The majestic roaring of waterfalls, with columns of water crashing to earth at great speeds, is often the highlight of any trip. These are among the most breathtaking natural vistas the planet has to offer. The world is full of famous waterfalls that will help you in ‘falling’ love with the planet once again. Look at these simple cascades of water falling through the sky to understand why they are one of Earth’s most captivating natural wonders.

While some of these famous waterfalls mentioned below will require quite a trek or a challenging hike, nothing can beat the spectacular feeling of fresh falling mist on the face while you are gazing at the pure majesty of the natural world. From the tallest and biggest waterfall in the world to the widest, from single plunge to multi-tiered there are so many types of waterfalls to witness. Check out these mesmerizing, awe-inspiring, and most beautiful waterfalls in the world which are set deep in rainforests and thick jungles or set against backdrops of dramatic cliffs and mountains.

The Most Beautiful And Famous Waterfalls In The World

1. Iguazu Falls – Brazil And Argentina

The stunning Iguazu Falls in Argentina is among the most famous waterfalls in the world

Nearly 300 feet tall and more than 1.5 miles wide, the Iguazu Falls are located between Argentina and Brazil. The Iguazu River which forms the falls creates part of the boundary between the two countries. There are over 270 waterfalls in total, the tallest of which is called ‘Devil’s Throat’. Together, they form a system of the biggest waterfall in the world. This dramatic system of waterfalls is among the most beautiful waterfalls in the world to witness. They were used in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ as Warrior Falls in the fictional African country of Wakanda.

Address: Misiones Province, Argentina

Height: 195 m

Best Time To Visit: The best months to see the Iguazu Falls are April (except Easter Days), May, September, and October. 

2. Gullfoss (Golden Falls) — Iceland

Gullfoss (Golden Falls)

The waterfalls, fed by the Hvítá River, cascade over 150 feet into a gaping gorge, and in the summer, the sun shines through the billowing spray, giving it a golden hue. This gives rise to the name Gullfoss (or golden falls). It is also one of the most iconic sights in Iceland and is part of the “Golden Circle” of tourist sites, which also includes the Þingvellir National Park and the geothermal area in Haukadalur.

Address: It is located in the canyon of the Hvítá River in southwest Iceland.

Height: 32 m

Best Time To Visit: Any season will be great to visit the waterfalls. During winter months, some viewpoints will be closed, but the waterfall makes for a stunning photographic centerpiece! If you visit during the warmer months, you are able to walk to a viewpoint that will put you right on top of the waterfall.

Also Read: The Top Things To Do In Iceland

3. Niagara Falls — New York, USA And Ontario, Canada

Among the most famous waterfalls is in the world is the Niagara falls

Situated on the border of two countries, Niagra Falls is actually three large waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the American state of New York. More than 750,000 gallons of water flow through Niagra Falls every second. Each season brings something new to this popular attraction. In the summer there are various boat tours and the Clifton Hill SkyWheel at Niagara Falls. In the winter, if you’re lucky, you might be able to see Niagara Falls completely frozen.

Address: 6650 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls

Height: 51 m

Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Niagara Falls is from June to August.

4. Victoria Falls — Zimbabwe And Zambia

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

At 350 feet, Victoria Falls is twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls. Victoria Falls also possesses the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Located in southern Africa, Victoria Falls is on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Created by the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls is also one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Address: Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia

Height: 108 m

Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Victoria Falls is from February to May, directly after the region’s summer rains.

Also Read: Be Amazed at the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

5. Yosemite Falls — Yosemite, California

Moonbow over Yosemite Falls

The Yosemite Falls are made up of three separate falls that make a 2,425-foot drop, creating stunning lunar rainbows (called moonbows). Yosemite Falls are located in California’s Yosemite National Park which is home to five of the world’s highest waterfalls, as well as 300 lakes, meadows, and sequoia forests.

Address: Yosemite Village, CA 95389, United States

Height: 739 m

Best Time To Visit: Late May and early June is the best time to view Yosemite Falls, roaring from freshly melted snow. The month of September offers cooler temperatures and is ideal for hiking at Yosemite Falls.

Also Read: 11 Must-Visit National Parks in the United States

6. Plitvice Falls — Croatia

Pltivice falls in Croatia is among the best waterfalls in the world

Plitvice Falls are not just one attraction, but a series The Plitvice Lakes National Park is known for its 16 terraced lakes and interconnected waterfalls. These lakes are divided into the Upper Lakes and the Lower Lakes, both with their own stunning sights. For adventure enthusiasts, this waterfall is also the perfect place to go kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and rafting.

