There are a lot of really tall, extraordinary and truly majestic waterfalls in the world! So which among them are deemed the highest? Check them out!
The “Paradise Falls” on the Disney movie Up is obviously inspired by the real-life falls — the awe-inspiring Angel Falls, a waterfall in Venezuela. It is the world’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 meters (3,212 feet)! The waters fall off the edge of the Auyantepui, a flat-top mountain which is often shrouded by clouds.
Tugela Falls is the world’s second-highest waterfall, located in Natal National Park, South Africa. It has a cumulative height of 948 meters (3,110 feet); the waters drop from the Mont-aux-Sources plateau.
Tres Hermanas Falls is located in Otishi National Park, Junin, Peru. Reportedly it is the third highest waterfall at 914 meters (2,999 feet). The waters drop down on three tiers, hence an inspiration for the name tres hermanas (“three sisters”). It seems “3” is magic number for this waterfall.
Olo’upena Falls is a tiered waterfall in the island of Molokai, Hawaii, United States. It is unofficially the fourth highest in the world at 900 meters (2,953 feet). The action of the descending waters perhaps led to the formation of some groove on the face of a seaside cliff. The gentle trickles can be mostly appreciated when viewed from the ocean or the sky.
Located in the Amazonas Region, Peru, the Yumbilla Falls is the fifth highest waterfall at 896 meters (2,940 feet). Yumbilla is a tiered waterfall which consists of four or five drops.
The sixth tallest waterfall belongs to Europe this time –the Vinnufossen in the county of Møre og Romsdal, Norway. Obviously, it is the tallest waterfall in the continent. Another tiered waterfall, it has a height of 860 meters (2,820 feet) and has a total of four drops. The falls descend from the Vinnufjellet mountain and it is fed from a glacier.
Vinnufossen is followed by another Norwegian waterfall, the Balåifossen in the county of Hordaland. It has a height of 850 meters (2,789 feet), making it the seventh highest waterfall in the world and the second highest in Europe.
The Pu’uka’oku Falls is located in the Hawaiian island of Molokai, same as the Olo’upena Falls. It has a height of 840 meters (2,756 feet), making it the eighth tallest in the world.
The James Bruce Falls is located in Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada. The waters originated from a “neve” or snowfield and cascades down to an inlet. It is the ninth highest in the world at 840 meters (2,756 feet).
Browne Falls descend over from Doubtful Sound, a fjord in South Island, New Zealand. The waterfall’s source is Lake Browne, a mountain lake or “tarn.” It is the tenth highest waterfall in the world at 836 meters (2,743 feet).