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Dauda Waterfall

Dauda Waterfall in May 2002
Dauda Waterfall in May 2002. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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One of the most attractive waterfalls in Latvia is Dauda Waterfall. It has formed on an interesting rock – oolitic sandstone.

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GPS coordinates
57.1695 N 24.9035 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Vidzeme, Sigulda municipality, east from Sigulda, on Dauda River. It can be reached walking along the trail some 650 m north-west from Sigulda-Nurmizi-Vildoga road (V83)
2.4 m
2 (closely located)
Approximately 3, at high water up to 4.5 m
Name in Latvian, alternate names
Daudas ūdenskritums, Lākturupītes ūdenskritums, Vecdreļļu ūdenskritums

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WorldYellow In detail

There are many waterfalls in the vicinities of Sigulda – most of them small or flowing just some weeks per year, but each of them is beautiful.

The most impressive among them is Dauda Waterfall. As one approaches it across the meadow, the sound gives away – there is a waterfall!

Dauda Waterfall in April 2003
Dauda Waterfall in April 2003. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

The waterfall is located in a shallow valley. Below it starts a deep ravine – a wilderness area, a strict nature conservation area that should not be entered without special permits.

Waterfall has two steps – 0.5 m high and 1.8 m high.

Dauda Waterfall, March 2008
Dauda Waterfall, March 2008. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

Dauda Waterfall has formed on the Upper Devonian (Frasnian stage) sandstone of the Amata Formation. In general, this sandstone is fragile but in this area, some layers of sandstone contain much lime that has cemented the sand grains. The cemented sandstone there has created concretions – some 0.5-2 cm large balls that are cemented together. Sometimes, though, below the falls can be found separate perfectly round stone pellets.

Somehow, frequently there is mentioned that this is the third-tallest waterfall in Latvia. There are numerous taller ones, but most of these waterfalls have water for just some weeks per year. Nevertheless, there are rather many perennial waterfalls in Latvia that are higher.

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