Waterfalls

A waterfall is a place where water flows over a vertical drop in the course of a stream or river. Waterfalls also occur where meltwater drops over the edge of a tabular iceberg or ice shelf.


Lighted wall fountains are becoming all the rage and it’s no wonder why. While all water fountains and water features, be they wall fountains, cast stone or slate fountains or indoor waterfalls, can liven up the drabbest interiors. It is illumination that can truly bring out their magical effects. When the sun goes down and all is dark, a wall fountain, helped by some imaginative illumination, helps bring out hidden accents in the design that may have not been visible in the daylight. The color of the polished river stones, urns, basins, and other objects and adornment that complement the fountain can be highlighted by the use of clever lighting.

St. Claire falls, Devon falls, Lover’s leap falls and Glenn falls are a few of the most notable waterfalls in the Nuwera Eliya city. Almost all of these provide some excellent pictures opportunities to the traveller and the more adventurous in spirit could always opt for a much loved trekking expeditions to one or more of these sights. To make the maximum out of your expedition you could always arrange a road trip along the this waterfall to ensure a perfect coverage of all these beautiful water bodies flowing downhill in perfect unison.

This glossy waterfalls outpouring from the steep rocks is situated at a distance of about 9km from Munnar on the way to Pallivasal. Trekking through green wood take you to this wild beauty surrounded by rocks and green hills. The bridge crossing this waterfall gives different views of water flow at different angles.

Boyoma Falls is the geatest waterfalls of the world by volume. It’s lying on the curve of Lualoba River flowing in Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa. It has seven sets of water falls called cataracts extending over 100 km along the curve of the river. The falls region is lying between the river port towns of Ubundu and Kisangani. The average height of waterfalls is 200 foot and average flowrate is 6 lacs cu.ft/sec. which is three times greater than that of Niagara Falls. In rainy seasons the flow rate reaches 18 lacs cu.ft./sec. Though it is one of the greatest waterfalls of the world, because of being cataract type of falls it is not so popular as other falls like Niagara and Victoria.

Hellboda Ella, Garandi Ella, Sheen falls and Ihala Devathura Ella are some of the waterfalls one would fail to miss travelling along the Kandy-Nuwaraeliya road. The most magnificent of all is the ‘St. Clair’s falls.’ Kothmale Oya and its tributaries are the major water bodies that contribute to the formation of this beautiful waterfall. The masses of water flow over a rock ledge before forming three cascades that finally plunge into a pool creating this bountiful marvel of nature. This much photographed beauty could be easily reached via the A7 route.

It’s not just nature enthusiasts, waterfallers, hikers, and holiday makers that love waterfalls. Hollywood loves them, too! In fact, they’re featured in many movies and their presence in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy even influenced our decision to honeymoon in Jackson’s home country of New Zealand. Indeed, I remember vividly the scenes of Gollum getting caught at the Forbidden Pool (The Two Towers), Aragorn sending Boromir’s corpse on a raft over the waterfall at Tol Brandir (The Fellowship of the Ring), and the plethora of waterfalls at the Elven enclave of Rivendell (The Fellowship of the Ring; The Return of the King).

Boyoma Falls, Khone Falls, Niagara Falls, and Victoria Falls are some of the greatest waterfalls of the world by volume. There are also some falls notable for their great heights in this beautiful globe. Angel Falls, Engstligen Falls, Serio Cascata del, Yosemite Falls are some of the highest waterfalls of the world.

Referred to as the life blood of the vegetable cultivators of Welimada, tiny yet beautiful ‘ Ravan falls’ falls from a 40 metre elevation in the village of Uduwehera, creating a stark contrast to its dry surroundings. Named after a famous coffee cultivator, ‘Devon falls’ with its 97metre drop provides a great back drop for photos and this could be easily reached via Thalawakelle.’ This three tiered waterfall is a must see if you are visiting Nuweraeliya. A few more waterfalls also descend down the Ramboda Basin to form the Kothmale river.

There is something special about a waterfall that seems to draw us. Maybe it is the sight of the water flowing over the edge or maybe it is the raw power that the water represents. The ancient Amerindians believed that with so much power the waterfalls were gods. Or maybe it is just that we are drawn to waterfalls because of the refreshing coolness that fills the air around the waterfall. Whatever it is, there is an attraction to waterfalls and the Caribbean has its fair share of waterfalls, from the awe inspiring power of Kaieteur Falls in Guyana to small cascades where you simply slip under the flow and feel the water pummel your shoulders and back.

Even waterfalls that weren’t filmed on location like in the movie I remember seeing as a kid The Goonies (1985), which had a young Sean Astin (you know, Sam – Frodo’s sidekick) and a young Cory Feldman amongst others. The scene I’m thinking about had a waterfall in some underground cavern that eventually became the scene of the kids’ escape back into the outside world.

Payakumbuh Harau Waterfalls located in Ngarai Harau, 35 km from Bukittinggi. In between the hills and valleys Harau there is a deep ravines and a very beautiful waterfall, and sometimes filled by a collection of butterflies fluttering, so that makes this waterfall is a natural combination with beautiful views.

This is a wonderful spot for those who love nature. In this idyllic village, you can rent a motorbike and drive yourself around Bonao and get to know its culture. You can also opt to go horseback riding as well as go hiking to reach the waterfalls where you can take a dip or swim.

St Lucia seems to have waterfalls everywhere you go. Not only does St Lucia have waterfalls but it has variety in its waterfalls from cold water to warm water to even hot water waterfalls. The most visited waterfall in St Lucia is Diamond Waterfall in the town of Soufriere. Here in the midst of a lush well maintained tropical garden bursting with brilliant flowers, the water falls from a height of 45 feet laden with minerals from underground sulphur springs. While bathing under the falls is not allowed, adjacent to the falls are mineral baths where it is said that bathing removes the aches and pains of age and makes you young again. For those who want to combine their waterfall viewing with more rugged hiking then EnBas Saut Waterfall will fill your passion.

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