‘Residence of clouds’ is what Meghalaya is and the place bombasts its beautiful charm and peace. Not only the blurry hills, valleys, luminous lakes and rivers, this angelic state of India is also gifted with many mesmerizing waterfalls. By rolling down the magnificent hills, these waterfalls look absolutely attractive on a sunny day. Some waterfalls in Meghalaya also make great trekking trails.
List of some hypnotizing waterfalls in Meghalaya.
1. Elephant Falls
Elephant Falls is the most popular tourist place in Shillong. As one of the popular waterfalls in Meghalaya, Elephant Falls is a three-level magnificent cascade. This beautiful fall is located near Shillong peak and it is known by the locals as ‘Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew’, which means ‘three-step waterfalls’.
Situated between thick forests, after the monsoon season, especially from October to December the elephant falls in Shillong, looks gorgeous and radiant.
The British people gave it this name because the huge rock lies on the foot of the waterfall, which is similar to the elephant. However, the rock is no longer there, since it was destroyed in an earthquake. Located 12 km from Shillong city, this place is regularly visited by tourists and locals, especially at the weekend.
With the help of public bus or by hiring a cab from Police Bazaar or MTDC bus complex. You can easily reach the elephant fall. It ranks in the top waterfalls in Meghalya.
2. Kynrem Falls
Kynrem fall is located near Cherrapunji, inside Thangkarang Park which is known to be one of the most scenic waterfalls in Meghalaya.
This fall is one of the highest waterfalls in Meghalaya. Plunging down through three levels, from an altitude of about 1003 feet, it is ranked as the 7th highest waterfall in India. Wrapped in the lush green forests of Khasi Hills, Kynrem Falls grandstand its spellbinding beauty in post-monsoon and winter season.
Pillar Rock or Shiva Rock is one of the major attraction here which is locally known as Khoh Ramhah or Mothorp. This is a gigantic rock located next to the falls.
From Cherrapunji, Kynrem falls is 12 km away. One can either choose to prefer bus or can hire a taxi to reach the park, and then a 3 to 5-minute march downhill and you will reach the waterfall.
3. Nohkalikai Falls
Nohkalikai Falls is also one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Meghalaya, which is located about 7 kilometers away from Cherrapunji. This is the highest cascading waterfall in India. The waterfall drops down from a moderate height and falls under force, making a deep high-dive pool, where the water is greenish in color at the time of summers and turns blue in the winter season.
There is a viewing gallery on the top and you can climb the stairs to enjoy the view of the waterfall and the spectacular plunge (high-dive) pool.
Nohkalikai falls is approximately 7 km from Cherrapunji. You can hire a taxi either from Cherrapunji or directly from Shillong only.
3. Dainthlen Falls
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Dainthlen Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls situated near the Cherrapunji in Sohra, which is best known for its wonderful and magnificent panorama.
The waterfall received its name from the huge snake, which lived in the nearby cave. The locals killed this big snake due to its destructive nature.
The view of the water flowing in full force is the most wonderful beauty that anyone can experience from the viewing gallery.
By driving from Shillong to Sohra you can reach the place and it will take about an hour to reach.
4. Langshiang Falls
Langshiang Falls is the hidden gem of Meghalaya. The river Kynshi flows down the Khasi hills to give rise to Langingsang falls. It is not a much popular waterfall.
Langshiang is one of the largest cascades in Meghalaya, which is situated between the beautiful green forests of Sangriang, near Nongstoin. Blessed with fresh beauty, this waterfall is locally known as ‘kshaid Ur-Nar’ and gives you the marvelous beauty of green hills and surrounding villages.
Langshiang Falls is perfectly seen from the village called, Mawpon.
From Shillong, Nongkhnum is 93 km far. The waterfall is approximately 18 km from Nongkhnum. Either go with a cab from Shillong or drive through Mairang and Nongkhnum, to reach the place.
5. Bishop and Beadon Falls
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They are the twin brother falls and one of the spectacular waterfalls in Meghalaya. Bishop and Beadon are one of the most stunning twin waterfalls in Meghalaya. Bishop Falls is a three-tier stream, which flows towards the East Khasi hills from an elevation of about 443 feet.
The beauty of the waterfall is stuck between thick forests. Beadon Falls offers stunning views of the surroundings through the rocky edges, while the scummy water of Bishop falls down to form a deep plunge.
The twin falls of Meghalaya drops down to the gorgeous Umiam River and flows through picturesque Suna valley.
You can drive up to Mawlai in Mawprem from Shillong. The roads where you can use motorcycles ends at Mawlai. A 5-minute trek will take you to the waterfalls.
6. Sweet Falls
Sweet Falls is also popularly known as Kshaid Weitden which is the most stunning and most dangerous waterfall in Shillong. The waterfall is situated at a height of 96 meters (315 ft.) Tourists are not allowed to go close to the waterfall but you can be seen it from a viewpoint called Happy Valley.
7. Mawphlang Falls
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state is Mawphlang. Rolling down through many levels with a great height, it is a quiet and calm fall, which is located within the Mawhplang Holy Forest. The Water flows in a small dive pool, which is an ideal place to relax, rejuvenate and spend some time in the middle of a peaceful nature.
You have to travel the Mawsynram-Shillong Road for about 25 km to reach this place. The road is through forests and you need to go through a little trek from the endpoint of the road, to reach the falls.
8. Bophill Falls
Located at the Indo-Bangladesh border, Bophill Falls is not so famous but extremely beautiful waterfall in Meghalaya. This is an ardent stream, which shows grace and glory during rainy and monsoon season.
It is a favorite place and best waterfalls of Meghalaya among nature lovers and photography buffs, Bophill Falls offers panoramic views of the Khasi hills on one side and Bangladesh’s ground on the other side.
From Shillong, drive 90 km to reach Dwaki. The waterfall is about 5 km from Dwak.