For Mumbaikars nothing can beat the idea of sitting on the ledge of Nariman Point at Marine Lines, overlooking the Arabian Sea that is dancing in a tempest, causing sky-high waves that drench the onlookers like one of the many waterfalls in India. With strong winds gushing about and pelting raindrops on our faces while enjoying roasted corn, covered in chilli, salt, and lemon juice, and avoiding people running about trying to escape the onslaught of rains under the dark grey sky, every aspect of monsoon in Mumbai is truly mesmerizing and it simply cannot be expressed in words!
We may have a soft spot for “Mumbai ki baarish”, but we know it is not the only place to experience the true beauty of monsoon in India. The monsoon season brings about a new charm and life to the natural beauty of the land and that is why we consider monsoon to be the best time to indulge in the natural beauty of our homeland. It is the time when dried up rivers get filled up, the dams start over flowing and these provide us with the opportunity to witness the majestic waterfalls in India, which are a spectacular sight to behold during this season.
Here’s a list of some of the best waterfalls in India that you can splash away in, during the monsoons in India:
1. Jog Falls – Shimoga, Karnataka
Also known as Gersoppa Falls or Mahatma Gandhi Waterfalls, Jog Falls in Karnataka are amongst the most well-known waterfalls in India. It is the second highest direct waterfall of our country, after the Kunchikal Falls which are also located in Karnataka and have a drop of 455 meters. Water from the Sharavati River falls down from a height of 253 meters through the Western Ghats in 4 different channels called Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket, all 4 of these together make up the glorious Jog Falls. The tourism department of Karnataka has made accessibility easier by constructing steps for visitors so that the visitors can enjoy unobstructed view of the falls from the foot of the hills safely.
2. Nohsngithiang Falls – Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
The majestic Seven Sisters Waterfalls cannot be skipped, no matter what time of the year you are travelling to Meghalaya. Nestled in the East Khasi Hill District just at a distance of 1km from Mawsmai Village, Nohsngithiang Falls is a group of 7 streams that fall from a height of 315 meters and it is about 70 meters wide. Green hills, clouds overhead, fog all around and just the sound of water free falling from the hills – simply thinking about it gives us joy. The beauty of these waterfalls in India simply amplifies during the monsoon as compared to the rest of the year.
3. Nohkalikai Falls – Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Is it really a surprise that we have 2 entries back to back in our list from the state of Meghalaya? And both from the town of Cherrapunji? It’s the wettest place on the Earth! Of course we will find plenty of rivers, lakes and waterfalls in this region, and Nohkalikai Falls is definitely the one highlight of this place that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Although the name literally means “The Leap of Ka Lai” and has a sad backstory to it, the views around the waterfalls are quite serene and peaceful. The water falls from a height of 340 meters making it amongst the top 3 highest waterfalls in India.
4. Dudhsagar Falls – Goa
We have seen these majestic falls on silver screen in SRK’s “Chennai Express” and were mesmerised by its beauty, imagine what effect will it have when we’ll actually visit it in flesh and blood! The highlight of any Goa holiday, and pride of the sceneries along the journey in Konkan Railways, Dudhsagar Falls are the most famous and the fourth highest waterfalls in India. During the monsoon season, the overflowing Mandovi River paints the Western Ghats milky white with its free flowing water that looks like milk, which is rushing on its way to meet the Arabian Sea in Panjim.
5. Athirapally Waterfalls – Thrissur, Kerala
Did you know the Athirapally Waterfalls have also been featured in a Bollywood Movie? The song “Barso Re Megha” from the movie “Guru” featuring our very much admired blue eyed, Miss World 1994 – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was shot at Athirapally Falls during the monsoon. Although not much in height and might also be considered amongst the shortest waterfalls in India, Athirapally Waterfalls of Chalakudy River have a drop of 25 meters but it is up to a 100 meters wide! Just soaking up the views makes you realise why Kerala is called “God’s Own Country”, it feels as if a piece from their heavenly abode landed on this planet for us to admire it. So next time you visit Kerala do not miss out on it!
6. Chitrakoot Falls – Bastar, Chhattisgarh
Considered to be the “Niagara Falls of India”, due to being the widest of all waterfalls in India, Chitrakoot Falls are a sight to behold in monsoon. If you wish to travel to the magnificent Niagara Falls on a shoe-string budget then the Chitrakoot Falls is the place to be! With the height of 29 meters and an impressive width of 300 meters, the efforts required to reach it are all worth it. The loud roaring water of Indravati River drowns all the noise from the surrounding world. Situated in Bastar this waterfalls is the shining star of the Vindhyachal mountain range.
7. Abbey Falls – Coorg, Karnataka
You will hear the Abbey Falls, way before you reach it and long before you get to admire it. We’ve said it before and we will say it again, monsoon in Coorg is a sight to behold and Abbey Falls is the star attraction of monsoon in Coorg. The air tickles your nose as it is filled with the sweet smell of rains, and sharp aroma of tea, coffee and various spices. The area surrounded by lush greenery is a sight for the sore eyes, you wouldn’t want to leave and go back home, that’s a promise.
8. Umbrella Falls – Bhandardara, Maharashtra
Named so because the water from the Wilson Dam cascading on the bedrocks below creates an illusion of an umbrella. Lying in Bhandardara in the heart of Sahyadri Ranges, Umbrella Falls is one of the few waterfalls in India that can be enjoyed only in the monsoon as it flows due to the dams reserve overflowing from the rains. The authorities have created a small bridge over the Pravara River, which gives the visitors a chance to witness the falls from a safe distance without getting in the way of any danger. If you are in Pune or Mumbai, you can simply turn your visit to the Umbrella Falls into a day trip as it is just 4 hours away from both the cities of Maharashtra.
9. Rajdari Falls – Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh
Whenever you visit Uttar Pradesh, you need to add Rajdari Falls in your itinerary. This is amongst the most unique waterfalls in India due to its peculiar staircase like shape. The water flows down a flight of stony stairs from a height of 65 meters. Located 60 km from the iconic city of Varanasi, it attracts many tourists and locals who wish to take a day picnic in the lap of nature away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city. The falls are considerably safer and offers a scenic view of the valley below.
10. Bhimlat Falls – Bundi, Rajasthan
The sandy state of Rajasthan may come as a surprise in this list, but one of the most breath-taking waterfalls in India is safely hidden among the sunny lands of the state. You may stumble upon it by chance if you are travelling on the Chittor Road, or you can purposely stop by on your way to Kota Airport, however you decide to go, you won’t be disappointed by the views awaiting you. Green lake, sandy and rocky terrain, and a 65 meter tall waterfall, will make you forget that you are in the driest state of land.
No matter which India tour package you choose for vacation during monsoon, there will be a truly magical waterfall waiting for you, to leave you speechless with its beauty.
We definitely recommend taking a few rainy days off to thoroughly enjoy dancing under a waterfall. It will 100% relax, refresh and rejuvenate your soul all while washing away the worries of your day to day life.
Know any more glorious waterfalls in India? Came across any waterfall on some offbeat path? Or have a secret waterfall hidden away to enjoy some alone time? Do share with us in the comments!
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