Iran's Nature 13 Feb 2024 BY Maryam Mahmoudian

Top 20 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Iran

Iran is a great destination for nature lovers. In addition to historical and cultural places to visit, there are plenty of natural places to see. Despite most people think of Iran as a desert country, there are so many different types and climates in the country.

The natural beauty of Iran includes lakes, wetlands, forests, valleys, mountains, caves, islands, springs and waterfalls. Sitting nearby a waterfall and listen to the sound of water dropping from a high mountain is one of the most refreshing and revealing experience. Here, we are going to introduce some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iran to encourage you visiting them when you travel to Iran.


Top 20 Waterfalls in Iran

  1. Margoon Waterfall
  2. Laton Waterfall
  3. Bisheh Waterfall
  4. Yakhi Waterfall
  5. Shevi Waterfall
  6. Nojian Waterfall
  7. Kaboodval Waterfall
  8. Shahandasht Waterfall
  9. Ab Sefid Waterfall
  10. Sangan Waterfall
  11. Semirom Waterfall
  12. Kamardough Waterfall
  13. Shirabad Waterfall
  14. Asiab-kharabeh Waterfall
  15. Visadar Waterfall
  16. Piran Waterfall
  17. Tirkan Waterfall
  18. Gazou Waterfall
  19. Ganjnameh Waterfall
  20. Badalan Waterfall


1. Margoon Waterfall

Sepidan, Fars Province

Margoon Waterfall

Margoon literally means in "snake-like" in Farsi. The waterfall is situated in the Margoon village, in the western valleys of Sepidan County in Fars Province. It is also 150 kilometers north of Shiraz.

Margoon Waterfall has 70 meters height and 100 meters in width. It is one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in Iran. The waterfall is, in fact, the source of the river at the top of the mountain, but from the body of the rocky mountain walls, there are more than a few thousand springs that the water is poured out from them.

Margoon Village has a mountainous neighborhood with an elevation of over 2,200 meters above sea level. Most of the year, the weather is cold, and during the winter the waterfall can eventually freeze in December and January. The weather is mild during the summertime. So, the best time to travel to Margoon Waterfall is during spring and summer.

To get to the waterfall, you can drive to the road which leads to the waterfall. But you have to park your car about 800 meters before the waterfall entrance because no vehicle can pass through further. Also, you have to do a little hiking to get to this lovely place.

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2. Laton Waterfall

Astara, Gilan Province

Laton Waterfall

Laton Waterfall with 105 meters height is the highest waterfall in Iran. The waterfall lies 15 kilometers south of the border town of Astara in Gilan Province. The Laton Waterfall originates from the fabulous Kootah-Koomeh Village and it’s just in the center of a beautiful forest.

The fauna and flora of the neighborhood are absolutely amazing with a great range of different species. Apricot, quince, pear, walnut, hazelnut, wild apple, and plum trees can be seen around the Laton Waterfall in different seasons. The fauna of that area is also noticeable as animals such as wolves, bears, porcupines, and raccoons.

To go to the Laton Waterfall you need to drive about 15 kilometers south of Astara, on the border with Ardabil Province. Then, you should pass along the roads of Londvil City and Kooteh Koomeh Village. At the end of this road, you should trek for about 4 hours in one of the most amazing paths in Iran.

Backpacking and camping are the things you can enjoy, apart from walking. The best time to go is spring and summer; you will be impressed by the pleasant weather beside verdant green trees.

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3. Bisheh Waterfall

Khorramabad, Lorestan Province

Bisheh Waterfall

Bisheh waterfall is situated in the heart of Zagros Mountain range, 65 kilometers to the city of Khorramabad in Lorestan Province. Bisheh Waterfall is the forty-eight national monument that was recorded in the list of Iran’s natural heritage by the Cultural Heritage Organization.

It is almost 48 meters high and 10 meters wide. At the top of the waterfall, there are several springs which join together and create the waterfall.

Due to the adjacent of this waterfall with several beautiful complexes such as the vast oak forests, the Bisheh village and the perspective of the railway station of Bisheh, it can be considered as an appropriate tourist area.


4. Yakhi Waterfall

Amol, Mazandaran Province

Yakhi Waterfall

Yakhi literally means icy in Farsi, and the waterfall gets its name since it is completely frozen almost all over the year. The waterfall is located in Amol City, in Mazandaran Province, at an elevation of 5,100 meters. This waterfall is 70 meters in height and 3 meters in width.


5. Shevi Waterfall

Dezful, Khuzestan Province

Shevi Waterfall

Shevi Waterfall or as locals call it Tale Zang Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iran. In Bakhtiari language, Shevi means tenderness.

