Waterfalls not to be missed when you are in Meghalaya
The abode of clouds – this is what Meghalaya is called. Truly, an exotic place, Meghalaya always sees the hide and seek between the sun and clouds. The mesmerizing valleys and the verdant greenery of the place are pleasing to the eyes and the waterfalls are one of the best. With the waterfalls cascading down, the views they offer are spellbinding. Meghalaya is also the abode of numerous waterfalls that are simply spectacular and the best destinations in Meghalaya. The waterfalls in Meghalaya are truly wonderful places to visit.
The best time to see the waterfalls in Meghalaya is between the months of July and October. During the monsoons, the waterfalls are in their full gusto and the views are breathtaking. And those who want to avoid the monsoon, then October is the best time to see the waterfalls. Here is a list of waterfalls in Meghalaya that you must visit.
The outskirts of Shillong are filled with spectacular beauty. The Elephant Falls is one of the waterfalls in the outskirts of Shillong. The local Khasi people referred to the waterfall as Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew (or “Three Steps Waterfalls”) since the falls actually consisted of three sections in succession. Placed at a distance of around 12 km from Shillong, Elephant waterfalls are just a few minutes’ drive away from the Shillong Peak. The clear water of the pool and the lush greenery around the falls makes the place a wonderful place to visit.
The Langshiang Falls is the tallest waterfall in Meghalaya located near the village of Sangriang, 24 km from Nongstoin in the West Khasi district. It offers one of the best panoramic views of the nearby green hills and the surrounding hamlets. The falls can be viewed from Mawpon near Sangriang and also from Nongkhnum River Island from where you have to proceed some more to reach the location of the falls.
Nohkalikai Falls is a hauntingly beautiful waterfall cascading down from the top of the gorge to the mystic deep green pool below. The Khasi land is full of legends and the one behind the formation of the Nohkalikai falls is a tragic one of a grief stricken mother who plunged to her death as she came to know of the murder of her daughter by her husband. Situated in Cherrapunji, the waterfall is a beautiful sight amidst the verdant greenery of the Khasi hills.
Dainthlen Falls is situated in Cherrapunji in the east Khasi Hills. The waterfall derives its name from a gigantic snake, Thlen that dwelt in a cave. Legend has it that the people destroyed the snake in order to get rid of its reign of terror. Adjacent to the very spot where the Thlen was slaughtered lay the Dain-thlen Waterfalls. The edges of the waterfall are fenced with iron railings and you can view the waterfall from above. The misty floating clouds often makes a charming and romantic backdrop against the waterfall.
Seven Sisters Waterfalls
The Seven Sister Waterfalls or the Nohsngithiang Falls at Cherrapunji is a breathtaking view to behold. Seven Sister Waterfall flows mainly during monsoon season, so the best time to come to this place is from July to September. The surroundings are lush green and offer a peaceful environment. The falls are a must-visit site in Cherrapunji.
Kynrem Falls is the one of the highest waterfall in Meghalaya as it cascades down in three stages from the top of the hill and overlooking the Thangkharang Park. It lies amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Khasi Hills 12 km from Cherrapunji. One of the major attractions of this Falls is the Pillar Rock locally known as the Khoh Ramhah or Mothorp. It is a huge rock formation shaped as a giant cone.
Krang Suri Falls
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Jaintia Hills, the Krang Suri is located in Amlarem in the Jowai district of Meghalaya. Tucked away in a beautiful and peaceful landscape, the place is of breathtaking beauty. As the water drops in multiple streams, the falling stream breaks into water droplets forming a crystal clear blue pool at the base that adds to the beauty of the place. Swimming is allowed at the pool. Situated 84 km from Shillong, this is a must-visit place on your Meghalaya trip.
Tyrshi Falls is located in the Jaintia Hills, 5 km from Jowai. An arch bridge connects the vast paddy field to the opening of the gushing falls. The view is spectacular as the Tyrshi Falls cascades down to the paddy field below.
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