Last day Delhi has its first rain, though monsoon is not even nearby but it looked like “God of rain” was aggravated of the mocking about climate change.
Monsoon is the greatest gift to humankind and in India it really gives one of the best natural scenery. Smell of soil after rain, rivers on full swing, sparking waterfalls, magnificent lakes, lush green trees and beautiful flowers are enough to make you feel blissful.
Talking of waterfalls, we Indians should feel proud of what lies in our mountain ranges. Here we have most spectacular and tallest waterfalls of India.
Let’s start with,
- Vajrai Waterfall -Satara, Maharashtra
The Vajrai Waterfall is 27 km from the city of Satara, Maharashtra. It is situated near the Sahyadri hill. Its height is around 853 feet. The Urmodi dam project is based on this waterfall’s river. The birthplace of Urmodi River is started from Vajrai waterfall. You will experience heavy rainfall here. It is a paradise for trekkers. The path leading to the base of this waterfall is quite adventurous but risky in monsoon. This area is highly saturated with leeches.
- Vantawng Falls -Serchhip, Mizoram
Vantawng falls are the pride of Mizoram and one of its prime attractions. It is the highest waterfall in the Mizoram. Vantawng Waterfalls is one of the most mesmerizing waterfalls of the North East. The waterfall is located 137 km away from the capital city of Aizawl. People flock from all directions to have a look at its might and beauty. The waterfall can only be viewed from distance due to thick forest covering around it. The falls is surrounded by lush forest teeming and a vast stretch of thick bamboo forests. September to January is the best months to visit Vantawng Falls due to greater clarity. Tucked in between the verdant valleys with thick greenery around the waterfall seems like a river of white milk from distance.
- Jog Falls, Karnataka
Jog Falls are unique as the water does not stream down the rocks in a tiered fashion; it thunders down the slope losing contact with the rocks, making it the tallest untiered waterfall in India. The beauty of the waterfalls is enhanced by the lush green surroundings, which provide a scenic backdrop. Visitors can hike to the base of the falls and take a plunge in the water.
Jog Falls are located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Four cascades, known as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket merge to form the huge waterfall on the Sharavathi River. The area near the falls is also ideal for trekking
- Thalaiyar Falls, Tamil Nadu
The kind of falls that would catch the fancy of the adventurous type, Thalaiyar Falls is pretty hard to access. The falls is set at Palani Hills and it roars down from an undulating height of 297 m which in turn makes it highest waterspout of Tamil Nadu and sixth in India. the only way to access the falls is by taking a 6 km trek which is preceded by a 34 Km road journey on ghat road from Kodaikanal. it.
- Meenmutty Falls, Kerala
One of the most beautiful waterfalls falling from a height of 980 ft. These great falls are located 29 kms away from Kalpetta in the Wayanad District in Kerala. Gurgling down from a height of 300 meters, it falls in 3 separate tiers, showing off a spectacular cascade. To get to the fall you need to complete a 2 km hike which makes it an adventurous outing. During the monsoons, this waterfall can be enjoyed only from a distance due to the high water levels. Trekking to explore the surroundings must be undertaken with a tour guide, owing to the rugged and undulated terrains. The peak is famous for its wilderness and Meenmutty. It is one of the famous tourist spot in south India
- Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
Dudhsagar Falls has been named on the basis of the colour of the water. Dudhsagar literally means ‘Sea of Milk’. The falls are tiered and are part of the Mandovi River in Goa. The height of the fall is 600 meters from top to bottom. The falls are about 60 kilometers from the capital city of Panaji and the roads to this location are managed and maintained by the Goa Forest Department.
There is a story behind the name of waterfall dudhsagar. There was a princess long ago who used to enjoy bathing in the falls and then drinking sweetened milk from a ‘Golden jug.’ One day she spotted a prince sneaking on her. She was embarrassed and to save herself from him, she poured the jug of milk in the water to form a white curtain. As a mark of respect to her beauty, it is believed that sweetened milk comes down the mountains at Dudhsagar Falls.
- Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya
Nohkalikai Falls is a place which inspires people to carve their stories on paper. Nohkalikai Waterfalls is the fourth highest waterfall in India with a height of 335 meters. It is situated in the location of the East Khasi hills district, Meghalaya. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the state of Meghalaya due to its beautiful location. A nature lover’s paradise, the Nohkalikai Falls is the 5th highest beautiful scenic waterfall in India. The name itself has an uncanny meaning. Nohkalikai can be divided as ‘Noh’ ‘Ka’ ‘Likai’. In the Khasi language, ‘Noh’ means to jump, ‘Ka’ is a prefix used for women and ‘Likai’i is a name. Therefore the meaning is ‘Jump of KaLikai’
- Berehipani Falls, Orissa
Mayurbhanj is a district in the state of Orissa. It is famous for its famous Barehipani Falls which are found in the central region of the national park. The falls originate from the river Budhabalanga. It is the highest waterfall of the state coming down from a height of 400 meters. The water gushes out from a cliff. The entire course of the fall right from the cliff to the pool is breath taking. Large number of people is seen every year who visit the waterfalls for its mesmerizing beauty.
Since these waterfalls are situated within the protected boundaries of the national park, special care is taken by the Government to preserve them.
- Ghatarani Waterfalls – Chhattisgarh’s furious falls
Located about 75 KMs from Raipur, Ghatrani falls is surrounded by thick forests. Falls are not easily approachable and takes a short hike to reach the spot. Place is a popular spot for picnickers. It’s advisable to visit the place during the day. In summer season before the onset of monsoons, there won’t be too much water flowing so it’s better to be visited post monsoon.
- Chunnu Summer falls – Darjeeling’s wonderful waterfalls
Although a part of Darjeeling’s Botanical Garden is known as Sir Anderson Rock Garden, the popular rock garden is around Chunnu Summer Falls. The garden, with various species of several flowers, scattering around the waterfalls which streams down the rock slopes, is perfect for a day’s outing or picnic.