The waterfall is located in the Zagros Mountains, in Sardash Area of Dezful, in Khuzestan Province. Shevi Waterfall was registered as one of the national monuments of Iran. It is just 10 kilometers from Tale Zang Rail station on Tehran-South Railroad. Taking the train is the easiest way to go to this amazing waterfall. Shevi Waterfall originates from a cave and flows in a high defile downwards.

The best time to visit Shevi Waterfall is in spring, especially March, in which the weather is fresh and all the surrounding area is greener than ever.

To reach the Shevi Waterfall, you need to pass through a mountainous road. As you walk through the road, you will hear the sound of the water and will feel that the humidity gets higher. There are terraced pools at the bottom of the waterfall which are great for swimming.

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6. Nojian Waterfall

Khoramabad, Lorestan Province

Nojian Waterfall

The Nojian Waterfall in the western part of Iran is one of the highest waterfalls in the country with 95 meters height and 5 meters in width. The water comes from the upstream springs and is abundant in springtime. Therefore, the best time to visit Nojian Waterfall is in May, April, and early June. At this time of the year, you will enjoy wondrous scenes on your way to the waterfall.

The waterfall is located at a distance of 51 kilometers in the southeast of Khoramabad City in Lorestan Province.

In 2008, Nojian Waterfall was inscribed on the Natural Heritage list by Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran.


7. Kaboodval Waterfall

Aliabad-e katul, Golestan Province


The Kaboud-val Waterfall is the largest full-moss waterfall in Iran. The waterfall is situated in an amazing environment, full of beautiful trees from different species. It is almost 6 meters in height and has one of the coolest and refreshing water.


8. Shahandasht Waterfall

Amol, Mazandaran Province

Shahandasht Waterfall

Shahandasht Waterfall is situated deep in the rich nature of Mazandaran Province, 65 kilometers away from Amol. It is the second-highest waterfall in Iran, and the most interesting thing about this waterfall is that water never stops falling from it, even during the cold and breezy winter.

If you are planning to have a visit of Shahandasht Waterfall, it is good to know that there is the magnificent Malek Bahman Fort just nearby it.

The height of Shahandasht Waterfall is about 51 meters, and it consists of 8 smaller ones which pour cascade down beside of Malek Bahman castle. Source of the waterfall is Elias Strait.

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9. Ab Sefid Waterfall

Aligoudarz, Lorestan Province

Ab Sefid

Lorestan Province is known as the province of waterfalls in Iran, and among numerous waterfalls in the province, Ab Sefid Waterfall is one of the most beautiful ones. The waterfall flows on the western slopes of Oshtorankooh Mountain range, towards the east of the province. Its exact location is in Aligoudarz County in Lorestan Province.

The waterfall goes through a tunnel and comes out of the heart of a rocky mountain. With a height of 69 meters, its exit from the mountain is so amazing. It joins the river of Rudbar (Ab Zalaki) in Lorestan and eventually pours into Dez River.

In hot summers, innumerable families pack picnics for a couple of delightful hours in the heart of nature. It might be crowded in peak seasons but is still worthwhile and enjoyable. Families like to settle for a few hours and paddle in cool waters; this is what children love the most, and you will find it difficult to convince them to leave.


10. Sangan Waterfall

Suleqan, Tehran Province

Sangan Waterfall

Sangan Village is a beautiful and mountainous area in the northwest of Tehran. It is a bit upper than Suluqan Village and has an amazing waterfall. Sangan Waterfall is just outside the village with great access from Tehran through Kan Road.

Sangan Waterfall is unique in its kind. In winter, dripping water creates an ice stalagmite at the base of the waterfall. This stalagmite usually reaches a height of 40 m. Although the ice stalagmite is sometimes climbed, this is generally not recommended due to the danger of falling ice from above.

During the summer months, lack of rainfall can significantly reduce the water flow. The waterfall will obviously be most impressive after heavy rains in spring and autumn.

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11. Semirom Waterfall

Semirom, Isfahan Province

Semirom Waterfall

Semirom Waterfall is known as the beautiful bride of the Zagros Mountains. The waterfall is situated 4 kilometers east of the Semirom city and 160 kilometers south of Isfahan. As a result of its beautiful and mountainous neighborhood, Semirom region is considered as one of the most privileged areas for nature lovers.

To reach the waterfall, you should take the Abadeh Road in Semirom. Then, before leaving the city, enter the waterfall road in the left. At the end of the road, you will reach the cascade parking lot which is in 200 meters of the waterfall. By just walking for about 5 minutes, you can reach the waterfall. The best time to visit Semirom Waterfall is the earliest time in spring since the volume of the water is at the highest level of it.


12. Kamardough Waterfall

Dehdasht, Kohgiluyeh and Boyerahmad

Kamardough Waterfall

Towering 100 meters and spanning 60 meters across, the Kamardough Waterfall holds a place of honor as one of Iran's most celebrated natural wonders. As one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iran, earning the affectionate nickname "The Bride of Iran Waterfalls," this cascading beauty draws visitors with its breathtaking presence and diverse recreational opportunities.

