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Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya Top 10 Waterfalls

It is to India, what Angel falls (Venezuela) is to world. A hauntingly beautiful waterfall, cascading down from the top of the gorge to the mystic deep green pool below, reminding one of the tragic legend associated with it, of a grief stricken mother who plunged to her death, unable to overcome her sorrow over the murder of her daughter by her husband. Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 1100 feet (335 metres). The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth. Actually that area has few of the most beautiful waterfalls in India. Nohkalikai Falls are fed by the rainwater collected on the summit of comparatively small plateau and decrease in power during the dry season in December - February. Below the falls there has formed a plunge pool with unusual green colored water. Name of the falls (in Khasi language - "Jump of Ka Likai") is linked to a legend about local women Likai who after family tragedy became insane and jumped off the cliff next to the falls.

How to reach: This falls is just five kilometers from Cherrapunji. A minimal amount of Rs.10 is charged as the entry fee (different fee for camera). Few shops stand one side facing the cliff. Steep steps spiraled down the cliff but left you disappointed as it ends bluntly in the middle. There is no proper road to the bottom of the falls, but at least you get to see the waterfall a bit closer.

When to go: Nohkalikai Falls are fed by the rainwater collected on the summit of comparatively small plateau and decrease in power during the dry season in December - February. September to November can be the best time to see it in full flow. During rains it would be tough to see it as it remains covered with cloud.

Where to stay: The nearest accommodation option is in Cherrapunji which offers a wide variety to suit every budget. From guest houses with basic amenities, resorts, cottages to homestays, you will be spoilt for choice.

Jog Falls, KarnatakaTop 10 Waterfalls


With Nohkalikai Falls in far-far east and not so easily accessible, Jog falls had been more popular in the peninsular India. Jog Falls is created by the Sharavathi River dropping 253 m (830 ft), making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India after the Nohkalikai Falls with a drop of 335 m (1100 ft) in Meghalaya. Sharavati, a river which rises at Ambutirtha, next to Nonabur, in the Thirthahalli taluk and takes the northwesterly course by Fatte petta, receives the Haridravati on the right below Pattaguppe and the Yenne Hole on the left above Barangi. On arriving at the frontier it bends to the west, precipitates itself down the Falls of Gersoppa, and passes that village (properly Geru-Sappe), which is some 29 kilometres distant, discharging into the sea at Honnavar in North Kanara. The Sharavati, flowing over a very rocky bed about 250 yards wide, here reaches a tremendous chasm, 290 m (960 ft) deep, and the water comes down in four distinct falls. The Raja Fall pours in one unbroken column sheer to the depth of 830 ft (250 m). Halfway down it is encountered by the Roarer, another fall, which precipitates itself into a vast cup and then rushes violently downwards at an angle of forty-five degrees to meet the Raja. A third fall, the Rocket, shoots downwards in a series of jets; while the fourth, the Rani, moves quietly over the mountain side in a sheet of foam. The Tourism Department has built steps from the viewpoint to the bottom of the hill where the waterfall can be seen at the opposite side. There are approximately 1400 steps built to reach the bottom of the hill.

How to reach: Hubli is the nearest airport (130 kms). Nearest railway stations (distance to the location) are Talaguppa and Sagar (SRF): For Sagar 30 km while the nearest bus station is Sagara and then Jogfalls bus stop.

When to go: Before the onset of monsoon season, when there is not much water in the Linganmakki dam, the Jog Falls are a pair of thin streams of water trickling down the cliff, as the water collected in the dam is exclusively for generation of electricity; during monsoons local rain water is the source of water to the falls. Post monsoon is best time to see the falls, specially winters when there is no mist.

Where to stay: There are many resorts and hotels close to Jog falls.

Chitrakot Waterfalls, Bastar, ChattisgarhTop 10 Waterfalls


Chitrakot Falls are towards west of Jagdalpur town in the state of Chhattisgarh. For its white sheet of water this waterfall is viewed as the Niagara Falls of India and is the broadest waterfall in the country. Falls are on Indravati River. The top of the falls is around 100 feet. The width of the waterfall shifts as the water level in the waterway changes definitely. Indravati River which begins its adventure from the Vindhya extents, changes over into a beautiful pleasure at the focus where the Chitrakot Falls are spotted. One is certain to get captivated by the peaceful magnificence and gloriousness of the Chitrakot Falls. The river Indravati abruptly collapses into a 100 feet deep cavern. The mouth of the fall, when in full profusion, is over 1,000 feet wide.
Chitrakot is a horse-shoe shaped waterfall, best seen during and after the monsoon, between July and October. If you want to take photographs, the light is best in the afternoons. Like Meghalaya and North Karnataka, this area of Chattisgarh is also known for some of the most beautiful waterfalls in India, including Teerathgarh.

