20 Places to Visit in Cherrapunji - 2021 (Photos & Reviews)
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Tourist Places in Cherrapunji

Nohkalikai Falls, Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Mawsynram Village, Seven Sisters Falls, Mawsmai Cave, The Eco Park, Dawki, Mawkdok Dympep Valley, Thangkharang Park, Wakaba Falls and many more.

Nestled deep within the heart of Meghalaya, there are countless places in Cherrapunji to rekindle the spark of adventure. A beautiful town sitting in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, Cherrapunji is endowed with vast stretches of verdant beauty, which house some of the highest waterfalls in Asia along with mesmerising forest trails. Out of all the incredible places that Cherrapunji harbours, there are some you should not miss out on!

While there are a handful of Living Root Bridges, the most incredible of all is the Double Decker Living Root Bridge, formed as a result of the entanglement of roots. Feel the Indiana Jones vibe while exploring prehistoric fossils within ancient caves like those of Mawsmai, Arwah and Krem Mawmluh! You must book a 
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The beautiful Nohkalikai Falls, the highest in India, calls this townhome. Irrespective of the exceptions you come with into this blissful town, these 20 places to visit in Cherrapunji guarantee to leave you mesmerised.

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01

Nohkalikai Falls

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Plunging from a dizzying height of 1,120 ft., Nohkalikai Falls in Cherrapunji is the country’s third-highest waterfall. It sits about 5 km away from the town and is undoubtedly one of the most iconic places to visit in Cherrapunji. It flows right out of the pristine forests of a hill and gushed down to form a puddle. Ideally, monsoons bring the falls to full bloom, but the beauty of Nohkalikai Falls can be admired throughout the year.  It is one of the most beautiful Cherrapunji waterfalls.

The roaring melody of its silver-streaked waters is audible from far off, and the envelope of greenery and mist make it seem like a fairytale. If you wish to explore the place more, there are a series of stairs that take you to different vantage points. There is also an interesting if a bit tragic, legend that revolves around the falls.

Location: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya

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Double Decker Living Root Bridge

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The Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Cherrapunji is one of its most admired wonders. Snuggled in the dense green forests of Meghalaya, the iconic Double Decker Living Root Bridge remains blessed with rain for a major part of the year. It is one of the most stunning partly man-made structures of Meghalaya, created partly by the Khasi tribe who conditioned the roots to grow in a certain manner. 

The roots entwine to form a dual canopy of bridges, one on the other, over a gushing river. Unlike wooden bridges, root bridges get stronger as they age. The bridge is a 3 km trek from Tyrna village. The upper bridge is 20 meters long, and quite daunting, but bears impressive rewards. The visitor’s physical fitness needs to be considered here.

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Location: Nongriat Village, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

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Mawsynram Village

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Tagged as the wettest place on Earth, Mawsynram is a peaceful little village lapped in the East Khasi Hill district, about 15 km from Cherrapunji. It receives more than 11,000 mm of rainfall every year, bathing the village a lush green. The village houses are coated with thick grass to lessen the thunderous sounds of rainfall. 

Despite the boom of tourism, Cherrapunji remains blissfully shaded from the majority of crowd, perfect for those seeking respite and solitude away from the maddening hustle and bustle of life. If you’re a nature lover, you must visit Mawsynram in peak monsoons, when the vibrant colours of its landscape come alive. 

The people of Mawsynram are warm-hearted and welcoming, making the place one of the safest destinations in India.

Location: East Khasi Hill district, Meghalaya

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Seven Sisters Falls

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Sitting within touching proximity to Mawsmai village, Seven Sisters Falls, the fourth highest plunge waterfall in India, is nested within the East Khasi Hills District. It is essentially a cluster of seven different waterfalls, adjacent to each other. Locally known as Nohsngithiang Falls or Mawsmai Falls, this 315 meters high thunderous cascade is one of the most magnificent places in Cherrapunji. 

The waters plummet down the treacherous limestone cliffs of Khasi Hills, and into a cavernous valley. The rising and setting sun bathe the surrounding in a soothing golden hue, and the crystal streak of water glistens with glory. This place is a paradise for shutterbugs, with its picture-perfect surroundings, and stretches of lush greenery. 

Location: Mawsmai village, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya

Timings: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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Mawsmai Cave

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Amongst the most easily accessible of the many caves in Cherrapunji, Mawsmai Cave is an entryway to the world of underground adventure. It is simple enough to navigate, and you can manage without a guide. One of the most popular places to visit in Cherrapunji, Mawsmai Cave sits about 6 km away from the main town. Shaded under a thick canopy of trees, the cave welcomes you with a yawning entrance and tapers down a bit further ahead. 

The cave walls can get too narrow for two to walk abreast, so large groups should be avoided. As the caves are very well lit, you may feel that some of the thrill fades. But don’t let that deter you, because if you've only just ventured into the world of cave exploration, Mawsmai Cave is an ideal place to start. 

Location: Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya 793108

Timings: 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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The Eco Park

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Eco Park sits atop a high plateau and was installed by the government of Meghalaya for tourism. The hill affords beautiful views of the verdant hills crisscrossed by waterfalls, along with the Sohra valley. There also runs a crystal blue stream through the park. A beautiful crossover bridge opens up the sweeping views of the green canyons of Sohra, and the stretching Sylhet Plains of Bangladesh. 

The source of Nohsngithiang Falls, the Eco Park is replete with incredible variants of orchids. The place can be reached easily by road from Shillong. Proof of the diverse beauty of the North-Eastern landscape of India, The Eco Park is one of the most unmissable tourist places in Cherrapunji.