Located within the Raisi Castle grounds in Kohgiluyeh city, the waterfall requires a scenic journey along winding mountain roads north of Dehdasht. Lush oak forests line the path, offering a glimpse into the region's rich flora before revealing the waterfall's grandeur.

Unlike many waterfalls, Kamardough maintains its flow throughout the year, earning its designation as a four-season attraction. This consistent water presence creates a captivating display, whether witnessed during the vibrant greenery of spring or the snow-capped peaks of winter.

The cascading wonder isn't the only draw. At the base, tranquil ponds beckon, offering opportunities for water sports like swimming and diving. Before taking the plunge, ensure you check the water depth for safety. Alternatively, the surrounding rocks provide a thrilling challenge for experienced climbers and rock climbers.

If you're captivated by the allure of Kamardough Waterfall, remember that the 70km journey from Dehdasht requires navigating winding mountain roads. Proper footwear and attire are essential for navigating the terrain around the waterfall, and respecting the delicate ecosystem is paramount.

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13. Shirabad Waterfall

Shirabad Village, Golestan Province

Shirabad Waterfall

Nestled amidst the verdant embrace of Golestan province, the Shirabad waterfalls offer a captivating escape for nature enthusiasts. Located just 55 kilometers from the bustling city of Gorgan, these cascading beauties show their grandeur after a scenic 20-minute walk from the nearby town of Khan Bebin.

Unlike singular spectacles, Shirabad boasts a mesmerizing collection of seven waterfalls, earning it the moniker "Seven Waterfalls of Shirabad." Each waterfall possesses its own unique charm, with some hidden away amidst lush greenery, others resembling a graceful bride in their flow, and yet others cascading in twinned symmetry.

The highest waterfall in this complex reigns supreme at 25 meters, while its runner-up stands tall at 12 meters. These cascading wonders plunge into crystal-clear pools, their depths reaching up to 10 meters, inviting exploration and rejuvenation.

Adding to the intrigue, several caves dot the landscape near the waterfalls. The "Dive Sepid" and "Samandar" caves beckon adventurers with their whispers of hidden secrets and unexplored passages.

The allure of Shirabad extends beyond the cascading waters. Lush forests provide a refreshing escape, while the surrounding area offers opportunities for trekking, camping, and picnicking amidst nature's embrace.

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14. Asiab-kharabeh Waterfall

Jolfa, East Azerbaijan

Asiab-kharabeh Waterfall

Located within the breathtaking landscapes of Jolfa, East Azerbaijan, lies the Asiab-kharabeh waterfall, a captivating blend of natural splendor and historical intrigue. Its name, aptly translated as "broken watermill," hints at the captivating story woven into its very essence.

Centuries ago, a sturdy watermill stood tall near the cascading waters, harnessing its power to grind grain. Time, however, has taken its toll, leaving behind only ruins - a silent testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of past generations. These ruins now stand alongside the waterfall, adding a layer of melancholy charm to the scene.

Standing proudly at 15 meters, the Asiab-kharabeh waterfall is a visual treat. Its water originates from a pristine spring nestled within the majestic Kiamaki Mountain, one of the region's highest peaks. As it descends, the water dances through lush greenery, its journey adorned with vibrant mosses and ferns. Reaching the valley below, the waterfall joins a flowing stream, creating a harmonious symphony of nature's music.

Visitors must exercise caution while exploring the area. The harsh winter of 2012 inflicted damage on the waterfall, causing rocks to fall due to the weight of ice. As a result, signs of danger are present near the waterfall, and it's crucial to prioritize safety during your visit.


15. Visadar Waterfall

Rezvanshahr, Gilan

Visadar Waterfall

While not the absolute highest waterfall in Iran, Visadar certainly holds its own when it comes to captivating beauty and natural wonder. Nestled 16 kilometers from Pareh Sar and 62 kilometers from Rasht in Gilan province, Visadar beckons nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Standing at an impressive 15 meters, Visadar earns the title of the third-highest waterfall in Gilan province. But its height is just one aspect of its mesmerizing allure.

The waterfall's surroundings are defined by the distinct shape of its walls, carved by time and water erosion. These layered rock formations create a dramatic backdrop for the cascading water.

Visadar's water gracefully flows over large boulders before plunging into a refreshing pool below. The sound of the waterfall and the cool mist create a peaceful atmosphere. The erosion around the base of the falls has formed a semi-circular pool perfect for swimming, especially during hot summer months.

The dense forest surrounding the waterfall provides shade and cool air, making it a pleasant area for walking or relaxing.Sunlight filtering through the leaves creates a beautiful interplay of light and water on the pool's surface.

A metal bridge offers panoramic views of the waterfall and the surrounding landscape, allowing visitors to appreciate its grandeur from a different perspective.


