Highest Waterfalls in the World That Will Leave You Spellbound!

  • SEEMA NANDE
  • Dec 07, 2016
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Demonstrating nature’s force in full glory, waterfalls are indeed a startling wonder of Mother Earth. Offering you magnificent panoramas waterfalls come across as protruding beauty, but get closer and you are ought to realize that nature can kill! The world is abundant with many gigantic waterfalls that will take you aback, some too gushy, some too wide. If you ever contemplated, where is the tallest waterfall in the world? Which country has the world's largest waterfall? What is the name of the highest waterfall in the US? Here is the answer with a list of the highest waterfalls in the world:
 
 

15. Pu’uka’oku

 

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Height: 2,756 feet
 
Location: Molokai, Hawaii
 
Best time to visit: November to March
 
Come rainy season and the Pu’uka’oku Falls can be enjoyed in all its glory. Adorned with numerous white ribbons of waterfalls, the waterfalls are a pleasant delight and can be viewed from the adjoining sea for the best views. Some tour companies also offer guided boat tours along this rugged, extremely impressive coast.
 
How to reach Pu’uka’oku Falls: You can get to the falls from Kahului and Lahaina, by bus or flight. The cheapest way is flying from Kahului to Hoolehua which costs $47. However, a helicopter ride will offer you an unparalleled experience of viewing these mighty falls. You could also trek up to as far as you can to enjoy the mist of this 8th highest waterfall in the world.

14. Baläifossen

  

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Height: 2,788 feet 
 
Location: Hordaland, Norway

Best time to visit: November to March

This is a seasonal waterfall, so summer is not the best time to visit. The fall comes alive post monsoons. This is this the 7th highest waterfall in the world. While the falls make it to this very list, it is a one with a comparatively less volume. The volume and flow get inconsistent towards the end of July. These falls are visible from as far as even the Route 572.

How to reach Baläifossen Falls: The closest city next to the falls is Hordaland. You can rent a car from here, which will take about 2 hours 45 minutes to reach. 

13. Sutherland

  

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Height: 1902 feet 

Location: Fiordland, New Zealand

Best time to visit: February to June

New Zealand doesn't particularly have a monsoon season, it can rain anytime. However, the best months to visit is February to mid-June. This, in fact, is the highest waterfall in New Zealand. One drawback,however, is the difficulty accessing these falls. If you must go, you will be required to undertake a 4-day tramping at the Milford track. Or better yet, take a flight to bask in its beautiful views. 

How to reach Sutherland Falls: Road access to Fiordland is restricted to the Milford Road. There are light aircraft and helicopter services too linked with Milford Sound, which also has a small boat marina.

 

12. Utigord

 

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Height: 2,625 feet 

Location: Stryn, Norway

Best time to visit: May to September 

This is one of the highest waterfall in the world with all the right reasons. The Utigord is also known as Ramnefjellsfossen and Utigardsfossen. These are the country's most sought-after attraction and also the highest waterfall in Europe. However, high safety precautions need to be taken as you venture this waterfall, given the number of hazards the waterfall has witnessed. 

How to reach Utigord Falls:  You can rent a car from Styrn, which is 25 kilometers away from the falls. It will take you about 35 minutes to reach. 

11. Tugela Natal

  

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Height: 3,110 feet 

Location: Royal Natal National Park, Republic of South Africa

Best time to visit: March to May

At this time all the surroundings come alive, full rivers, crystal air and verdant vegetation around. You need to enter the Tugela National Park to access this waterfall. It is about a 9-kilometer hike after driving some 2500 meters into the park. On your hike up, you will see some of the most beautiful flora and fauna. 

How to reach Tugela Natal: The exit of N3 at Harrismith is the most scenic route. Follow by taking the next exit at N5 towards Bethlehem for about 5 kilometers, then turn left onto the R74 and follow this for about 38 kilometers, then take a right into the R615. You will eventually reach Sterkfontein Dam. The entrance of the park is open for visitors from 6AM to 10PM.  

10. Gocta Cataracts

  

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Height: 2,532 feet 

Location: Chachapoyas, Peru

Best time to visit: May to September

Being a dry season, this is the best time to visit. Roads in monsoons, tend to get impassable. Also, this is a good season for hiking. Along with being an impressive sight itself, the Gocta Cataracts further promise breathtaking views from up and above the falls. The tedious hike up is well worth the views and you have an option of descending upon a horseback! 

How to reach Gocta Cataracts Falls: There is a direct journey from Chachapoyas which takes about 1hr 5min  by vehicle to the village of Cocachimba. From here, it takes  2-2.5 hours to hike (about 5.5 km each way) to the base of the tallest fall point.  

9. Yosemite Falls

  

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Height: 2,424 feet 

Location: Yosemite Village, California

Best time to visit: Late May to early June

By late March to early, the snow starts melting making it a good time for moonbow viewing, during full moon time periods. It is a known fact that the Yosemite National Park is home to a number of tiny waterfalls, but there is this one particular fall in the park that makes to this list of highest waterfalls in the world and one of the tallest waterfalls in the USA.

How to reach Yosemite Falls: There are four major entrances into the Yosemite National Park, wherein the falls are located. You can reach the park by road from any of these cities -  Oakdale, Mariposa,  Fresno and Los Angeles. The closest airport is the Fresno-Yosemite International.  

8. Mutarazi

  

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Height: 2,499 feet 

Location: Nyanga Nat’l Park, Zimbabwe

Best time to visit: June to October

During this period the vegetation is at its verdant best and the air too is crisp and clear. Otherwise, the falls can be visited throughout the year. This is the fifth-highest waterfall in the world. Along with the density of the waterfall, you will also observe a rich wildlife in the adjoining areas. June to October is the best time to see the waterfall, however, hiking up to it is a pleasant experience all year around. 

