Travel Photo Challenge - Wondrous Waterfalls

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There's perhaps no greater inspiration to photographers than the sight of water in motion. The spectacle of a waterfall -- the silvery white torrents of gushing water, the deafening roar as it strikes the ground, the plumes of mist rising like smoke, and the rainbows refracted in its spray -- these images breed poetry in the fecund mind.

When we called for entries to a travel photography series on waterfalls, Yahoo readers responded with great enthusiasm. Here is a selection of the best images picked by our editors. Inspired? Keep submitting your photos!

Are you charmed by waterfalls? Submit your best images to our Flickr group, and we will publish the most inspiring ones in this series! If you have a photo-set, you can also share it with us via Dropbox to travelindiasubmissions@yahoo.in

Kailash Gufa Waterfall in Chhattisgarh, India.<br>Photo by <a href="https://secure.flickr.com/photos/86273746@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Santosh K Misra" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Santosh K Misra</a>
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Kailash Gufa Waterfall in Chhattisgarh, India.
Photo by Santosh K Misra
Thirparappu Falls in Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu, India<br><br>Photo: <a href="https://secure.flickr.com/photos/yesmkr/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yesmk Photography" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Yesmk Photography</a>
Thirparappu Falls
Thirparappu Falls in Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu, India

Photo: Yesmk Photography
Kune Waterfall in Khandala, Maharashtra. The region, full of dense forests, is located in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats.<br><br>Via <a href="https://secure.flickr.com/photos/sarath_kuchi/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sarath.Kuchi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sarath.Kuchi</a>/ Flickr
Kune Waterfall in Khandala, Maharashtra
Kune Waterfall in Khandala, Maharashtra. The region, full of dense forests, is located in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats.

Via Sarath.Kuchi/ Flickr
A passageway along the gushing river makes for an exciting approach to this thrilling waterfall.<br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sandeepachetan/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:SandeepaChetan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">SandeepaChetan</a> (Flickr)
Aharbal waterfall, Kashmir, India
A passageway along the gushing river makes for an exciting approach to this thrilling waterfall.

Photo by SandeepaChetan (Flickr)
Agaya Gangai waterfalls are located in Kolli Hills of the Eastern Ghats. Panchanathi, a jungle stream, cascades down as the Agaya Gangai (Translation: Ganges of Sky), is a 300-ft waterfall located in a valley that is surrounded by mountains on all sides.<br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaathu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Saravana Raja" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Saravana Raja</a> (Flickr)
Agaya Gangai waterfalls
Agaya Gangai waterfalls are located in Kolli Hills of the Eastern Ghats. Panchanathi, a jungle stream, cascades down as the Agaya Gangai (Translation: Ganges of Sky), is a 300-ft waterfall located in a valley that is surrounded by mountains on all sides.

Photo by Saravana Raja (Flickr)
A passenger train passes by the scenic Dudhsagar Falls in the western ghats between Goa and Karnataka. <br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vikram_ramachandran/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vikram Ramachandran" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vikram Ramachandran</a>/ Flickr
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A passenger train passes by the scenic Dudhsagar Falls in the western ghats between Goa and Karnataka.

Photo by Vikram Ramachandran/ Flickr
<span>Changi Falls - near Lava, Kalingpong in Darjeeling District of West Bengal. The surrounding area is in Neora Valley Himalayan National Reserve Forest. <br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/22059468@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ashim Chak" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ashim Chak</a><br></span>
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Changi Falls - near Lava, Kalingpong in Darjeeling District of West Bengal. The surrounding area is in Neora Valley Himalayan National Reserve Forest.

Photo by Ashim Chak
<span>"Tal" means lake in Kumaon. This is not really a waterfall...just the overflow from the lake. <br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/49403400@N08/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anindo Dey" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anindo Dey</a><br></span>
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"Tal" means lake in Kumaon. This is not really a waterfall...just the overflow from the lake.

By Anindo Dey
A waterfall in Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India. <br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vikram_ramachandran/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vikram Ramachandran" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vikram Ramachandran</a>/ Flickr
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A waterfall in Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India.

Photo by Vikram Ramachandran/ Flickr
<span>This waterfall is formed due to monsoon rains, at Chikhaldara, near Amravati, Maharashtra.<br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mayurkotlikar/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mayur Kotlikar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mayur Kotlikar</a><br></span>
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This waterfall is formed due to monsoon rains, at Chikhaldara, near Amravati, Maharashtra.

Photo by Mayur Kotlikar
Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket - the four plumes of the magnificent Jog Falls on the Sharavati River in Shivamogga, Karnataka. <br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vikram_ramachandran/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vikram Ramachandran" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vikram Ramachandran</a>/ Flickr
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Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket - the four plumes of the magnificent Jog Falls on the Sharavati River in Shivamogga, Karnataka.

