Timeless cascades – An all-season guide to waterfalls in Meghalaya

Meghalaya, literally translating to ‘abode of clouds’ from Sanskrit, is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and tranquillity. This celestial Indian state is graced with misty hills, valleys, and shimmering lakes and rivers and boasts many stunning waterfalls. These cascades tumbling down the lush hillsides are captivating, especially on a sunny day. Several of Meghalaya’s waterfalls also serve as excellent trekking trails. A trip to Meghalaya would indeed be incomplete without marvelling at its waterfalls. 

These waterfalls are most spectacular during and after the monsoon season (June to September) when they’re at maximum flow. And if you’re planning to visit before the monsoon season, don’t fret. Regardless of the season, Meghalaya’s waterfalls are always a sight. So why wait for the monsoons? Booking a Savaari is an excellent choice that guarantees a thrilling journey to these beautiful natural sites. Here are some of the most stunning waterfalls in Meghalaya that you can visit at any time of the year. 

Waterfalls in Meghalaya

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in January

Bophill Falls

Hidden near Dwaki at the Indo- Bangladesh border, Bophill Falls may not be a widely known destination, but its beauty is unmatched. It takes on a majestic persona during the rains and post-monsoon, offering a captivating spectacle for nature enthusiasts and photographers. With the stunning Khasi hills on one side and the plains of Bangladesh on the other, Bophill Falls makes for an unforgettable visual treat. January is the perfect month to visit Bophill Falls for a refreshing start to the year.

Things To Do At Bophill Falls: Capture the beauty in your lens, take a refreshing swim or go boating at the Umngot River. 

How to reach: Embark on a 90-km drive from Shillong to Dawki. The waterfall lies approximately 5 km from there. 

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in February

Thum Falls

These waterfalls may appear less intense in February, but the greenery is lush and serene. Located near Dillingham Village, the 60 metres high Thum Falls offers a picturesque spot that brims with rejuvenating and therapeutic energy. A small pool surrounded by rocky cliffs makes for an idyllic picnic spot.

“I went on my first solo trip to Meghalaya and decided to book a car rental with Savaari, my most trusted choice. While I was in Dilingim village, I asked my cool chauffeur to take me to a nearby waterfall. He suggested we visit Thum Falls in Nongkhnum, and boy, was it an amazing recommendation! The waterfall was a stunning 60 meters tall, surrounded by all sorts of rocks, and the pool below had the bluest water I’ve ever seen – it was mesmerizing!

As if that wasn’t enough, the sunlight played its magic, creating a beautiful rainbow in the misty water vapor rising from the falls. The rocks around the falls were incredibly sturdy, and I couldn’t resist using them as a natural water slide! I had no idea about this hidden gem before, so I’m super grateful to my chauffeur for showing me such an awesome spot. It made my trip unforgettable!”

Lalita Kamath

Things to do: Unwind with a family picnic in the peaceful ambience. February’s calm weather enhances the experience.

How to reach: From Guwahati railway station, Shillong is about 104 km, followed by another 78 km to Mawlynnong. You can hire a cab from Guwahati to reach Mawlynnong via Shillong. 

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in March

Wah-Kaba Falls

Wah Kaba falls in Meghalaya

Positioned at a convenient 7.5 km from the Cherrapunji Bus Stand, Wah-Kaba Falls is a seasonal waterfall that proudly stands on the Shillong – Cherrapunji Road. Despite the unpleasant taste of the crystal-clear waters, this waterfall’s allure is undeniable. Easy to access, it requires a short hike to the viewpoint from where you can take in the full magnificence of the falls. 

Things to do: Enjoy a tranquil picnic amid nature and embark on a rejuvenating nature walk at the Wah-Kaba Falls.

