20 Most Famous Waterfalls in the World

Last Updated on 11th March 2022 by admin

God has blessed our globe with the most fascinating and beautiful waterfalls. These waterfalls are usually generated when water falls from high mountain streams and rivers and passes over soft and hard rocks. Sometimes these are generated by erosion, which allows water to cut through towering mountains and gigantic cliffs, creating a stunning natural beauty. The following is a list of the world’s most beautiful and famous waterfalls.


1) Niagara Falls

Location: Between Ontario, Canada and New York, United States

Total Height: 51 m (167 ft)

Average Flow Rate: 2,400 m³/s (85,000 cu ft/s )

Niagara waterfalls

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Niagara Falls is one of the magnificent waterfalls of nature’s creation. There are three waterfalls Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls which make up Niagara Falls. It is located on the Niagara River in northern America, between the two countries United States and Canada. It is one of the most famous waterfalls and also one of the most appealing Tourist locations in the world.


2) Victoria Falls

Location: Livingston, Zimbabwe

Total Height: 108 m (355 ft)

Average Flow Rate: 1088 m³/s (38,430 cu ft/s) 

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most famous waterfalls and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Africa, located on the Zambezi River between Zambia’s north and south borders. It is one of the most spectacular and stunning waterfalls, falling into a beautiful chasm of 80-240 feet in width, though the breadth varies depending on the flow of water and weather conditions.


3) Nohkalikai Falls

Location: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India

Total Height: 340 m (1,115 ft)

Average Flow Rate: 2.8 m³/s (100 cu ft/s) 

Nokhalikai falls is situated in India in the northern state of Meghalaya at Cherrapunji Hills, it is considered one of the amazing waterfalls in the world. It is said to be that this waterfall turns green during the summer season. Nokhalia is famous for being the longest plunge in India which does not attract Indians only but tourists from every country.


4) Skogafoss Falls

Location: Skógar, Iceland

Total Height: 60 m (200 ft) 

Skogafoss Falls,iceland

It is one of the world’s most famous waterfalls which is located in Southern Iceland and is known in the whole world for its black water. It is situated on the River Skoga in Iceland has a width of 25 meters (82 feet) and falls from a mound of 60 meters (197 feet). It’s a beautiful place to visit and spend holidays there. This is also one of the famous places for fishermen in the summer season.


5) Angel Falls

Location: Canaima National Park, Bolivar State, Venezuela

Total Height: 979 m (3,212 ft)

Angel Falls, Venezuela
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Angel Falls is considered to be the highest waterfall in the world situated at the height of 3,212 feet at the Canaima National Park of Venezuela. It’s said that the famous waterfall’s name was discovered in 1933 when a US pilot flew over this waterfall whose name was Jimmie Angel. It is one of the most famous waterfalls for tourists from all over the world and is also known for climbing, hiking and trekking.


6) Sutherland Falls

Location: Fiordland, New Zealand

Total Height: 581 m (1,904 ft)

Average Flow Rate: 11 m³/s (388 cu ft/s)

Sutherland Falls, Fiordland, New Zealand

The Sutherland waterfall is situated between the lake of Quill and Arthur River in the Newzealand. If we see this waterfall from an aerial view, then it looks very beautiful. It is regarded as one of the highest waterfalls in the world. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls and is a great tourist destination located at the Fiordland National Park in southern Newzealand. It is said that Donald Sutherland has discovered this waterfall.


7) Tugela Falls

Location: Royal National Park, KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa

Total Height: 948 m (3,110 ft) 

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Tugela waterfall is located in South Africa at the Drakensberg near the Tugela River. It is considered one of the most famous and the 2nd highest waterfalls in the world after Angel Falls. This waterfall is the part of Royal National Park in KwaZulu the province of South Africa. It is the highest cliff in the Royal National Park. Besides it, this waterfall generates two more rivers. Tugela fall has an attractive natural scenery that attracts tourists from every country of the world.


8) Yosemite Falls

Location: Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, U.S.

Total Height: 739 m (2,425 ft)

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California
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Yosemite Falls is one of the world’s most beautiful and tallest waterfalls situated in the United States at California Yosemite National Park which falls from 2,425 feet (739m). It attracts more visitors, especially in the late summers when it flows and falls firmly. Yosemite fall is divided into three falls upper Yosemite fall which plunges 1,430 feet (436 meters). Then the lower Yosemite fall drops from the height of 320 feet (98 meters). And the middle cascades fall drops from 675 feet (206 meters).


9) Nachi Falls

Location: Nachikatsuura, Higashimuro District, Wakayama, Japan

Total Height: 133 m (436 ft)

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Nachi Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world located in Japan in a small town called Nachikatsuura. Nachi fall is known as the highest waterfall in Japan, it is 133 meters high and is also known as the best place for fishermen. It is also called the Nachi-no-Taki and has a width of 13 meters, it falls from the Kumano massif and creates stunning natural scenery which attracts people from every junction of the world.


10) Kaieteur Falls

Location: Potaro-Siparuni, Guyana

Total Height: 226 m ( 741 ft )

Average Flow Rate: 663 m³/s (23413 cu ft/s)

Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

The Beautiful Kaieteur waterfall is the largest single drop waterfall by volume and one of the most famous waterfalls in the worldIt is located in Guyana on the river Potaro at Kaieteur National Park. Its height is measured 226 meters (741 ft). It is connected with the Amazon rainforest and is considered one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The amazing waterfall is higher than Niagara waterfalls and is surrounded by beautiful woods which attracts tourists from all over the world.


