The Top 17 Greatest Waterfalls in the World

largest waterfalls in the world

It’s hard to imagine a more powerful or elegant way for nature to make its presence felt than with a towering waterfall. The sight of tons upon tons of water spilling over the edge into seemingly bottomless depths takes your breath away, and there’s nothing like being surrounded by these majestic events in order to see them up close as well! Some are so huge that they seem too big to even for humans – but don’t worry: from mist-covered moss-covered rocks high on cliffs all the way down gentle cascades tumbling into shallow pools below you’ll find something impressive no matter what volume level fits best within an itinerary (or thirst).

Top 17: Gocta Cataracts

Gocta Cataracts

It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque spot than the Gocta Cataracts, with its 100-foot waterfall and towering clouds. The locals in this Peruvian village have called it home for centuries – until 2005 when an engineer named Stefan Ziemendorff stumbled upon their town while looking for ancient ruins beneath it!

The two-tiered cataract has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in this area because it’s accessible by foot or on horseback. Trails have been developed that make you able to see its magnificent waterfall while enjoying your stay at our small hotel, which provides scenic views from every room!

Top 16: Sutherland Falls

Sutherland Falls

The remote and gorgeous Sutherland Falls is located in the heart of New Zealand’s most popular travel destination: Fiordland National Park. It can be seen by air, but those who take time to hike up 90 minutes from Quintin Public Shelter will get amazing views that are not otherwise accessible!

Top 15: Tugela Falls

Tugela Falls

The Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa are home to a series of five connected falls that collectively make up Tugela Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. The waterfall descends from its stunning Amphitheatre over an imposing wall of rock and can be seen by many tourists every year who come here just as much for themselves as they do to explore nature first hand!

Hiking the Tugela Gorge is an unforgettable experience. The six-hour trek crosses back and forth across the river leading hikers to their destination atop Table Mountain, a five-tiered waterfall with views that go on for miles! A less challenging trail takes you down the south side where there are full views of this iconic landmark as well as two other waterfalls too: Kweller’s Knot (4 meters high)and Graspan falls(8 meters).

Top 14: Nohkalikai Falls

Nohkalikai Falls

This immense plunge waterfall is situated near the town of Cherrapunji, India. Sitting at an altitude high enough to avoid most rainforests’ tropical storms and monsoons it has been categorized as one with plunging waterfalls due to its ability for contact deterioration over cliffs on edge into a pool seen below through green grasses during dry season months when no rainfall occurs while in contrast after heavy rains or snowfall there would be more white spray which makes up much of what spills turbulently down below because this place has such amazing biodiversity!

Top 13: Dettifoss


Dettifoss is Europe’s most powerful waterfall and can be found in northeast Iceland. The best way to access the falls, located within Vatnajökull National Park on both banks of River Jokulsá á Fjalliormur that feeds it with water year-round. You’ll find facilities for parking at its eastern end as well as paths leading up onto stone bridges over twin plunge pools below where you will get great views from heights above ground level (although there have been reports about these areas being crowded during peak tourist seasons). It’s worth noting though how slippery those same stones may feel underfoot; so exercise caution while taking pictures – no matter what time or season!

Top 12: Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

The tallest waterfall in the United States, Yosemite Falls pours down a cliff side and provides picture-perfect views from multiple locations within Yosemite National Park.

A challenging all-day hike takes visitors to its lofty summit for panoramic vistas that encompass not only this majestic park but also include towering Sierra Mountains beyond! The falls vary in water flow depending on how much rain has fallen recently (but usually when you are there they will be at their fullest). It’s worth visiting during springtime after winter thaw because then we can enjoy these spectacular sights without worry about getting wet – it really does make up for any lack earlier than expected showers may have caused us!.

Top 11: Plitvice Waterfalls

Plitvice Waterfalls

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is a hidden treasure in Croatia. With 16 lakes and over two thousand meters worth of waterfalls, this park has something for everyone from tourists who want to enjoy the views or try some fishing; hikers looking at all sorts of plants that are native only here – including untried trees; swimmers can cool off near one waterfall after another while bathers explore their depths.

To make sure you don’t get lost on your walk through these beautiful landscapes we recommend taking free boat rides between upper and lower sections so that visitors will always know where they’re going next!

Top 10: Jog Falls

Jog Falls

You have to see Jog Falls, it’s the highest waterfalls in India and before the rainy season is nearly unrecognizable with only a pair of thin streams trickling down. But during monsoon when this sanctuary becomes alive with rainbows from all colors played upon by Father Sun’s rays as they pierce through cloud cover; then you know that there are Majestic wonders waiting just for YOU!

