Water is the beginning of life, without it, everything ceases to exist. Whichever place it touches, it adds a soul, a character to it. Water is bliss and so are its forms. India is blessed to have it in all forms possible. As gushy rivers, sparkling snow, enchanting waterfalls, lakes, and sea. All of these are a blessing to watch and make for incredible destinations. Some waterfalls create such a scenic beauty that it becomes hard for people to take their eyes off it. Some of the most beautiful waterfalls India has are:
1. Jog Falls
It can be reached easily after coming to Karnataka. Else from other states, there are all kinds of connectivities as well.
Nearest Railway Station- Talaguppa(13 kms)
Nearest Bus Stop- Sagara(30 km)
Nearest Airport- Hubli Airport(Domestic: 130 kms)
2. Dudhsagar Falls
Remember the majestic waterfalls in Chennai Express who blew the audience's mind? It was the milky and foamy Dudhsagar falls, located in Goa, fed by Mandovi River which creates 4 tiers of it. Dudhsagar in English translates to 'sea of milk' which actually is true about its appearance. The waterfall is quite mighty with a huge volume of water rushing down every second. It is breathtaking to look at the falls. It looks at its best in an aerial shot. It is not possible for everyone to view it aerially, but even while standing near it, hearing the sound of the water falling on the rocks can soothe any soul. Being one of the highest waterfalls in India, it has a height of 320m(1050 ft).
A train can be taken from the Castle Rock station to disembark here. It can also be reached with the help of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife sanctuary Taxi near a Goan Village called Molem.
Nearest Airport: Goa International Airport(71 kms)
3. Nohkalikai Falls
Nohkalikai falls boast of being India's tallest plunge waterfalls, having a height of 340m (1115 ft). Located near Cherrapunji, it is dependent mostly on rainwater for heavy water flow. But since Cherrapunji is already one of the wettest places on Earth, availability of rainwater is not that much of a problem. The height from it falls can frighten weak-hearted for sure, but a lot of adventure seekers take a plunge from the top point! There is a very tragic story of a mother-daughter duo attached to it, and there is always something which makes some tragedies beautiful, just like this waterfall.
Borjhar airport in Guwahati, about 166 km north, is the nearest airport.
From Cherrapunji main town its a 10 mins journey to the falls.
The nearest railway station is in Guwahati which is at a distance of 99 kms from Cherrapunjee.
4. Kunchikal Falls
India's highest waterfall, the water falls from a height of 455m(1493 ft) in Shimoga, Karnataka. It is formed by the Varahi River. The way water cascades on the rocks can enchant any living being! The water falls into Mani Dam, which is used for hydroelectric purposes. It is located near the Masthikatte-Hulikal on the Shimoga -Udupi border in Karnataka. The best time to visit is during the monsoons, when there is water in abundance and also a lot of greenery around, adding to the beauty of the falls.
Shimoga can be easily reached by roadways from cities like Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore etc. There are a lot of buses plying for Shimoga.
Nearest Airport- Mangalore Airport(142 km)
Nearest Railway Station- Udupi Railway Station(97 km)
5. Athirapilly Falls
Almost everybody who watched Baahubali, wondered about the waterfall shown in the beginning scenes, forming an integral part of the movie. A lot of people assumed it to be purely a work of VFX, but it was shot in a real location, at the gorgeous Athirapilly Falls of Kerala. Some parts of the waterfall shown were actually VFX, but the major portion was real. The Athirapilly falls are as mighty as Baahubali :) and immensely beautiful too! The water cascades down a height of 80 ft, which might not be as high as other falls, but this natural beauty is hard to resist to not be amazed at. It creates such a powerful effect on the tourists, that they carry its memory with themselves forever.
