Best waterfalls Destinations in India16 min read

Best waterfalls Destinations in India

Waterfalls are indeed magical and a blessing to mankind by mother nature. India is famous for many things but it is the waterfalls that takes the cake.

India is much more than Taj mahal or any other man-made marvel.The country is decked with a vast area of natural beauty as well.So if you are all done with the beauty of man-made miracles of India, you can plan a trip to explore the best place that are the best example of nature at its best.Nature brings you to the mesmerizing beauty of the water falling from above which is nothing less than a miracle.

Here’s a list of Waterfalls in India that will leave you totally awestruck.

Best waterfalls Destinations in India

Elephant Falls, Shillong

Best waterfalls Destinations in India

Elephant falls are situated on the outskirts of “Scotland of the East”, Shillong. What make this waterfall stand out in the assortment of natural treasures you find in Shillong, are the three sections of the waterfall that flow in sequence. It is one of the busiest tourist spots around, especially if you go there in monsoon. So if that’s the time you visit the falls, make sure you know what to expect.

Location: Shillong
Road – 12 km from Shillong and a few minutes’ drive from the Shillong Peak.
Best Time To Visit: Between November to February.

Nuranang Falls, Arunachal Pradesh

Best waterfalls Destinations in India

Nuranang falls or Bong Bong falls are one of the untouched, undiscovered wonders of nature, which lies in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Surrounded by mystic views of Tawang, this waterfall is fast becoming one of the best tourist attractions in North East India. You need government permit to be in Arunachal Pradesh, so make sure you have all paperwork in place before you head to this wondrous fall.

Location: Arunachal Pradesh
Road – 5-6 km from Jang village and 20-30 km before entering Tawang.
Best Time To Visit: Rainy season is the best time to visit.

Nohsngithiang Falls, Meghalaya

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The north eastern region of this country is blessed immensely with the wonders of mother nature. These falls in Meghalaya are the fourth highest in the country and exhibit a landscape that leaves one in awe. Nohsngithiang Falls flows from the height of 1033 feet and down against the stunning limestone cliffs. Famously known as the Seven Sister Falls, these waterfalls have a spellbinding effect on visitors and help one get distressed. They are also named as Mawsmai Falls.

How To Reach:
-Air –Nearest airport is in Guwahati
-Rail – Guwahati railway station is the nearest
Best Time To Visit: June to September

Jang Falls, Arunachal Pradesh

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Also popular as Nuranang or Bong Bong Falls, Jang Falls is a must-visit for its untouched beauty and tranquil surroundings. Surrounded by absolutely magical vistas, the waterfall originates at Sela Pass and plunges from a height of about 328 feet to meet the Tawang River flowing below.

When you visit here, you will find a small hydel plant at the foot of the fall which is used to generate electricity for local use. You can trek some 200 m from this power station to reach the waterfall. But don’t forget to take the government permit needed for entry into Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Location: Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Timings:00 am to 6.00 pm

Jog Falls, Karnataka

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Created by River Sharavathi, Jog Falls is second on the list of highest plunge waterfalls in the country. It falls from an altitude of 830 feet amidst lush greenery in four distinct cascades – Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer, leaving the onlookers stunned.

You can enjoy a resplendent view of the falls by either hiking up to the Watkins viewpoint or trekking down 1,400 steps to the platform at its bottom. The chance to dive into the river beneath makes the Jog Falls experience all the more enthralling.

  • Location: Shimoga district, Karnataka
  • Timings: 00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

Hebbe Falls, Karnataka

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A little away from the picturesque hill station of Kemmangundi, Hebbe Falls is a visual treat. It rushes down from a height of 168 m in two stages – Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls) and Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls), amidst dense forests and verdant coffee plantations. You can either take the 8 km-long trekking trail to reach here or ride halfway on a Jeep available from Kemmangundi.

While here, don’t forget to take a refreshing dip in the pool formed by the cascade at the base as its waters are infused with herbs and believed to possess healing powers.

  • Location: Chikmagalur district, Karnataka
  • Timings: 00 am to 4.00 pm

Iruppu Falls, Karnataka

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Sitting in the Scotland of India, Iruppu Falls are certainly a jewel of Coorg. This stunning marvel of nature is known for its untouched beauty that is waiting to be unraveled. Cascading from a height of around 170 ft above sea level, these falls boast about the rugged steps and a wooden bridge as the viewpoint. Also famed as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, Iruppu Falls originate from River Kaveri and exhibit some of the most therapeutic views one has ever witnessed.

