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

Travel Waterfalls of India Chhattisgarh

Kailash Gufa Waterfall in Chhattisgarh, India.
Photo by Santosh K Misra

Thirparappu Falls

Thirparappu Falls in Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu, India

Photo: Yesmk Photography

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

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

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)

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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

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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

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"Tal" means lake in Kumaon. This is not really a waterfall...just the overflow from the lake.

By Anindo Dey

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A waterfall in Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India.

Photo by Vikram Ramachandran/ Flickr

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This waterfall is formed due to monsoon rains, at Chikhaldara, near Amravati, Maharashtra.

Photo by Mayur Kotlikar

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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

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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

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Ethipothala Falls near Nagarjuna Sagar, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.

Photo by PC Ram

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Waterfalls in Munnar.

Photo by Saravana Raja

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Pindari waterfall converging on the Pindari glacier in Uttarakhand, India.

Photo by Vikram Ramachandran/ Flickr

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Shivanasamudram Falls, Karnataka.

Photo by Abhishek Kumar

Gira Waterfalls in Dangs, Gujarat

Gira waterfalls on Ambika River in Dangs, Gujarat
by Shridev Parikh

Waterfall near Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

A waterfall along the Hemganga River near Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.
by com4tablydumb

Waterfall in mist in Lavasa

Waterfall in the mist in Lavasa, Maharashtra
by Geeta

Glowing waterfall in Eastern Ghats

Glowing waterfall in Eastern Ghats
By yesbeeor

Waterfall Estate Tea Shop, Valparai

Waterfall Estate Tea Shop, Valparai
by Sai Kiran Kanuri

Saputara Waterfall

Saputara Waterfall
by ivabeck

Seven Sisters Waterfall, Sikkim

Seven Sisters Waterfall, Sikkim
by Nilanjan Pal

Thalakona Waterfalls, Andhra Pradesh

Thalakona Waterfalls, Andhra Pradesh
by Siddhu_myl

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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

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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

Travel Waterfalls of India

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

Travel Cherrapunji Waterfall, Karnataka

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

Travel Waterfalls of India

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

Travel Waterfalls of India

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

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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

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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

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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

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Bear Shola falls in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu is a popular picnic spot.
By jtnan/ 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

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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

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Icicles in a frozen waterfall
By prads12000

Travel Waterfalls of India

Waterfall from a check dam near Mahuli Fort, Shahapur, Maharashtra
By Swanand4me

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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

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The beautiful Vattakanal falls in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
By Indira Nair / Flickr