Mawphlang Falls

Nestled within the Mawhplang Sacred Forests, Mawphlang Falls is a serene cascade that trickles down several tiers from a great height. There’s a small plunge pool at the bottom – the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, and soak in the peace of nature. The locals revere the trees in Mawhplang Sacred Forest, and walking through this forest is an experience. The waterfall and surrounding forest are even more enchanting with the onset of spring. 

Things to do: Enjoy a refreshing swim or dip your feet in the plunge pool. Take a leisurely walk through the sacred forest; you might learn a thing or two about local traditions. 

How to reach: Both are accessible via road from Shillong. Public transport and private taxis are available.

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in April

Tyrshi Falls

 Nestled in the heart of the Jaintia Hills district, the lesser-known Tyrshi Falls is a hidden gem. As you trek through verdant paddy fields beside a peaceful stream, you’ll see this majestic waterfall that showers down into a paddy-filled valley. A picturesque arch bridge offers a great view of the falls and the surrounding landscape. It’s a fantastic place to explore in springtime, but remember to trek down to the base and feel the energy of the rushing water.

Things to do: A walk through the paddy fields and a rejuvenating time under the waterfall are necessary. The blooming spring adds an extra charm to your visit in April.

How to reach: These falls are located in Jowai. Jowai is around 65 kms from Shillong. There are cabs available to cover the distance between the two.

Thlumuwi Falls

Drive about 18 km from the Jowai Bus Stand, and you’ll come across a fascinating piece of history – the Thlumuwi Stone Bridge. Built by warriors of Jaintia Hills under orders of the Jaintia kings, this stone bridge was once the main route between the kings’ summer and winter capitals. The 500-year-old bridge overlooks the lovely Thlumuwi Falls. The stunning scenery and pleasant weather make April a perfect spot to visit.

Things to do: A walk down the gravel footpath to the falls and a dip in the calm waters is an experience not to be missed in April’s pleasant weather.

How to reach: These falls are located in Jowai. Jowai is around 65 kms from Shillong. There are cabs available to cover the distance between the two.

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in May

Langshiang Falls

Langshiang falls in Meghalaya

Here’s an incredible spectacle you can’t afford to miss. The mighty Kynshi River, rolling down the West Khasi Hills, morphs into the extraordinary Langshiang Falls. Nestled amidst the lush Sangriang forests, this enormous cascade offers mesmerizing views of the green hills and quaint hamlets. Although the monsoon offers the most voluminous flows, a visit in May won’t disappoint

Things to do: Experience the thrill of trekking, indulge in bird-watching, enjoy a delightful picnic, and don’t forget to capture the beauty of Langshiang Falls through your lens.

How to reach: 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.

Dainthlen Falls

This famous waterfall near Cherrapunji offers eye-catching scenery and a fascinating tale of folklore. The waterfall was named after a gigantic snake believed to have lived in a nearby cave, which the locals killed to end its reign of terror. With the monsoon rains beginning to gather in May, the waterfall becomes a thrilling sight to behold. There are plenty of other things to do in the magnificent Cherrapunji, so here’s a comprehensive travel guide to help you plan your trip

Things to do: Immerse yourself in trekking, bird-watching, picnicking, and exploring the nearby intriguing cave systems at Dainthlen Falls.

How to reach: Book a local cab from Shillong to Sohra. It will take about an hour to reach. Once you reach Cherrapunji, book a taxi to explore everything the wettest place on earth has to offer.

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in June

Seven Sisters Falls

Seven sisters waterfall

This spectacular seven-tier waterfall cascading from the limestone cliffs of the Khasi Hills is a sight you’ll remember forever. Also known as one of India’s tallest waterfalls, the Seven Sisters Falls is best visited between June and September when it gushes in full glory. As the monsoon kicks in, the falls surrounded by lush green woods make for a stunning view.

Things to do: Perfect for photography and relaxation, also explore the nearby Mawsmai caves.

How to reach: One can hire a cab from Paltan Bazaar in Guwahati or Police Bazaar in Shillong, to reach the place. It takes about 2 hours from Shillong.