How to reach: It is about 38 km to the west of Jagdalpur - a one hour drive on an excellent road.

When to go: One can visit the Chitrakot Falls all around the year. In the months from July to October, the waterfall is at its ferocious best. November to February are the cooler times to visit.

Where to stay: Tourists can stay here at resorts, guest houses and tourists camps close to the banks of river with a undisturbed view of the falls. There are likewise different resorts and hotels accessible on the Jagdalpur-Chitrakot Road suitable to all budgets.

Dudhsagar Falls, GoaTop 10 Waterfalls


Perhaps India’s most loved waterfalls, and one of the most visited ones. It also might be the only waterfalls which has a regular railway track passing through it and hence has a railway station dedicated to falls. It is so mesmerizing that every passenger train on Londa-Vasco route halts there for few minutes to let the passengers cherish it (officially it is a technical halt to check the brakes). Dudhsagar falls on Goa-Karnataka border has everything a traveler will love to have- easy accessibility, serene surroundings a bathable pool and much more. Mandovi river flows from Karnataka to Goa through this falls. After pouring across the Deccan plateau, the headwaters of the Mandovi River form a foaming torrent that splits into three streams to cascade down a near-vertical cliff face into a deep green pool. As the cascading waters appear white like milk, the waterfall is called Dudhsagar, Doodh being the Hindi word for milk. The Konkani name for the falls, which literally translated means "sea of milk", derives from clouds of milky foam which rises up at the bottom of the falls. The waterfall is located in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary at Collem in South Goa in the Western ghats. The waterfall is on the border of Karnataka and Goa states. The roads leading to it are maintained by the Goa Forest Department. During the monsoon season the falls are transformed into one of the most powerful falls in India. Dudhsagar Falls is listed as India's fifth tallest waterfall and is 227th in the world at 310 m. Dudhsagar falls and adjoining areas are also one of the most popular trekking routes in the region.

How to reach: It is 60 km from Panaji city by road and 46 km from Madgaon railway junction by train and 60 km from Belgaum by train and 55 km from Belgaum by road. Dudhsagar falls railway station lies on Vasco-Londa route. At Collem, in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary near Mollem, there is a railway station where the train stops to pick up passengers for the journey to the waterfalls. There are two trains a day that stop at Dudhsagar Station and it's possible to catch a morning train up and spend several hours at the falls before taking an afternoon train back. It can be reached by road from Panaji or Madgaon by National Highway NH4A. Between January and May, when the level of the water in the rivers abates, it is possible for jeeps to approach the base of the falls.

When to go: All the year round. Fall is in full flow in monsoon. November to February are best months to enjoy.

Where to stay: A small resthouse is maintained in the forest by the Karnataka Forest Department and is the only place to stay there. Mostly tourists coming to Goa prefer it as a day long trip.

Barehipani Falls, Mayurbhanj, OdishaTop 10 Waterfalls

The beauty of this fall is that it falls in the core area of a Tiger reserve. So one has two thrills associated with it. The Barehipani Falls is located in the core area of Simlipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district in the Indian state of Orissa. It is amongst the higher waterfalls in India and is situated at a height of 399 metres (1,309 ft). It is tiered waterfall with two drops. The tallest single drop is 259 metres. The waterfall is situated on the Budhabalanga River flowing over the Meghasan Mountain. The waters of the Budhabalanga River flow north along a broad plateau and take a westerly turn, dropping over a broad cliff face into a pool. Upon exiting the pool, the waters once again flow north through a deep valley in the Simlipal jungle. The Joranda Falls is located nearby. Both falls are perfectly complementary to their surroundings and are a beautiful bonus to the visitors of the sanctuary.

How to reach: The nearest railway station is at Baripada. Simlipal is 25 kms away. Bhubaneshwar is 300 and Cuttack is 230 kms from waterfalls.

When to go: October to April is the best time to visit.

Where to stay: There are few resorts, cottages and forest lodges in the forest are, where one can stay to visit the waterfalls.

