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Meghalaya is a place that is blessed with natural landscapes and a variety of natural resources. The state is still in its raw form with very less population density. The place is full of refreshing mountains and very beautiful flora and fauna. It is one of the most beautiful and rich states in the northeastern part of the country. Also, popularly called the Scotland of India. Due to this richness, the place has a lot to offer in terms of adventure sports. The perfect mix of rivers, water bodies, waterfalls, and mountains, makes this place a mecca for adventure sports lovers. Here are all the top adventure sports in Meghalaya that one can give a shot on their North Eastern escape!

Top 5 Adventure Sports In Meghalaya

Here we are sharing a list of the best adventure sports you can indulge in Meghalaya. All of these sports never fail to induce thrill and keep the adrenaline rushing among travelers.

1. Hiking
2. Golfing
3. River Canyoning
4. Trekking
5. Water Sports

1. Hiking


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Meghalaya has a mix of terrain and hence provides some of the best nature walks through different terrains. You can move along the rainforest traversing through the riverfronts and living root bridges. These kinds of hikes are exclusive to Meghalaya and you will never anywhere else witness such serenity of rain forest anywhere else in India. The whole hike is full of picturesque landscapes and you will get to witness various waterfalls, streams, meadows, jungles, and valleys on your way. It’s recommended that you travel to Meghalaya in its dry months that is from November to February so that you can explore all the opportunities of hiking and camping in this place.

Location: Kyllang Rock, Sohpet-bneng, and David Scott Trail

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2. Golfing


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In Meghalaya, you have got a beautiful Golf Course in Shillong. This could be one of the best and most beautiful golf courses you might witness in our entire life. This golf course is now an 18 holes golf course providing a wide variety of golfing options to its visitors. Also, the natural beauty of this land is quite preserved by the state and locals in a joint effort. You can see pine trees on the extreme horizon of this golf course. It is one of the oldest golf courses in India and is located at a height of 5200 feet above sea level. People often come here to spend their entire day.

Location: Shillong Golf Club

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3. River Canyoning

River Canyoning

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People love to experience river canyoning in Sohra. This is one of the most popular activities of the place after trekking. People who visit Meghalaya even for one day, do not falter to experience this activity here. People often love to follow the mad river course on their boats while following the instructions from their guide. Apart from this people also enjoy their time jumping from one boulder to another and dip into the shallow part of the river. The flow of the river is so high that sometimes you may even get carried away with it. The most preferred time to visit Meghalaya for River Canyoning is its dry months that is from November to February.

Location: Sohra

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4. Trekking


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People come to Meghalaya especially to see and experience living root bridges. People often come here to forget everything else apart from the sense of being in heaven. There is one living root bridge in Meghalaya, which people love to trek on and another is a double-decker root bridge in Cherrapunji. More than witnessing the root bridge, people love the path leading to it. It’s a one-and-a-half-hour root bridge which you cross to reach the area to spot this root bridge.

The path is full of thick jungle and water streams and you never know what amazing treasure from nature you may spot on your way here. Another highlight of the trek is the rainbow waterfall. For this, you might have to schedule your trek likewise as it is visible only during summer afternoons when the waterfall is at its peak and the rays of the sun are cutting across the fall to spill it into seven colors.

Location: Tyrna Village

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5. Water Sports

Water Sports

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There are various kinds of water sports available to explore in Meghalaya. There is a water sports complex established in Umiam which has facilities to enjoy like sailing, water skiing, angling, and Canoeing. Different kinds of water sports available in this place are skiing, yachting, ricer bus, high-speed boat, speed boat, cruising boat, scooter and pedal boat. You can also enjoy kayaking here.

This water sports complex is one of the most visited places for activity in Meghalaya and people of all ages visit this facility. Apart from water sports, you can also explore other tourist spots like Lum Nehru Park, where people often love to spend their entire day with their friends and family.

Location: Umiam Lakes

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When you are in Meghalaya, apart from the developed cities like Shillong, you must also explore the raw beauty of this place. The place has an abundance of the river, mountains, waterfalls, and jungle which are yet untouched by human developments. Apart from this, the natural resources help you experiment with your limits in terms of practicing different forms of adventure sports in Meghalaya. So, if you seek to challenge your inner daredevils, do plan a trip to Meghalaya and engage in this hair raising activities!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Adventure Sports In Meghalaya

What is the best time to visit Meghalaya?

Meghalaya is a rain dense area. Hence to be safe and be able to explore it to the most, one must travel there during its dry months which is from November to February.

How many days should we plan to be in Meghalaya to experience almost everything?

One should plan his itinerary so that you can stay at least for a week in Meghalaya. It’s a full range of treasure from mother nature which needs to be explored while you are here.

What all things should we pack when we are on our adventure sports spree to Meghalaya?

While you know that you are going for adventure sports, try to bring in your track pants, sports shoes, and t-shirts. Also, rather than carrying a suitcase, preferably carry your stuff in a backpack, which will be easy for you to carry.

How to reach Umiam Lake for water sports?

Umiam lake is around a 15 km drive from Shillong. You can easily hire cabs and jeeps to reach this place from Shillong.

Can we also take our bikes along on the treks in Meghalaya?

Sometimes you may be allowed to carry your adventure sports bikes with you on your trek, however, remember that though this will allow you to ride it at another place you might even have to carry it on your shoulders.

What is so special about adventure sports in Meghalaya?

You will experience nature in its raw form. Adventure sports here are done on real natural resources rather than any kind of man-made options.

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