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in July

Nohkalikai Falls

Nohkalikai falls
Nohkalikai falls

Close to Cherrapunji, Nohkalikai Falls is a must-visit. Known as India’s tallest plunge waterfall, it offers a breathtaking view from the top, where a viewing gallery lets you see the waterfall and the deep plunge pool below. Though the waterfall has a tragic story associated with it, which you can read all about here, its sheer beauty in monsoon is undeniable.

Things to do: Enjoy the scenic view, photography, and local sightseeing.

How to reach: The highest waterfall in Meghalaya is located at a distance of 7 Km from Cherrapunji, one can either drive towards the waterfall or hire a taxi for the same.

Kynrem Falls

Nestled amidst the serene landscapes of Meghalaya, Kynrem Falls flows downstream about 305 meters through the mesmerizing Thangkharang Park. Counted as the 7th highest waterfall in India, this three-tiered waterfall offers a great view during monsoon. The park is also home to the Pillar Rock, locally known as Khoh Ramhah or Mothorp, and also referred to as the Shiva Rock. Looking beyond the plains of Bangladesh, the mystic wonder of this high abode and the beauty of the surrounding nature is an unforgettable sight.

Things to do: Hire a local guide to trek through the scrubby forests, up to the waterfall. Enjoy bird watching and spot wildlife during the trek.

How To reach: Kynrem Falls is almost 12 km from Cherrapunji. One can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach the park, and then a 3 to 5-minute hike downhill will take you to the waterfall.

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in August

Imil-Chang-Dare Falls

Imagine cruising down the Tura-Chokpot Road in the West Garo Hills district and stumbling upon a spectacular sight, the Imil-Chang-Dare Falls. Picture crystal waters tumbling down a rocky ravine into a vast, open pool. It’s almost like nature painted a masterpiece. The milky white water gives a surreal touch to the falls, and let’s not forget about the exotic fishes in the plunge pool! The heavy August rain brings this waterfall to life, making it an ideal picnic spot.

Things to do: Pack a picnic, dip in the plunge pool, and get up close with the local aquatic life.

How to reach: There are various cabs and taxis available from Shillong to the falls. It is around 306 kms away from Shillong. 

Pelga Falls 

Here’s a spot to escape the daily grind, the Pelga Falls. It’s serene, tranquil, and gradually becoming a favourite among nature lovers. What makes Pelga unique? The traditional bamboo bridge that hangs over the River Ganool. The waterfall is particularly mesmerizing in August, thanks to the abundant rain.

Things to do: Enjoy the serene environment, take amazing landscape photos from the viewpoints, and cross the bamboo bridge!

How to reach: Pelga Falls is located in a forested region of Meghalaya. It is well-connected with a local highway that connects it with the other parts of the state. It can be reached conveniently by bus or a local jeep/taxi.

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in September:

Krang Suri Falls

Krang Suri falls in Meghalaya

Krang Suri Falls is more than a waterfall; it’s a refreshing energy source. Located in Amlaren Civil Sub Division, it’s surrounded by greenery displaying thousands of shades of green. The paths are made of carefully arranged multicoloured stones, with no concrete in sight. The waterfall’s unique blue waters are enchanting, especially during and after the monsoons in September.

Things to do: Explore the stone paths, take in the scenery from the overlooks, and enjoy the unique blue waters.

How to reach: This waterfall in Meghalaya is located in Jowai, which is nestled at a distance of approximately 65 Kms from Shillong. Travellers can take a cab to reach this destination.

Mawlynnong Waterfall

The Mawlynnong Waterfall in Meghalaya is a sight to behold! The majestic roar of water falling amidst dense greenery is spectacular. The weather in Shillong is refreshingly cool, and the mist from the waterfalls is like a natural spa treatment. Mawlynnong, also known as “God’s Own Garden,” is Asia’s cleanest village, and the waterfall is a must-visit, especially after the heavy rains. Here’s a comprehensive travel guide to make the most out of your trip to Mawlynnong.