16. Piran Waterfall

Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah

Piran Waterfall

Lying amidst the majestic Zagros Mountains in Iran's Kermanshah province lies the awe-inspiring Piran waterfall, also known as Rijab waterfall. Boasting an impressive height of 150 meters (or 180 meters including all its floors), it holds the title of the "highest stepped waterfall in the Middle East," making it a true natural wonder.

Piran comprises three distinct tiers, cascading down a dramatic rock face. While the two upper tiers command attention with their sheer height, the lower tier remains partially hidden amongst lush greenery, adding a touch of mystery to the landscape.

The waterfall's beauty exposes differently depending on your vantage point. From above, you can witness the grandeur of the upper tiers, while the full majesty of all three tiers is best appreciated from below.

While the journey might involve navigating some winding roads, the reward of witnessing this natural spectacle is truly worth it.

Given the generally cool and cold weather in western Iran, spring and summer offer the most pleasant conditions for visiting the waterfall. During these months, you can expect moderate temperatures and less rainfall, allowing for a more enjoyable exploration.

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17. Tirkan Waterfall

Babol, Mazandaran

Tirkan Waterfall

Tucked away in the village of Tirkan, Mazandaran province, lies the Tirkan waterfall, a relatively lesser-known attraction offering its charm to those willing to put in the effort. Although not a towering cascade, its appeal lies in its gentle flow and secluded location within the heart of the village.

Unlike other waterfalls of Iran, Tirkan is shorter and features a smooth water flow, creating a tranquil atmosphere. The water cascades into a natural stone pool with clear, turquoise water, reflecting the surrounding nature.

Getting to Tirkan involves a committed hike since there is no direct car access available. This entails a leisurely 2-hour stroll through the picturesque Darazkola forest and Kalbukusht area. The hike provides a chance to admire age-old trees such as alders, yews, and common medlars, forming an enchanting natural canopy.


18. Gazou Waterfall

Savadkouh, Mazandaran

Gazou Waterfall

Located 15 km from Shirgah and 25 km from the underwater city in Savadkouh, Gazou Waterfall isn't just one spectacle, but a captivating duo nestled amidst the heart of Lafour forest.

Gazou Waterfall surprises visitors with its dual personality. A 5-meter cascade, sets the stage for the grand finale – A majestic 43-meter waterfall. Together, they reach an impressive height of 48 meters, placing Gazou among notable waterfalls in Iran.

The surrounding Lafour forest influences Gazou's climate, creating distinct seasonal experiences. Spring paints the scene in vibrant greens, with the waterfall's colors adding to the visual feast. Autumn transforms the landscape into a canvas of colorful leaves, inviting visitors to collect mementos and witness the vibrant contrast with the blue water.

Beyond its visual appeal, Gazou offers an auditory treat. The cascading waters create a mesmerizing melody, with each drop playing its part in nature's symphony. This constant music, coupled with the fresh forest air, promises a mood-lifting experience that makes leaving a challenge.


19. Ganjnameh Waterfall


Ganjnameh Waterfall

While the Ali Sadr Cave may be a known attraction, Hamedan holds another wonder just 5 kilometers away: Ganjnameh Waterfall. Located in a mountainous and rocky environment, this 12-meter cascade offers a unique blend of natural beauty and historical significance.

Ganjnameh Waterfall stands gracefully amidst the rugged terrain, its waters cascading down into a refreshing pool below. The surrounding mountains create a majestic backdrop, perfect for capturing breathtaking photos or simply soaking in the serene atmosphere.

Reaching the waterfall requires a bit of effort, navigating the mountainous and rocky terrain. This may not be ideal for everyone, but for those seeking an adventure, the trek adds to the charm of the experience.

Adding a layer of intrigue are the two historical inscriptions engraved near the waterfall. These remnants, dating back to the Achaemenid period, transport visitors back in time.


20. Badalan Waterfall

Khoy, West Azerbaijan

Badalan Waterfall

The Bedlan Waterfall, also known as Fizil Chir Waterfall, offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and adventure as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iran. Located just 21 kilometers from the city of Khoy, it's a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a scenic escape.

Reaching the waterfall itself becomes part of the adventure. As you drive from Khoy, you'll pass through charming green walnut gardens, creating a delightful introduction to the natural wonders ahead. However, prepare for a slight detour as the final 400 meters leading to the waterfall involve a sandy road. It's best to park your car here and take a short walk to reach your destination.

Standing tall at 13 meters, it cascades down the mountainside, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. The sound of the rushing water and the cool mist filling the air add to the serene ambiance.

But Bedlan Waterfall holds more than just visual grandeur. Adjacent to the waterfall, a small cave beckons adventurous souls. Through a narrow passage, you can climb to the top of the waterfall, offering a unique perspective of its cascading beauty.

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