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There are so many beautiful sights in the world, the lush greenery of valleys, the ebb and flow of rivers and streams, the snow-capped mountains. But there are only few that symbolize the beauty and the sheer stupor of nature as vividly and dramatically as waterfalls. The sight of a magnitude of water raging over the cliffs or cascading over rocks is a sight to savor.

The grandest waterfalls of the world rightfully deserve a prominent place on any bucket list. But it doesn't have to be the tallest or the most voluminous to make it a significant travel destination. Some of the world’s most unique waterfalls plunge over steep precipices, some are layered cascades that gently tumble into a series of pools.

Some of India's most stunning waterfalls are located in the hills and valleys of the wondrous Western Ghats. While they are breathtaking throughout the year, three months of lashing rain during the months of monsoon breathe a new life to the already lush landscape. At this time, streams come alive and empty into roaring rivers. It, in turn, dive down into valleys hundreds of feet deep, mostly in picturesque points, forming waterfalls that add to the magic of the wilderness.

Even when the deluge of monsoons ends, there is still a lot of vigor in the falls for the next month or two. So, plan a trip soon and set off to view these mighty waterfalls. Are you wondering where is western ghats? If you are coming from Pune, Mumbai, or New Delhi then you can readily find cheap flights from New Delhi to Bangalore, Mumbai to Bengaluru and Pune to Bengaluru online. So pack your bags and leave for an adventure amidst the mountains.

best waterfalls in india Western Ghats

1. Magod Falls


The Bedti river flows with fearless force into Magod Falls, situated approximately 17 km from Yellapur in Karnataka. Surrounded by evergreen forests all around, Magod Falls plummet down in two tiers cascading through rocky ravines from a height of 650 ft. Take this opportunity and also visit Jenukallu Gudda. From here you can watch the mesmerizing sunset and Kavadi Kere, a beautiful lake, located around Magod Falls.

2. Sathodi Falls


Another gem in the lap of the Western Ghats is Sathodi Falls, situated approximately 32 km from Yellapur in Karnataka. Several unnamed streams conjoin at Kallaramane Ghat and dive down from an elevation of 15m to form the Sathodi Falls. It is also a unique and picturesque picnic spot. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, nearby is the largest reserve of flora and fauna in Karnataka, in an enchanting landscape of forests, valleys and canyons where the Kaneri and Nagajhari rivers flow. White Water Rafting in this suggestive environment is also popular here.

For many years, the town marked the border between Portuguese Goa and British India. A narrow-gauge railway line connected the villages of Vasco and Margao in Goa with the rest of India and was the only railroad connection in the state when the Konkan railway began to provide service in the 1990s. In the early nineties, the Indian railways converted the narrow gauge line to normal or wide gauge, thus connecting the old network with the rest of India. The subway tracks can still be seen at the Castle Rock railway station.

3. Amboli Falls


Located in the Sahyadri Range of the Western Ghats, Amboli Falls takes a plunge from a height of 411 ft and is a tourist hotspot in the state of Maharashtra. Located at an altitude of 690 meters (2,263 feet), this picturesque village in southern Maharashtra is affectionately called the Queen of Maharashtra. Blessed with numerous waterfalls, picturesque landscapes and a large amount of flora and fauna, Amboli is a perfect place to spend moments of peace and tranquility.

Nestled amidst misty mountains and exquisite environs, Amboli Ghat Waterfall is a must-visit, especially during the monsoon months. Nearby is also the Devkund Waterfall and Andharban. Keep your camera charged and at hand as you will witness some beautiful bird species, such as the Paradise Flycatcher, the Hornbill, the Red-whiskered Bulbul, the Crimson-Back Sunbird and the Yellow-golden Bulbul.

Its location, nestled in Sahyadri Ranges, adds to the beauty of the place. The Amboli Falls, Shirgaonkar Point, Madhavgad Fort and Hiranya Keshi Temple are the highlights to visit here.

4. Unchalli Falls


Also known as Lushington Falls, Unchalli Falls is located 35 km away from Siddapur in Karnataka. The Aghanashini River gorges into a steep valley from a height of 381 ft to form a spectacular sight. To reach Unchalli Falls, take a bus to Heggarne (a hamlet) and trek 5 km through a dense forest. The trek is an exciting experience as you explore nature’s bounty in rare flora and fauna through the walk.

5. Marleshwar Falls


Marleshwar Falls is located in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is popular among tourists owing to its overflowing streams. This multi-step waterfall is hidden amidst misty western ghats mountains with a stream flowing by its side.

6. Shivanasamudra Falls


Many tourists visit the Kollegal area. The Malai Mahadeshwara Hills, and the waterfalls at Hogenakal near Male Mahadeshwara hills and the waterfalls of Gaganachukki and Bharachukki at Shivanasamudra are popular destinations. In Kollegal there is a small hill called Maradi Gudda which is located in the heart of the city along with a tibetan settlement. Gundal dam is just 15 km away from Kollegal.

Near the city are the waterfalls of Shivanasamudra also known as Siva Samudram, literally the sea ​​of ​​Shiva. The Kaveri River is divided here into two branches and each of the waterfalls has rocky areas. The waterfalls are known more like Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. These spectacular waterfalls are surrounded by the forests of the foothills of the Cauvery Nature Reserve.

7. Thoseghar Falls


There is a special magic in the air while the monsoons cross the Maharashtra. Although the flowering season lasts only for two odd months at the Kaas Plateau, its beauty remains long afterwards. As the sun flows through the clouds gently caressing the rain, the sight of thousands of delicate colored flowers soothes the senses in a way that only nature can. The picturesque nearby Lake Kaas adds to the charm of the trip as you make a visit to Thoseghar Falls. If you love the nature and the body of the water, you must also stop at the Vajrai waterfall.

8. Vibhooti Falls


Vibhooti Falls is about 3 km away on the Gangavali River.

9. Dudhsagar Falls


Dudhsagar Falls, which literally means sea of ​​milk, is one of the main waterfalls in India. Located on the Mandovi River and falling from a height of 610 meters (2,000 feet), these waterfalls are impressive. The milky white water that flows down the mountainsides and the lush green surroundings that create a picturesque backdrop is a sight to behold. Come here during the monsoon when you are in your best shape.

10. Vajrapoha Falls


Nersa is a picturesque village located in the lap of the Western Ghats, amid the thick forest of Mahadayi Valley. Nersa is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and hikers. It is also home to around 276 species of birds, therefore, it is an ideal place for birdwatchers and ornithologists. Perfect trekking paths covered by lush green forest, green landscapes, the beautiful view of wildlife, what more could you want?

11. Vazra Sakla Falls


Nestled in the Western Ghats on the Maharashtra-Karnataka-Goa border, Chorla Ghat is the place to go if you are looking for peace and seclusion. The best feature about this destination is biodiversity. In addition, it is home to many waterfalls with a lush green environment, making it a perfect place for nature lovers and the opening of many adventurous avenues, such as hiking, hiking and jungle walks. The most frequented places here are the Lasni Peak Temb and the Vazra Sakla Waterfalls.

Which of these are on your travel bucket list already?
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