Top 20 most spectacular waterfalls in the world

   On my bucket list cannot be forgotten, first and foremost, the waterfalls. I marvel every time I get the chance to watch the impressive waterfalls, especially when accompanied by a fairytale landscape. I would visit all, if I had the opportunity, but especially the 20 chosen for this top. Some I have already seen, but still added them to the list to inspire others. This is my top 20 most spectacular waterfalls in the world:

20. Thi Lo Su Waterfall, Thailand (Asia)

Height: 250 m

• Length: 450 m

   Thi Lo Su is the highest waterfall in Thailand, formed on the Mae Klong River. It is located in the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The waterfall is segmented in 3 levels.

Thi Lo Su Waterfall                                                                                                                                                                             Image by Amir Yalon

19. Kaieteur Falls, Guyana (South America)

• Height: 226 m

• Length: 152 m

   It is the widest single-drop waterfall in the world. The fall is formed on the Potaro River, in the Kaieteur National Park, part of the Amazonian forest. You can imagine, therefore, what a grandiose spectacle is offered by this curtain of water in the middle of the Amazonian vegetation. The waterfall is also known by the name of Old Mans Falls.

Kaieteur Falls                                                                                                                                                                                  Image by Tim Snell

18. Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA (North America)

• Height: 194 m

• Length: 3 m

   This cascade has a very interesting legend. It is said that it was created in order to win the heart of a princess who wanted to have a hidden place to bathe. The waterfall consists of 2 levels and is located in the Columbia River Gorge.

Multnomah Falls

17. Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glenn, NY, USA (North America)

   The NY state waterfall is located in the Watkins Glenn State Park. Here you can go behind a waterfall or you can look at it sitting on a small bridge. The power of the waterfall is low, given the height, but the place looks stunning because it seems hidden between two shiny rocks.

Rainbow Falls                                                                                                                                                    Image by bobistraveling

16. Nohkalikai Falls, India (Asia)

• Height: 340 m

• Width: 23 m

   This is one of the tallest waterfalls in India and is located near Cherrapunji, the second wettest place on the planet. The falls created a waterhole due to the power of the water, which turns blue in the winter and green in the summer.

Nohkalikai Falls                                                                                                                                                                Image by Hrishikesh Sharma

15. Hi’ilawe Falls, Hawaii, USA (North America)

• Height: 442 m

• Width: 15 m

   The highest waterfall in Hawaii, located in Waipi’o Valley is privately owned. Although it is a very narrow waterfall, it managed to stand out because of the contrast it makes with the bright green vegetation on the island.

Hi'ilawe Falls                                                                                                                                                                Image source: wikipedia.org

14. Dudhsagar Falls, India (Asia)

• Height: 310 m

• Witdh: 30 m

   This waterfall is located on Mandovi River in the Indian state of Goa. It is one of the highest and most spectacular waterfalls in India with a flow formed mostly by the rain. The flow of the waterfall is so strong that sometimes the trains are passing under its jet.

dudhsagar Falls

13. San Rafael Falls, Ecuador (South America)

• Height: 131 m

• Width: 30 m

   It is the most voluminous waterfall in Ecuador, but this is not the only reason San Rafael is very well known. Another good reason is the population of various birds in its surroundings. Being in the Amazonian forests would be a real pleasure to admire this beautiful flow of water.

San Rafael Falls                                                                                                                                                                                            Image source

12. Yosemite Falls, California, USA (North America)

• Height: 739 m

• Width: 46 m

    The highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park and also in the state of California, Yosemite is sectioned into 3 parts: Upper Yosemite Fall, Middle Cascades, and Lower Yosemite Fall. The best time to see the waterfall is in the spring season, when it reaches its highest flow.

Yosemite Falls

11. Tugela Falls, South Africa (Africa)

• Height: 948 m

• Width: 15 m

   Tugela Falls has a lot in common with the famous Angel Falls; not only they are very similar in appearance, but some people are still debating which of them is the highest in the world. Opinions are divided, and some actually think Tugela is the winner.

