Meghalaya is a state in North East, India. Meghalaya is also known as ‘Adobe of Clouds ‘. One third of the state is covered with beautiful mountains and lush green forest. The whole Meghalaya is famous for natural beauty rather than man made beauty. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, which is also known as one of the major city of Meghalaya. The other major city of Meghalaya is Cherrapunji. Meghalaya is also renowned for spectacular waterfall, where water flows in vertical position in the course of a stream or river. Some of the well-known waterfalls of Shillong and Cherrapunji are: –
- WATERFALLS IN CHERRAPUNJI
Cherrapunji also known as Sohra is a sub divisional town in the East Khasi Hills District, in the Indian state of Meghalaya. Cherrapunji is one of the wettest place on the Earth which receive highest rainfall throughout the year. The town Cherrapunji is eminent for spectacular waterfalls gobbling down from the high hills. Due to the heavy rainfall in monsoon season, the waterfalls become more enormous due to more provision of water from rain itself. Some of the outstanding waterfalls of Cherrapunji are: – Dain–Thlen waterfall, Nohkalikal waterfall, Kynrem waterfall, Mausami waterfall etc.
ü DAIN-THLEN WATERFALL
Dain-Thlen fall is situated in Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. It is one of the most wonderful fall which remind you of ‘The Great Niagara Fall’. It is also known as peaceful and soft waterfall because it does not make any loud noise while falling from great height. According to the history, it is said that, the waterfall derived its name from Thlen, a giant demon. Thlen used to trouble the people of the town. One day people of the town decided to get rid from the evil man, so they captured the Thlen and killed him on the flat rock behind the waterfall. Till today the imprints can also be seen on the rock where the evil spirit was killed. We can reach their easily through roads. The best glimpse of the waterfall can be seen, when it is raining there. Its serene enviourment and immaculate beauty draws the attention of several tourists to see the remarkable waterfall.
ü NOHKALIKAL WATERFALL
Nohkalikal waterfall is one of the tallest waterfall in India. It is situated in Cherrapunji town, in the state of Meghalaya, India at a height of 1100 feet. The flow of water is plentiful in summer season but in winter season the flow of water reduces into a small stream providing an impression of a thin rope in white colour hanging from down from the hill slope. Nohkalikal fall derived its name from the tragic story of a widow, named Likai. Who jumped from the cliff of the waterfall because she unknowingly eaten her child in a meal cooked by her second husband, who just killed the child because he didn’t like the attention she gave to her child. The waterfall is a pleasure for the seeker who love adventure. Below the fall there is a small pool which remains blue in winter and green in summer. The best time to visit Nohkalikal fall is in the month of September and October when the sky is clear. A little amount of fees is charged for taking cameras.
ü MAUSAMI WATERFALL
It is one of the spectacular waterfall which is located a few kilometres from Cherrapunji. It is the 4th highest waterfall in India. It is also known as Nohsngithiang or Seven Sister fall, because 7 small falls run with the main fall from the cliff. Due to its height and facing to South East position the fall is enhanced by sunlight from down till dusk. When the sun sets the rays are scattered by the mist, which is formed by the falling of water, creates a magical effect for the tourists.
- WATERFALLS IN SHILLONG
Shillong the capital of Meghalaya, is the smallest state in India and home to Khasi. It is one of the major city of Meghalaya, which lies in the centre of the plateau and is surrounded by hills. Being the important tourist’s destination, it is also referred as ‘Scotland of India’. In Shillong, waterfalls are not just meant to generate electricity, but they are eye-catching spot for tourists as well. The unharmed magnificence and atmospheres make them to be the superlative places to visit in Shillong The beautiful hill station consists of amazing waterfalls all around and they are:-
ü SWEET WATERFALL
Sweet fall is one of the most memorising waterfall in Shillong. It is very steep fall which is located near Happy Valley at a distance of about eight kilometres from Shillong. It look like a straight pencil of water which drops in vertical position over a distance more than two hundred feet. The waterfall is eminent picnic spot for the locals as well as tourists. Extreme attentiveness is recommended as there are no barriers nearby and rocks are nearly always slippery due to heavy rain.
ü ELEPHANT WATERFALL
Elephant Falls is situated at the borders of the main city of Shillong. It is a dualistic waterfall, which sets in the deep wooden valley of the rocks. Elephant waterfall is named after a stone which resembles an elephant. Though the stone was destroyed by an earthquake. Elephant fall has several small fall which run along it. The water flows with full pressure during rainy seasons. The best time to visit elephant water fall is July and August.