The chill of the high elevation, the fresheness in the air, the soothing green of the surrounding, and needless to say, the cascade of water torrenting down a rocky edge, but in a gorgeous tranquil manner – everything makes waterfalls the ideal sightseeing scene. Though some of the below mentioned waterfalls may be less approachable than others, you should know about them and chalk out a strategy to take a trip there.
Gullfoss (Golden drops ), Iceland
This is one of the most gorgeous waterfalls, particularly during the winter. Gullfoss is particularly known for its shape, this wild waterfall tumbles on the Hvítá River in two tiers in 90 degree angles to one another. Due to a crevice, the river Hvítá appears to vanish into the abyss. Set within an environment of mystique, the allure of the waterfall is in its surrounding too.
Spanning across the two nations of Canada and USA, Niagara Falls is one of the most famous ones in the world. Owing to its popularity, the environment are not as naturesque as the others. But easy accessibility and numerous view points make it desirable. It’s formed of two sections – the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and the American Falls on the American side – that are separated by an island. The Horseshoe Falls are more striking: water here drops 53 m, while the American Falls drop only 21-30 m.
Victoria falls, Zimbabwe
The biggest singular waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls spreads out to 1.7km with an average flow of 1 million litres every second! If these figures do not amaze you, then I don’t know what will. If you go travelling near it, then you will have difficulty keeping yourself dry, thanks to all the mist around it. An UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Victoria falls is truly a work of sublime beauty.
Plitvice falls, Croatia
While the majority of the other waterfalls mentioned here are singular ones, Plitvice Falls is more like a network of falls, which makes it one of the most unique one. The many drops end in a variety of hues of blue, ranging from clear to azure to turquoise. These finally extend on a limestone canyon. Located inside a national park, one can increase around and round them. The national park is also an UNESCO World Heritage site.
It falls mysteriously from a tabletop mountain in Canaima National Park, in its entire glory. Standing as tall as 979 metres, it is a sight to behold. Though reaching it’s a small complicated affair, it hasn’t stopped the true lovers of nature. After reaching the national park, you need a river boat ride and a hike to reach the Angel Fall lookout.
Situated in Sierra Nevada, California, it’s one of the greatest falls in the USA (739 metres). Being simple to access, this is among the most popular tourist destination. How it’s located in the incomparably beautiful Yosemite Valley, too helps its case. The source of this waterfall is melting snow, which is the reason, at times the flow may stop due to a lesser amount of snow.