11) The Rhine Falls

Location:  Between the borders of Zurich and Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland

Total Height: 23 m (75 ft)

Average Flow Rate: 250m³/s (8,800 cu ft/s )

rhine falls switzerland

Rhine Falls is located in northern Switzerland between the borders of Zurich and Schaffhausen. It falls from 100 feet (30 meters) in height and its width is 492 feet (150 m). Further divided into two falls by the Pillar Like a rock which increases more in its natural beauty. It is one of the most famous tourist places in Switzerland and one of the most popular and famous waterfalls in the world which is known for boat rides and beautiful rock viewing.


12) Yellowstone Falls

Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

Upper Yellowstone Falls

Total Height: 33 m (109 ft)

Lower Yellowstone Falls

Total Height: 94 m(308 ft)

yellowstone falls wyoming, usa
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Yellowstone waterfall is located in the United States on the Yellowstone River in Wyoming Yellowstone National Park. It is divided into two cascades, Upper Falls and Lower Falls. It flows and passes through the Hyden valley; it is rich in beauty and is the most famous waterfall in the world. When it completely crosses these two falls and then enters the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone that is up to 1000 feet (304 meters) deep.


13) Dettifoss Falls

Location: Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

Total Height: 44 m (144 ft)

Average Flow Rate: 193 m³/s (6,816 cu ft/s)

 Dettifoss fall iceland

Dettifoss fall is known as the second mighty waterfall in Europe. It is situated in northern Iceland of Vatnajokull national park. It falls from 44 meters (144 ft) and its width is 100 meters (330 ft) it drops into the Jokulsargljufur Canyon. This waterfall has the potential to generate a greater amount of hydroelectric energy. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.


14) Jog Falls

Location: Sagar Taluk, Shimoga Karnataka, India

Total Height: 253 m (830 ft).

Average Flow Rate: 153 m³/s (5,400 cu ft/s)

Image Source: Wikimedia

Jog Falls is on the Sharavati river located in India near the Sagar Tulk in the Shimoga district Karnataka. The waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls in the world, it is a seasonal waterfall because its water depends on rainfall. It’s one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world and also ranks amongst the list of famous waterfalls in the world.


15) Iguazu Falls

Location:  Misiones Province, Argentina

Total Height: 82 m (269 ft)

Average Flow Rate: 1,756m³/s (62,010 cu ft/s)

 iguazu falls brazil

Iguazu waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world located between the border of Argentina and Brazil. This waterfall has 275 individual falls which attract more tourists to visit this place. It is said to be that this famous waterfall has a great political and geographical significance because it separates two nations.


16) Dudhsagar Falls

Location: Goa, India

Total Height: 320 m (1017 ft)


Dudhsagar Fall Goa
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Dushsagar waterfall is located in the Indian state of Goa district Karnataka within Mollen National Park. It is the world’s most popular tourist spot that falls from the height of 320 meters and is further divided into four tires, average width of 30 meters. It’s one of the five highest waterfalls of India. Tourists come to explore this place from every part of the world, its milk color fascinates and attracts the tourists.


17) Palouse Falls

Location: Washington, United States

Total Height: 61 m (200 ft)

palouse falls Washington, United States
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Palouse waterfall is divided into two falls Upper fall and lower fall, located in the United States of America in Washington state on the River Palouse. It has 105 acres of land, which was generated through glacial floods in the ice age. It is a very popular tourist attraction in the world and has won the official waterfall of the United States crown in 2014.


18) Plitvice Falls

Location: Karlovac County Croatia

Total Height: 78 m (256 ft)

plitvice waterfalls croatia
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The beautiful waterfall is situated in Croatia Plitvice National Park. It has 16 lakes inside the park which attracts tourists’ attention to visit this fascinating waterfall. It’s 78 meters high, its unique colors of water fascinate every visitor’s attention. It’s known as the largest National Park in Croatia, it covers almost 30,000 hectares of land, it has a great geographical significance. The waterfall and lakes are spectacular it is one of the awesome and great tourist destinations of the world.


19) Gullfoss Falls

Location: Southwest Iceland

Total Height: 32 m (1,063 ft)

Average Flow Rate: 141 m³/s (5,000 cu ft/s)

Gullfoss fall Iceland

Gullfoss Falls is on the Hvítá river canyon located in Southwest Iceland. It drops in two parts one part is 11m (36 ft) high and another one is 21m (69 ft) high. It’s one of the most famous waterfalls in the world located in Europe Iceland. This waterfall was generated at the end of the ice age due to glacial floods. It’s one of the greatest tourists destinations in the world and a two-tiered waterfall.


20) Shoshone Falls

Location: Twin Falls, County, Idaho United States

Total Height: 65 m (212 ft )

Average Follow Rate: 100 m³/s (3,530 cu ft/s )

Shoshone Falls Idaho,usa

Shoshone waterfall is located in the United States on the western side at twin Falls on the snake river. The fall is 212 feet (65 meters) high with a width of  282 m (925 ft) and is controlled by a dame which is used for irrigation purposes. It fascinates every visitor when the snow melts during summer days and the flow of water increases. It is known as the most beautiful and popular tourist destination in the world.

The natural beauty of these world famous waterfalls draws visitors from all over the world, particularly those who frequently spend their vacations and weekends in these locations. These are regarded as the top health resorts in the world, where visitors may unwind and spend their leisure time exploring the natural environment.

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