5 Indian Waterfalls You Need To Visit This Season!
- JWB Post
- June 23, 2015
There’s something exciting about confronting a waterfall cascading down from a height: you stand on the edge, hesitating, taking baby steps, before finally taking a deep breath and immersing yourself under the torrent. The apprehensiveness is quickly replaced by a rush of adrenaline and you emerge breathless, but undaunted, grinning ear to ear. And even for those who choose to stay dry, a picnic by a waterfall—with the roar of the water in the background, fine spray in the air—is one of the most immersive ways to experience the outdoors. And there’s no better time to do that than when the rivers are deluged by the monsoon rains. While there’s no dearth of waterfalls to seek out, here are five waterfalls in India to gush about.
Hidden within the dense forests in Sagara (Karnataka), the Jog Falls are created by the Sharavathi River tumbling over four breathtaking cascades—Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket—which combine to form a grand waterfall. The second highest plunge waterfall in India, Jog Falls are spectacular just for the sheer volume of water pouring down every second from a height of 829 feet. Easily accessible from Bangalore via a picturesque 340-kilometre drive on NH 206, the Falls can be heard long before they emerge in the thick woods. The sight though—fierce torrents plunging off red-brown sandstone rocks, engulfed in thick layers of cloud and fog—is simply magnificent. Swimming is prohibited here—sit on the cliff and take in the spectacular view.
Locals say that Goa is never prettier than when it rains. Far from the beaches and tourist hotspots, the forested hinterland of the State literally comes alive during the monsoon. And amongst the most popular attractions off the beaten path are the Dudhsagar Falls. Located 60 kilometres from Panaji on NH4A, the Falls are so named for the white frothy appearance of the water here. During the monsoon, the Falls become exponentially enraged with water plummeting 1017 feet and crashing with an ear-splitting roar on the surface. Part of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, the Falls also attract trekkers who come here to climb through challenging terrain to the head of the falls.
Nicknamed ‘The Niagara of India,’ for a reason, the Athirappilly Falls in Thrissur (Kerala) are a sight to behold for their panoramic stretch—a 330-foot wide span. The Falls are relatively low—only about 80 feet—and really come into their own when the Chalakudy River swells during the monsoon season. Surrounded by lush forests with abundant wildlife and numerous trails, the Falls are popular with trekkers and birdwatchers who come here to spot the endangered hornbill among other birds.
Possibly the most majestic waterfall in the country, the Chitrakoot Falls span a prodigious 520-feet across a horseshoe-shaped cliff from where the muddy waters hurtle down close to a 100 feet. With wild swirling eddies and a roar that can be heard for miles, these Falls have an untamed character that evokes equal amounts of fear and awe. The large amount of silt in the Indravati River during the monsoon makes the water quite muddy and swimming is out of the question. The Falls are surrounded by a surfeit of resorts, camping sites, picnic spots, yoga and meditation centres. Book accommodation in advance if you’re considering spending a night here.
Experiences like coracle rides (round wickerwork boats called parisals by the locals) and medicinal baths make Hogenakkal Falls literally a much more immersive experience than other large waterfalls in the country. Leading up to the Falls the Cauveri River flows through a forest known for naturally growing herbs which many believe gives the water curative properties. The Falls are located a short drive (150 kilometres) from Bangalore along NH7 on the border of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
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