Address: Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Height: 133 m

Best Time To Visit: The shoulder season (April, May, September, and October) is best to visit when the weather will still be pleasant. 

7. Nohkalikai Falls — Meghalaya, India

Nohkalikai, famous Falls in Meghalaya

Tucked away in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya is the Nohkalikai Falls. Located in the Cherrapunji Hills (said to be one of the wettest places on earth) they are named after a woman called Likai, who jumped off the edge after she learned that her husband killed her daughter, the pond at the bottom of the 1,115-foot waterfall in Meghalaya turns green in the summer. It is the highest waterfall in India (the tallest waterfall in India of the plunge type).

Address: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India

Height: 340 m

Best Time To Visit: Visit during the months of September and October when the skies are relatively clear.

Also Read: Travel Guide to Meghalaya, The Land in the Clouds

8. Skogáfoss (Black Waterfalls) — Iceland

skogafoss famous waterfalls in iceland

Located in the south of Iceland, Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country. It is situated on the Skogá River and was one part of the cliff-lined coast. When the coast moved seaward, the falls remained. According to legend, the Viking settler Þrasi Þórólfsson buried a treasure in a cave behind this waterfall.

Address: Located on the Skoga River in south Iceland.

Height:60 m

Best Time To Visit: Skogafoss should be best visited during the summer.

9. Angel Falls — Venezuela

Angel Falls Venezuela

At a height of 3,200 feet, Angel Falls in Canaima National Park is the tallest waterfall in the world (uninterrupted) and is also known as the highest waterfall in the world. This is also the biggest waterfall in the world. It falls from the top of a majestic tabletop mountain and is named after Jimmie Angel, who was the first person to fly over the falls. Angel Falls also inspired Paradise Falls from the Pixar movie ‘Up’

Address: 8011, Bolívar, Venezuela

Height: 979 m

Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Angel Falls is in the rainy season (from June until November or early December).

Also Read: Visit These Real-Life Locations That Inspired Disney Movies

10. Mae Ya Waterfall — Chiang Mai, Thailand

mae ya waterfall

Cascading off a 30-story cliff, surrounded by a lush green forest, the magnificent triangular Mae Ya Falls are among the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. Found in the Doi Inthanon National Park, about 45 kilometers from Chiang Mai. At the foot of the falls, there is also a natural pool where visitors can take a dip.

Address: Doi Inthanon National Park, Mae Chaem, Thailand

Height: 280 m

Best Time To Visit: Visit during the rainy season when the water will spread for about 100 meters before flowing to the below basin.

11. Sutherland Falls — New Zealand

Sutherland falls, famous waterfalls in New Zealand

With a drop of over 1,900 feet, Sutherland Falls is one of the highest in the world. Its water comes from Lake Quill, which is in the remote and beautiful Fiordland National Park on South Island in New Zealand. Located near the iconic Milford Sound, Sutherland Falls was named for Donald Sutherland, the Scottish settler who first discovered the falls in 1880.

Address: Southland 9679, New Zealand

Height: 580m

Best Time To Visit: To avoid heavy rainfall, visit Sutherland Falls in the walking season from October through April.

Also Read: 11 Things You Cannot Miss in New Zealand

12. Jog Falls — Karnataka, India

Jog Falls in Karnataka

At Jog Falls, four different cascades – named Raja, Rani, Rover, and Rocket – thunder down the rocks from a height of 830 feet. Located in the Shivamogga district of Karnataka, they form one of the tallest waterfalls in India. Their once spectacular flow of water has unfortunately been reduced by hydroelectric projects further upstream. They are among the most famous waterfalls in India and also one of the most beautiful.

Address: Shimoga, Gokarna, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka

Height: 253 m

Best Time To Visit: The monsoon season (June till September) is the best season to visit Jog Falls as the region witnesses heavy rainfall and the beauty of the place is enhanced.

Also Read: Top 12 most beautiful waterfalls in Karnataka

13. Mealt Falls — The Isle Of Skye, Scotland

Mealt waterfalls, Isle of Skye

Located near the magnificent Kilt Rock on the Isle of Skye (the rock is said to look like a pleated kilt) is the stunning Mealt waterfall. Fed by the nearby Mealt Loch, this waterfall is over 180 feet high, and on windy days the water doesn’t even touch the ground. At the bottom lies the way into the Sound of Raasay which connects to the Atlantic Ocean.

Address: Portree IV51 9JE, United Kingdom

Height: 22.86m

Best Time To Visit: Visit during the monsoon season (September and October) when the water is flowing at its heaviest.