How to reach Mutarazi Falls: The falls can be accessed by one of the many tarred roads from Mutare and Rusape to Nyanga village. However, the main road to Nyanga town passes through the park shortly after Juliasdale. The main hiking route is the Mount Nyangani one, which also offers spectacular views of the national park. 

7. Tres Hermanas Falls, Peru

  

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Height: 3,000 feet 

Location: Ayacucho region of Peru 
 
Best time to visit: May to September 
 
Afternoons are the best time to visit when the sun rays seep through the gushing water of the falls. This is the world's third-highest waterfall. The name actually is derived from its three-tiered fall, which is popularly referred to as sisters! There is no particular trail towards this waterfall, making access a little difficult. 
 
How to reach Tres Hermanas Falls: You can enjoy the spectacular aerial views of the falls through a helicopter ride.  

6. James Bruce Falls, Canada

  

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Height: 2,755 feet 

Location: British Columbia, Canada

Best time to visit: November to March 

The James Bruce falls is the tallest in the North American continent, and to view it in all its glory the monsoon season, i.e. between November to March is apt. The falls originate from a small snowfield, with two parallel streams flowing down to the Princess Louisa Inlet. 

How to reach James Bruce Falls: The only way to get to the summit of the James Bruce Falls is by a floating plane or a boat, given its location inside of an inlet, followed by a hike. The inlet lies at the western side the Chatterbox Falls. 

5. Yumbilla Falls, Peru

  

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Height: 2,938 feet 

Location: Amazonas region of Peru

Best time to visit: February/ May

This is when you can here the waters crashing the rocks and the entire jungle coming alive with the water from the falls. The striking flora and fauna around the waterfall make this scene picturesque, beyond imagination! The surroundings are home to some exquisitely unique birds and animals too.

How to reach Yumbilla Falls:   

This is one of Peru's most popular hikes. You can avail the public transportation facilities from Chachapoyas to Pedro Ruiz in the form of buses or even collective taxis. Further on, you need to get to Cuispes that lies at a distance of 10 kilometers and 30 minutes. The moto taxis, that is the local public transport is the bets way to do so. Here onwards, the falls lie at about an hour to an hour and a half's time and a distance of 6 kilometers. You can ascend by foot or on a mule, with a local guide.

4. Colonial Creek Falls, Washington 

  
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Height: 2,568 feet
 
Location: North Cascades National Park, Washington

Best time to visit: Mid-June through mid-September

It is not very cold as in the winter. By this time the snow has melted and the waterfall has fresh water too. While the fall drops at 2,568 feet, the waterfall traverses a total distance of 4,200 feet. At a first glance, it might appear like a general creek dispensing waters into the lake below, only to bask in its enormous volume as you ascend. 

How to reach Colonial Creek Falls: To reach these falls you are required to first get to the North Cascades National Park. On reaching, you will have to hike up a good six miles from the Ross Dam Trailhead. Alternatively, you can paddle from here too. After this paddle/ hike till the Ross Lake, you further need to paddle another five miles to Big Beaver. The waterfall, from here lies at about a quarter-mile. You can choose to put up a camp at ist campsite that lies to the southwest. 

3. Cascades de Trou de Fer, France

  

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Height: 2379 feet 

Location: Reunion Island, off the coast of Madagascar

Best time to visit: June and July

During this time, there is lush greenery around, with all the four drops of the fall, alive in full swing! This is indeed one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the world. A remote waterfall, nevertheless, will not cease to attract you to it. Its plunge into an enormous crater is simply breath-taking.  

How to reach Cascades de Trou de Fer Falls: Trails to the falls are now shut, but you can still enjoy its spectacular views, by various options available for flying over it.

2. Vinnufossen, Norway

  

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Height: 2,743 feet 

Location: Sunndalsra, Norway

Best time to visit: March and April

After the summer rainfall season, autumn begins here. The weather is pleasantly warm and dry, with cooler nights. Perfect if you are considering a hike up here. This is a single drop waterfall that comes down from the Vinnu Glacier. This waterfall will literally have you jaw dropped guys!

How to reach Vinnufossen Falls: From Sunndalsra, you can drive up to the falls via Rv70. The falls are located at 5.8 kilometers (8 minutes).  

1. Angel falls, Venezuela

  

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Height: 3,212 feet 

Location: Bolívar, Venezuela

Best time to visit: May to November

This is the rainy season here. The visibility and volume of the falls are the best during this time. The mother of all waterfalls, the Angel falls is uninterrupted until its last drop from the Auyantepui mountain. The Canaima National Park receive the privilege of accommodating this mighty, might waterfall!

How to reach Angel Falls:  Get to Caracas. From here on, you can take a flight to Puerto Ordaz to Ciudad Bolívar. Further, you will have to fly to Campament. Then take a river trip from Puerto Ucaima through Canaima Village. Here, your start your hike up to Angel Falls, which will take about 1.5 hours to reach.  Now, enjoy the world's tallest waterfall!

So, now with this list, go on behold some nature's glory!
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SEEMA NANDE SEEMA NANDE

A deep-dyed Piscean, Seema is a dreamer. This extends to the fact that she is seldom in another world of her's or dreaming of the place she would rather be. A wild-child at heart and a keen observer otherwise, Seema's free-spirited psyche is eternally quenching for new experiences. There is no poison for her as restorative as Life, she is the one who will give you the cliched 'I-am-high-on-life', should you offer her a drink. She gets hungover on the feel of a new place, food and conversations with strangers! All this adding to the way she feels and writes!

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