Vajrai Waterfall, Maharashtra Top 10 Waterfalls


Vajrai Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located near the Sahyadri hill (close to Kas plateau). The area is also referred to as Kas flower valley region. The waterfall is at a mere distance of 27 km from Satara city of Maharashtra. This waterfall is claimed to be one of tallest waterfalls present in India. Few people claim that Vajrai Waterfall has a height of around 560 m (1,840 feet, which can make it tallest in India), few other mention it as 800 feet. Whatever it may be, fact is that it is big waterfall with a splendid view and serene surroundings. The popularity of waterfall has resulted into an immense fame for the Bhambavali Village since tourism has become a key business there for the villagers. This place is jam-packed with incredible natural beauty along with a pleasant soothing climate. Numerous people around the India and abroad come to Maharashtra to visit the waterfall, especially during rainy season. Normally this waterfall enjoys great flow of water around the year but during rainy seasons it gets special attention due to the heavy water flow and the natural scenic beauty around the waterfall. Largely, this waterfall is perennial in nature and hence you will hardly find any day when it's gone dry. The waterfall provides various other attractions like boating and mesmerizing caves. The place is also famous due to the religious factors associated with the Vajrai Waterfall. This waterfall is a hub of beauty, lovely nature, and wild life along with some ancient holy places. Vajrai Waterfal is recognized as Bhambavali village’s well-known historical devotional place. Tradition recounts (as per the local tribe) that the Marathi Saint Shri Samarth Ramdas Swami climbed this entire mountain in just 3 footsteps and due to this miracle the Vajrai Waterfall got converted into a ‘3 Stair Waterfall Mountain’. From that time onwards, the place has got its religious beliefs among the local tribe of the Bhambavali village. There are also some ancient temples and religious places which are a major tourist attraction here. There are number of picnic spot near by Bhambavali Vajrai Waterfall like caves, boating places in Tapola.

How to reach: The Vajrai Waterfall is located at the Sahyadri hills next to Satara city of Maharashtra which is 27 kilometres from here. Pune is nearest place to reach to Satara and then to Bhambavli Vajrai Waterfall. From Pune you have to go by road to Satara - Kas - From Kas to Tambi - Bhambavli.

When to go: Its perennial falls, so you can visit this all the year round. Still post monsoon is best time to visit to see it in full flow. Avoid going there in heavy rains.

Where to stay: The place is far from developmental activities. Hence you will not find any hotels in this area. You will have to stay in hotels at Satara. You may prefer to stay at village Bhambavli in their traditional homes; this stay will give you a chance to live a rural life. You will see how these people live and earn their bread and butter. The quality of food at these homes will also be delicious that you cannot resist it. Fresh vegetables, fruits will enhance your spirits. And all this is available at nominal cost.

Nohsngithiang Falls, MeghalayaTop 10 Waterfalls


The Nohsngithiang Falls is also known as the Seven Sisters Waterfalls and the Mawsmai Falls. It is located 1 kilometre south of Mawsmai village in East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It derives its name due to the fact that the waterfalls are situated in a south westerly position and get illuminated by the sun from dawn to sunset. This is the fifth highest waterfalls in India. It is a seven-segmented waterfall, which plunges over the top of limestone cliffs of the Khasi Hills. The falls only flow during the rainy season. In full spate, the segments stretch most of the way along the cliff. The water falls from a height of 315 metres (1,033 ft) and has an average width of 70 metres (230 ft). The waterfalls get illuminated by the sun from dawn to sunset. The vibrant colours of the setting sun on the waterfalls make it beautiful to behold. In the Sohra area, there are several waterfalls because of the heavy rainfall- the cascading Nohsngithiang waterfalls at Mawsmai, the hauntingly beautiful Nohkalikai Falls, and the Dain Thlen Falls. The Jaintia Hills and the Garo Hills too have their share of beautiful waterfalls, notably the Tyrchi Falls en route to Jowai and the Pelga Falls near Tura in Garo Hills.

How to reach: This fall is located south of Mawsmai village in East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. This is approximately 10 kilometres from Cherrapunjee. Cherrapunjee is 53 kilometres from state capital Shillong which is roughly 90 minutes drive.

When to go: Monsoon time is too misty to actually enjoy a clear view. Best time would be early winters when weather would be pleasant and sky would be clear. A few rainbows will light up your day.

Where to stay: Cherrapunjee has a plenty of stay options suitable for all budgets.

Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil NaduTop 10 Waterfalls


Hogenakkal is located about 750 feet above sea level amidst the Melagiri Hills. The route to Hogenakkal Falls is scenic, with lush mulberry fields and giant terracotta guardian deities (Aiyanars), as you approach Hogenakkal, the roar of the Cauvery river and the abundance of vegetation in the area is sure to catch your attention. Hogenakkal is a beautiful place with picturesque scenes. With its fame for medicinal baths and hide boat rides, it is a major site of tourist attraction. Carbonatite rocks in this site are considered to be the oldest of its kind in South Asia and one of the oldest in the world. The word Hogenakal is formed of two Kannada words hoge and kal. When the water falls on the rocks it appears as if hoge (smoke) is emanating from the top of the kal (rock) because of the force of the water, hence Hogenakkal (smoking rocks). It is also called as Marikottayam by the people of Tamil Nadu. The water drops from an elevation of about 65 ft at its highest point and from 15 ft at its lowest point. The waterfalls cannot be reached via road; a boat-ride from the last motorable point takes you near the waterfall. Coracles can be hired to get closer to the waterfall. Boatmen row the coracles into the gorge as there is no place from where you can have a good wide view of Hogenakkal Falls.Boating in Hogenakkal is allowed during the dry-season as the water falls that time are not strong enough to disrupt the passage of the boats.

How to reach: Hogenakkal is 180 km from Bangalore and 46 km from Dharmapuri town on road.

When to go: The best season to visit is soon after the monsoons, when the river is in full spate. But some tourists prefer to visit during off-season to skip the crowd. The best time to visit Hogenakkal Falls is between the months of September and December to enjoy it to the fullest.

Where to stay: There are many lodges and mid-range options of accommodation in Dharampuri or you can plan a day-trip from Bangalore as well. It is advisable to carry food and water when visiting the falls. Hogenakkal bus stand is nearest point from the falls where you can get snacks and refreshments.

Kune Falls, MaharashtraTop 10 Waterfalls


We all recall Khandala from that famous bollywood punch line- ‘aati kya khandala’. Kune Falls is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in that same Khandala. It is located centrally within the Lonavala Khandala valley. The Kune Falls is worth admiring. The Kune Falls is surrounded by lush green vegetation. People often hold picnics around the region of the falls. A big number of tourists from various parts of the country visit this famous site annually. Kune Falls is a three tiered waterfalls with a total height of 200 metres (660 ft); the highest drop being 100 metres (330 ft). The falls attracts tourists in large numbers during the rainy season when the waterfall is in its peak form and flows down with a huge gush. Set against the stunning backdrop of the famous Sahayadri Mountains of Western Maharashtra, this place is completely surrounded by lush green vegetation and provides a great visual experience. Khandala is known as one of the major hill stations of Maharashtra and draws the interest of millions of travelers, not only from India but from across the globe.

How to reach: In order to reach Kune Falls tourists should catch the Mumbai Pune Expressway and then stop at the Lonavala bypass. From there they should avail any buses or local transport that takes the Mumbai-Pune highway route. On reaching Kune tourists should be able to spot the most eminent landmark, which is the Kune Church. From there tourists can walk the path till they arrive the Falls of Kune.

When to go: The best time to visit Kune Falls is during the monsoon season. The ideal time is mid-monsoon when the falls are in full flow.

Where to stay: There are many hotels near Kune Waterfalls and also in Lonavla and Khandala. Visitors can choose from luxurious suites to well-appointed cottages for a comfortable stay within their budget. Tourists can also use many other low-budget staying options available in plenty near Kune Waterfalls.

Athirappilly Falls, KeralaTop 10 Waterfalls

Athirappilly in Kerala is a spectacular waterfall and among a handful of those who claim to be Niagara falls of India. Falling from a height of 590 ft, it is widely regarded as the best waterfall in India. The beauty of the waterfall has made it a huge favourite with film directors. Located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and the Sholayar ranges, this waterfall and the nearby Vazhachal Falls are popular tourist destinations. It is situated in Athirappilly panchayath in Thrissur district of Kerala, on the southwest coast. This is a popular rainforest area. Forest wildlife in the area includes the Asiatic elephant, tiger, leopard, bison, sambar, and lion-tailed macaque. The unique 180 metres (590 ft) elevation riparian forest in the Athirappilly-Vazhachal area is the only location where all four South Indian species of hornbills — the Great Hornbill (the State Bird of Kerala), Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, and the Indian Grey Hornbill are found living together.

How to reach: The railway station nearest Athirappilly Falls is 30 kilometres to the west in Chalakudi Railway Station, and the nearest airport is Kochi International Airport, about 55 kilometres southwest of the waterfall and 58 kilometres south of City of Thrissur. Athirappilly is easily reachable from Chalakudy by taxi or by bus from the Chalakudy private bus terminal. Athirappilly is situated on the highways connecting Tamil Nadu and Kerala, amidst thick forest.

When to go: Post monsoon October to April is the best time to be here.

Where to stay: There are a few good and luxury resorts in the forest area itself and few very close to the falls.

 
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