Amazing Waterfalls in India – The fiery water gushing out and merging into a large water body is one of the most peaceful and beautiful sights. India is blessed with some of the most amazing waterfalls. From the “Sea of Milk” to the “Seven Sisters”, India has it all. Here are the top 5 must visit waterfalls in India.
Goa – A Tourist Paradise is famous for its beaches, the influx of foreigners, the crazy parties and obviously its affordable alcohol. However, there’s one more thing which glorifies this state and that is the Dudhsagar Waterfall. Far from the maddening crowd of the bars and the pubs, you can sit on the rocks and regale in the ‘Sea of Milk’. Dudhsagar Waterfall is also called the ‘Sea of Milk’ because of the clouds of milky foam that it forms at the bottom while falling. It is located in the Mandovi River and is about 60 kilometres from the capital. It is a part of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park and forms a sort of partition between the state of Karnataka and Goa. Dudhsagar is also said to be the tallest waterfall of India and is set among breathtaking trees. These falls, however, are not easily accessible. Some private operators offer trips to the falls and the train run by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) also makes a stop at the Dudhsagar station.
There is a popular legend associated with the falls which justifies the name ‘Doodhsagar’. According to it, a powerful king had his palace among the Western Ghats and once when his daughter was taking a bath in the lake, a prince happened to pass by. To save herself from the embarrassment of her scarcely draped attire, she poured milk in front of her to form a light screen and shield herself. Since then, it is believed that this milk flows in this waterfall.
Karnataka also houses a spectacular waterfall. It is called Jog Waterfall and is the second highest plunge waterfall of India. It is the tallest waterfall in the country and is fragmented at the top. All the different parts conjoin while flowing down and form a translucent white cloud. The four cascades at the top are called Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket. It is fairly easy to reach these waterfalls and hence, the place has become a popular tourist destination. It is also known as the Gerusoppaa falls and is well connected with train and buses. The nearby dam, Linganmakki, across the river Sharavathi is one of the largest hydro-electric dams of India. It is a major source of electric power for Karnataka. When the gates of this dam are closed, you can explore the bottom of the waterfall. The winter months are considered the best time for a visit because of clear visibility and no mist.
The ‘Seven Sisters Waterfall’ in the state of Meghalaya is the fourth highest waterfall in the country. It is located just a few kilometres from Cherrapunjee and is segmented into seven parts. This is how it derives its secondary name, the ‘Seven Sisters Waterfall’. The setting sun makes it a mesmerising sight. To reach Cherrapunjee, you will have to get down at Guwahati, which is about a 100 kilometres from there. Private taxi providers offer their services from Guwahati to Cherrapunjee. Meghalaya is known as the wettest place in India and the Waterfall looks magnificent during rainfalls because the water level gets amplified.
Pleasant to your ears, you can hear the rustling sound of the water while going towards the Thoseghar village by road. Although inconspicuous because of its location, the falls are not very difficult to reach. It will only need a bit of trekking to go there. Before the trekking begins, you can reach Satara city from Pune by road. It is about three hours from Swargate, Pune. The best season to visit is again, the monsoon season. With more water pouring into the streams, the look of the falls is stunning. The vicinity is quiet and peaceful because of the abundant greenery and forests surrounding the falls. However, chances are that the area will be cramped with tourists because it is a popular tourist destination in Maharashtra.
Similar to river Ganga, these falls are believed to possess the power to absolve people of their sins. These falls, located in Kodagu district of Karnataka bear a religious significance which makes people revere it. According to the legend, Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and the river Lakshmana Tirth was born. A number of devotees flock to the Rameshwara Temple, which is situated near the falls on the festival of Shivaratri. The water runs down through the hills, over a line of rocks. It looks picturesque and beautiful.
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