Location: Karnataka
-Road – After taking the entry tickets for the falls from the booth near Rameshwara Temple, one needs to walk for around 15-20 minutes through the forest.

Athirappilly Falls, Kerala

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Featured in numerous Indian movies including Dil Se and Guru, the majestic Athirappilly Falls boasts of being the largest of its kind in the state of Kerala. The 330-feet-wide fall plunges beautifully from a height of 80 feet to join the River Chalakudy. Owing to its enormity and the scenic vistas it offers, the fall has been given the title of the ‘Niagara of India’.

The dense forests of Vazhachal surrounding the fall are a hotspot of biodiversity, making Athirappilly a fascinating site for both nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

  • Location: Thrissur district, Kerala
  • Timings:00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: INR 15 per person

Soochipara Falls, Kerala

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Also called Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, the three-tiered Soochipara Falls counts among the biggest falls in the state cascading down from a height of 200 m. It is nestled amidst lush evergreen forests in the Vellarimala village, and the drive up till here is quite exciting and scenic.

Opportunities of rock climbing, trekking, river rafting and nature walks make this waterfall a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. You can also bathe and swim in the large pool formed by the fall or simply unwind in the serenity and natural beauty here.

  • Location: Wayanad, Kerala
  • Timings: 00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: 50INR per person

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Meenmutty Falls, Kerala

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Water gushing down ferociously from a height of over 300 m in three levels with lush green forest in the backdrop is the view that awaits you at Meenmutty Falls. Biggest in Wayanad district and second largest in the state, this waterfall is an ideal spot if you’re looking for a secluded place amidst nature to relax and rejuvenate your mind.

The only way to reach this fall is through a 2 km-long hike along the scenic Wayanad-Ooty Road.

  • Location: Kalpetta, Wayanad district, Kerala
  • Timings: 00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: 30 INR for adults and 15 INR for children.

Chitrakote Falls, Chhattisgarh

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With 30-metre height, Chitrakote (or Chitrakoot) Falls might not sound extraordinary but you would be surprised to know that it is the broadest waterfall in India. Every year, thousands of people come here during the rainy season to witness its astounding girth spanning up to 300 m and just the sheer beauty of the wilderness surrounding it.

Fed by the Indravati River, this waterfall is perfect for sunset viewing, day picnics, rejuvenating in the lap of nature, or spending some ‘me’ time as there are many meditation and yoga centres here.

  • Location: Tiratha, Bastar district, Chhattisgarh
  • Timings: Open 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free

 Dhuandhar Falls, Madhya Pradesh

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The 30-metre high Dhuandhar Falls should certainly be on your Madhya Pradesh itinerary. Visit here for the world-famous Marble Rocks, through which the Narmada River makes its way and plummets with a thunderous sound that can be heard from afar. The smoky mist created by the sudden plunge gives the fall its name, which means ‘smoke flow’. To witness the best views, you can either enjoy a boat ride here or take the cable car from Bhedaghat.

The Narmada Mahotsav celebrated here during Sharad Purnima in the month of September-October draws people in large numbers.

  • Location: Jabalpur district, Madhya Pradesh
  • Timings: 00 am to 8.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free
    INR 85 per person for cable car ride

Rudra Nag Falls, Himachal Pradesh

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Rudra Nag Falls has gained popularity for its location en route one of the most exciting and scenic trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh. Descending fiercely amidst pristine and peaceful environs, this gorgeous serpent-shaped cascade will provide a welcoming break to you before you continue your arduous trek from Kasol to Kheerganga.

  • Location: Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh
  • Timings: 00 am to 9.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu

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Translating to ‘smoking rocks’ in Kannada and aptly so, Hogenakkal Falls rushes down 66 feet with its clear waters cutting through the rocky cliff in a way that appears as if it’s emitting smoke. Though it’s not as high, it counts among the top 10 waterfalls in South India for its unique formation, enthralling surroundings, the finesse of its flowing water and surprisingly so, its therapeutic properties. Hogenakkal Falls waterfall in south India.

