Dudhsagar means “Sea of Milk” – one lo at the foaming spray of the falls and you’ll see how fitting the name truly is. The four tiers of the waterfall originate from the Mandovi River on the border between the Indian states of Karnataka and Goa, and can be accessed via treks through Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park in the Western Ghats.
Just a short walk from Kobe train station, along a trail that winds behind the buildings, you’ll come across Nunobiki Falls. Nunobiki is comprised of four separate falls: Ontaki, Mentaki, Tsutsumigadaki, and Meotodaki.
The third and final Jeju-Island waterfall wonder on this list of the most incredible waterfalls in Asia is Cheonjiyeon (not to be confused with the similarly-named Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls), a name that translates as “Sky Connected with Land.”
Although these plunging falls go by many local names (Gerusoppe Falls, Jogada Gundi and Gersoppa Falls to name but a few), the vertical veins of water are an unmistakeable attraction of Sagara Taluk, in India’s Karnataka State. Water levels are at their highest just after the monsoon season, when the Sharavathi River pours into the pools of spray below.
Powered by the Aghanashini River in the Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka, Unchalli Falls are also known as Lushington Falls after J. D. Lushington, a British Government official who supposedly “discovered” the waterfall in 1845. Plunging a whopping 116 meters into a steep valley, Unchalli is also nicknamed “Keppa Joga” due to the deafening roar the water makes.
Trek deep into the unspoiled jungle of Thailand’s Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and you’ll be rewarded with the multi-tiered falls of Thi Lo Su (“Loud Waterfall”). The intense flows live up to their name, as the Mae Klong River roars down limestone cliffs. There are also pools nearby you can swim in.
The beautiful mermaid-lagoon-style Tinago Falls (“Hidden Falls”) can be found on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, between the town of Linamon and the city of Iligan (a city nicknamed as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls”). The trek to the falls is mostly downhill, consisting of around 500 steps. The 73-meter drop of cold water ends in a beautiful blue lagoon and there’s also a small cave under the waterfall, where people can enter and listen to the sound of rushing water.
Just an hour away from the city of the ancient city of Luang Prabang, the impressive Kuang Si Falls with its impish fairy pools and jewel-toned waters is a popular tourist attraction and a must-see for anyone visiting the country. Don’t forget your swimsuit, so you can splash in pure turquoise and get a shoulder massage from the pouring waters.
Another famous waterfall found on South Korea’s Jeju Island, Jeongbang is thought to be the only waterfall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean (although it pours into a sheltered cove first before heading out to sea). Legend has it that a holy dragon lives under the falls and that the spirit of the dragon infuses the water with healing properties.
A stream of spray and foam plunging into mountains and forest, Japan’s Kegon Falls is the overflow of the Oshiri River and Lake Chūzenji. Head into Nikko National Park in the Tochigi Prefecture and you’ll encounter the 97-meter shower fall into rainbow-filled pools, as well as 12 other smaller trickles to the sides of the main waterfall.