Literally translating into ‘abode of clouds’, Meghalaya boasts of its scenic charm and serenity. Not only misty hills, valleys, sparkling lakes and rivers, this heavenly state of India is also endowed with numerous gorgeous waterfalls. Gushing down the luxuriant hills, these waterfalls look absolutely alluring on a sunny day. Some of the waterfalls in Meghalaya also make great trekking trails too.
1. Elephant Falls – The most popular tourist place in Shillong
As one of the popular waterfalls in Meghalaya, Elephant Falls is a three-tier spectacular cascade. Located close to Shillong Peak, this fall is referred as ‘Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew’ by the local people, which means ‘three step waterfalls’. Nestled amid thick forests, Elephant falls in Shillong looks gorgeous and torrential, after the monsoon season, specifically from October to December. The Britishers named it so due to the mammoth rock lying at the foot of the waterfall, that has resemblances with that of an elephant. However, the rock is no longer there, ever since it was destroyed in an earthquake. Located 12 kms from Shillong city, this place is regularly visited by tourists and locals, particularly in weekends.
How to Reach Elephant Falls: Travel in public bus or hire a cab from Police Bazaar or MTDC bus complex.
Things to do at Elephant Falls: Photography, trekking (about 200 steps to reach the bottom) and shopping from the souvenir shop at the main gate.
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2. Seven Sisters Falls – A marvellous sight to behold
Popular as Nohsngithiang Falls or Mawsmai Falls, this is a seven-step cascade and one of the most gorgeous waterfalls of Meghalaya. Seven Sisters Falls cascades down over limestone cliffs of Khasi Hills, from 1033 feet, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in India. To witness the full voluminous flow of the brooks, visit this waterfall between July and September. Surrounded by lush green forests, the beauty of the waterfall, dropping in seven streams, will surely leave you in awe!
How to Reach Seven Sisters Falls: One can hire a can from Paltan Bazaar in Guwahati or Police Bazaar in Shillong, to reach the place. It takes about 2 hours from Shillong.
Things to do at Seven Sisters Falls: Admiring surrounding beauty and day picnic
3. Kynrem Falls – Of breath-taking beauty
Located near Cherrapunji, inside Thangkarang Park, Kynrem Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Meghalaya. Cascading down through three tiers, from a height of about 1003 feet, it is counted as the 7th highest waterfall in India. Nestled amid lush green forests of Khasi Hills, Kynrem Falls flaunts it’s fascinating beauty in post-monsoon and winter season. One of the major attraction here is Pillar Rock or Shiva Rock. Locally known as Khoh Ramhah or Mothorp, this is a huge rock located just beside the falls and offers amazing view of the plains of Meghalaya.
How to Reach Kynrem Falls: Kynrem Falls is almost 12 km from Cherrapunji. One can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach park, and then a 3 to 5-minute hike downhill will take you to the waterfall.
Things to do at Kynrem Falls: Hire a local guide to trek through the scrubby forests, upto the waterfall. Enjoy bird watching and spot wildlife during the trek.
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4. Nohkalikai Falls – Known for the spectacular plunge pool
Nohkalikai Falls is also amongst the beautiful waterfalls in Meghalaya, located at a distance of 7 kms from Cherrapunji. It is the highest plunge waterfall in India. The water cascades down from a lofty height and falls forcefully, forming a deep plunge pool, where the water remains green in summer months and turns blue in winter. There is a viewing gallery at the top and one can climb up the stairs to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the waterfall and the stunning plunge pool.
How to Reach Nohkalikai Falls: The place is roughly 7 kms from Cherrapunji. Hire taxi either from Cherrapunji or directly from Shillong.
Things to do at Nohkalikai Falls: Buy home-grown bay leaves and cinnamon sticks from local people, at throw away prices.
5. Dainthlen Falls – The beauty that will make your jaw drop
Dainthlen Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls, located at Sohra, near Cherrapunji, best known for its marvellous and gorgeous vista. Legend has it, that the waterfall derived its name from huge serpent, who used to live in a nearby cave. Local people killed this huge snake due to its destructive nature. The view of water gushing down in full force is the most amazing beauty that one can experience from the viewing gallery.
How to Reach Dainthlen Falls: Drive from Shillong to Sohra. It will take about an hour to reach.
