Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
The journey from Chalakudy to the Athirappilly Falls passes through a landscape of winding roads, small villages and lush green trees. Located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division. Athirappilly Falls is the largest waterfall in Kerala and is nicknamed “The Niagara of India”. About 7 million tourists visit the falls and the Vazhachal picnic spot each year. The waterfall attracts visitors from across India, especially during the monsoon months (June–September).
Chitrakote waterfalls, also called as the mini Niagara Fall of India, bear the proud distinction of being the broadest waterfall in India. The majestic beauty is located 38 km from Jagdalpur in Bastar on the river Indrāvati. The water of the river flows through the dense vegetation and cascades from a height of about 95 feet. A horse-shoe shaped waterfall, best seen during and after the monsoon, between July and October. This paints a very beautiful sight.
Dhuandhar Falls is located at Bhedaghat in Jabalpur. It is a popular destination among tourists as well as locals. Edged by green trees and shrubs, the ruffled and bustling Narmada River falling down from a height is like a beautiful painting come alive. The smoke cascade formed by fine water sprays is indeed a visual treat. One can take a dip in the cool water along the banks upstream, roam around the viewpoints, click photos or sit back and enjoy nature’s tranquillity amid the loud falls. Visitors can also have a boat or ropeway ride across the river. Many people buy marble artefacts from the local vendors. It is certainly a good place to come with family and friends.
The Shivanasamudra Falls is on the Kaveri River after the river has wound its way through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau and drops off to form waterfalls. The island town of Shivanasamudra divides the river into twin waterfalls. This creates the fourth largest island in the river’s course. A group of ancient temples are located here and there likely was a village.
The Jonha falls is situated at an edge of the Ranchi plateau . It is an example of a hanging valley falls. The Ganga river hangs over its master stream , Raru river and forms the falls . One has to descend 500 steps to admire the surroundings . Water in the falls drops from a height of 43 metres or 141 feet. The flowing water forms a rainbow and it’s very scenic. You must visit the falls during or just after the monsoon when the flow of water remains high.
Bear Shola Falls
A popular tourist spot within the princess of hill stations is the Bear Shola Falls in Kodaikanal. It is believed that bears would visit this falls for drinking water in the earlier days and hence, the apt name. It is a quiet and calm haven for those yearning for a break from the routine parks and sanctuaries; from the monotonous rings and mails. The white waters gushing down the steep terrain with a picturesque backdrop will surely take your breath away. The seasonal waterfall is seen most lively during the monsoon when the water is in full flow. Uninterrupted by human interference, the slanting waterfalls is swamped by dense forests, adding glamour to the cascading beauty. Don't miss this chance to have a personal meeting the common and rare flora and fauna of the region. Get set to be amazed in this exotic falls.
Snow Flower Point
This waterfall welcomes you to the Shama Valley. The waterfall earned its name with its magnificent view in winters. It freezes during the winter time, creating a beautiful sight to watch at. On your way to Lamayuru from Leh, you will see this waterfall. However, to get the best of it you have to see it in winters.
Rongbang Dare Waterfall is situated at a distance of about 40 km from Tura. It is a must-visit place for the tourists of Tura. The water source of the waterfall is a tributary of the Simsang River, which is in its full swing during the months of monsoon. The waterfalls are surrounded on both sides by lush forested hills, providing a surreal experience of Nature in one, marvelous sight. The waterfall is located at a small distance from the Tura-Williamnagar highway, and thus is easily accessible to tourists who wish to make a quick stop at the highway to look at this spectacular view, however, the true beauty of the place can only be completely felt if you go to the base of the waterfall, and look at the beautiful view of nature available from the plunge pool of the waterfall, staring in amazement at the sheer gigantic magnitude of the width and height of the waterfall.
A mesmerizing tourist attraction in Coorg is the amazing Iruppu Falls. This charming falls is also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, frequented by avid adventurers and shutter bugs. The fresh water cascade falling on the terrains amidst the lush greenery is captivating for the eyes, ideal for avid nature buffs. Legend has it that the Lakshmana Tirtha stream was formed when Lakshmana shot an arrow at the nearby hills to get drinking water for his brother Lord Rama. The roaring waters are a perfect picnic spot to spend with your friends and family. You can stand at the bottom and play in the sizzling waters. It is believed that the waters are magical and can cleanse your sins. It is a famous pilgrimage center with the renowned Shiva Temple. The place has everything, making it a worthy place to visit.
The Pelga Falls is one of the most beautiful natural waterfall in Tura, Meghalaya. The waterfall is placed in the lap of lush forests which overlook it, magnifying the enchanting beauty of the place by a thousand times. With its beauty, this place has emerged as a popular picnic spot for both, the tourists, and the locals. The Pelga Falls is also a great place for the nature lovers, who love to immerse themselves in the nature around them, as this place offers some splendid spots for observing nature. Situated at a small distance from the waterfall, is the Garo Bamboo Bridge. The Bridge is completely made out of bamboo, like the traditional Garo bamboo-work, which give it a sense of historical importance, making it another attractive tourist spot.
The mighty Elephant falls is one of the most visited falls of North East India. This waterfall was named by the British due to the presence of a rock near it resembling an elephant.This rock, was however destroyed in 1897. One can get really close to the falls to see the white-as-milk water rush down in full force. 12 kms away from the busy city, this waterfall is a prime spot for a quick getaway. Both locals and tourists flock to this destination. The lush green forest cover surrounding the Elephant Falls springs to life in the monsoon season, providing a picture-perfect view. The 3 tiers of this waterfall are clearly distinguishable because of the stark contrast between the water and the black rock behind. This waterfall is a must-visit destination for anyone who visits Shillong. Get ready to be enchanted by the breathtaking beauty of Elephant Falls.