Also Read: Why You Should Visit the Isle of Skye, Scotland

14. Huangguoshu Waterfall — Guizhou Province, China

Huangguoshu falls, famous Waterfalls in Guizhou, China

Literally meaning “Yellow Fruit Tree Waterfall,” Huangguoshu is one of the most famous waterfalls in China. At 255 feet high and 331 feet wide, the impressive Huangguoshu Waterfall is fed by the Baishui River. There are multiple observation points, each with a unique view of the falls. You can also explore the naturally formed Water-Curtain Cave (or Shuiliandong) set behind this waterfall itself. According to legend, it is said to be the abode of Sun Wukong, a character from the Buddhist work, ‘Journey to the West‘.

Address: Zhenning Buyei and Miao Autonomous County, Anshun, Guizhou, China

Height: 77.8 m

Best Time To Visit: Visit Huangguoshu waterfall from June to early October after the rains in summer and early autumn.

15. Thi Lo Su Waterfall — Tak, Thailand

Thi Lo Su Waterfall

Also known as the “Black Waterfall” this waterfall is widely regarded as the largest waterfall in Thailand. At 820 feet high and 1,480 feet wide, it has multiple tiers gushing down into the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary. One of the most beautiful falls in Thailand, it is created by the Mae Klong River and despite its remote location, is incredibly popular among tourists.

Address: Mae Chan, Umphang District, Tak 63170, Thailand

Height: 300 m

Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit Thi Lor Su waterfalls is from November to February.

Also Read: Top 7 Islands in Thailand You Must Visit

16. Tugela Falls — South Africa

Tugela Falls, famous waterfalls in South Africa

At 3,110 feet, the Tugela Falls are amongst the highest waterfalls in the world. Located in the Drakensberg (Dragon’s Mountains) of Royal Natal National Park, there are actually a series of five cascades that change size with the season. And, in winter, the water turns into breathtaking pillars of ice.

Address: Royal Natal National Park, Giants Castle Game Reserve, South Africa

Height: 948 m

Best Time To Visit: During winter, the Tugela Falls dries up. There will be little to no water, therefore, the best time to visit would be March to April.

17. High Force — Durham, England

High Force Waterfall

The fast-flowing High Force waterfall in County Durham makes it one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in the UK. Here, the River Tees drops 71 feet, over a precipice (called Whin Sill), creating twin falls surrounded by a diverse range of flora and fauna. In the winter, the falls sometimes freeze over, creating stunning ice formations. The word “force” actually comes from the Norse for the waterfall, which you can also see in the names of waterfalls in Norway and Iceland, such as Gullfoss and Langfoss.

Address: Alston Rd, Forest-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle DL12 0XH, United Kingdom

Height: 29 m

Best Time To Visit: The falls are an incredible sight to see at any time of the year, however, the winter months can be when you are able to see it at its most powerful, especially after heavy rainfall when it flows with tremendous force.

Also Read: 44 Of The Most Beautiful Places In The UK

18. Nachi Falls — Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

Nachi, Seiganto-ji Pagoda and Nachi no Taki waterfall.

Nachi Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in Japan. Falling over 430 feet, it is also the tallest permanent waterfall in the country (some seasonal waterfall-like Hannoki Falls and Shomyo Falls are actually taller). At the top lies a famous Shinto shrine, and the 3-storey Sanjūdō Pagoda which displays many fascinating historical artifacts found at the base of the waterfall. Also near the falls is the Seiganto-ji Buddhist temple.

Address: Nachisan, Nachikatsuura, Higashimuro District, Wakayama 649-5301, Japan

Height: 133 m

Best Time To Visit: Any time of the day is fine as long as the weather is good with sunshine but if you go in spring, the scenery would be even better as you’ll get to see cherry blossoms.

19. Sgwd Yr Eira — Brecon Beacons, Wales

Sgwd yr Eira waterfall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, Ecovillages

Sgwd Yr Eira is one of four spectacular waterfalls found in Mellte Valley of the Brecon Beacons. Literally meaning “fall of snow,” you can still walk behind the falling sheet of water created by the Hepste River, on a path carved by generations of sheep farmers. The other falls in the region include Sgwd Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, and Sgwd y Pannwr, all of which are on the Mellte River.

Address: River Hepste, United Kingdom

Height: 7.62m

Best Time To Visit: The weather needs to be kind to enjoy the walk and the best time to go is the day after heavy rain.