Things to do at Dainthlen Falls: Enjoy the serenity of the place.
6. Langshiang Falls – Hidden gem of Meghalaya
River Kynshi rolls down the west Khasi Hills, to form Langshiang Falls. Not a very popular waterfall, Langshiang is one of the most gigantic cascades in Meghalaya, located amid lush green forests of Sangriang, near Nongstoin . Endowed with refreshing beauty, this water fall is locally referred as ‘kshaid Ur-Nar’ and offers mesmeric beauty of the green hills and surrounding hamlets. Langshiang Falls is also clearly visible from Mawpon village.
How to Reach Langshiang Falls: Nongkhnum is 93 kms from Shillong. The waterfall is approximately 18 kms from Nongkhnum. Hire a cab from Shillong and drive through Mairang and Nongkhnum, to reach the place.
Things to do at Langshiang Falls: Trekking up to Nongkhnum river island, located nearby.
7. Bishop and Beadon Falls – The twin brother falls
Bishop and Beadon are one of the most spectacular twin falls in Meghalaya. Bishop falls is a three-level stream, rolling down the East Khasi Hills from an altitude of about 443 feet. Tucked amid thick forests, Beadon falls offers stunning view of the surrounding. Beadon waterfall cascades through rocky hills while the foamy water of Bishop fall gushes down to form a deep plunge. Both Bishop and Beadon Falls, drop down to a deep gorge of Umiam River and flows through picturesque Suna Valley.
How to Reach Bishop and Beadon Falls: From Shillong, drive up to Mawlai in Mawprem. The motorable road ends at Mawlai. A 5-minute trek from there will take you to both the waterfalls.
Things to do Bishop and Beadon Falls: Swimming in the plunge pool, day picnic, spotting wildlife like leopard, wild cats and langurs.
8. Sweet Falls – Dangerous yet beautiful
Though not popular as others, Sweet Falls is a cascading beauty, located near Happy valley. The spot is encircled with scenic Khasi Hills and pine forests and considered as the perfect place to relax and enjoy the serenity. Sweet Falls is also labelled as one of the most dangerous waterfall in Meghalaya. Being surrounded by slippery rocks, several accidents have been reported near Sweet falls and Meghalaya tourism department have prohibited tourists there. You can surely enjoy the beauty from Happy valley, but cannot trek down to reach upto the waterfall.
How to Reach Sweet Falls: Sweet Waterfall is 12 km from Police Bazaar. Drive through Hopkinson Road and Demthring up to Mawshbuit Sweet Falls Road.
Things to do at Sweet Falls: Admire the gorgeous beauty from the viewing gallery at Happy Valley and visit the butterfly museum and mini zoo, located close by.
9. Bophill Falls – An unexplored beauty
Situated near Dwaki at Indo- Bangladesh boarder, Bophill Falls is an unpopular yet extremely beautiful waterfall in Meghalaya. This is a gushing stream, that showcases its grace and majesty during rain and post-monsoon. A favourite among nature lovers and photography buffs, Bophill Falls offers panoramic view of Khasi hills on one side and plains of Bangladesh on the other.
How to Reach Bophill Falls: Drive 90 kms from Shillong to reach Dwaki. The waterfall is just about 5 kms from Dwaki.
Things to do Bophill Falls: Photography, swimming and boating at the Umngot river.
10. Mawphlang Falls – To reinvigorate amid nature
One of the most spectacular waterfalls in the state is Mawphlang. Rolling down through multiple tiers from a great height, it is a calm and serene fall, located inside Mawhplang Sacred Forests. The water falls into a small plunge pool which is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and spend some time amidst the tranquil nature.
How to Reach Mawphlang Falls: Drive down the Mawsynram-Shillong Road for about 25 kms to reach this place. The approach road is forested and a little trek is required from the end point of the road, to reach the falls.
Things to do Mawphlang Falls: Spending some leisure time while dipping water in the water of the plunge pool and swimming. The local people worship trees in Mawhplang Sacred Forest. Trekking through this forest and experiencing such worship is also a memorable experience.
Northeast is home to some of the most splendid waterfalls in India, and if you wish to explore these natural wonders of this wonderful region, you can create your own Northeast travel package for a vacation of a lifetime.
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