Iran, a land of diverse landscapes and breathtaking natural beauty, is home to a plethora of stunning waterfalls. More than 750 perpetual and seasonal waterfalls have been recorded around Iran which are mainly located among the Zagrous and Alborz Mountains. While each with its distinct charm and allure offers a unique and immersive experience for nature enthusiasts, some are intertwined with Iranian culture and history. Join us on an enchanting journey as we explore the most famous waterfalls in Iran for different tastes.
Gilan province boasts the tallest perpetual waterfall in Iran, Laton Waterfall. With a height of 105 metres, this magnificent cascade is nestled in the heart of the Kootah-Koomeh Village, surrounded by a lush forest teeming with diverse flora and fauna. Spring and summer are the best seasons to visit, as the pleasant weather complements the stunning scenery.
Located in Mazandaran Province, Shahandasht Waterfall is known for its perpetual flow even during the coldest winters. Standing at an impressive height of 51 metres, this enchanting cascade is composed of eight smaller waterfalls that gracefully descend beside the historic Malek Bahman Castle. The source of the waterfall is the Elias Strait, adding to its allure.
Moving on, we come across the enchanting Visadar Waterfall near Rezvanshahr. This impressive waterfall is ranked as the third-highest waterfall in Gilan Province. Hidden amidst verdant forests, this picturesque cascade offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for those seeking solace in nature's embrace.
Golestan Province is home to the largest fully-moss-covered waterfall in Iran, the Kaboodval Cascade. Standing at approximately six metres in height, this waterfall is situated in a breathtaking environment, enveloped by beautiful trees of various species. Besides several shallow ponds on their way, the refreshing coolness of the water adds to the allure of this natural wonder.
Our journey continues in the northwest of Iran as we discover the captivating Shalmash Waterfall with 45 metres in height. Tucked away in a remote corner, this waterfall is a hidden paradise waiting to be explored. With its crystal-clear waters cascading down moss-covered rocks, Shalmash Waterfall is a cluster of three waterfalls that create a scene straight out of a fairytale on the outskirts of Sardasht. Lose yourself in the enchantment of this magical oasis.
Nestled within the Zagros Mountain range, Bisheh Waterfall is a true gem of Lorestan Province. This natural wonder, standing at an impressive height of 48 metres and spanning 10 metres in width, is a sight to behold. As you approach the waterfall, you'll encounter multiple springs that converge to create this breathtaking cascade. The surrounding area offers captivating attractions, including Bisheh Village and the Bisheh Train Station. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the oak forest and experience the allure of this remarkable destination.
Next on our list is Absefid Waterfall, a hidden gem nestled amidst the lush greenery of Lorestan province. With a height of approximately 70 metres, this waterfall is a sight to perceive. As you make your way through the surrounding forest, the sound of water gently cascading down the rocks will guide you towards this tranquil oasis.
Nashtrood Waterfall, standing tall at an impressive height of 110 metres is a true wonder. As you approach this majestic waterfall near Karaj city, you'll be greeted by the thundering sound of water crashing against rocks, creating a symphony of nature. The sheer power and beauty of Nashtrood Waterfall will leave you breathless, making it a must-visit spot for any traveller seeking an adrenaline rush.
Discover the beauty of the Zagros Mountains by visiting the captivating Semirom Waterfall. Known as the "bride" of the Zagros Mountains, this picturesque waterfall is located in Isfahan Province, just 4 km east of Semirom. Standing at an elevation of 35 metres, the waterfall offers a breathtaking sight, particularly during the early spring when the water volume is at its peak.
Prepare to be captivated by the grandeur of Margoon Waterfall, one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in Iran. As the water makes its way through moss-covered stones with a height of 70 metres and a width of 100 metres, this stunning cascade is a true natural beauty. Located on the border of Fars and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad provinces, Margoon Waterfall offers a magnificent sight and an enjoyable splashing water experience, especially during the spring and summer seasons.
Khuzestan Province is home to the captivating Shevi Waterfall which is one of the tallest waterfalls having a hundred metres height. Known as Tale Zang Waterfall Shevi Waterfall is nestled in the Zagros Mountains and has been recognized as a national monument of Iran. With its origin in a cave and a high-defile descent, Shevi Segmented Waterfall offers a truly remarkable sight.
Piran Waterfall, standing at around one hundred metres, not only is another jewel in Iran's crown of natural wonders but is also known as the tallest multi-step waterfall of the Middle East located among Dalahoo Mountains near Sar-pol-zahab in Kermanshah Province.
As you approach this majestic horsetail cascade, you'll be greeted by both a mesmerizing display of water gracefully descending from great heights as well as a historic rock relief related to Anubanini, the Akkadian King. This rock relief depicts the King trampling his foes while Ishtar, the goddess is by his side and an Akkadian inscription is estimated to be 4500 years old. Some believe that this very relief inspired Darius I, the Great, to make the largest Achaemenid relief in Bisotun. Piran waterfall is also a legendary anchor as one of the great Persian tragic romance poems, "Khosrow and Shirin" written by Nezami (1141-1209) took place at this spot. Besides its historical attractions, the mist created by Piran Waterfall will refresh both your body and spirit. Prepare to be enchanted by the ethereal beauty of this natural wonder.
