Water, Water, Water Everywhere!

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Of all nations in the world India is renowned as the queen of eternal beauty, a title that no less diminishes the actual scenic atmosphere that makes the country stand out among millions. In fact, it is a well-known fact that no other country in the world can be as proud of India is when it comes to the question of scenic beauty. Despite several issues troubling the state of affairs in the country, the hard work, and determination of enthusiastic social workers and activists cannot be ignored. Thanks to them, India is still a country surrounded by forests, water reservoirs, and mountains in spite of an increase in urbanization and industrialization.

It is true people have become blindfolded by their insatiable greed for lust and luxury but never has material wealth, and worldly pleasures prevented tourists from visiting India. What more can we ask if nature is showering bounties in the form of natural environments that has lately been a great relief to the country by its lavish contribution to the national treasury? Yes, it is sin doubt the greenery of the place that is responsible for attracting large numbers of tourists to the country. The recent years had also seen a rapid increase in the number of visitors flowing to the country that we needn’t worry about how to take life forward.

So many things are happening around us, both good and bad and yet it is sad to acknowledge that we are turning a deaf ear to the deploring cries of nature. Despite whatever good the natural resources of the country has done for our betterment and well being we are still hell bound on destroying nature’s peace. I strongly believe that it is high time we did something to correct our heinous wrongdoings. Creating social awareness, I believe is a beginning to this great venture and this is exactly what I wish my readers to understand and ponder over on reading this article.

To give a kick start to my goal of bringing together people’s army against exploitation of nature, let me begin by talking about the innumerable water resources India is home to and of those that we know not. Yes, did you know that our country is a rich platform of some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world? Isn’t it a sad fact that when foreigners are well aware of the richness of India, we as Indians have never really cared about our country’s well being? Isn’t it high time we brought about some change? I want you to think, to realize and to react against our ignorance to the deplorable state of the country. Together let’s fight and I hope this article on some of the most beautiful waterfalls in India is a beginning to the realization of many dreams.

1. ATHIRAPALLY FALLS: Also known as the Niagara Falls, Kerala located in South India hosts this beautiful waterfall. Falling from a height of 590 feet, the Athirapally Falls is regarded as the best waterfalls in India. Throughout the year, there is no end to the number of visitors flocking to Kerala to catch a glimpse of this beautiful place. In fact, the Niagara Falls is also a favorite of many ace directors including the famous Mani Ratnam. It’s best to visit Athirapally during the Kerala monsoons. Surrounded by plush forests and small villages, by visiting Athirapally you will also get to see the endangered Great Hornbill, the State Bird of Kerala.

2. BHARACHUKKI FALLS: Falling form a height of only 98 meters, the story of how the Bharachukki Falls came into existence is fascinating. Barachukki is, in fact, one of two waterfalls formed by River Kaveri, which splits to form the island town of Shivanasamudra. Gaganachukki is its twin fall. One can also enjoy a coracle ride at the base of the waterfalls which is home to a series of wells.

3. DUDHSAGAR FALLS: Also known as the Sea of Milk, the Dudhsagar Falls is one of the lesser known marvels of Goa apart from its exotic beaches. Falling from a height of 1020 feet, there is a railway line passing adjacent to the falls that make the place well known to the en route passengers. Dudhsagar is, however, famous for its spectacular trajectory and is also one of the most powerful falls in India during the monsoons. It also features among the top 100 waterfalls in the world.

4. JOG FALLS: It goes without saying that the Jog Falls on the Sharavathi River in Shimoga district of Karnataka is a breathtaking spectacle. Falling from a height of 829 feet, the Jog Falls is one of the highest plunge waterfalls in India. What distinguishes the Jog Falls from other waterfalls is its four cascades – Raja, Rani, Rover, and Rocket, which merges to give Jog an ethereal beauty that you cannot find in any other place but here. Surrounded by lush green grass and trees, the Jog Falls was also declared by UNESCO as one of the ecological hot spots in the world.

5. NOHKALIKAI FALLS: Located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya near Cherrapunji, the Nohkalikai Falls fall from a height of 1100 feet. Nohkalikai is not only one of the tallest waterfalls in India but is also one of the wettest places on Earth. It stands third in the list of the highest waterfalls of India. A popular tourist place, the Hills are also famous for its beautiful bridges and orange farms. Meghalaya is also home to two other popular waterfalls, the Nohsngithiang, and Kynrem Falls.

6. SOOCHIPARA FALLS: Located in the Wayanad district of Kerala, the Soochipara Falls is also known as the Sentinel Rock Waterfalls. Soochi and para are Malayalam words meaning needle and rock respectively. It is a connotation of how the water falls like a needle through the rocks. In fact, Soochipara is a three-tiered waterfall surrounded by thick forests. It is only appropriate to say that this waterfall adds to the charm of Wayanad with its thundering presence. Set in very picturesque surroundings watching the Sochipara Falls falling from a height of about 200 meters is a magnificent spectacle.

 

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