Things to do: Explore the cleanest village in Asia, refresh under the cool waterfall mist, and take memorable photos of the lush surroundings.

How to reach: The falls are easily accessible by all modes of transportation. Shillong is the nearest airport, so you may want to consider booking a Shillong Airport taxi to reach the destination.

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in October

Bishop And Beadon Falls 

Picture this: twin waterfalls, Bishop and Beadon, set against the backdrop of the East Khasi Hills and thick forests. The Bishop Falls tumble down in a three-tiered cascade, while the Beadon Waterfall plunges deep into a rocky gorge. These twin waterfalls are a sight to behold in October when the monsoons have just left and the greenery is still vibrant.

Things to Do: Go for a nature walk or trek in the lush surroundings, bird-watch, and remember to capture the dramatic view of the twin falls.

How to reach: If you’re driving here the best way to reach the road that takes you up to the falls is by taking National Highway 40 at Mawprem. Be careful because the road up the falls is very narrow and often has pedestrians.

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in November

Sweet Falls

As offbeat as they come, Sweet Falls is a hidden gem located near Happy Valley. Enclosed by the picturesque Khasi Hills and fragrant pine forests, this place is an ideal getaway to bask in tranquillity. However, remember that Sweet Falls isn’t called Meghalaya’s most dangerous waterfall for nothing. The rocks around are slippery, and several accidents have been reported. It’s off-limits for trekking, but you can admire its beauty from afar in Happy Valley. The falls remain voluminous in November, even after the monsoons have passed.

Things to do: Soak in the scenery, breathe in the fresh air, and take panoramic snaps from Happy Valley.

How to reach: The Sweet Falls is located about 12 kms from the Police Bazaar. The most convenient way is to hire a taxi in Shillong and follow the route: Hopkinson Road – NH6 – Demthring – Sweet Falls.

Elephant Falls

Elephant falls

Picture a three-tiered cascade named Elephant Falls, snuggled near Shillong Peak. The locals call it “Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew,” which means “three-step waterfalls.” After the monsoon season, particularly from October to December, it morphs into a roaring spectacle surrounded by Shillong’s lush woods. Once famous for an elephant-shaped boulder at its base, the rock is no longer there due to an earthquake. A quick 12 km trip from Shillong, this place is a crowd-puller, especially on weekends. November here promises tranquillity like no other.

Things to do: Explore the lush woods, relish the calming atmosphere, and if you’re lucky, you might spot some local wildlife!

How to reach: This serene waterfall is located in Shillong which can be reached by air with the Guwahati Airport. You can book an hourly rental in Shillong to commute in comfort.

Waterfalls to visit in Meghalaya in December

Rainbow Falls

Tucked away in the East Khasi Hills district, the Rainbow Waterfalls are a treat for the eyes. Known for the enchanting rainbow often appearing over the cascading water, it is worth capturing. You’ll need to trek about 2 km from Nongriat village to reach here. The journey itself is a fantastic experience, with panoramic views of the hills and valleys. And you’ll see the majestic root bridges unique to this region. Locally revered by the Khasi, it’s a place of beauty and cultural significance. Although December might not have the falls in full swing, the natural pools and delightful weather make it a must-visit.

Things to Do: Trek through the stunning landscape, dip in the natural pools, and learn about the local culture. Remember to capture the rainbow over the falls if you’re lucky!

How to reach: Sohra is a well-known place in Meghalaya, and one can get cabs from Sohra to Tyrina. The trek is a climb down around 3000 steps to Nongriat Village.

Waterfall wonderland: A road trip itinerary across Meghalaya’s waterfalls

Itinerary for exploring the waterfalls in Meghalaya

Embark on a road trip across gorgeous waterfalls in Meghalaya for an unmatched blend of adventure and tranquillity. Here’s an itinerary to help you plan your road trip across waterfalls in Meghalaya.

