15 Highest Waterfalls In The World

By Seema Nande on 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

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.

14. Baläifossen

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Height: 2,788 feet

Location: Hordaland, Norway

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.

13. Sutherland

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Height: 1902 feet

Location: Fiordland, New Zealand

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.

12. Utigord

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Height: 2,625 feet

Location: Stryn, Norway

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.

11. Tugela Natal

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Height: 3,110 feet

Location: Royal Natal National Park, Republic of South Africa

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.

10. Gocta Cataracts

Height: 2,532 feet

Location: Chachapoyas, Peru

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!

9. Yosemite Falls

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Height: 2,424 feet

Location: Yosemite Village, California

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.

8. Mutarazi

Height: 2,499 feet

Location: Nyanga Nat’l Park, Zimbabwe

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.

7. Tres Hermanas Falls, Peru

Height: 3,000 feet

Location: Ayacucho region of Peru

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.

6. James Bruce Falls, Canada

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Height: 2,755 feet

Location: British Columbia, Canada

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.

5. Yumbilla Falls, Peru

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Height: 2,938 feet

Location: Amazonas region of Peru

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.

4. Colonial Creek Falls, Washington

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Height: 2,568 feet

Location: North Cascades National Park, Washington

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.

3. Cascades de Trou de Fer, France

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Height: 2379 feet

Location: Reunion Island, off the coast of Madagascar

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.

2. Vinnufossen, Norway

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Height: 2,743 feet

Location: Sunndalsra, Norway

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!

1. Angel falls, Venezuela

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Height: 3,212 feet

Location: Bolívar, Venezuela

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!

So, now with this list, go on behold some nature's glory!

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