9 Serene Waterfalls in Meghalaya




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Meghalaya - ‘the abode of clouds’, is a state affluent with spectacular natural wonders. Sprawling green vegetation, distinctive flora, enormous verdant hills and pristine waterfalls will just make you want to just dive in the beauty of this miraculous state.

With so many natural wonders, the one that will make you fall in love with this state for sure is the magnificent waterfalls here. Spend a vacation here, explore these serene waterfalls and gain a respite to your mind.

We have enlisted the top 9 Waterfalls in Meghalaya you should definitely visit.

Top 9 Waterfalls in Meghalaya



1. Rainbow Falls


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Rating: 4.9 (based on 824 google reviews)

Rainbow Falls is a beautiful waterfall located near Nongriat Village in Cherrapunji. Situated near the imposing Double Decker Root Bridge, Rainbow Falls is one of the most popular places to visit in Cherrapunji.

The waterfall got its name from the small perennial rainbow that forms over the pool where the water flows down. The entire sight of the pristine water falling down into the pool wearing a rainbow sash is overwhelming.

The trail to Rainbow Falls begins from Nongriat Double Decker Bridge and takes around 1-2 hours to finish the trek. The way to Rainbow Falls is not cemented and consists of several ascents and descents. Therefore, it is recommended to finish the trek before 5 PM as it gets dark early here.

Entry ticket: Rs. 20 per person, Rs. 200 for guide
Location: Nohkalikai Rd., Meghalaya 793111
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 07:00 AM-05:00 PM


A tip from HelloTrippeR: Do wear comfortable shoes and carry snacks, water and medicines while trekking. Guides are compulsory for this trail and you can get one at Tyrna Village.


2. Nohkalikai Falls


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Rating: 4.7 (based on 934 google reviews)

Located in Cherrapunji Nohkalikai Falls is one of the major tourist attractions in Meghalaya. With a height of 1100 ft, it is the highest waterfall in India. You have to drive through a high tableland and hike a small distance before you arrive at the vantage point. From here you can have a perfect panoramic view of the Nohkalikai Falls cascading into the huge pool below. There are stairs also that take you to other viewpoints. The lush green surrounding and the steep falls will leave you in the awe of it.

Though an epitome of natural beauty, Nohkalikai Falls is associated with a depressing story. Nohkalikai translates to 'Leap of Ka Likai'. As per the legend, Ka Likai was a young woman with a loving daughter. After her husband passed away, she decided to remarry so that her daughter can have the love of a father. Her second husband however hated her daughter as Ka Likai would spend all the time looking after her.

Once when she was away for work, her husband slaughtered her daughter and cooked her flesh as a meal. When Ka Likai returned home she got happy that her husband cooked a meal for her and was at peace thinking that her daughter might be playing outside. After having the meal, she later found the fingers of her daughter in a betel nut basket. On discovering about the gory act of her husband she was plunged in guilt and remorse for her dead daughter. Due to the loss of the will to live she rushed to the nearby cliffs and threw herself down. Thus, the waterfall came to be known as Nohkalikai Falls.

Best time to visit: October-December
Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya 793108
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open

3. Wah-kaba Falls


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Rating: 4.6 (based on 587 google reviews)

Wah-kaba is a seasonal waterfall located 7.5 Kms from Cherrapunji. Situated along the Shillong-Cherrapunji Road, it is one of the major tourist spots in the state.

The water flows through a steep rocky side and plunges hundreds of feet down below. Situated along the road side, it can be easily reached and it only requires a short hike to reach the viewpoint of the waterfall.

Visitors can go to the edge of the waterfall where one can find some safety barriers to prevent accidents. It is always quite windy and therefore, one has to be cautious while standing on top of the waterfall.

The ideal time to visit Wah-kaba is during the monsoons. The waterfall is rain fed and hence remains dry during the summer and winter seasons.

Best time to visit: During monsoons
Entry Ticket: Rs 10 per person
Location: Cherrapunji, Meghalaya 793111
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 45 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 06:00 AM-05:00 PM

4. Kynrem Falls


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Rating: 4.6 (based on 103 google reviews)

Perched in the East Khasi Hills, 12 Kms from Cherrapunji, Kynrem Falls is a beautiful three-tier waterfall. Falling from a height of 1001 ft, it is one of the highest waterfalls in Meghalaya. Situated inside the Thangkharang Park, it is the 7th highest waterfall in India and one of the best places to visit in Cherrapunji.

Just like several other waterfalls in Meghalaya, Kynrem Falls too, is rain fed and is at its full swing only during the rainy season.

Usually the tourists get a great vantage point at the Thangkharang park, which is a serene botanical garden consisting of benches and a picnic area to relax. 7 Kms further down the park, there is a viewpoint on the road that connects Cherrapunji to Bangladesh Border and provides yet another marvellous view of this enchanting three-tier waterfall.

