Once Mehmet Murat said,”There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt.” The sights of waterfalls never become old. The cold breeze produced around due to the unmatched speed of the water falling and the forced sprinkle of water droplets give the feeling of heaven on earth. It is said that strong men and waterfalls always channel their own path

Like never before, this time Inkmytravel brings you the 8 best waterfalls in India that you just cannot miss out on because travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us

1. Athirappilly waterfall – this waterfall is situated in the Athirappilly Thaluk in the thrissur district of Kerala. The view of the waterfall through winding roads, small villages and green trees is spelled bounding. It has been used as a location in several Malayalam films and is major tourist attraction. Movies like Guru, dil se have featured this beautiful waterfall. The 145 kms long Chalakudy river originates from the Anamudi mountains and flows towards the Arabian sea. It is comparatively a smaller waterfall measuring 24 meters but the width of the waterfall makes it worth the visit. The waterfall area has an abundance of uncommon wildlife with the presence of great hornbill.

2. Jog waterfalls – This segmented, non perennial waterfall is situated in Shimoga district in Karnataka. It is ranked as the 131th in the world by the water database. Created by the Sharavathi River dropping, this is the second highest plunging waterfall in India. It has a majestic height of 253 meters with average width of 472 meters. The falls are located on the Uttara Kannada and sagara border. The tourism department has built steps in the bottom of the hill where the waterfall can be seen at the opposite side.

3. Nohkalikai waterfalls – the tallest plunge waterfall in Cherrapunji is the highest waterfall in India with a height of 1115 feet. The waterfall is nourished by the rainwater from the summit of smaller plateaus and become dry during the winter season. The legend goes that a lady named ka likai was fed her infant’s meat by her second husband who killed her daughter. She suicide by jumping in the water out of grief and anger with a hatchet in her hand. Hence the waterfall was named as “nohkalikai.” The ideal time to visit the waterfalls is the monsoons when the falls look spectacular.

4. Dhuandhar waterfall – the fall is located in the Jabalpur district in Madhya Pradesh. It is situated on the Narmada river in Bhedaghat and are 30 m high. The river flows through the world famous Marble rocks and then flows into the waterfall. Sharad purnima is the best time to witness the beauty of the waterfall when the Narmada Mahotsava is celebrated. The sight of the moon light shining on the white rocks looks beautiful. The pleasure and the beauty doubles with the boat ride in the valley. Cable car services are available to reach the other side of the fall charging INR 85 per person for one complete round.

5. Hogenakkal waterfall – served by the Kaveri river in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu, the waterfall is one of its kind due to its unique formation. Known as the “Niagara falls of India”, it is well a major tourist spot due to its medicinal bath and mesmerizing hide boat rides. The government of Tamil Nadu as put down proposals to provide drinking water from the falls to the state. The kaveri becomes larger with its tributaries at the hogenakkal and creates wide no. of waterfalls as the water flows down through uneven rock beds. The river is full of spate in the monsoon. It has crowd even in the off season with pleasant weather and cool temperature.

6. Elephant falls – 12 kms on the outskirts of the Sikkim, the mountain streams descends through 2 successive falls set in dells of fern covered rocks. The fall is three sections in succession as it consists of three steps waterfalls. The britishers renamed the fall because there used to be a rock resembling an elephant near the left side of the main falls. However, the rock was destroyed in an earthquake back in 1897. This is a perfect spot for nature lovers, photo fanatics and fun lovers. The foaming white water gurgling down the stony steps is one of its kind.

7. Kempty falls – this hilly waterfall is situated 13 km from Mussorie on the Chakrata Road. It has an estimated of 10 lakh tourist inflow. The name is probably derived from the word “camp tea”. Splitting into 5 other cascades, the water falls a further 40 ft. Enveloped by high range of mountain cliffs and at an altitude of about 4500 ft. above the sea level, the sight of the fall is awe-inspiring. It is also developed as a picnic spot.

8. Rajdari waterfall – this is the greatest waterfall in Chakia, Uttar Pradesh more than 65 m in height. September to March is the best time to visit the falls. Winters and springs adds up to the beauty of the falls. The Chandraprabha Dam which is about 1 km before the fall feeds the waterfall. The water reservoir is its main source. The forest surrounding it is also called Chandraprabha. 

Ayushi Arora