Top 10 Tallest Waterfalls in India

April 4, 2018 Author: munishmishra04_3od47tgp
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Waterfalls are commonly formed in the upper course of the river. At these times the channel is often narrow and deep. When the river courses over resistant bedrock, erosion happens slowly, while the erosion occurs more rapidly the watercourse increases its velocity at the edge of the waterfall.

The List of tallest Waterfalls in India –

There are some amazing waterfalls which are in full swing during the monsoon season. There are falls in India which can give Niagara Falls a run for their money. Here is a list of top biggest waterfalls in India, and keep in mind, these are not the highest or the most voluminous, but they are definitely some of the most beautiful.



Monsoon in India really gives one of the best natural scenery, rivers are on full swing, mountains are awake after a long sleep and monsoon decorated the whole valleys with sparking waterfalls, magnificent lakes, lush green trees and beautiful flowers. Most of the highest waterfalls are found in the mountains area of North East India.

1. Kunchikal Falls

Height: 1493 ft

Location: Shimoga district, Karnataka

The Kunchikal falls is the highest waterfalls in India and second highest in Asia. The tallest waterfall of India with a height of 1,493 ft is located near Agumbe in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Agumbe valley is among the places in India that receive very heavy rainfall and it has the only permanent rain forest research station in India. The India’s biggest waterfall is formed by the Varahi River and lies in the Western Ghats. The Ghats is well famous for its Giant Indian squirrel, Indian bullfrog and other unique birds, rare reptiles and bizarre wild animals.

After construction of Mani Dam near Masthikatte and underground power generation station near Hulikal, Shimoga district, the water flow to this falls is greatly reduced and visible only during rainy season (July-Sept). As the falls is within restricted area, Gate pass is required to visit and the pass is being issued at Hosangadi village.

Kunchikal-Falls

2. Barehipani Falls

Height: 1,309 ft

Location: Mayurbhanj district, Odisha

The Barehipani is a picturesque waterfall situated in the core area of Simlipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. This waterfall is second highest waterfalls of India with a height of 1,309 ft. The gorgeous fall is surrounded by deep forest which again adds the wildness to its beauty. This two-tiered’ waterfall is originating near the Bay of Bengal. The Barehipani and Joranda falls are counted amongst the most popular attractions of tribal state Orissa. The Barehipani and Joranda falls are counted amongst the most popular attractions of tribal state Orissa.

Barehipani-waterfall-orissa

3. Langshiang Falls

Height: 1,106 ft

Location: West Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya

Langshiang Waterfalls is located near the village of Sangriang, 24 kms from Nongstoin, in West Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It can also be seen from Mawpon village.
The total height of the falls is generally quoted at around 1,106 ft. It is the 3rd highest waterfalls in India. Langshiang, about 24-25 Km from Nongstoin, is about 30 minutes’ walk from Sangriang village. The Kynshi River after splitting and forms the 2nd largest River Island in Asia meets somewhere on the upstream side of Langchong (Langshiang) area.

The river passes through a valley and forms a pool called ‘Wei Spi’ and is surrounded by breathtaking giant cliff. The river then divert it downstream to a deep gorge forming one of the highest and biggest waterfall in the state popularly known as the ‘Langshiang Falls’ or ‘kshaid Ur-Nar’.
It offers one of the best panoramic views of the green lawn hills nearby. Langchong consist of some falls, closer to wei spi there are two waterfalls called the ‘kshaid chong’ falls and ‘wei spi’ falls.
As the river flows downstream, it goes through deep gorge and there is an upcoming project known as the Kynshi HEP. The project will significantly enhance development and benefits like boost to tourism.

Langshiang-falls

4. Nohkalikai Falls

Height: 1099 ft

Location: East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya

Nohkalikai Waterfalls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 1115 feet. The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth.

Nohkalikai Falls are fed by the rain water 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.

Cherrapunji is very famous for Hills, rainfall, living bridges and oranges. The other highest and popular waterfalls in Meghalaya are Nohsngithiang falls and Kynrem falls, these are also counted in top 10 highest water falls in India.

Nohkalikai.Falls

5.  Nohsngithiang Falls

Height: 1,033 ft

Location: East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya

Nohsngithiang Falls (also known as the Seven Sisters Waterfalls or Mawsmai Falls) is a seven-segmented waterfall located 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) south of Mawsmai village in East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. The water falls from a height of 315 metres (1,033 ft) and has an average width of 70 metres (230 ft). making it one of the tallest waterfalls in India.

The falls plunges over the top of limestone cliffs of the Khasi Hills only during the rainy season. In full spate, the segments stretch most of the way along the cliff. The waterfalls get illuminated by the sun and the vibrant colors of the setting sun on the waterfalls makes it beautiful.