Also Read: 11 Things to See and Do in Snowdonia, Wales

20. Kaieteur Falls — Kaieteur National Park, Guyana

Kaieteur Falls, famous waterfalls in Guyana

At 741 feet tall and 370 feet wide this amazing waterfall is four times higher than Niagara Falls and twice as high as Victoria Falls. This combination of height and volume of water makes it one of the most powerful and famous waterfalls in the world. Located on the Potaro River in the Kaieteur National Park, it is also said to be the world’s largest single-drop waterfall.

Address: Located on the Potaro River in central Guyana.

Height: 226 m

Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit the falls is during the rainy season when they will be most powerful but you will still get a spectacular view if you go in the dry season.

21. Langfoss — Hordaland, Norway

View on Langfossen Langfoss waterfall in summer, Etne, Norway

Norway is full of amazing waterfalls, but even amongst them, Langfoss stands out. Located in Hordaland County, it thunders down a towering mountain over 2,008 feet before flowing into the Åkrafjord at the base. Wild and free, it is one of the few waterfalls in Norway now used to generate hydroelectric power. It is also often cited as one of the best waterfalls in the world.

Address: E134 by the Åkrafjord, Etne Municipality, Norway

Height: 612 m

Best Time To Visit: Visit anytime to get the majestic views of the falls here in Norway.

22. Jim Jim Falls — Kakadu National Park, Australia

Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu

To the east of the Kakadu National Park hidden amidst colourful cliffs are the Jim Jim Falls (also called Barrkmalam). An awe-inspiring sight, these famous waterfalls plunge from a height of 660 feet and are at their most spectacular in the wet season.

Address: Jim Jim Falls Rd, Kakadu NT 0822, Australia

Height: 259 m

Best Time To Visit: It’s suggested to visit during the Wet Season, then the falls would flow spectacularly but it would only be seen from the air.

23. Reichenbach Falls — Switzerland

Reichenbach, famous waterfalls in Switzerland

Best known for its association with Sherlock Holmes (being the site of his apparent death in the fight with his nemesis Professor Moriarty in ‘The Final Problem’. The famous waterfalls are located in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland, on the Rychenbach, a tributary of the Aare River. They fall over 820 feet over multiple tiers into the Haslital Valley.

Address: Hausenstrasse 34, 3860 Meiringen, Switzerland

Height: 200 m

Best Time To Visit: The Reichenbach Falls is of course always open but visit during mid-May to early October and you can also take a ride in the Reichenbach-Bahn funicular that only operates at this time.

Also ReadThe Best Things in Switzerland Are Free

24. Gaping Gill — Yorkshire, England

Gaping Gill waterfalls

Declared the highest waterfall (unbroken) in England, these falls have the unique distinction of being completely underground. They are located in the Gaping Gill, a large 630-foot-deep natural cave in North Yorkshire. These famous waterfalls fall through the many underground chambers before disappearing into the floor and reemerging near Ingleborough Cave. These otherworldly falls can be accessed by a winch that drops down into the darkness of the cave.

Address: Clapdale Dr, Lancaster LA2 8EE, United Kingdom

Height: 109m

Best Time To Visit: It is usually only accessible to cavers. However, for a week in May (with Bradford Caving Club) and a week in August (with Craven Pothole Club) members of the public are lowered to the bottom of Gaping Gill on a seat attached to a winch.

25. Yellowstone Falls — Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Yellowstone falls

In Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone River leaves the Hayden Valley and creates two major waterfalls. The first is the Upper Yellowstone Falls, which are 109 feet high. Further downstream is the much larger (and more famous) Lower Yellowstone Falls. Around 308 feet high, gallons of water cascade from it into the deep the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone below.

Address: Located within the Yellowstone National Park.

Height: 94 m

Best Time To Visit: Usually May through August

So Which Of These Famous Waterfalls Is On Your Bucket List?

From Angel Falls to Jog Falls, there are several breathtaking, beautiful, and famous waterfalls all around the world. Would you attempt to visit them all or are there some special or famous ones you simply feel you have to visit? And are there any famous waterfalls that you think should’ve been on this list? If so be sure to share them in the comments below.

FAQs For Famous Waterfalls In The World

What is the name of the second-highest waterfall in the world?

Tugela Falls is the second-highest waterfall in the world. It has a drop of 3,110 feet (947.9m).

What is the name of the widest waterfall in the world?

Khone Phapheng Falls is known as the widest waterfall in the world. Its width is 35,376 feet (35372.7m).

Which is the most powerful waterfall in the world?

Victoria Falls is the most powerful waterfall in the world.

Where is the most beautiful waterfall in the world?

Iguazu Falls are considered the most beautiful waterfall in the world.

Which country has the best waterfalls?

Iceland is considered to have the best waterfalls.



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