10 Most Powerful and Astonishing Waterfalls Around the World
Some wonders of natural world are truly revitalizing. They exhibit beauty and pride of nature, challenging all the structures ever made by man. Among such magnificent wonders are natural waterfalls. Every second, the gushing water spurts millions of tons of water, which finally merges with the ocean. The panorama of these cascading waterfalls is quite elegant, and hence, millions of people from every corner of the world are attracted towards it.
However, to witness the true essence of nature, we recommend this list of top ten waterfalls around the world. They are mighty, they are glorious, and they are impressive.
1. Gullfoss, Iceland
Also known as ‘the Golden Falls’, Gullfoss waterfall is a remarkable double cascade with an altitude of 32 meter, perfectly positioned on White River. This destination is considered to be one of the most popular tourist places in Europe mainly because of the panorama it creates in summer days. During arid season, the glacial runoff and rainwater makes its way through this waterfall and runs into the White River. It is probably the best attraction in Iceland.
2. Jog Falls, India
Gushing over River Sharavathi, Jog Falls is considered to be the largest waterfall in India. The plunge is around 829 feet high, which is roughly 253 meters. To witness the most splendid views of Jog Falls, it’s advisable to visit this destination in monsoon season, as very little water can be seen in arid days. However, during monsoon, this plunge exceeds the volume and height of Kaiteus Falls.
3. Niagara Falls, Canada/USA
With more than 14 million visitors every year, Niagara Falls is probably the most admired waterfall around the world. This magnificent plunge shares its beauty with two countries and is a combination of three falls. The Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls can be witnessed from New York City. And the glorious panorama of Horseshoe Falls can be viewed from Canada. Due to the natural vista around the falls, this destination has attracted various tourist businesses like hotels, adventures, and tour packages.
4. Huangguoshu, China
Also known as Yellow Fruit Tree Waterfall, Haungguoshu waterfall is one of the largest plunge in Asia. Witnessing this cascading water, its mightiness can be only first thing one can think of. Positioned on Baihe River, Huangguoshu is around 77.8 meters high and about 101 meters wide. Hundred of thousands of people visit this place every year. Besides the Great Wall, this is undoubtedly the best attraction in China.
5. Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia
This waterfall is also christened as Tis Issat, which means smoking water. Along with being a major tourist attraction, Blue Nile Falls is extensively used generate power in the area. More and more people are visiting this place, providing Ethiopia a great tourist income. It is located on Blue Nile River and is probably the best spot to visit, when in Ethiopia.
6. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia
If Blue Nile Falls is known as ‘smoking water’, Victoria Falls is the smoke that thunders. This cascading water is located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. It can be seen from both the countries. Although it isn’t the widest or highest waterfall of the world, it is considered to be the largest one, only because of the flamboyance it exhibits. However, it cannot be termed as a small fall either. It is around 1 mile wide and 108 meters high, which is double the height of Niagara Falls. The only competition this fall faces is the mightiness of Iguazu Falls in South America.
7. Detian Falls, Vietnam/China
Located on the border of China and Vietnam, Detain Falls is quite panoramic. Actually, it is the fourth largest waterfall of our world. The other three are Niagara, Victoria, and Iguazu Falls. However, this remarkable panorama was not open for tourists due constant border-chaos between Vietnam and China. But they have started knowing the significance of this place, and luckily, it is now open for visitors.
8. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Amidst green bushes and dense tress of Guyana, and over the gushes of Potaro River, Kaieteur Falls displays its magnificence. This cascade can be termed as the most powerful waterfall in the world as it flows at 23,400 cubic feet per second. The water plummets from the height of 741 feet (226 meters), which is around five times the height of Niagara Falls and approximately doubles the height of Victoria Falls. Although there are many other falls higher than this one, very few posses this outstanding, dominant blend of volume and height. Hence, Kaietuer Falls is the most powerful one in the world.
9. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil
This is probably the best and a highly recommended waterfall in the world for people searching an exquisite family holiday location. This isn’t an ordinary fall mainly because it comprises of 275 falls that eventually merges with Iguazu River. And most of these falls are as high as 210 feet each. The panorama of this extensive amalgamation of falls is what makes Iguazu waterfalls the most splendid wonder in the world. However, if you are quite eager to know the best among these 275, it has to be the Devil’s Throat, which is a U-Shaped fall that’s 150 meter wide, 82 meter high, and around 700 meter long.
10. Angel Falls, Venezuela
Feel the peak of mightiness at Angel Falls, where huge mass of water plummets beautifully from the height of 978 meters, making it the highest waterfalls of the world. The source of this fall is the pinnacle of Auyan Tepuy, a mountain from where the water plunges without any interruption. However, more interesting than the fall is the entrance. This fall can be accessed from Canaima National Park, the only gateway to Angel Falls, and is reached by air.
Witnessing all these falls in a lifetime is an ecstasy rarely gained. However, visit to any one also promises remarkable gratification.