Best timt to visit: July - September
Entry Ticket: Rs 10 per person
Location: Cherrapunji, Meghalaya 793108
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 06:00 AM-06:00 PM

5. Elephant Falls


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Rating: 4.4 (based on 9900 google reviews)

Located in Shillong, Elephant Falls is a resplendent two-tier waterfall that will capture your every sense. Its name originated in the British era when the Englishmen discovered a huge rock resembling an elephant near the waterfall. The rock however was shattered due to an earthquake in 1987.

Since the falls is situated in the East Khasi hills, 'Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew' is the Khasi name for the falls, which means 'the three-step waterfall'.

Among the three falls, only the third one is the highest and comes to view, catching tourists' attraction and looking splendid with crystal clear water falling over rocks of different shapes. The waterfall is surrounded by thick greenery and ferns making it all the more pleasing and serene.

There's no denying the fact that Elephant falls is one of the best places to visit in Shillong. The sight and sound of water falling over the sharp rocks, rustling of leaves and the chirping of birds will just leave you mesmerized.

Best time to visit: August-November
Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Upper Shillong, Shillong, Meghalaya 793009
Closed on: Sunday
Average time spent: 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM-06:00 PM


A tip from HelloTrippeR: Stairs here might be slippery; so make sure you wear comfortable shoes with a good grip. Avoid wearing fancy or heeled footwear.


6. Nohsngithiang Falls (Seven Sisters Falls)


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Rating: 4.4 (based on 4390 google reviews)

Located 4 kms away from Cherrapunji, magnificent Nohsngithiang Falls, is also known as Seven Sisters Falls. The falls got its name due to the number of cascades flowing down in parallel.

The Nohsngithiang falls descend from a height of 1033 ft making it one of the tallest waterfalls in India. This waterfall however is seasonal and flows only during the monsoon season.

The seven sister falls is symbolic to the seven sister states of North East India. The waterfall provides a great vantage point to view the surrounding beauty of Mawsmai, where it is situated, thus givinging it another name - 'Mawsmai Falls'.

The beauty of Nohsngithiang is inexpressible during the sunsets when the sprawling rays of sun create a transient rainbow, that is also one of the major highlights of the place.

Best time to visit: July-September
Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Nohsngithiang Falls, Meghalaya 793119
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-05:00 PM

7. Beadon- Bishop Falls


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Rating: 3.8 (based on 223 google reviews)

Beadon and Bishop Falls are twin waterfalls situated at Suna Valley in Shillong. These waterfalls are among the best places to visit in Shillong. Formed by River Umshyrphi, Bishop Falls is a three-tiered waterfall, falling from a height of 443 ft . The water flowing down Bishop Falls looks like a thick white ribbon cascading down the hills.

Beadon Falls is said to be the twin brother of Bishop Falls as both flow down from the same steep slope along the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. Beadon Falls is long and narrow and falls down into Umiam River from a height of about 100 ft. Its flow is obstructed by dark coloured boulders and the heavy vegetation. The site is breathtakingly beautiful.

With verdant hills, huge rock formations and heavy vegetation consisting of different varieties of flora, these falls are stands as a major picnic spots among tourists as well as locals.

Avoid visiting the falls in the morning as the weather might be hazy. There is no motorable pathway to the falls. One can only view the waterfall from the Beadon-Bishop View Point near Mawlai.

Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Mawlai Nongkwar, Shillong, Meghalaya 793017
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 08:00 AM-06:00 PM

8. Spread Eagle Falls


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Rating: 3.5 (based on 695 google reviews)

Located around 6 Kms away from the city, Spread Eagle Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Shillong. Also known as Sati Falls or Umkaliar Falls, this place is a quite popular picnic destination among tourists as well the locals, owing to its verdant, pristine and peaceful surroundings.

Spread Eagle Falls is situated in the Shillong cantonment area and is the widest waterfall in Shillong. It is the widest at the top and flows down through steep hills, splashing into the huge pool of water below.

Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Laitumkhrah, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 45 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 10:00 AM-06:00 PM


A tip from HelloTrippeR: Do not forget to carry your camera to capture the scenic beauty of the waterfall.


9. Sweet Falls


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Rating: 3.4 (based on 5 google reviews)

Located 5 Kms from Happy Valley in Shillong, and at a height of 315 ft, Sweet Falls is one of the steepest yet most astonishing waterfalls. The way to the waterfall is treacherous, surrounded by slippery rocks making it difficult to reach.

Appears like a white ribbon of water falling from a great height, Sweet Falls is unbroken and thus making it impossible to take a bath or even stand below it. Amusingly, the Sweet Falls is considered to be haunted, local folks here believe that if visitors visit this place in odd numbers, they return back in even numbers.

Sweet Falls however make a great picnic spot being surrounded by verdant hills, echoing with the chirping of birds. There is also a butterfly museum and a mini zoo in the vicinity of the falls; do visit them if you happen to be around the falls.

This waterfall has been marked as a danger zone by the local government owing to the horrendous accidents and suicides in the past. These terrible incidents and haunted stories have resulted in considerably less tourist traffic which can be taken as a blessing in disguise as you can enjoy the calm and serene environment of the falls in an unruffled way.

Entry Ticket: Vehicle entry fee - Rs 70
Location: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya 793108
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open

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