Nearest Airport- Kochi - Cochin International Airport (55 Kms)
Nearest Railway Station- Chalakudy Railway Station (30 Kms)
Nearest Bus Station - Athirapilly Bus Station (0 Kms)
Chalakudy (30 Kms)
6. Shivansamudra Falls
What can be observed in just one glance is the very unique structure of the very powerful Shivansamudram Falls of Karnataka. The huge waterfall comprises a lot of streams cascading down to form a big set up. Also after falling down, it gets divided into multiple brooks making up for a spectacular sight. It is also known as twin falls locally for the two main and big streams in forming different groups while cascading down. It also is at its best after the monsoon, filled with loads of water. It was Asia's one of the first hydroelectric power plants.
Nearest Airport- Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore(167 km)
Nearest Railway Station- Madduru(52 km)
Buses ply regularly from Mysore, Bangalore.
7. Kune Falls
Kune Waterfall is a 3 tiered waterfall in Khandala, Lonavala, Maharashtra. Unlike a lot of other waterfalls, where the different levels of falls are not very stretched out, the Kune waterfalls has 3 very long stretches, with longest being 100m! The highest drop is of 200m. Being the 14th highest waterfall in India, it is quite diversified. Often trekkers choose to trek to this amazing waterfall, which is very very refreshing!
Nearest Railway Station- Khandala Station (3 kms)
Nearest Airport- Pune International Airport(80 kms)
It can be reached via Mumbai-Pune highway.
8. Kempty Falls
What makes Kempty Falls unique is the way it cascades down. A lot of waterfalls have a curvy trail and fall down with maximum volume towards the end, but that is not the case with Kempty Falls of Mussoorie. Towards one of its ends which is the most popular one. The water has maximum volume in the middle and almost minimum in the end, with water falling practically linearly in a straight line. This makes it a unique sight to behold. It also has around 3 tiers with ponds at each of them. The high and weighty Kempty falls witnesses a massive tourist inflow of over 10 lakhs. There also is a ropeway, which gives a very impressive panoramic view of the falls and the mountain it resides in.
Nearest Airport- Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun(71.9 kms)
Nearest Railway Station- Dehradun Railway Station(47 kms)
Nearest Bus Stop- Mussoorie(15 kms)
9. Hogenakkal Falls
Huge and massive would be very redundant terms to describe what Hogenakkal Falls is. Known as the 'Niagra of India', it is located in the Dharmapuri District of Tamil Nadu, fed by the river Kaveri. It is not a single stream cascading down the rocks, but a humungous set of various big and small streams. The name has been derived from its appearance, which means- when water falls on rocks (Kal), it looks like smoke(Hoge). It has an elevation of 700m(2300 ft), making it one of India's biggest waterfalls. When the River Kaveri enters the Tamil Nadu border after winding its way through Karnataka country, it descends down the lofty panorama forming the Hogenakkal falls. It is a great spot for boating, swimming or just spending some good quality time with nature, unwinding oneself. The best time is to visit after monsoons, as then it has a lot of water.
Nearest Railway Station- Dharmapuri(47.6 kms)
Nearest Airport- Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore(159 kms)
Nearest Bus Stop- Dharmapuri Bus Stand(46.2 kms)
10. Nuranang Falls
Remember the chase sequence from the movie Koyla where Shahrukh and Madhuri are shown crossing a waterfall? It was the magnificent Nuranang Falls of Tawang District, Arunachal Pradesh. It is around 100 m(328ft) and is one of the most spectacular falls in the North-East. Its misty appearance creates a wonderful sight accompanied by a small stream near its end. The lush greenery comes off as a very refreshing sight and can make anyone connect with nature instantly. It is one of the best places to rejuvenate oneself. It has 2 drops. Even though it was captured beautifully in the movie, a lot of people are still unaware of its existence. They are also known as Jung Falls.
Nearest Railway Station- Bhalukpong (296 kms)
Nearest Airport- Tezpur Airport, Assam (296 kms)
The best way is to reach Twang, which is 15 kms away, and then take a bus, taxi or cab to Nuranang Falls.
These were some of the best waterfalls India has, but the amount of natural beauty India contains can never be summed up in a list, no matter how big! There are tonnes of other waterfalls, present in almost each and every state of India, including the dry, humid and arid state of Rajasthan. That exactly shows how incredible India is!