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10 of the World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls

by Anastasia on February 3, 2010 · 47 comments

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What does it take to channel your own path? How much time do you have to reach the peak of your career, personal happiness, and friendships? And why did I come to the waterfall to ask myself about this? I couldn’t help but wonder. It’s just so great to go to a waterfall and treat yourself by giving these deeper things some thought. By doing so, you’re sure to be pleased with “new you” just waiting to be discovered. Explore some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, and see what they inspire in you.

Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe/Zambia

Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, is located in southern Africa between the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia. It was named after Victoria Queen in 1855 by David Livingstone, a Scottish explorer and missionary. Before that time the falls, were known as “The Mist that Thunders.” According to one of the lists of wonders it takes its place in the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is one of the largest and most exciting. With its width of 1,708 meters and height of 108 meters it forms one of the biggest water screens in the world.

Photo by JensD

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Steinsdalsfossen – Norway

Steinsdalsfossen is the most visited waterfalls in Norway. It is located not far from Bergen on the river Fosselva. Steinsdalsfossen is about 50 meters high and is at its greatest when the snow melts in May and June. A path goes behind the falls where the visitors can stay dry and watch the powerful falls from within. You must add Steinsdalsfossen to your list of places to visit for sure!

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Niagara Falls – Canada/USA

Niagara Falls is located on the border between Canada and the United States. It consists of three waterfalls – Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls – which separate the U.S. state of New York and the Canadian province of Ontario. In spite of its height of only about 53 meters, the gorgeous Niagara Falls are the most powerful waterfalls in northern America, with a producing capacity of up to 4.4 gigawatts of electricity. An extremely impressive view is observed from the Canadian side from the Rainbow Bridge connecting the two countries.

Photo by rosswillett
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Giessbach Waterfalls – Switzerland

This vivid and picturesque waterfall is claimed neither as the largest nor the highest falls. Usually one can see the Giessbach Falls on European travel postcards as it combines all the natural elements that Swiss beauty is known for – crystal-clear lakes and snowy white mountain peaks surrounded in serene greenery. It’s formed by 14 cascades falling into Lake Brienz. What a wonderful spectacle!

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Yellowstone Falls – USA

Yellowstone Falls is located within Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA. It is formed by two major waterfalls on the Yellowstone River – Upper Yellowstone and Lower Yellowstone – which both enter the famed Grand Canyon. The Lower Falls are almost twice as high as Niagara, and in no way comparable to it are only about 22 meters in width. The Lower Falls are surrounded with volcanic rocks and mountains. It is believed that Jim Bridger may have been the first white American to see the falls in 1846. In 1969 the falls were formally named the Yellowstone Falls.

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Iguazu Falls – Argentina/Brazil

Iguazu Falls is a complex of falls on the Iguazu River within Iguazu National Park, which is located on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The waterfall took its name from the Guaraní words “y” as water and “guasu” meaning large. Iguazu Falls contains around 270 smaller falls with an overall width of 2,7 km. The major waterfall in the Iguazu complex is called Devil’s Throat (also knows as “Garganta del Diablo” in Spanish) and is outlining the border between the two countries. Multiple islands separate the waterfalls from other. Upon seeing Iguazu, the United States’ First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” Undoubtedly, Iguazu must be on your list of places to visit.

Photo by mArIaMaRtA

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Huangguoshu Waterfall – China

Huangguoshu (also known as Yellow Fruit Tree Waterfall) is one of the largest waterfalls in China (and Asia as a whole). It is located on the Baihe River in Anshun, Guizhou Province. It’s possible to explore, watch and even touch the waterfall from behind – from the water-curtain cave named “Shuiliandong”. Because of this fact the Huangguoshu Waterfalls is one of the few falls in the world that can be viewed from any of its sides – back, front, above, below, left and right.

Photo by pkuyrz

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Gullfoss – Iceland

Gullfoss (from the Icelandic words “gull” meaning gold and “foss” meaning waterfall) is the largest waterfall in Europe and Iceland’s most beautiful one. It is located in southwest Iceland, in the canyon of the Hvítá River. Gullfoss consists of two levels – one 21 meters tall and the other 11 meters in height – arranged orthogonally to each other. The overall depth of the falls is 70 meters. The waterfalls make up a part of the “Golden Circle” – a group of geysers and hot water springs – the most popular tourists’ day tour and place of interest in the country.

Photo by coshipi

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Angel Falls – Venezuela

At a height of 1024 m, Angel Falls is the world’s tallest waterfall. It is located within Canapa National Park in Venezuela. The name of the fall has nothing to do with angels; it is named after Jimmie Angel, an American aviator who was the first to fly over the falls in a plane in 1933. In Venezuela the waterfall is known as Kerepakupai merú (which in the Pemon language means “waterfall of the deepest place”). The Angel Falls can be reached only by air, which makes the expedition not only fascinating but also extremely unpredictable.

Photo by Hein Pieterse

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Beaver Falls – Supai, Arizona, USA

Beaver Falls is the fourth set of waterfalls in the Havasu Creek canyon. It’s claimed by many as not being an actual waterfall because of its short height and the fact that there are a big number of smaller falls which are located close to each other. Despite its size, Beaver Falls is the most beautiful in the range. The waterfall is located approximately 9.7 km downstream of Supai, and is the most difficult to access. What a great place for cliff-jumping, climbing, and other sites to explore!

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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

leslie goller February 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

very very cool nice photos

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Oliver February 10, 2010 at 9:47 am

beautiful pics … thank you …

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tom dolan February 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm

You’ve obviously never been to Yosemite.