In the Sohra area, there are several waterfalls because of the heavy rainfall including Nohkalikai Falls and Dain Thlen Falls. The Jaintia Hills and the Garo Hills also have many waterfalls, notably the Tyrchi Falls en route to Jowai and the Pelga Falls near Tura.

Nohsngithiang Falls

6. Dudhsagar Falls

Height: 1020 ft

Location: Goa-Karnataka

Dudhsagar waterfalls or The Sea of Milk is well known for its spectacular view. Dudhsagar is the fifth highest waterfall in India falling from a height of 1020ft.




Dudhsagar falls is obviously one of the most popular falls in the country and a great tourist attraction of Goa. During the monsoon season however, the falls are transformed into one of the most powerful falls in India. Dudhsagar waterfalls are among top 100 waterfalls of the world.
The falls are not particularly spectacular during the dry season but during the monsoon season however, the falls are fed by rains and form a huge force of water. Visitors could get in a train from here and disembark at the Dudhsagar stop.

It is to be noted that the Dudhsagar rail stop is not a station where passengers can expect a platform.

Dudhsagar Fall

7. Kynrem Falls

Height: 1001 ft

Location: East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya

Kynrem Falls was another one of the tall waterfalls that had fairly low to decent flow during our visit, but it had clearly seen better days a few months earlier during the monsoon. Even though this falls did have some appreciable flow, it bordered on disappointing. But perhaps the one thing about this waterfall that we didn’t really experience in any of the other waterfalls that we’d been to was the everpresent sounds of the chorus of cicadas practically drowning out the faint roar of the waterfall itself.

Kynrem Falls, located at a distance of 12 km from Cherrapunjee in the East Khasi Hills district is a three-tiered waterfall covering a distance of 305 m vertically. The base of the falls passes through the motorable road that goes all the way to Bangladesh and a small bridge. Kynrem Falls is situated inside a beautiful park known as Thangkharang Park,another popular attraction of Cherrapunjee in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya.

Kynrem_Falls

8. Meenmutty Falls

Height: 980 ft

Location: Wayanad district, Kerala

Meenmutty waterfalls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls, falling from a height of some 980 ft in Wayanad district of Kerala. It is one of the famous tourist spot in south India. The peak is famous for its wilderness and Meenmutty Falls is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. Meenmutty falls is the tallest water falls in Kerala.

Meenmutty waterfalls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls, falling from a height of some 980 ft in Wayanad district of Kerala. The peak is famous for its wilderness and Meenmutty Falls is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. Meenmutty falls is the biggest Water falls in The Land of God, Kerala. The Kombaikani Falls lie 2 kms upstream of the Meenmutti Falls on the trek path to Agastyakoodam.

meenmutty_waterfalls

9. Thalaiyar Falls

Height: 974 ft

Location: Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu

Thalaiyar waterfalls also known as rat tail falls situated in Dindigul district of Tamilnadu. It is one of the biggest water fall form a height 974 ft and one of one of the tallest falls in Asia. The widest falls is very popular for its dangerous place and dark caves. The spot is still unexplored because there is no road to reach here.

It appears across the valley as a long thin white strip of cascading water on a background of black rock cliff face that juts out of the foothills. The river water coming to the falls, though 9 km downstream from Perumal Malai village and apparently clear, may be polluted, and visitors to the area are advised to avoid drinking it.

thalaiyar-falls

10. Barkana Falls

Height: 850 ft

Location: Shimoga district, Karnataka

Barkana Falls is one of the ten highest waterfalls in India. The waterfall is located in Balehalli forest area, at a distance of about 7 km from the Agumbe village in Shimoga district of Karnataka. The waterfall has a height of about 850 ft. It is located at a height of about 259 metres above sea level. It originates from the Seeta River that flows through this region.

Barkana Falls formed by Seetha River in Shimoga district of Karnataka and appears only during rainy season. Agumbe in Shimoga district is surrounded by thick forest of Western Ghats and known as Cherrapunji of the South India.

barkana-falls-shimoga



References

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[2] “Top 10 Highest Waterfalls in India”, available online at: http://www.walkthroughindia.com/attraction/top-10-highest-waterfalls-in-india/

[3] Rekha Jain, “Top 10 Waterfalls in India”, available online at:  http://www.thrillophilia.com/blog/waterfalls-in-india/

[4] “Nature Top 10: Top 10 Waterfalls”, available online at:  http://www.top-10-india.com/nature-top-10/top-10-waterfalls_29.html

[5] Shabina, “Top 10 Highest Waterfalls in India for your nature tour”, available online at: https://traveljee.com/india/top-10-highest-waterfalls-india-famous-popular/

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