13 spectacular Waterfalls of Meghalaya

Meghalaya, the abode of clouds, is a one-of-a-kind state in India with the most beau­tiful green hills covered in clouds, lakes, mesmerizing waterfalls and mysterious caves. To top it all, it has rainfall through­out the year, bringing alive the natural beauty of the place. The state is dominated by the Garo, Khasi and Jaintia hills and its tribes are not only very colourful, but also display a rich culture, music and dance. Food here also has a unique charm. The state’s capital city of Shillong is so beautiful that it has inspired writers and poets since more than a century to come and write about it. The capital city is a big tourist at­traction. Cherrapunji and Mawsynram are known as the wettest place on earth, one being the former record holder, the other being the current one. Cherrapunji is also known for its living root bridges, an indi­genous method of constructing bridges that has earned the awe of people around the world. Mawlynnong is the recent tourist favourite, having been awarded the distinction of being Asia’s cleanest village. The Mawsmai Caves, Siju Caves, mono­liths across the length and breadth of the state, Indo-Bangladesh border at Dawki and the forest areas of the state, especially the Nokrek National Park and Mawphlang Sacred Grove, also cast a spell on visitors. With so much to see and experience in this state in the northeastern region of India, one can easily spend one whole week indulging in all that it has to offer. But in this article, we decided to restrict ourselves to the beautiful waterfalls only. Meghalaya has some of the tallest falls in India. The following are some of the most noteworthy ones.

1. Kynrem Falls

Kynrem Falls is a waterfall located in the Khasi hills on the eastern belt. It is a three storeyed falls. It cascades down from a hill gloriously for about 1,000 feet. Kynrem Falls is located in the Thankarang Park in the Cherrapunji region. Be­cause of its location it is spectacular throughout the year as the flow of water is perfect. Once inside the park, one has to do a downhill trek through the forests to reach the waterfall. There is a bridge from where one can marvel at the waterfall. It is also one of the highest waterfalls in Meghalaya and is ranked the 7th highest in India. The other attraction here is the Shiva Rock, also known by many other names like Pillar Rock or Mothorp. From this rock, one can get amazing views of Meghalaya. This waterfall is located about 16 km from Cherrapunji.

2. Elephant Falls</