1. Start from Shillong – Visit Bophill Falls and Wah-Kaba Falls

Begin your trip from Shillong and head towards the Bophill Falls, an enchanting waterfall with its unique shape and beautiful surroundings. Next, visit the mesmerizing Wah-Kaba Falls, which cascades down from a great height, offering a spectacular sight.

Total one-way distance: 159km

Time taken: 5 hours, 16 mins

2. Visit Mawphlang Falls and Tyrshi Falls

Start your day with the Mawphlang Falls, a picturesque spot located in the Sacred Forest. Next, head to the Tyrshi Falls, reminiscent of a white, flowing curtain and offers breathtaking views from a nearby bridge.

Total one-way distance: 75 km

Time taken: 2 hours, 11 mins

3. Visit Thlumuwi Falls and Langshiang Falls

Kickstart your day with Thlumuwi Falls, a gorgeous cascade surrounded by lush greenery. In the afternoon, head to Langshiang Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Meghalaya, offering a scenic view of the Kynshi River and the surrounding valley.

Total one-way distance: 174 km

Time taken: 5 hours

4. Visit Dainthlen Falls and Seven Sisters Falls

Begin your day with Dainthlen Falls, known for its legend associated with a mythical serpent. After lunch, head to the Seven Sisters Falls, a seven-segmented waterfall which is a true marvel during the monsoons.

Total one-way distance: 14.2 km

Time taken: 41 mins

5. Visit Nohkalikai Falls and Kynrem Falls

Start your day with Nohkalikai Falls, the tallest plunge waterfall in India. In the afternoon, visit the Kynrem Falls, a three-tiered waterfall that’s a remarkable sight to behold.

Total one-way distance: 23 km

Time taken: 48 min

6. Visit Imil-Chang-Dare Falls and Pelga Falls

Start with Imil-Chang-Dare Falls, tucked away in the wilderness, perfect for solitude seekers. Then head towards the Pelga Falls, located close to Tura Peak, providing a tranquil experience amidst nature.

Total one-way distance: 46 km

Time taken: 2 hrs

7. Visit Krang Suri Falls and Mawlynnong Waterfall

Begin with Krang Suri Falls, known for its mesmerizing blue waters and a great spot for a picnic. Later, visit the Mawlynnong Waterfall located in the cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong.

Total one-way distance: 59 km

Time taken: 2 hours

8. Visit Bishop And Beadon Falls and Sweet Falls

Start your day with the twin waterfalls – Bishop and Beadon. Located in the same complex, they provide a spectacular view of water cascading down into a deep gorge. Then, head to Sweet Falls, an incredibly steep and dangerous waterfall, best enjoyed from a distance.

Total one-way distance: 12 km

Time taken: 55 mins

9. Visit Elephant Falls and Rainbow Falls

Start with Elephant Falls, one of Shillong’s most popular tourist spots, with three layers to view. End your trip with the ethereal Rainbow Falls, a secluded waterfall, that often forms rainbows in its mist. Make sure to carry enough water and snacks for this challenging trek.

Total one-way distance: 43 km

Time taken: 1 hour, 19 mins

Elephant falls

While the monsoon months from June to September truly bring these waterfalls to life, their enchanting charm persists throughout the year, making every visit worthwhile. From Bophill Falls in January to Rainbow Falls in December, each waterfall offers a unique experience. To ensure a comfortable and hassle-free journey, download the Savaari app. Not only will it help you commute easily around the state, but it also provides you with a local driver. The local driver is well-versed with not only the roads and best routes but also a treasure trove of local stories and folklore associated with each of these spectacular waterfalls.

Embark on an unforgettable journey, unravel the tales of these waterfalls, and immerse yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of Meghalaya. Remember, every waterfall has a story to tell, and every season brings a different tale to the fore. Explore, experience, and fall in love with the majestic waterfalls of Meghalaya!

Last Updated on August 1, 2023 by Smiral Shah

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