Top 9: Huangguoshu


If you’re looking for a natural wonder to take your breath away, then look no further than China’s Huangguoshu Waterfall. The waterfall is the largest in Asia and part of an 18-waterfalls group with other nearby attractions like 134 meters long naturally formed cave that allows visitors up-close views from afar as well as the access they can touch the water at their leisure!

Top 8: Gullfoss


When you first see Gullfoss from a distance, it looks like just another crevice in the landscape. The sheer size and scale of this incredible waterfall become apparent as soon as your reach its edge with plunging falls that have the highest volume throughout Europe!

The falls are a sight to behold, and it’s no wonder they have been dubbed ‘Golden Falls.’ Gushing from its source for miles before cascading over cliffs sharply into rolling rows of serenely elegant waterfalls that shimmer temptingly in the sun like so much molten gold; this place is one-of-a-kind!

Top 7: Detian Falls

Detian Falls

Detian Falls is a paradise on earth for those who love waterfalls. The name given to two sets of wonderful falls that lie along the Quay Son River, these beautiful and majestic sights are made even more remarkable by how they’re set against lush vegetation or stunning mountainsides in this pristine area which straddles both China’s Yunnan province as well as Vietnam!

The Detian Falls is a must-see for anyone who has ever felt like the world stopped when they were away. The spray-coated visitors are just one example of how this natural wonder transcends borders and unites people from all over regardless of their background or beliefs in its purest form!

Top 6: Blue Nile Falls

Blue Nile Falls

Known as the “smoking water” in Amharic, there’s a reason why people around the world flock to see this spectacular sight. The Blue Nile Falls are located on an Ethiopian river that is now diverted for power generation but still remains one of Ethiopia’s best tourist attractions due to its beauty and uniqueness from other natural landscapes found throughout Africa or even worldwide!

Top 5: Kaieteur Falls

Kaieteur Falls

With a name like Potaro River, you know this stretch of water has something special about it. The Amazonian river snaked its way through the rainforest before abruptly reaching Kaieteur Falls where 226 meters plunge from the top down to create an awe-inspiring display on land below for anyone who visits these parts!

The thunderous sound of water crashing over rocks is the largest waterfall in Guyana. With the four times higher volume than Niagara Falls, it’s no wonder that this breathtaking spot has been a popular tourist destination for decades to come!

Top 4: Angel Falls

Angel Falls

The tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls plunges 807 meters uninterrupted to a jungle below. This is one of those places that you never forget how stunning it really is and will be sure to awe even someone who’s seen everything!

Angel Falls is a 979-meter tall waterfall that can be found in the Canaima National Park. Since it’s so remote, most people don’t know about this amazing sight and therefore make an effort to see what all of the fuss is about when they visit Venezuela for vacation tours or business trips!

Top 3: Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a must-see for anyone who has an appreciation of natural beauty. Containing three waterfalls, American falls Bridal Veil and Horseshoe with its endless stream it seems to go on forever in front of your eyes when standing at the brink as witnessed by many tourists each year – some even taking this opportunity during their lifetime visits!

If you want to get a feeling for just how large and powerful Niagara Falls is, there’s no better way than by taking one of their boats. The various observation decks offer up fantastic views but they really don’t compare with what happens when your boat leaves land Behind it: You’ll be able to take in the entire scene as well all around this amazing natural wonder!

Top 2: Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is the biggest waterfall in all of Africa and you can’t really fault it for its size. The water crashes down from a height that would make even Niagra seem small, with an output tone voice so huge my ears hurt just thinking about hearing this beast roar next to me!

The Victoria Falls were named for Queen Victoria, and they are truly a must-see. The roar that arises from the abyss below is like thunder in its own way as it shakes up spray all around you which makes this waterfall an impressive site to behold!

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Top 1: Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

The falls of Iguazu are a jaw-dropping sight to behold. As the world’s largest waterfall system, it can be said that only these extraordinary structures surpass Victoria Falls in size and glory – but then again they also have more than two kilometers worth! The most breathtaking part is Devil’s Throat Canyon which courses through three kilometers at the narrowest point on its journey towards vast water below you…

The Iguazu Falls are a treat to visit, and their size makes them even more impressive. They sit in an enchanting setting where lush rainforest meets the waterfalls’ spray all around you. Visitors can take boat trips along the river or explore nearby paths for various adventures!