  • Location: Dharmapuri district, Tamil Nadu
  • Timings: 00 am to 5.30 pm

Bhagsu Waterfalls, Himachal Pradesh

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If you go to McLeod Ganj and don’t see the Bhagsu waterfalls, you’ve probably missed on the best natural treasure the place has to offer. It may not be the biggest fall in India but its beauty is the reason that’ll attract you towards it. If you are a tech geek, Bhagsu is your heaven. This hippie mecca is your place to be if you are looking for some ‘ shaanti’ in life!

Location: Himachal pradesh
-Airport – Gaggal airport
-Rail – Kangra and Nagrota.

Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

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An enticing sight to behold, the four-tiered Dudhsagar Falls is the fifth largest in India plunging from a height of 1017 feet. Its cascading waters form white froth at the base, after pouring over the near-vertical cliff, giving it the name of ‘a sea of milk’.

Set on the Mandovi River, this fall makes a part of the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and can be accessed through the Jeep trail. Owing to the rich flora and fauna of its environs, this waterfall in Goa is perfect for capturing nature at its best. Have a look on 20 destinations to explore the unexplored side of Goa

  • Location: Sonaulim, Goa
  • Timings:00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: 50INR per person

Bhimlat Falls, Rajasthan

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Call it a well-preserved secret of Rajasthan because contrary to the stereotypical image of the desert state, Bhimlat Falls offers a break from the horrid summers and makes for a perfect spot to unwind. A breathtaking sight especially during the monsoon season, this fall plunges from a height of 60 m to make its way into a sea-green lake at the bottom.

  • Location: Bundi village, Rajasthan
  • Timings: Open 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: Free

Khandadhar Waterfall, Odisha

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Khandadhar Waterfall is one of those places in Odisha that leave you short of words. With lush green forests all around, glittering water of Korapani Nala cascading down 244 m in a single stream and the sound of the fall echoing through the area, this site is sure to have a spellbinding effect on visitors.

The highest waterfall in the state and 12th in the country, Khandadhar is the perfect base for trekking trips. Visit here during the post-monsoon months to witness the waterfall in its maximum might.

  • Location: Sundergarh district, Odisha
  • Timings:00 am to 5.00 pm
  • Entry Fee: INR 15 per person

Top Largest Waterfalls in India

Kunchikal Falls, Karnataka – 455m (1,493 ft)

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Kunchikal falls is the highest waterfalls in India and second highest in Asia. The tallest waterfall of India with a height of  1,493 ft is located near Agumbe in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Kunchikal Falls is the largest waterfall of India. Agumbe valley is among the places in India that receive very heavy rainfall and it has the only permanent rain forest research station in India.

India’s biggest waterfall is formed by the Varahi river and lies in the Western Ghats. The Ghats is well famous for its Giant Indian squirrel, Indian bullfrog and other unique birds, rare reptiles and bizarre wild animals.

Meenmutty Falls, Kerala – 300m (984 feet)

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Meenmutty waterfalls is the tallest water falls in Kerala and also one of the most beautiful waterfalls, falling from a height of some 980 ft in Wayanad district of Kerala. It is one of the famous tourist spot in south India. The peak is famous for its wilderness and Meenmutty Falls is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad.

Thalaiyar Falls, Tamil Nadu – 297m (974 ft)

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Thalaiyar waterfalls also known as rat tail falls situated in Dindigul district of Tamilnadu. It is one of the biggest water fall form a height 974 ft and one of one of the tallest falls in Asia. The widest falls is very popular for its dangerous place and dark caves. The spot is still unexplored because there is no road to reach here.

Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya – 340m (1115 feet)

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 Nohkalikai falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in India. It is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth in East Khasi Hills district Meghalaya. The 3rd highest waterfalls in India with a height of 1,120 ft. Cherrapunji is very famous for Hills, rainfall, living bridges and oranges.

Barehipani Falls, Odisha – 399 metres (1,309 ft)

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Barehipani is a picturesque waterfall situated in the core area of Simlipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. This waterfall is second highest waterfalls of India with a height of 712 ft. The gorgeous fall is surrounded by deep forest which again adds the wildness to its beauty. Barehipani Falls  is second highest waterfalls of India.

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