As we get so caught up with work, health and/or financial issues, we build up a lot of stress that is making us feel anxious, sad, or helpless. Although it may feel debilitating at times, there are several steps we can take to maintain our sanity, such as being in nature.
Ever seen such a wondrous landscape that makes you (temporarily) forget all your worries? That’s Mother Nature at work, making us feel connected to everything around us at that point of time. One of the best natural sceneries to wash away our troubles is the waterfall.
A report by British travel site Travelbag has found the 10 most picturesque waterfalls, based on Instagram hashtags for waterfalls around the world. Perhaps one of these will be part of your next travel plan.
10. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 97,000 posts
Ranked in the 10th position is a collection of multiple waterfalls found in Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises a series of 16 lakes connected by waterfalls. The largest of which is nearly 80 metres tall.
9. Snoqualmie Falls, United States — 149,000 posts
Snoqualmie Falls is a 268-foot (about 82-metre) tall waterfall in the State of Washington, United States. This stunning curtain waterfall attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year and also serves as an important cultural and spiritual monument to the Snoqualmie people of Washington.
8. Bridalveil Fall, United States - 154,000 posts
Located in California's Yosemite National Park, Bridalveil Fall is a year-round waterfall that flows over 617 feet (about 188 metres). The Ahwahneechee Native Americans named this waterfall Pohono, meaning "Spirit of the Puffing Wind", due to the water often being blown sideways by strong winds.
7. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland - 158,000 posts
Seljalandsfoss lets visitors walk right behind the 60-metre waterfall into a small cave, getting up close and personal with the cascading flow of water. However, to walk behind the waterfall, you need to be able to tackle some steep and slippery rocks.
6. Kawasan Falls, Philippines - 160,000 posts
Found on the River Kawasan in Cebu, a province of the Philippines, Kawasan Falls is made up of multi-tiered waterfalls — the largest of which is 40 metres tall — plunging into crystalline water pools. These vivid turquoise pools are popular swimming spots and can be enjoyed all year round thanks to the Philippines' tropical climate.
5. Yosemite Falls, United States - 215,000 posts
The tallest waterfall in California’s Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Falls looks the most amazing in late spring when water flow is at its peak. The water cascades down a 2,425-foot (about 739-metre) drop, which is spread over three sections.
4. Multnomah Falls, United States — 280,000 posts
Multnomah Falls in Oregon, United States, is the most frequently visited natural recreation area in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It attracts over two million visitors each year thanks to its breathtaking beauty.
3. Iguazu Falls, Brazil / Argentina — 286,000 posts
Situated on the Iguazu River along the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls consists of hundreds of waterfalls, making up the most extensive waterfall system in the world. The surrounding rainforests make for a uniquely jaw-dropping setting.
2. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe / Zambia — 300,000 posts
Located on the Zambezi River which runs along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It may not be the tallest nor the widest waterfall in the world, but its combined height of 354 feet (about 108 metres) and width of 5,604 feet (about 1,708 metres) make it the largest sheet of flowing water.
1. Niagara Falls, United States / Canada — 3.5 million posts
Niagara Falls wins with a landslide victory as the most popular and beautiful waterfall in the world. It is made up of three waterfalls that span the border between Ontario in Canada and New York in the United States. The falls can be accessed from either side of the border, but the views are more spectacular from the Canadian side.