Situtated at a distance of just 5 kilometers from the main city, Nohkalikai waterfalls in Cherrapunji, is one of the most popular tourist attractions. The Nohkalikai Falls is also one of the highest waterfalls in India, with water falling from a height of 1100 feet. The best season to visit the Waterfall is during Monsoon, when the waterfall is in its full swing. The Waterfalls are visible from a viewpoint, which offer a breathtaking panoramic view of the Waterfalls, pouring down into a green-colored pool, surrounded by the verdant green forests, making it a truly magnificent sight to see. The name of the waterfall literally translate from the Khasi language, to “The Jump of Likai”, referring to a local legend of a woman named Likai, who tragically committed suicide, by jumping off the cliff of the waterfall.
A hidden beauty in Munnar is the cascading Atukkad Waterfalls. Located in the midst of high rising peaks and towering trees, it lures travellers with its lush green jungles and serene atmosphere. It is an ideal destination spot for nature freaks and peace lovers, providing a sense of tranquility to calm your nerves. You can also plan trekking along the hill slopes of this waterfall would provide an ideal trek for beginners. The waterfalls is a perfect picnic spot to enjoy with your near and dear ones. The sound of the falling waters is pleasing for the ears with a sip of hot chai from the shop nearby. Young couples can take a break from the city to revel in this romantic escapade. It is a mesmerising destination, which you cannot afford to miss while planning a trip to Munnar.
The Gaganachukki Falls are shaped like a huge horsetail. It is a steep waterfall that rushes down with great velocity and provides incredible views. The Gaganachukki waterfalls are best viewed from the watch tower at Shivanasamudra. The twin waterfalls have an average height of 98 metres and can be approached from two sides. Reaching the bottom of the waterfall from the watch tower side is not possible as the area is fenced and no one is allowed to go near the water.
One of the breathtaking destinations in South India is the majestic Hogenakkal Falls. A cool spray arises from the water, splashing the rocks produces smoke, which gives rise to the name Hogenakkal. The water from the falls, flows through a forest of herbs and is considered to possess medicinal properties and be good for health. You can take in the rugged peaks and tall trees with long walks and treks. The falls offers coracle rides on the winding waters with soothing oil massages on the shore. It is an ideal weekend getaway for friends and families to enjoy nature's heritage. Also known as the Niagara of India, it boasts of a lush landscape with a natural river spa. You can quench your thirst for adventure and fun in this exotic location. Make sure you tick this off your to do list in Hogenakkal.
A romantic cascade dropping from the Yelagiri Hills is the Jalagamparai Waterfalls. The falls can be best enjoyed in the monsoon season when the waters will be in full flow from the top. It is famous as a picnic spot and also preferred for a day long outing with friends. The falls is surrounded by sweet smelling orchards and flower gardens. The drive to the falls is enjoyable by itself or you can simply trek to witness the beauty. It is located in an absolutely tranquil location with no crowds and hustle and bustle. The steep terrains amidst the lush greenery adds to the charm of the gushing waterfalls. The isolation of the falls attracts tourists to take in the tranquility of the scenic beauty. It is the perfect destination for photographers and nature lovers.
One of the most amazing waterfall attractions in Bhandardara is the Randha Falls of the Pravara River. The clear water of the Pravara River ferociously falls from a height 170ft into a magnificent ravine and creates a breathtaking sight. However, this waterfall is only attractive in the monsoons. Just near the falls is a temple, and there is walkaways around the falls for wonderful view. There are two fall, in the first one, the fall is over several layers of stones, which provides space for people to enjoy the waterfall. This place is generally crowded, people enjoying a dip under the fall. The other waterfall is untouchable, can be viewed only from far away. Around the viewpoint is a deep gorge, with scaly mountains filled with small shrubs. The place is quite big to walk around and enjoy the waterfalls and the gorge from 270 degree angle. The weather remains pleasant, with light intermittent drizzle at times.
A misty experience in Coorg is the mesmerizing Abbey Falls. Amidst coffee plantations, it has picturesque views sure to take your breath away. The falls is nestled between pristine valleys with the increasing aroma of coffee plantations. This exotic location with its chill breeze and lush greenery and rich fragrance is a delight for the senses. The roaring beauty is perfect for capturing memories with your near and dear ones. You can either take a dip or enjoy the foggy spray from the water hitting the rocks forming calm pools. This thriving waterfall is bliss for the worn out mind and body – a perfect way to take a break from the city life. You can enjoy a much needed relaxation in the cascading waterfalls with your family and friends. The Abbey Falls has everything that demands a mandatory visit when you’re in Coorg.
This is one of the topmost attractions in Wayanad. The three tired waterfall, at a height of 300m is the biggest waterfalls in Wayanad and the second largest in Kerala. It requires a small 2km trek to reach this waterfall. The trek through the moist deciduous forest, this hard trek is all worth when you reach the spot. The best time to visit Meenmutty is from October to May. Tip: Avoid monsoon season to visit this waterfall.
Bhagsu Nag Waterfall
Set amidst lush greenery and dreamy sceneries, in a pristine atmosphere, are these falls with much grandeur and breathtaking beauty, that one just cannot miss, while in the area. The stairs from the Bhagsu temple lead straight to these falls. The mighty falls is delight to every traveller and photographer. You can spend hours here without blinking and keep watching the natural scenes around you. The photography at the falls gives you a chance to try out different experiments from long exposure to different aperatures. The Bhagsu or Bhagsunag Falls are situated 2 kms away from Mcleodganj. It is considered as most exciting place of Mcleodganj to visit after Triund
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