Tugela Falls                                                                                                                                                                                           Image source 

10. Baatara gorge waterfall, Lebanon (Asia)

• Height: 255 m

   The waterfall is located in Balaa village; its location is known as the Three Bridges Chasm. The uniqueness of the waterfall is given by the way it falls into a cave, behind the three natural bridges. The best time to visit is during the spring when the snow starts to melt.

Baatara gorge waterfall Lebanon                                                                                                                                    Image by missakassim

9. Bigar Falls, Romania (Europe)

• Height: 8 m

   Of course, it couldn’t be missed a waterfall from my home country in this top I made, but I promise I wasn’t subjective when I decided to introduce it here. The waterfall is located in Caraș-Severin in Anina Mountains and looks very different from a regular waterfall. The way it falls on the water surface,  it’s marvelous, forming a very beautiful, unrealistic image. However, the very special and original thing about this waterfall is the bright green colored moss that covers it.

Bigar Falls Romania                                                                                                                                                  Image by Syed Ikhwan

8. Detian Waterfall, China (Asia)

• Height: 60 m

  This wonderful waterfall is located on the border between China and Vietnam and sometimes it gives the impression that it could be two waterfalls, not just one. It is one of my favorites thanks to the deep green color of the lake which is fed by the falls. The best time to visit is from April to November,  when the water has the highest rate.

Detian Waterfalls                                                                                                                                                                                 Image by jan go

7. Plitvice Waterfalls, Croatia (Europe)

   The waterfalls are located in the National Park Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The landscape here is incredibly awesome: bright green shrubs, completed by the turquoise shades of the water. I am sure the picture can speak for itself.

Plitvice Falls

6.Niagara Falls, Canada/SUA (North America)

• Height: 51 m

   Located on the border between Canada and the US, the most famous waterfall in the world is divided into three parts: the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. The most impressive of them all is the Horseshoe Falls. The falls is located on the Niagara River, which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. To truly experience the power of the falls, I recommend a tour boat with the legendary Maid of the Mist.

Niagara Falls

5. Angel Falls, Venezuela (South America)

• Height: 979

   It is the highest waterfall in the world, with nearly one km from falling. It took the name of Jimmie Angel, an American aviator who was the first person to fly over the falls. Angel is located on Orinoco River and flows into the Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Angel Falls                                                                                                                                            Image by ollie harridge

4. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Africa)

• Height: 108 m

• Width: 1 708 m

   Victoria is the largest waterfall in the world by the water flow and is on the African Zambezi River, at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The fall had been declared a UNESCO Natural Monument in 1989.

Victoria Falls                                                                                                                                                                  Image by Michael Sprague

3. McWay Falls, California, USA (North America)

• Height: 24 m

   McWay Falls is a waterfall that completes a splendid landscape in California. The waterfall flows directly into the Pacific Ocean and is located on a beach, easily accessible from the Pacific Coast Highway. If you go to Big Sur, you must stop and admire this formidable waterfall.

McWay Falls

2. Iguazu Falls, Brazilia (South America)

• Height: 82 m

• Width: 2.7 km

  Iguazu Falls is located at the crossroads of three neighboring South America countries: Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Many small islands divide it into 300 smaller waterfalls, making it look like a landscaped emerged from heaven, and one of the natural wonders of the world.

Iguazu Falls

 1. Havasupai Canyon Falls, Arizona, USA (North America)

• Height: 30 m

   Havasupai Falls is one of those places that will leave you breathless. Is definitely my favorite and this is thanks to the combination of the red shaded  rocks, the green shrubs and the amazing turquoise water. Although being quite difficult to get to it, having to hike for several hours in the Grand Canyon, the scenery is definitely worth it.

Havasu Falls                                                                                                                                                                                         Image by Alan

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Top 20 most spectacular waterfalls