Photo by Vikram Ramachandran/ Flickr
<span>The 'Erachal Parai' waterfall is in the midst of the green tea estates of Valparai. 'Erachal' in Tamil means sound and 'Parai' means rock. The sound generated by the waterfall can be heard for a few kilometers in the calm estate surrounded by hills.<br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/madhuranthakan_j/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madhu Jagdhish" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Madhu Jagdhish</a><br></span>
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The 'Erachal Parai' waterfall is in the midst of the green tea estates of Valparai. 'Erachal' in Tamil means sound and 'Parai' means rock. The sound generated by the waterfall can be heard for a few kilometers in the calm estate surrounded by hills.

Photo by Madhu Jagdhish
<span>Ethipothala Falls near Nagarjuna Sagar, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.<br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/102038026@N07/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:PC Ram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">PC Ram</a><br></span>
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Ethipothala Falls near Nagarjuna Sagar, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.

Photo by PC Ram
Waterfalls in Munnar.<br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaathu/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Saravana Raja" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Saravana Raja</a>
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Waterfalls in Munnar.

Photo by Saravana Raja
Pindari waterfall converging on the Pindari glacier in Uttarakhand, India. <br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/vikram_ramachandran/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vikram Ramachandran" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vikram Ramachandran</a>/ Flickr
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Pindari waterfall converging on the Pindari glacier in Uttarakhand, India.

Photo by Vikram Ramachandran/ Flickr
Shivanasamudram Falls, Karnataka.<br><br>Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/abhishek3131/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Abhishek Kumar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Abhishek Kumar</a>
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Shivanasamudram Falls, Karnataka.

Photo by Abhishek Kumar
Gira waterfalls on Ambika River in Dangs, Gujarat<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/13092624@N08/with/8190467599/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shridev Parikh" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shridev Parikh</a>
Gira Waterfalls in Dangs, Gujarat
Gira waterfalls on Ambika River in Dangs, Gujarat
by Shridev Parikh
A waterfall along the Hemganga River near Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/com4tablydumb/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:com4tablydumb" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">com4tablydumb</a>
Waterfall near Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
A waterfall along the Hemganga River near Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.
by com4tablydumb
Waterfall in the mist in Lavasa, Maharashtra<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/24421155@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Geeta" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Geeta</a>
Waterfall in mist in Lavasa
Waterfall in the mist in Lavasa, Maharashtra
by Geeta
Glowing waterfall in Eastern Ghats<br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/59712264@N00/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:yesbeeor" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">yesbeeor</a><br><br>
Glowing waterfall in Eastern Ghats
Glowing waterfall in Eastern Ghats
By yesbeeor

Waterfall Estate Tea Shop, Valparai<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/saikiranrgda/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sai Kiran Kanuri" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sai Kiran Kanuri</a>
Waterfall Estate Tea Shop, Valparai
Waterfall Estate Tea Shop, Valparai
by Sai Kiran Kanuri
Saputara Waterfall<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/46888008@N08/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ivabeck" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ivabeck</a>
Saputara Waterfall
Saputara Waterfall
by ivabeck
Seven Sisters Waterfall, Sikkim<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nilanjanpal/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nilanjan Pal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nilanjan Pal</a>
Seven Sisters Waterfall, Sikkim
Seven Sisters Waterfall, Sikkim
by Nilanjan Pal
Thalakona Waterfalls, Andhra Pradesh<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/siddhu_myl/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Siddhu_myl" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Siddhu_myl</a>
Thalakona Waterfalls, Andhra Pradesh
Thalakona Waterfalls, Andhra Pradesh
by Siddhu_myl
The picturesque Agasthiyar Falls in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. The falls are located about 4 km from the famous Papanasam Shiva temple. <br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/exploring_india/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Exploring India" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Exploring India</a> <br>
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The picturesque Agasthiyar Falls in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. The falls are located about 4 km from the famous Papanasam Shiva temple.

By Exploring India
Sirimane Falls in Kigga in Karnataka's Chikmagalur district is about 22 km from the famous temple town of Sringeri. <br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/21944021@N05/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kayceevinay" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">kayceevinay</a>
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Sirimane Falls in Kigga in Karnataka's Chikmagalur district is about 22 km from the famous temple town of Sringeri.

By kayceevinay
The Soochipara Falls in the hilly Wayanad district of Kerala are one of the most sought-after attractions in the region. Also known as the Sentinel Falls, the three-tiered waterfall plunges from a cliff face into a series of pools. Soochipara in Malayalam literally means Needle Rock.<br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarath_kuchi/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sarath.Kuchi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sarath.Kuchi</a><br><br>
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The Soochipara Falls in the hilly Wayanad district of Kerala are one of the most sought-after attractions in the region. Also known as the Sentinel Falls, the three-tiered waterfall plunges from a cliff face into a series of pools. Soochipara in Malayalam literally means Needle Rock.

