Blue Nile Falls means “smoking water”. This waterfall is one of Ethiopia’s best known touristic places, and it is no wonder, because this attraction is truly beautiful.
8. Cascata delle Marmore
Cascata delle Marmore means Marmore’s Falls in Italian. This fantastic Italian waterfall is actually man made and it was created by the Romans. Cascata delle Marmore is also one of the tallest waterfalls in Europe and the tallest man made waterfall in the world.
9. Cumberland Falls
Cumberland Falls in Kentucky is also sometimes called Little Niagara, the Niagara of the South or the Great Falls. This is a large waterfall on the Cumberland River and it is one of the biggest attractions of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.
10. Cummins Falls
Cummins Falls is located on the Blackburn Fork Creek, Jackson County, Tennessee. You probably didn’t know that this is the largest privately owned waterfall in Tennessee and the eighth largest waterfall in Tennessee in magnitude of water.
11. Della Falls
Della Falls is a great waterfall on Vancouver Island. Della Falls is also considered the tallest waterfall in Canada, with 1443 feet of height. Of course, it is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions and we can see why.
12. Detian-Bayue Falls
Detian-Bayue Falls in China is made of two waterfalls on the Ouy Xuan River, and it actually spreads in China and Vietnam. Fun fact is that thundering sounds of water hitting the cliffs can actually be heard from very long distances.
Dettiffos is located on Iceland, northeast Iceland to be precise. The waterfall is about 100 m wide and it has a drop of 44 m down into a canyon. Dettifoss can only be reached by a very rough road. As dangerous as it looks, this waterfall is worth this view.
14. Engstligen Falls
Engstligen Falls is a waterfall situated in Switzerland and it is the second highest waterfall in this country. It is also listed in the Swiss inventory of landscapes of national significance! This VIP waterfall is a real fun land for the ice climbers during the winter.
15. Erawan Waterfalls
Erawan Waterfalls in Thailand has seven layers of falls that are gently descending down the slopes ranging from 70 feet to 10 feet in average. At the bottom of this natural beauty are fantastic blue pools of the most relaxing water.
16. Feather Falls
Unlike the waterfall on the previous slide, Feather Falls in California is not so relaxed and comfortable. This waterfall has a drop of about 640 feet! Outside the Yosemite, this waterfall may be the most beautiful one in California.
17. Giessbach Waterfalls
Giessbach Waterfalls is another beautiful nature sensation in Switzerland. It can only be reached by road or by boat and from there- by foot! It is worth that walk, because when you get to it, you will most definitely be amazed by one of the greatest views of your life!
18. Gocta Waterfall
Gocta Waterfall in Peru is the third tallest waterfall in the world… for free-leaping! Yay! The first two places are reserved for Angel Falls in Venezuela and Tugela Falls in South Africa. This waterfall was found in 2005 by a German- Stefan Ziemendorff and a group of Peruvian explorers. It is about 2530 feet high.
19. Havasu Canyon Falls
Havasu Canyon Falls in Arizona is one of four biggest and greatest waterfalls in Arizona. They are all located in this one and amazing canyon, and each one of them has very unique characteristics. This scenery of a beautiful oasis in the desert is just amazing.
20. Helmcken Falls
Helmcken Falls in British Columbia is a 463 feet high waterfall. It is named after John Sebastian Helmcken, a physician who helped bring British Columbia into Canadian Confederation. So it is no wonder this powerfull waterfall carries his name.
21. High Force
High Force is a waterfall on the River Tees in England. It is often believed that this waterfall is the highest one in England. However, this is not true. High Force is 70 feet tall and the highest waterfall in England is almost 600 feet high and it is named- Cautley Spout.