In this article, we will look into 17 Most Important Waterfalls in India. As the name suggests Waterfalls are basically a steep descent area or a series of steep descent area from where water falls down abruptly. India has numerous number of waterfalls in every states in which we will look into few important ones in below section. You can always expect atleast one question in almost every competitive exams from this topic.
Most Important Waterfalls in India
1. Jog Falls
- It is situated in Karnataka.
- Jog Falls of Karnataka is India’s second highest waterfall with an 830 feet long drop.
- This waterfall is created by the River Aravati flowing through the Western Ghats.
- It is located on the Uttara Kannada and Sagara border. More on Karnataka official website.
2. Kempty Falls
- It is located in the Mussoorie, Uttrakhand.
- Kempty falls is a 4500 feet high waterfall.
- It is actually one among five different falls which developed by splitting off a stream by the rocks.
3. Hogenakkal Falls
- It is located on the Kaveri river in the Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu.
- The water falls in a circle and finally hits the small pool in the middle that is surrounded by some of the oldest carbonite rocks.
- This waterfall is a major tourist attraction in the state and immensely famed for boat rides and medicinal baths.
- We cannot go there by road so we will have to take bamboo boats which are called Coracles to reach the falls.
4. Elephant Falls
- The Elephant falls is one of the best and busiest spots in Shillong.
- These falls are named after the elephant-shaped rock near them.
- The elephant falls are divided into three phases and all these three phases can be seen from three different vantage points.
- The first part is comparatively broader and is tucked between dense trees, the second part gets narrower and finally the last one is the tallest of all and worth-seeing.
5. Shivanasamudra Falls
- It is situated on the Kaveri river.
- It is one of the best waterfalls in India which is also among popular one day trip from Bangalore.
- The Island of Shivanasamudra divides Kaveri River into two parts that form twin waterfalls, which are called Gaganachukki and Barachukki.
- It is a segmented waterfall, which means the water flows in the multiple sides here.
6. Chitrakoot Falls
- This water fall is located in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh.
- It falls from a height of 95 feet and is almost as wide as 985 feet, which makes it the widest waterfall of India. And therefore, it’s called Niagra Falls of India.
- It falls in Odissa, then enters Andhra Pradesh and finally merges with the Godavari river.
7. Athirappilly Waterfalls
- It is the largest and most stunning waterfall of the God’s own country, Kerala.
- This waterfall is located on the Chalakudy river in the district of Kerala.
- It is 80 feet high waterfall and it has a width of 330 feet.
8. Dhuandhar Waterfalls
- The falls are fed by the Narmada River in Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh and are 30 m high.
- Dhuandhaar fall is also known as Smoke cascade, because the waters of Dhuandhaar falls create mist while falling down.
- In full moon of Sharad Purnima, when the moon light falls on the white marbles gives it a silver appearance.
9. Dudhsagar Waterfalls
- It is located on the borders of Goa and Karnataka.
- It flows from a height of about 1020 feet making it the 6th highest waterfalls in the country.
- This Konkani name Dudhsagar means an ocean of Milk.
10. Nohkalikai Waterfalls
- This waterfall is located on the Meghalaya.
- It is the fourth highest in the world and the tallest in India which drop from a height of 1100 feet in the wettest place on Earth called Cherrapunji.
- It is said that throughout the winter, the waters of this pool display brilliant blue colour while it turns into green in the following summer season.
11. Palaruvi Falls
- It is located in the in the district of Kollam in Kerala.
- This waterfall is the 32nd highest waterfall in India.
- Its total height is 299 feet.
12. Courtallam Main Falls
- It is located on the Chittar River of Tenkasi district of Tamil Nadu.
- The water fall in steps and split into different streams resulting in a truly spectacular view.
- It is best to observe it from a distance to be able to see the whole fall, especially in monsoon.
13. Bhimlat Falls
- It is one of the most delightful waterfalls in India. It is located in the Bundi region in Rajasthan.
- This waterfall falling from 60 m altitude is incredible sight and the sound of the water is melodic.
- Falls attributed for their presence in the land of scorching heat and inhabitable deserts.
14. Barachukki Falls
- It is located a few kilometres from the Gaganchukki falls in Mandya district.
- These two falls are among the most visited ones, as it allows seeing two falls at the same time.
- It is a best day outing destination around Bangalore for families and nature lovers.
15. Nohsngithiang Falls
- It is located in Meghalaya.
- The falls measures 315 m and a girth of 70 m making them the 4th biggest waterfall in India.
- The Seven-stream fall plunges over the top of limestone cliffs of the Khasi Hills.
- The best times to visit the falls are during sun rise and sun set when the falls look more stunning.
16. Barehipani Falls
- It is located in Odissa.
- The Barehipani Falls measure a staggering 399 m and is one of the tallest waterfalls in India.
- The tiered waterall divides in two drops, the tallest single one is 259 m.
- The nearby area is covered with flourishing green forest with the local wildlife native to the region.
17. Kune Falls
- It is situated in Lonavia, Pune district of Maharashtra and is the 14th largest waterfall in India.
- Kune waterfalls measures 200 m and splits into three before gushing into the valley below.
- The area is surrounded by forest making it a perfect tourist destination.