Top 10 Exotic Waterfalls You Need To See

Grand cascades, raging torrents, glorious fountains or ferocious rapids – there are few in the world who don’t enjoy waterfalls; and the more magnificent they are, the better!

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Beautiful aerial view of Iguazu Falls - One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Author: Mouli

Here’s our list of the top ten exotic waterfalls you need to see at least once. Rest assured that you will not be disappointed.

1 Iguazu Waterfalls – Brazil and Argentina border, South America

Top 10 Exotic Waterfalls You Need To See
Neatly tucked away between the borders of Brazil and Argentina, the magnificent Iguazu Falls are a sight for sore eyes! Despite the fierce natural beauty of the scenery, it’s really the sheer power and noise that make Iguazu Falls an unforgettable experience.

What to expect:

At Iguazu, 275 different waterfalls and numerous cascades spread over a wide edge – 3920 feet above sea level! Nearly half the water thunders down into The Devils Throat – a U-shaped, narrow chasm.

They are the largest waterfalls in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site! Iguazu, which means “big water” in Guaraní, is simply magnificent.’ – Jacqueline Spencer, Destination Expert, South America

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2 Khone Phapheng Waterfalls, Champasak, Laos

Top 10 Exotic Waterfalls You Need To See
The Khone Phapheng Falls in Laos, called the ‘jewel’ of the mighty Mekong, splits the river into the north and the south. The sheer volume of the roaring waters, the many rapids, and the steep descent, make this part of the river un-navigable – a reason why the French were unable to sail northwards and invade China!

What to expect:

Take a kayak ride from one of the neighboring islands at Champassak and you won’t miss the Irrawaddy dolphins that live here.

3 Athirapally Waterfalls, Kerala, India

Top 10 Exotic Waterfalls You Need To See
The Athirapally waterfalls of Kerala in South India, are a must-see during the monsoons! The dense forests of the Western Ghats surrounding the waterfalls add to it’s appeal, especially if you’re looking for untouched natural beauty.

What to expect:

The walk through the small path to the base of the waterfalls can be a little strenuous. Watch out for merry picnickers on weekends.

A mesmerizing sight and worth an overnight stopover in God’s own country – the strong currents from the falls rejuvenate one after a long journey.’ – Ranjana Kishinani, Destination Expert, India and Asia

4 Kuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang, Laos

Top 10 Exotic Waterfalls You Need To See
A visit to Asia is incomplete without a glimpse of the Kuang Si Falls. From the entrance through a forested walkway to the fascinating turquoise-blue waters, it’s an other-worldly experience altogether! Prepare to be enchanted!

What to expect:

The main waterfalls are about 200 feet in height but the real hero are the shallow pools downstream, where you will frequently find tourists taking a dip.

A lovely multi-leveled waterfall where families and couples can enjoy day picnics.’ – Ranjana Kishinani

5 Murchison Waterfalls, Uganda, Africa

The Murchinson falls that lead to the Nile
Cozily nestled amidst the Murchison National Park of Uganda, the waterfalls are the dramatic conclusion to an 80 km long stretch of rapids on the Nile. The river explodes through a narrow gorge to join a beautiful lake

What to expect:

You can indulge in a game drive at the park, go fishing near the shores, or enjoy a launch trip to the base of this spectacular natural wonder – the options are many!

Murchison Falls are a very scenic part of Uganda with some of the best fishing the country has to offer.’ – Samuel Nordberg, Destination Expert, Africa

6 Salto Grande Waterfalls, Chile, South America

Top 10 Exotic Waterfalls You Need To See
Often considered to be the best feature of the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, this waterfall is powerful enough to literally shake the ground beneath your feet!

What to expect:

Check out the Grey Glacier near the Falls and you will not be disappointed. Do prepare yourself for some strong gusts of wind!

Their appeal lies in their beautiful milky green-turquoise color (due to them being glacier-fed waters) and a stunning backdrop of the rugged Patagonian countryside.’ – Jacqueline Spencer

7 Gocta Waterfalls, Peru, South America

Top 10 Exotic Waterfalls You Need To See
If off-the-beaten-path is your thing, then this is the ideal destination for you! The stunning Gocta Falls are set high in the cloudy mountains of the Chachapoyas region of Peru, where the towering Andes meet the lush Amazon.

What to expect:

The fifth-highest in the world, they stand tall at a magnificent 2536 feet! Though the waterfalls are remarkable throughout the year, they are really at their thunderous best during the monsoons.

Did you know:

The Gocta falls have been Peru’s tallest secret till 2005, when they were ‘discovered’ by Stefan Ziemendorff. The story goes that the locals feared the wrath of a certain blonde mermaid who lives in the water and doesn’t appreciate publicity!

It is true “Indiana Jones” territory! You’d feel like an adventure archaeologist discovering unknown civilizations high up in the jungle mountains of remote Peru.’ – Jacqueline Spencer

8 Silver Falls/Love Waterfalls, Sapa, Vietnam

Top 10 Exotic Waterfalls You Need To See
The Silver Waterfalls certainly hold their own amidst the hauntingly beautiful Vietnamese landscape. The charming falls with the lofty mountains surrounding them is not a sight you want to miss!

What to expect:

A refreshing atmosphere in Sapa, the roar of gushing waters, and clusters of bamboo, all of which could easily inspire a poem or two!


‘Aptly renamed the ‘Love’ waterfall, these are surrounded by lush green forests. The journey to this waterfall is a great way to see Sapa Valley and the waterfall itself is a wonderful sight.’ – Ranjana Kishinani

9 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia border, Africa

The awe-inspiring Victoria Falls
Named after Queen Victoria, the magnificent Victoria Falls is very popular with the crowds! Located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, it is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. It’s also the widest in the world, at 5604 feet!

What to expect:

The narrow footbridge to Knife’s Edge on the Zambian side offers a great view. You can also take a dip in the waters of the Devil’s Pool near the edge.


‘By far Africa’s most dramatic falls, the Victoria Falls offers plenty to see and do for those keen on something a little bit different during their African safari.’ – Samuel Nordberg

10 Erawan Waterfalls, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Top 10 Exotic Waterfalls You Need To See
Their real appeal lies in the mesmerizing emerald-green pools formed by the Erawan Falls in Kanchanburi, and the dense jungle surrounding it – just like an enchanted forest from a Disney movie! Be sure to take your inner geologist along – the many caves around here are worth exploring!

What to expect:

A lot of footfall – the waterfalls are a very popular tourist destination in Thailand. Take a bathing suit along because you’ll want to take a dip in the water after the trek to the top. A word of caution – these be slippery slopes!

Our destination experts look forward to welcoming you!