India is a country blessed with natural beauty. Gigantic mountains, adventurous trials, pristine beaches, beautiful lakes, et cetera. Another set of natural beauty that can be found in abundance in the country are the Waterfalls. There are a lot of stunning waterfalls in the country. These waterfalls come to life during the monsoon season, and many of them should be visited by one at least once in one's lifetime. This article consists of a list of the five most gorgeous waterfalls in India.

1. Jog Falls

Jog Falls is located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. The state has the most number of waterfalls in the entire country. One of the most magnificent waterfalls in India is the Jog Falls. Also known as Gerosoppa Falls and Joga Falls, it is the highest waterfall in Karnataka, with the height of 253 meters. During the rainy season, it becomes a plunge waterfall.

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Be prepared to climb over a 1,000 steps to get the best possible view. The entry fee per person is a modest INR 5.

Five of The Most Gorgeous Waterfalls in India
A scene from Baahubali: The Beginning was shot here.
A scene from Baahubali: The Beginning was shot here.

2. Athirapally Falls

Athirapally Falls is located in the Thrissur district of 'God's own country'. With a height of 80 feet, they are not amongst the highest waterfalls in India, but that does not stymie its attractiveness. The water is said to have medicinal properties, and it is advisable to have a bath in the water body. A lot of scenes from some of the Indian movies have been shot here. To get to the base, one will have to cover about 2 kilometers to get to the base of the waterfall.

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The entry fee is INR 20. Just beware of the monkeys who may try to steal your belongings. No parking facility is available.

Five of The Most Gorgeous Waterfalls in India
A train passing by the most popular waterfall in India
A train passing by the most popular waterfall in India

3. Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar Falls is located near the Goa-Karnataka border, in Goa. It is not only the most popular waterfall in India, but also one of the highest waterfalls in the country, with the height of 310 meters. As the name suggests, Dudhsagar Falls is as white as milk in its most natural form. Getting a glimpse of a train passing by from the base is absolutely blissful.

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For the final 10 odd kilometers, you will HAVE to hire a government car from Collem, even if you are have got your own vehicle, so be prepared. It costs INR 400 per person, excluding INR 30 for entrance fee and INR 20 for a mandatory life jacket. Beware of the monkeys.

Five of The Most Gorgeous Waterfalls in India
Chitrakote is often referred as the Niagara Falls of India
Chitrakote is often referred as the Niagara Falls of India

4. Chitrakote Falls

Chitrakote Falls is located in the Kangar Valley National Park, Chhattisgarh. Albeit it is just 30 meters in height, it is the widest waterfall in the country, with a width of about 100 meters. Chitrakote Falls is often referred as the Niagara Falls of India. It is not uncommon to see rainbow formation just above its base.

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It is not very well maintained, but one can avail boat service here. Also, beware of the monkeys. There is no entry fee to visit Chitrakote Falls.

Five of The Most Gorgeous Waterfalls in India
Quite possibly the most beautiful waterfall in the country
Quite possibly the most beautiful waterfall in the country

5. Nohkalikai Falls

Nohkalikai Falls is located in one one of the most naturally gifted state in the country - Meghalaya. Nohkalikai Falls is my personal favourite waterfall on this list. With a height of 340 meters, it is the highest waterfall in India (and the most underrated one). The best thing about this waterfall is that one can be visit it pretty much throughout the year, and experience breathtakingly waterfall. Like Jog Falls, it is also a plunge waterfall

Note:

The entry fee is INR 20 and if you are carrying a camera, you will be charged INR 50.

Suggestions -

Visit during the monsoon season to experience the most scenic view.

It is advisable to visit in the morning, as it gets pretty crowded in the afternoon.

Wear trekking of sports shoes to avoid slipping and getting hurt.

Photo : Kunal Dalui