Everyone, at one point in their life, likely desires to visit waterfalls, which are a wonderful gift of nature, and a trip to India would be incomplete without a visit to these five particularly impressive ones. Their gushing flow from incredible heights into low valleys is absolutely amazing to see.

India, housing many beautiful and mesmerizing waterfalls, draws the attention of a wide variety of nature lovers from around the world. As many stunning and dazzling waterfalls are present in almost every state in the nation, tourists often throng here to catch a glimpse of these pretty water-bodies.

Below, you’ll find a brief yet informative introduction to five of the most spectacular cascading waterfalls that you won’t want to miss seeing in India.

Meenmutty Falls: Kerala

Meenmutty falls - Cascading waterfalls

The Meenmutty Falls are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala. They’re also the largest waterfalls in this state. These falls are located 29 km from Kalpetta, which is a small town in the Wayanad District. They’re especially attractive to the young and dynamic, as it’s necessary that you take an uphill trek of two km to view these majestic falls. Since there are no vendors nearby, tourists are expected to carry their own food and drink.

Vantawng Falls: Mizoram

Vantawng falls - Cascading waterfalls

The Vantawng Falls are among the largest waterfalls in India. These amazing falls are located in the state of Mizoram and are five km away from Thenawi, in the district of Serchhip. They’re a popular tourist attraction, bringing in people from all over the world, since they enjoy a steady water supply. Nature lovers love to see the falls from various standpoints; however, if you wish to view them close-up, then the dry season (from October to December) is the best time to visit. To have as enjoyable a day as possible, remember to bring some snacks along with you!

Jog Falls: Karnataka

Jog falls - Cascading waterfalls

The Jog Falls are located in the Shimoga district within the state of Karnataka. These segmented falls make up one of the highest sets of falls in India, and they’re also referred to as the Jogada or Gersoppa falls by locals living throughout Karnataka. The scenic backdrop that can be seen behind them only increases their beauty.

Monsoon season (June to September) is the right time to visit the Jog Falls. The surrounding area is perfect for trekking, and you’ll be able to enjoy some of your favorite foods, too, as there are plenty of restaurants available near the falls.

Lodh Falls: Jharkhand

The Lodh Falls or Burhaghat Falls are located in Jharkhand, which is one of the Eastern states of India. More precisely, they’re situated on the Burha River, in the district of Latehar.

The Lodh Falls are one of the tallest waterfalls in Jharkhand, and they’ve become the most frequently visited falls in India. Various other water streams also join these falls, which can be observed when you approach them closely, and the vibrant noise of their rushing waters can be heard from 10 km away.

These falls make a perfect picnic spot for you to enjoy with friends and family. The best time to visit is the rainy season (between June and September).

Dudsaghar Falls: Goa

Dudhsagar falls - Cascading waterfalls

These waterfalls, which are among the highest waterfalls in India, are located on the Mandovi River in Goa. Monsoon season is the best time for visiting them, since their high flow during that time is amazing to observe. However, you’ll need to be very careful when you’re there, as the heavy rain is capable of forming an enormous water force. If you choose to visit outside of monsoon season, you can enjoy beautiful weather from November to February, and may find an ideal spot for a picnic. These particular falls are also surrounded by scenic forests.

That’s not all…

Apart from these five superb and eye-catching waterfalls featured above, India has many other beautiful waterfalls such Athirappilly, Courtallam, Talakona, Khandadhar, and Chitrakote. A visit to any of these falls will certainly be a great experience to add to your sightseeing journey, and you probably won’t be able to stop yourself from falling in love with their picturesque beauty.

For more of the best sights to see in India, check out ASTONISHING INDIA: 8 of the most awe-inspiring places to visit in India»

Rohit Agarwal is passionate about travelling and spends most of his time exploring various tourist spots around India, enjoying the beauty of nature. His travel stories can be found within his own blog, Trans India Travels, and the Jaipur CityBlog.
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