Top 7 waterfalls to visit in Asia
Every individual is likely to nurture a unique definition of a perfect travel destination. However, let us be honest and agree that few of us would be able to resist the temptation of spending a relaxed holiday sitting next to a large waterfall with a smoky liquor of tea in hand and watching several thousand gallons of water fall into the depths. Such a vacation is possible without leaving the continent as the vast tropical region and dense rainforests of Asia have shaped some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
Here are the top 7 waterfalls to visit in Asia.
Ryuzu Waterfall, Japan
Ryuzu, also known as the Dragon Head waterfall, is one of the most colourful and probably the most beautiful in Japan. Created from the volcanic eruption of Mount Nantai, this waterfall features an impressive total height of 210 metres.
The long flow of falling water is split into two separate streams around 60 metres above the basin by a rock formation that loosely resembles the head of a Dragon, hence named the 'Dragon Head' fall. The best time to visit this spot is between September and mid-October when the fallen red and yellow leaves create a spectacular sight that visitors may enjoy from an observatory.
Ban Gioc - Detian Falls, China and Vietnam
Securing the second spot of the list is not one waterfall but a combination of two that sometimes merge into a single giant fall during a downpour. Situated between the Daxin County of China and the Trung Khanh district of Vietnam, this truly impressive creation of nature is shared by these two nations.
In addition to the deafening roar of water falling from 70 metres, visitors may enjoy boating and fishing activities at the foot of the Karst hills. The best time to visit is from April to September when the water flow remains at its peak. It's recommended to visit this fall from China as both sides are visible from their part.
Mae Ya Waterfall, Thailand
The magnificent Mae Ya waterfall is considered one of the most remarkable tourist attractions of the famous Doi Inthanon National Park. Pouring down on 30 tiers of steep rock formation, this fall is known for creating a magical curtain of mist during the rainy season.
The freshwater of this fall cascading down from an impressive height of 280 metres creates an environment that is often described as 'Stream from Heaven'. Visitors may use public transportation from Chiang Mai city to reach Doi Inthanon National Park and take a 14 kilometres hike to experience this wonder of nature.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall, Bali, Indonesia
Looking like a spot straight out of fairy tales, the Tukad Cepung Waterfall is undoubtedly a sight to behold. Located 30 kilometres north-west of the town of Ubud, this waterfall is close to the famous Pura Dalem Ped temple.
The visitors will be required to cross a river, climb a few rocks, and walk some slippery steps to reach this waterfall well-hidden between two gigantic boulders. So, make sure to wear appropriate shoes as your feet will definitely get wet on this adventure. The best hours to visit this fall is in the morning so that you can get the dreamy light this place is famous for.
Huangguoshu Waterfall, China
The Huangguoshu is actually a cluster of 18 falls known as the widest waterfall in Asia featuring an impressive combined width of 101 metres. Named after a popular Taoist legend of buried gold, the word 'Huangguoshu' literally translates to 'Yellow Fruit Tree'. The waterfall is famous for its classic square formation and the mountainside caves hidden behind the curtain of mist and falling water.
In addition to this majestic waterfall and the curtained caves, the visitor may follow the water downstream to find the Rhinoceros Pool, named so for its appearance. The spot can be visited all year round, but do not forget to bring an umbrella as this waterfall with its clouds of tiny water droplets preserves a reputation for getting the visitors' clothes wet.
Tinap Saitar Waterfall, Bangladesh
Situated at a remote corner of Bandarban, the Tinap Saitar is the largest known waterfall in Bangladesh. This spectacular fall is known for its well-deserved reputation of pristine water and occasional scenery of rainbows formed from the reflection of sunlight on rising droplets.
In order to reach this fascinating location, travellers must first obtain permission from appropriate authorities and then follow a serpentine trail deep within the dense vegetation. Only after a laborious hike through steep mountain ridges will visitors be rewarded with the breath-taking scenery that this waterfall has to offer. If you are looking for an adventurous tour inside Bangladesh that can grant a sense of achievement, this magnificent spot can be a perfect destination.
Shivanasamudra Falls, India
Last but not least, the falls at Shivanasamudra are a true marvel to behold. Located in the Mandya district of Karnataka, the tiny island town of Shivanasamudra splits the path of the river Kaveri into two streams forming this wonderful spectacle of nature.
The western stream forms the iconic twin falls known as Gaganachukki falls further down the road, while the eastern stream, a few kilometres apart, is known as the Bharachukki fall. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful falls in India, visitors may enjoy the picturesque beauty of this fall and a number of ancient temples scattered around the town from a watchtower.