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 firstname.lastname@example.org Kailash Gufa Waterfall in Chhattisgarh, India. Photo by Santosh K Misra 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. 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. Photo by Saravana Raja (Flickr) A passenger train passes by the scenic Dudhsagar Falls in the western ghats between Goa and Karnataka. Photo by Vikram Ramachandran/ Flickr 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 "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. Photo by Vikram Ramachandran/ Flickr 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. Photo by Vikram Ramachandran/ Flickr 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 Ethipothala Falls near Nagarjuna Sagar, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Photo by PC Ram Waterfalls in Munnar. Photo by Saravana Raja Pindari waterfall converging on the Pindari glacier in Uttarakhand, India. Photo by Vikram Ramachandran/ Flickr Shivanasamudram Falls, Karnataka. Photo by Abhishek Kumar Gira waterfalls on Ambika River in Dangs, Gujarat by Shridev Parikh A waterfall along the Hemganga River near Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand. by com4tablydumb Waterfall in the mist in Lavasa, Maharashtra by Geeta Glowing waterfall in Eastern Ghats By yesbeeor Waterfall Estate Tea Shop, Valparai by Sai Kiran Kanuri Saputara Waterfall by ivabeck Seven Sisters Waterfall, Sikkim by Nilanjan Pal 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. By Exploring India 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. 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). 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. 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. 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. by nks16/ Flickr 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. By chamtea/ Flickr 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. 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. by Jinesh Ramakrishnan/ Flickr Icicles in a frozen waterfall By prads12000 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. By ssanchari The beautiful Vattakanal falls in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu By Indira Nair / Flickr The beautiful Vattakanal falls in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu By Indira Nair / Flickr Anjuruli Falls in Idukki, Kerala. This tourist spot is located 3 km from Kanchiyar village. By itirp_2001 Karumalai Falls in Valparai, Tamil Nadu is surrounded by the lush forests of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve and tea plantations. By chandrasekaran a Athirappilly Waterfalls in Kerala is one of the most famous waterfalls in the state and a sure-fire tourist attraction. The falls are located on the Chalakudy River, which originates in the Western Ghats. The nearby Vazhachal Falls is also equally attractive. By Vinod Kumar M Also see: Photo-gallery on Vazhachal -- In the kingdom of the Rain-God Chunnu Summer falls at the Rock Garden, Darjeeling By Roxan11 Mesmerising Thosegarh Waterfall in Satara district, Maharashtra. The waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and is reachable by bus from Pune. Photo by vishal Pd/Flickr Waterfall near Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka. In the monsoon, the hills of the Western Ghats are full of streams and waterfalls surrounded by lush vegetation and abundant bird-life. By Lakshmi Kanth Raju/ Flickr ALSO SEE Western Ghats, Eastern Pride Monkey Falls near Pollachi, Tamil Nadu is on the way to hill station of Valparai. by Siva301in/ Flickr ALSO SEE: Valparai: In the heart of a bountiful rainforest Silver Cascade falls By I Nair Ethipothala Waterfalls, Andhra Pradesh By HiHyderabad Hogenakkal Falls - A waterfall in South India on the Cauvery River By santoshgeorge Kuntala Falls - Andhra Pradesh By Ganugapenta NaveenKumar Reddy Abbi Falls, Coorg By suji157 Little Roarer By pashernx Pristine This was a small waterfall plumming down a flat rock bed. A stone arc covered with mosses adorns this white beauty. By pashernx Srimane Falls, Sringeri By Vaishak Kallore Thommankuth Waterfalls, Thodupuzha, Kerala It was raining but we trekked to the spot to see this waterfall. Rain fills the river and it is a treat for eyes and the sound of waterfalls is music to ears. By OstienVJ Cheeyapara Waterfall at Munnar By abhay_mibm Hazra Falls Near Dongargarh, Chattisgarh By RDewal Hundru Falls, Jharkhand Hundru Falls is created on the course of the Subarnarekha River where it falls from a height of 98 metres (322 ft), creating one of the highest waterfalls in the state of Jharkhand. By Srikumar Mitra Iruppu Falls By Samson Joseph Ghatarani Waterfalls near Bhilai, Chhattisgarh By vivek1903 Hoganekkal Waterfalls, Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu By suji157 View from Bhor Ghat (Pune to Mahad) By Milind Bodas Bliss at God's own country - Athirapilly Waterfalls, Kerala By Sarath.kuchi Rajdari Waterfall inside Chandraprabha National Park (near Varanasi), Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh, India By prk.delhi Coonoor By Dinesh Kumar Padhi Divine Rythm By Vaibhav HAria Five falls, Courtallam, Tirunelveli, India By James Adaickalasamy Forest waterfall By Santozz Frozen waterfall in Sikkim By R Mitra Full Force By Kiron Joseph Hidden water falls at Amboli Ghat, Maharashtra By Naveen Kadam Photography Jog Falls (Rocket) as seen from the British Bungalow By [ Pranesh Vittal ] Milky Way By Kiron Joseph Pure as milk By Dhrubajyoti Dutta Streamlines of life By Sandeep Bharat Steps to waterfall in Amboli, Maharashtra By Viswajit Streamlines of life By Dhrubajyoti Dutta water fall creating water fog - "Amritdhara" Waterfalls on the path of "Hasdeo" River near Chirimiri, Chhattisgarh. By Inglorious B Pochara Falls in Andhra Pradesh By Ganugapenta Naveenkumar Reddy Waterfall By Karthik Menon Photography Seasonal Waterfall. Monsoon not only turns waterfalls into gorgeous spectacles, but also gives birth to many new ones. By Inglorious B Abbi Falls By Rajesh_Kr Avalanche Ooty By tommy371 Chingara Water Falls near Honey Valley, Coorg By [ Pranesh Vittal ]