12 Best Waterfalls in Western Ghats

Some of India's most stunning waterfalls are located in the hills and valleys of the wondrous Western Ghats. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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So, plan a trip soon and set off to view these mighty waterfalls in western ghats.

1. Magod Falls, Karnataka

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, Karnataka

Yellapur offers a completely different experience. Pure pure, natural fun. Yellapur is a perfect romantic image escape for the avid photographer and a devout worshiper of nature. An ultimate romantic destination, Yellapur is perfect for those seeking serenity at an altitude of 1774 feet!

Weekends in Yellapur tend to be less crowded, so if you are looking for privacy it is a perfect place to be. Take a visit to the waterfalls in the area such as Sathodi Falls and Magod Falls and Jenukallu Gudda.

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.

3. Unchalli Falls, Karnataka

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.

4. Vajrapoha Falls, Karnataka

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?

5. Shivanasamudra Falls, Karnataka

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.

Emerging from the life giving river Kaveri is one of the most incredible and awe inspiring waterfalls of India. Shivanasamudra Waterfalls are a combination of two falls called Gaganachukki and Bharachukki Waterfalls. Together they gush through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau making the waterfall look like a surreal reality.

Both the waterfalls are just 1 km away from each other which creates a great opportunity for photographers to capture its magnificent beauty. The roaring waterfalls will make for a great place to chill out after a day of sightseeing.

6. Vibhooti Falls, Karnataka

Vibhooti Falls near Sirsi, Yellapura and Ankola and Yana village in Uttara Kannada district is about 3 km away on the Gangavali River. Sahasralinga is a pilgrimage place located around 14 km from Sisri Taluk, in the district of Uttar Kannada in Karnataka state of India. It is in the river of Shambala where one could find a thousand shiv lingas carved on the riverine rocks and banks.

Devotes come to this place from across the whole country on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri to worship Shiva. This place looks amazingly mysterious and gorgeous at the same time. Since these idols are located in a river and its banks, many of them has been dislodged or disfigured due to the flowing water.

The lingas remain underwater and is a rare view. However, people who wish to visit that place can go around in winters to have a lively view of the place. There are many other artistic forms carved on the rocks. It was also believed that there was a school of ancient art and sciences established here in the ancient times. There is also a Hanging bridge there.

7. Apsarkonda Falls, Karnataka

The Netrani island is a natural paradise is located off the coast of the state of Karnataka, inhabited only by wild goats and pigeons that fly over the place. Diving fans cannot help but fall in love with the depths that surround the island. The magnificent coral formations that await underwater are fascinating.

Only 19 kilometers away is the amazing Shiva Temple of Murudeshwar. In the south of the island, you should not miss the Apsarkonda Waterfalls and the cave that contains thermal springs of fresh water and minerals. With a flow of approximately one liter per minute, they offer a spectacular view and are surrounded by a landscape that transforms them into a magical place.

8. Thoseghar Waterfalls, Maharashtra

There is a special magic in the air while the monsoons cross the Maharashtra. The picturesque nearby Lake Kaas adds to the charm of the trip as you make a visit to Thoseghar Falls.

9. Vajrai Waterfall, Maharashtra

If you love the nature and the body of the water, you must also stop at the Vajrai waterfall.

10. Amboli Falls, Maharashtra

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. Amboli is bestowed with best of beautiful waterfall, ancient temples and spectacular sunset and sunrise spots, which makes it one of the best places to visit for a romantic holiday.

Due to its location in Sahyadri hills of western India, also known as the world famous Eco hot spot, Amboli is the breeding ground for flora and fauna. Waterfall of Nangartas, Hiranyakeshi, sea view, Mahadevgad and Kavlesaad point are among the attractions of Amboli. Here you will not find luxury hotels to stay, but a decent budget accommodation is easily available.

11. Marleshwar Falls, Maharashtra

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. To the south lies the rural Konkan coast, lined with the beach, and its temple town of Ganpatipule.

12. Vazra Sakla Falls, Goa

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. Located at the tri-junction of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, Chorla Ghat is a quiet vacation spot for those traveling India as a couple. Apart from its lush carpeted hills with the dark stem of the plant loaded with large buds that, what makes this place even more interesting is its unique blend of bio-diversity.

The Vajra waterfalls and Lasni Temb peak are two popular attractions in this region. Tourist can participate in jungle trekking, hiking and trekking. Couples can also go at night to the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in the Swapnagandha Valley of Goa.

Which of these are on your travel bucket list already?
Kalyan Panja