By Sarath.Kuchi

Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunjee, India. Cherrapunjee in India's northeastern state of Meghalaya is notable as the place that receives the highest rainfall in the country. This is also the highest waterfall in India. It plunges 335 metres (1100 feet).<br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10313433@N08/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dipak Paul" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dipak Paul</a>/ Flickr
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Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunjee, India. Cherrapunjee in India's northeastern state of Meghalaya is notable as the place that receives the highest rainfall in the country. This is also the highest waterfall in India. It plunges 335 metres (1100 feet).
by Dipak Paul/ Flickr
Chitrakoot Falls in Chhattisgarh. The falls on the Indravati River plunge from a height of 95 feet. The breadth of the river increases substantially in the monsoon and the water turns muddy with eroded soil and silt.<br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/11977793@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:prads12000" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">prads12000</a>
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Chitrakoot Falls in Chhattisgarh. The falls on the Indravati River plunge from a height of 95 feet. The breadth of the river increases substantially in the monsoon and the water turns muddy with eroded soil and silt.

By prads12000
Bee Falls near Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. The story goes that the falls were so named by bathers for the stinging but refreshing spray from the falls. Located close to the army town of Pachmarhi, it is one of the most sought-after sights in the Satpura hills.<br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/90729069@N04/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:nehagupta2008" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">nehagupta2008</a>
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Bee Falls near Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. The story goes that the falls were so named by bathers for the stinging but refreshing spray from the falls. Located close to the army town of Pachmarhi, it is one of the most sought-after sights in the Satpura hills.

By nehagupta2008
Kempty Falls in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. The falls are located 15 km from Mussoorie on the Chakrata Road and is a sought-after tourist spot. The falls are located at an altitude of 4,500 feet in the Himalayan foothills. <br><br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/85346190@N06/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:nks16" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">nks16</a>/ Flickr
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Kempty Falls in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. The falls are located 15 km from Mussoorie on the Chakrata Road and is a sought-after tourist spot. The falls are located at an altitude of 4,500 feet in the Himalayan foothills.

by nks16/ Flickr
Banatheertham Falls in Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu. Banatheertham is part of the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and lies above the Karayar dam.<br><br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/90261866@N02/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rajesh PMK" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rajesh PMK</a> /Flickr
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Banatheertham Falls in Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu. Banatheertham is part of the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and lies above the Karayar dam.

by Rajesh PMK /Flickr
Vantawng Khawhthla, the highest waterfall in Mizoram. The two-tiered waterfall has a total height of 751 feet and is the 13th highest waterfall in India. It is located at a distance of 137 km from Aizawl.<br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/chamtea/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chamtea" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chamtea</a>/ Flickr
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Vantawng Khawhthla, the highest waterfall in Mizoram. The two-tiered waterfall has a total height of 751 feet and is the 13th highest waterfall in India. It is located at a distance of 137 km from Aizawl.

By chamtea/ Flickr
Bear Shola falls in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu is a popular picnic spot.<br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/90189726@N02/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:jtnan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">jtnan</a>/ Flickr
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Bear Shola falls in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu is a popular picnic spot.
By jtnan/ Flickr
Elephant Fall in in Mawnianglah, Meghalaya, located just about 10 km from Shillong. This is a popular picnic spot. <br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sskalai/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shyam Son Kalai" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shyam Son Kalai</a>/ Flickr
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Elephant Fall in in Mawnianglah, Meghalaya, located just about 10 km from Shillong. This is a popular picnic spot.
By Shyam Son Kalai/ Flickr
Hogenakkal -- literally, the smoking rocks in Kannada. These falls on the Cauvery River are located in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu.<br><br>by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/11147741@N08/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jinesh Ramakrishnan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jinesh Ramakrishnan</a>/ Flickr
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Hogenakkal -- literally, the smoking rocks in Kannada. These falls on the Cauvery River are located in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu.

by Jinesh Ramakrishnan/ Flickr
Icicles in a frozen waterfall <br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/11977793@N03/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:prads12000" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">prads12000</a>
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Icicles in a frozen waterfall
By prads12000
Waterfall from a check dam near Mahuli Fort, Shahapur, Maharashtra <br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/swanand4me/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Swanand4me" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Swanand4me</a>
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Waterfall from a check dam near Mahuli Fort, Shahapur, Maharashtra
By Swanand4me
The Chhangey Falls in Kaluk, Sikkim is located 10 km from Peling on the road to Dentam. The waterfall plunges from a great height and loses itself in the dense forests. Only 4-wheel drives can approach the road from where this waterfall can be viewed.<br><br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/90137095@N04/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ssanchari" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ssanchari</a>
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The Chhangey Falls in Kaluk, Sikkim is located 10 km from Peling on the road to Dentam. The waterfall plunges from a great height and loses itself in the dense forests. Only 4-wheel drives can approach the road from where this waterfall can be viewed.

By ssanchari
The beautiful Vattakanal falls in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu <br>By <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/inair/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Indira Nair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Indira Nair</a> / Flickr<br><br>
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The beautiful Vattakanal falls in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
By Indira Nair / Flickr

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