Known as the Miniature Waterfall, this roaring cascade captivates nature lovers travelling to Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari Province with its unique and enchanting scenery. Located just 40km from Lordegan city, Atashgah Waterfall is one of the longest waterfalls in Iran, with several cascades flowing along a 3km route. As the seasons change, the number of waterfalls varies, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Originating from the majestic Dena Mountains, this magnificent waterfall follows a winding path through valleys and hills before merging with the Khorasan River and becoming one of the main sources of the Karoun River. Atashgah Waterfall promises to leave you spellbound with its beauty.
In Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, near Bazift River in Dinaran District, you'll find the awe-inspiring Zardelimeh Waterfall, the widest waterfall in Iran. Its grandeur will leave you speechless as you witness water cascading down in an eye-catching display of power and beauty. Prepare to be mesmerized as you witness this magnificent cascade stretching as far as the eye can see. These waterfalls are a testament to the untamed beauty that lies within Iran's landscapes. The route to this waterfall is mountainous and requires high physical strength.
Nojian Waterfall, with its height of approximately 90 metres, is a testament to the raw and untamed beauty of Iran's wilderness. Nestled amidst rugged terrain near Khoramabad City, in the west of Iran, this waterfall offers a unique and adventurous experience for those willing to explore off the beaten path.
With an impressive elevation of 100 metres, this magnificent waterfall is the seventh tallest in Iran nestled in the breathtaking province of Kohkiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad. Prepare to be captivated as you witness the sheer size and grandeur of this waterfall, as its waters plunge into a crystal-clear pool below. What sets Kamardogh waterfall apart is its remarkable dimensions, stretching over 60 metres in width. Its pristine beauty and untouched surroundings make it a paradise for photographers and nature enthusiasts.
As we delve deeper into Iran's natural wonders, we come across a magical waterfall located just 20 km to the northwest of Tehran. Passing through the picturesque long valley road lined with colourful plants, Sangan Waterfall welcomes you. Surrounded by lofty mountains, this 42-metre waterfall and its rural districts are definite destinations for enjoying the beauties of nature all year long. But winter is the real time to see this mesmerizing waterfall in its full beauty as it is frozen from top to down. Besides Sangan Waterfall, there is a cluster of waterfalls in Tehran province that you can track as a one-day tour. Imamzadeh Davood Waterfall, Osun Darband Waterfall, Dogholu Waterfall, and Pich Adaran Seasonal Waterfall are some of these stunning waterfalls.
Adequately named "the icy waterfall" in Farsi, this breathtaking spectacle is nestled at the elevation of 5100 metres amidst the Alborz mountains some steps away from Damavand Peak. Standing tall at a staggering 8 to 12 metres, this frozen marvel epitomizes the ethereal beauty of nature's icy embrace. Unveiling its captivating formation, the Yakhi waterfall unveils its splendour only during the warmest months of the year, July and August.
Prepare to be amazed as we venture towards Varvar Waterfall, towering at an astonishing height of 176 metres it is among the highest waterfalls in the Middle East. This natural wonder is a true testament to the grandeur of Iran's wilderness landscapes, in Kerman Province. As you stand in awe before Varvar Waterfall, you'll witness the sheer force of nature, as water plummets down, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.
Last but certainly not least, we have Keshit Waterfall in Kerman, a true oasis amid the outskirts of the central desert of Iran, the Lut desert. Picture yourself surrounded by endless stretches of sand, with Keshit Waterfall emerging as a shimmering mirage in the distance. Keshit Waterfall is a testament to nature's ability to thrive even in the most unlikely of places.
When embarking on your waterfall adventure in Iran, keep a few tips in mind to ensure a memorable experience. First and foremost, check the best time to visit each waterfall, as seasons can greatly impact the water flow and overall experience. Although Iran is a four-season country, spring and summer are generally the ideal times to witness the full beauty of these natural wonders. Additionally, pack appropriate hiking gear, including sturdy shoes, a waterproof jacket, and sunscreen. Don't forget to bring a camera to capture the breathtaking moments and create lasting memories.
Plan your journey today and let yourself be immersed in the magic of Iran's majestic waterfalls. Allow the soothing sound of cascading water and the awe-inspiring beauty of the surroundings to transport you to a world of tranquillity and serenity. From the towering Laton Waterfall to the moss-covered Kaboodval Waterfall, each destination offers a unique experience that will leave you with cherished memories. Embrace the adventure, discover the hidden charms, and let the waterfalls of Iran captivate your senses like never before.
By Samaneh Zohrabi / TasteIran