The chill of the high elevation, the fresheness from the air, the soothing green of the surrounding, and needless to say, the cascade of water torrenting down a rocky edge, but in a beautiful tranquil manner – everything makes waterfalls the ideal sightseeing scene. Though some of the aforementioned waterfalls may be less approachable than the others, you ought to know about them and chalk out a plan to take a trip there.
Gullfoss (Golden falls), Iceland
This is one of the most gorgeous waterfalls, especially during the winter. Gullfoss is particularly known for its shape, this crazy waterfall tumbles on the Hvítá River in two tiers at 90 degree angles to one another. As a result of crevice, the river Hvítá seems to vanish into the abyss. Set within an environment of mystique, the allure of the waterfall is in its surrounding as well.
Spanning across both countries of Canada and USA, Niagara Falls is one of the most famous ones on the planet. Due to its popularity, the environment are not as naturesque as others. However, easy accessibility and numerous view points make it desirable. It is formed of two sections – the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and the American Falls on the American side – which are separated by an island. The Horseshoe Falls are more impressive: water here drops 53 m, while the American Falls drop only 21-30 m.
Victoria falls, Zimbabwe
The largest singular waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls spreads out to 1.7km with an average flow of 1 million litres every second! If these figures don’t amaze you, then I don’t know what will. If you go travelling near it, then you’ll have difficulty keeping yourself dry, thanks to all the mist around it. An UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Victoria falls is truly a work of sublime beauty.
While the majority of the other waterfalls mentioned here are singular ones, Plitvice Falls is similar to a network of drops, making it one of the most unique one. The many drops end in a variety of hues of blue, ranging from clear to blue to turquoise. These finally extend on a limestone canyon. Located within a national park, one can increase around and across them. The national park is also an UNESCO World Heritage site.
World’s highest uninterrupted, permanent waterfall deserved a place on this list. It falls mysteriously from a tabletop mountain in Canaima National Park, in its entire glory. Standing as tall as 979 metres, it is a sight to behold. Though reaching it’s a small complicated affair, it has not stopped the true lovers of nature. After reaching the park, you need a river boat ride and a hike to reach the Angel Fall lookout.
Located in Sierra Nevada, California, it’s among the greatest falls in the USA (739 metres). Being simple to access, this is one of the most popular tourist destination. How it is located in the incomparably beautiful Yosemite Valley, also helps its case. The source of this waterfall is melting snow, which is why, sometimes the flow may stop due to a lesser amount of snow.