A waterfall maybe termed as falls or sometimes a cataract, the latter designation being most common when large volumes of water are involved. Waterfalls of small height and lesser steepness are called cascades; this term is often applied to a series of small falls along a river.
Here we look at some of the most tallest and fascinating waterfalls around the world, and as you progress down the list, make sure to add your favorite one to your Bucket list :
Havasu Falls :
Swimming is allowed in the Grand Canyon and it’s possible to go behind the base of the falls.
Kaieteur Falls :
Kaieteur Falls are nestled in the Amazon rainforest in Guyana and are the world’s largest single drop waterfall by the volume of water. The average flow rate is about 663 cubic meters per second.
This huge waterfall is 741 feet tall. Located within Kaieteur National Park, the falls are just 15 minutes walk away from the Kaieteur International Airport.
Plitvice Lakes National Park :
The largest waterfall network in the world, with 90 waterfalls and 16 cascading lakes! can be found in Croatia. Plitvice Waterfalls are the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, Plitvice are famous for the colour of its water. The vibrant turquoise blue shade is caused by the water.
You can visit the highest waterfall in Croatia at the Lower Lakes area. Great Waterfall is about 78 metres high and flows into the river Korana.
Rhine Falls :
The most powerful waterfalls in Europe! Rhine Falls are located on High Rhine River in Switzerland. 150 metres wide, these scenic falls have a drop of around 30 metres.
They can be easily reached from Zurich, which is 35 kilometres away. You can hike to the falls or take a boat.
Sutherland Falls :
On New Zealand’s South Island in Fiordland National Park you’ll find the great Sutherland Falls. One of the tallest waterfalls in the New Zealand, they are 580 metre high.
These spectacular falls were featured in the movie, The Hobbit during the eagle scene. You can reach the falls via Milford Track. The hiking track is quite challenging and weather can be unpredictable.
Yosemite Falls :
Yosemite Falls are the popular attraction in Yosemite National Park , and are the highest falls in the area. The total drop is 2,425 feet.
However, there are actually three separate falls : Lower Yosemite Fall (320 feet), the middle cascades (675 feet) and Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 feet). It’s a long tough hike to the top of falls, with round trip taking between 6-8 hours.
This seasonal waterfall generally flows from November through July.
Iguazu Falls :
One of the most famous waterfalls in the world, Iguazu is located on the border of Argentina and Brazil in South America.
Flowing into the Iguazu River, Iguazu falls is made up of over 250 different cascades. The best views are generally considered to be on the Brazilian side. There are more panoramic views. You can take a boat ride in Argentina or Brazil to get up close.
Niagara Falls :
There are three waterfalls in this famous landmark in Ontario, Canada and New York State. These are the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls.
This powerful waterfall discharge over six million cubic feet of water every minute. You can take a made of the mist boat ride from the American side of the falls. These tours run from April to October when weather conditions permit.
Angel Falls :
The tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls is also world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall. Located in the Canaima National Park in Venezuela, this gigantic waterfall has a record – breaking drop of 2,648 feet.
To visit the Angel Falls, you can take a one day boat ride from the Canaima through Devil’s Canyon.
Victoria Falls :
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is the considered to be the biggest waterfall in the World. Situated on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is a 1,708 wide.
Flowing into the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls has the highest volume of water from March to May. When the water flow is weak in October and November, some daredevils swim in the Devil’s pool at the base of the falls.
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