10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in The World

Lakes, mountains and coasts offer some of the most spectacular hiking trails. But let’s not forget about waterfalls. Offering so many incredible treks with endless photo opportunities, we’ll talk you through our top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world. From Angel Falls in Zambia to Guffloss in Iceland, find inspiration for your next waterfall walk below.
1. Plitvice Falls, Croatia

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is the country’s most popular tourist destination. With nearly 1 million visitors every year, Plitvice Falls consists of a series of waterfalls from 16 different lakes. And with roughly 8 unique trails to choose from, you can take your pick of 3km to 18km routes. If you’re after a challenge, head to the Upper Lakes and Veliki Prstavac where you have the option to explore the whole park.
2. Niagara Falls, Canada & USA

Located on the border of both Canada and the US, the Niagara Falls are both impressively long and high. What’s more, most people aren’t aware of the fact that the falls are actually made up of three different waterfalls – the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. For a leisurely family stroll, the Niagara Recreation Trail takes between 1 to 2 hours for each section, so remember to pack a rucksack full of snacks and water! For some of the best views of the falls, embark on the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area Trail, which can take up to 2 hours. And if you’re there in the spring, look out for the annual hawk migration.
3. Iguazú Falls, Argentina & Brazil
Experience the thundering sounds of the Iguazú Falls located on the Argentinian/Brazilian border. Consisting of 275 cascades, the Iguazú Falls is considered the largest waterfall in the world. It was also declared as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2011. So, whether you’re on a gap year in South America or you’re simply holidaying in Brazil, you won’t want to miss the Iguazú Falls – one of the most picturesque waterfalls around the world.
4. Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
This incredible four-tiered waterfall is located on the Mandovi River in Goa. Reaching 310m in height, the Dudhsagar Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in India. If you’re looking to head on a trek before you reach the falls, you can take the train and get off at Kulem or Castle Rock station. Otherwise you can arrange a private taxi to drop you off close to the entrance of Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary. While you’re there, why not take a dip in the deep pool of water at the base of the falls? Either way, it’s a good idea to take some swimwear with you just in case.
5. Yosemite Falls, USA

One of the world’s tallest waterfalls, Yosemite Falls is a must-see if you’re camping in the valley. You can spot these falls from various places around the valley, serving as a reminder to go and visit. Looking for an adventure while you’re there? Try hiking to the top of the falls! Although, be warned it will take you all day so make sure to prep all your travel accessories before you begin your journey. For a less strenuous waterfall hiking trail, with a lot of the same views, try the Columbia Rock trail instead – this should only take you a couple of hours.
6. Gullfoss, Iceland

You’ll find the iconic Guffloss waterfall in the canyon of the Hvita river in Iceland. In order to get the most out of this waterfall, it is generally viewed from above. The huge masses of water seem to disappear and transform into an ethereal mist. And contrasting with the bright green lands that surround the falls, it provides a range of dramatic photo opportunities. While hiking down to the crest it can become quite misty, so you’ll want to have a waterproof jacket handy for the trip.
7. Victoria Falls, Zambia
Widely considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls around the world, Victoria Falls has been attracting tourists for years. However tourist numbers have dwindled amid the fears that the waterfall is drying up. But local authorities insist that although they have experienced a drop in water levels, the waterfall is not in danger of vanishing just yet. And with the end of the dry season approaching, the falls are still well worth a visit if you’re travelling to Zambia.
8. Ban Gioc-Deitan Falls, Vietnam & China
Arguably some of the most interesting waterfalls in Vietnam, the Ban Gioc-Deitan Falls are fed by the Quay Son River, marking the Chinese border. Lush green forests line the backdrop to the falls, giving the appearance of a tropical paradise. Luckily, if you’re staying in Hanoi this waterfall is pretty easy to get to; just jump on a bus and it’ll take you right where you need to be! Having said this, it’s not recommended that you travel during the wet season (June – August). Instead, the best time to visit is between September and October to experience much calmer waters and a more relaxed atmosphere.
9. Angel Falls, Venezuela
Regarded as the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela is a sight to behold. The water begins to drop at a cleft near the summit of the Auyán-tepui tabletop mountain into Devil’s Canyon. Being so remote, there are plenty of areas to camp near the base of the falls for a truly adventurous experience, with an option to sleep overnight in one of the hammocks. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers one of the most exhilarating travel experiences, as you have to fly to get to the location. Be warned though, as the pilot sometimes flies pretty close to the top of the waterfall – so it’s not for the fainthearted!
10. Sutherland Falls, New Zealand

New Zealand’s best waterfall, Sutherland Falls, may be tricky to access but it’s well worth the effort. You can choose between two travel options; head to the falls on foot via the Milford track (this takes 4 days) or take the easier option and catch a scenic flight via plane or helicopter. One of the highest and most captivating waterfalls around the world, the Sutherland Falls offers a real mystical and breathtaking travel adventure – whichever route you decide to take to get there.
And there you have it! Our top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Feeling inspired to head on a waterfall seeking adventure? Just make sure you have your waterproof trousers with you so you can enjoy your trip to the max. But if lakes are more your thing, you can also check out our guide on the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world.


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