From Nohkalikai in the east to the Shivanasamudra down south, these waterfalls in India are worth travelling for this monsoon.
Rivers brimming with frothy waters, snaking through thick jungles and lush valleys before finally gurgling down mammoth mountains in multiple cascades — nothing beats witnessing a waterfall in its full glory during monsoon. From magnificently scenic to terrifyingly deep, these majestic waterfalls in India are your best bet to experience the magic of monsoon in true sense.
Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya
Meghalaya, home to the ‘wettest places on Earth,’ is also home to the lofty Nohkalikai Falls, one of the tallest in India. This gorgeous single-drop waterfall is located near Cherrapunji in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. The most impressive plunge emerges from a forested gully and drops from 1,115 feet over a sheer rock wall! Witness it in its full splendour during the monsoon, when the volume of water plummeting into the abyss increases twenty-fold.
Jog Falls, Karnataka
Drift south to Karnataka to understand exactly why it takes the crown for the ‘State of Waterfalls’ in India. It is here that Jog Falls span an enormous cliffside of about 3 km, gurgling down 830 feet. Sharavati River flowing through the Western Ghats gracefully splits into four channels — Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket — constituting the majestic waterfall. For the best view, hike to the foot of the falls down 1,200-plus steps. The thick, lush cover of green paired with white, heavy cascades will truly be worth the efforts.
Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
Deep in the far southeastern corner of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary straddling the Goa-Karnataka border, the Mandovi River gushes down a cliff as Dudhsagar Falls at 1,017 feet. Literally translating to the “Ocean of Milk”, it resembles a magical fountain of frothy milk plunging amid giant green hills and foamy clouds, with a railway track running right through it!
Probably the most famous one on the list, Dudhsagar just cannot be missed. More so now that the Goa Tourism has launched its ‘Monsoon Trekking’ programme that takes one through the most amazing monsoon trails in the hinterlands of Goa!
Chitrakote Waterfall, Chhattisgarh
Having rightfully earned the sobriquet of ‘the Niagara Falls of India’, the Chitrakote (or Chitrakoot) Waterfall stands at 95 feet tall and 985 feet wide! The widest waterfall in the country, it is located on the Indravati River in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. Visit during monsoon by climbing down a flight of stairs and taking a short boat ride to see it majestically emerging from the dense jungles all around! Do make time to visit the popular ancient Hindu shrine of Lord Shiva located nearby.
Shivanasamudra Falls, Karnataka
Shivanasamudra down south is noted for the virgin forests surrounding it as well as the waterfall’s sheer volume. During monsoons, it spurts out over 19 million litres of water per second! Dropping from 321 feet, Shivanasamudra forms when the Kaveri River splits and falls at two different locations, Gaganachukki and Bharachukki, offering a rather captivating view. Best way to experience it? Ride in one of the coracles or small circular boats that take you quite close to the waterfall.