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Flippin' Jimmy February 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Oh My Aching Jiggers – that be a lot of water….REALLY !

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Leonardo February 12, 2010 at 10:29 am

In portuguese the brazillian falls is called Foz do Iguaçu.
Something like “Iguaçu’s firth”.

The explanation about the local indians is pretty good.
In fact, the problem is the ‘z’ in the place of ‘ç’.

Sounds very wrong say “Iguazu”.
^^
bye.

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Juricev February 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm

That norwegian aint so special. Maybe you should put up Plitvice nationalpark, in Croatia instead! That’s much more beautiful!

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hahq March 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

haha omg, No! Norway has the most beautiful nature in the world!

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Maribio February 28, 2010 at 5:47 am

Very beautiful photos!

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Jay Breezy March 9, 2010 at 11:30 am

These waterfalls are very sexy!!! ; )

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Donna Brown April 21, 2010 at 3:04 am

Awesome Picture of Iguazu Falls Brazil. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. Iguazu Falls was short-listed as a candidate one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

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Cougar June 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Amazing pictures .. if i cant go there and see … so i would like to say thank you to the one who put these pictures here … to let the people see what Great God ( ALLAH ) make for the Human …Thank you again

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ch.balaji June 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm

the most wonder in the world i am lucky see that in yours website. please sending in waterfall pictures

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ravikiran July 4, 2010 at 8:28 am

i didnt see this type of beautifull water falls in my life if new images came to ur website plz forward to my E-mail

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jhalak September 2, 2010 at 7:53 am

suuuperb yr its marvalous , stunning and m speechless

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peter September 4, 2010 at 2:23 am

Beautiful pictures. I visited Europe last year. I saw Gullfoss – Iceland and Giessbach Waterfalls. This are amazing places. Everyone should visit them.

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rizzamay sayse October 4, 2010 at 5:26 am

i love the view….very2x..beautiful…

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satish October 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm

GOOD

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ketty November 1, 2010 at 1:54 am

Agreed. Amongst all I would say Angel falls is really a lovely place which is worth seeing, Been there with my friends. we were mesmerized with its beauty! it was an breathtaking experience.
http://www.thetop10guide.net/top-10-most-extreme-sites-on-the-planet.html

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Kim November 2, 2010 at 4:17 am

I have been and seen every one of those falls, except the American ones, as I have never been to North America yet. But the most beautiful falls I have ever seen, though not as forceful as some of the above, are the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia.
These are so breathtaking that I am in complete amazement why they are not included here among the 10 most beautiful in the world

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rezwan January 25, 2011 at 7:57 am

what a marvelous picture???? i realy enjoyed it.

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kk February 4, 2011 at 5:16 am

these are the very beautiful.

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meera February 14, 2011 at 1:11 am

i love love these water falls
chancae ila, wow wow wow superb,

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meera February 14, 2011 at 1:17 am

i love these waterfalls

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omair farhan February 16, 2011 at 5:33 am

very beautiful waterfalls

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omair farhan February 16, 2011 at 5:34 am

i think zimbabwe water fall is not to beautiful

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Agni May 23, 2011 at 5:24 am

Thnakyou so much for beautyful waterfall’s pic.

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vinay May 30, 2011 at 10:12 am

i can””””””””””t imagine about stone falls

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Narinder July 31, 2011 at 10:45 am

What a beautiful waterfall . These give us emotion to we r near from nature. when they disappear we fell alone himself. We don’t want this time is come near. So I tell every person to we take step to save these beautiful gift. And this step is control global warming and save these beautiful gift of nature. Let’s come on.

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R.P.SHARMA August 25, 2011 at 6:37 am

VERY NICE & EXCELLENT SHOTS.SO BEAUTIFUL.

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Mkhululi Tshuma September 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm

The falls in Zimbabwe are the best. Mosi oa tunya 4 life. Ooh my God. The falls testify of your existence and might. Thank you Jesus. Zimbabwe loves You for causing the world to recognise us thru the falls.

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sai abhinav November 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

the water falls are breath-taking..

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Adnan Ibrahım February 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Very beautiful really thank you

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sachnam March 9, 2012 at 3:18 am

Excellent picture by looking at this i can make out god given talents of person who has taken this picture it rejuvenates my mind and body

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sachnam March 9, 2012 at 3:22 am

marvelous picture relax our soul

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fardeen islam April 18, 2012 at 1:24 am

subahanallah waterfall are one of the most beautiful natural thing allah has given us to see.

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pmurugesh May 29, 2012 at 6:28 am

collections are touch of heart too much…….

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Kathy June 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Breathtaking!

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Radharaman Sharma July 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

wonderful

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Radharaman Sharma July 1, 2012 at 10:12 am

Excelent Picture

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Johan Linder July 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Those are all very nice waterfalls but I think Dynjandi waterfall on Iceland is by far the most beautiful waterfall in the world. One reason is that it is very symetric and another reason is that it contains the right amount of water so it sparkles in a very lovely way.

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JAIMON. K .RAPHAEL,KERALA,INDIA July 25, 2012 at 5:39 am

THE NATURAL BEAUTY IS THE GOD’S OWN ART

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reiman July 31, 2012 at 5:17 am

very good

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aireen October 11, 2012 at 12:44 am

I like to view the beautiful falls in your site.

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shalen October 21, 2012 at 1:34 am

nice pics ,,,,,,like to visit them in my life time,,,,,,

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Rajeev December 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

Great ! it’s really nice pic thanks for sharing

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Vysakh February 20, 2013 at 9:20 am

where is athirappilly????

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