The revival of the monsoon will see many head to hill stations in the hope of making the most of the rains. These weekend escapes are especially popular at this time of the year for multiple waterfalls that sprout at every other corner. We pick some must-see ones from across the country that become major tourist attractions during the wet season.
Where: Near Shimoga, Karnataka
The onset of the monsoon sees the four distinct streams of the Sharavathi river — locally known as Raja, Roarer, Rani and Rocket — go from being trickles to the world-famous Jog Falls. Joga, incidentally, ranks amongst the highest waterfalls in the country.
Where: Near Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Legend has it that this was the spot where a young mother (named Likai) threw herself over the precipice after finding out that her husband killed her daughter. Her act gave the falls its name. It literally means ‘Leap of Ka Likai’, which the locals will tell you with a sad shake of the head.
Where: Near Hyderabad
A two-hour drive from Hyderabad, this waterfall is powered by the waters of the Krishna River and flows with maximum force in the monsoon. There is a crocodile breeding centre in the area since the waters are infested with the reptiles. Once daylight fades, the falls are illuminated with lights placed at strategic areas and that makes for a breathtaking sight.
Where: Near Mawsmai, Meghalaya
Also referred to as the Mawsmai Falls or the Seven Sisters, these waterfalls are a sight to behold in the rainy season. Considered one of the most photogenic spots in the country, it is best captured during sunset.
Where: Near Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
Though just 10m high, these falls pack a mighty punch and can be heard from miles away. A little ahead lies the world-famous Marble Rocks. Incidentally, the word ‘dhuandhar’ comes from two Hindi words, ‘dhuan’ meaning smoke and ‘dhar’ meaning to own. The fall gets its name from the smoky cascade seen around it.
Where: Goa-Karnataka border
The name literally means ‘Sea of Milk’, and the tiered waterfall makes for such a picturesque frame with a railway line running in front of it that the Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chennai Express (2013) was shot here. Incidentally, the makers of the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall (2012), too were interested in filming an action sequence here, but that plan did not work out.
Also head to:
* Athirappilly Falls, Kerala: Here, the water circumvents big rocks and comes down in separate plumes.
* Shivanasamudra Falls, Karnataka: Water is broken into multiple channels, which then cascades down over a cliff forming multiple side-by-side waterfalls.
Where: Near Jagdalpur, Chattisgarh
One of the broader falls in the country, local touts are happy to sell the place as the ‘Niagara Falls of India’. The water levels differ drastically in the summer and monsoon months, but tourists frequent it during the rains when the Indravati River shows off its raw power.
Where: Near Jang, Arunachal Pradesh
Should you plan a trip to Tawang, a town close to the India-China border, then there is no escaping a tryst with this waterfall. You may ask about the significance of the place or the name, but the guides here will only be interested in showing you the exact spot where some scenes of the Shah Rukh, Madhuri Dixit-starrer Koyla (1997) were shot.