Location: Sohra Thangkharang Road, Cherrapunji 793108

Timings: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Entry Fee: INR 20 per head

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Dawki

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Flanking the south-eastern border of Meghalaya, Dawki is a lovely little town located nearly 82 km away from Shillong. Cradled in the laps of the Jaintia Hills, the thrilling drive to Dwaki is littered with vines and gorges. The highlight of this town is the magical, emerald coloured river Umngot that snakes through it. It is believed to be one of the cleanest rivers in India, and that’s truly admirable. 

It flows between the Jaintia and Khasi Hills, right into Bangladesh. Boating in its waters is an enchanting experience, and makes you feel as if you’re afloat a crystal glass! Dawki is also host to adventures like kayaking, camping, zip lining, and snorkeling. It is a fairytale world, and amongst the loveliest places to visit in Cherrapunji.  

Location: Meghalaya, 793109

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Mawkdok Dympep Valley

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Falling en route the Shillong - Cherrapunji highway, the Mawkdok Dympep Valley is one of the most alluring tourist places in Cherrapunji. The vast, verdant stretches of the valley is a call of the wild to every nature lover and adventure seekers. The most thrilling experience is ziplining across the valley, with the cool breeze hitting your body and the elation that shadows aerial sports. 

The valley requires descending a series of steps to reach. The sprawling beauty of the valley appears quite striking against the backdrop of cool, cloudy skies which morph into a beautiful orange, come sunset. So, take a break from your drive, and take a short, refreshing excursion to this lush valley.

Location: Shillong-Cherrapunjee Highway, Cherrapunji

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Thangkharang Park

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One of the most refreshing tourist places in Cherrapunji - Thangkharang Park sits right opposite the famous rock Khoh Ramhah and commands a breathtaking view of the coiling roads below.  You can also catch a glimpse of the vast Bangladesh plains and a handful of waterfalls of Meghalaya. Spanning about 100 acres of land, the park is also home to a wide variety of floral species which bathe the place in vibrant hues every spring. 

The Kynrem Falls also sits in the park, with its roaring three-tiered cascade. A one day trip to Thangkharang Park will be enough for you to explore the area, along with its two marvels, the Khoh Ramhah rock, and the Kynrem Falls.

Location:  Sohra, Thangkharang Rd., Meghalaya 793108

Timings: 07:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Entry Fee: INR 20 is charged per head.

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Wakaba Falls

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One of the many, and the most beautiful waterfalls in Cherrapunji, Wakaba Falls is a two-tiered waterfall perched atop near 190 meters. The water courses through a densely forested hill, and plunges down a canyon straight into a deep gorge. The mellifluous roar of the cascading falls can be heard from far off, while the silvery waters of the tiered plunge look like a glistening ribbon amidst lush greenery. 

While the waterfall can be visited throughout the year, monsoons breathe a new life into the place, and the waters play peek-a-boo amidst the rising mist. The other side of the falls affords a panoramic view of the surrounding beauty. It is truly one of the most adventurous places to visit in Cherrapunji.

Location: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya

Timings: Open 24 hours, every day.

Entry Fee: Free of cost.

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Kynrem Falls

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Sitting at a mere 12 km from Cherrapunji, Kynrem Falls is housed amidst the sweeping greenery of Thangkharang Park. Shadowed in the East Khasi Hills district, it is India’s 7th highest waterfall! Plunging from a height of 305 meters, the thunderous roaring of the waterfall can be heard before the beauty unveils itself. 

It plummets down in three tiers and reaches its peak in the monsoons. Viewed from the park, the cascade appears as an entwining streak of silvery white cutting through dense woods. Venture a little closer to the falls, and feel the light spray of the waters, and the compelling force of nature. It is one of the most unmissable places to visit in Cherrapunji. 

Location: Thangkharang Park, Sohra, Thangkharang Rd., Meghalaya 793108

Timings: 07:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Entry Fee: INR 20 is charged per head.

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Arwah Cave

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One of the newly discovered caves in Meghalaya, Arwah Cave is one of the most unexplored places to visit in Cherrapunji. Despite its massive size, only part of it has been made accessible to tourists. The cave features limestone formation, and fosters fossils of marine animals that go back several millions of years! 

Nestled within the lush forest of Law Shynna, the cave is a dream destination for explorers and archaeologists everywhere, since many secrets are yet to be unearthed here. The cave is quite eerie and dark and requires a bright torch along with a proper guide. 

The winding passages and chambers of the cave make it easy for you to get lost in. You may even come across some stalagmite and stalactite formations inside.

Location: Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya 793108

Timings: 09:30 AM to 05:30 PM

Entry Fee: INR 20 per head
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Dainthlen Waterfall

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Shaded in the East Khasi Hills District near Sohra, Dainthlen Falls is one of the many beautiful waterfalls in Meghalaya. According to a renowned legend, the waterfall is named after a massive snake that was killed by the locals in order to end the terror of the said snake. In fact, there are some stones near the falls which bear marking of this violent but heroic event. 

Tumbling from a height of about 90 meters, the waters snake through densely wooded hills. Monsoons bring the area thundering to life, but the place invites visitors year round. Though a little unheard of, compared to other prominent waterfalls, Dainthlen Falls is a beautiful respite for those looking to stray a little ways off the path.

Location: Nohkalikai Rd, Sohra, Meghalaya, 793111

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Khasi Monoliths

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Sitting not far from the Mawsmai Falls are these intriguing ancient structures called the Khasi Monoliths. They stand as a tribute to dead members of the Khasi tribe, and their ashes are laid in cenotaphs here. Such monoliths can be found lining several parts of Cherrapunji, and make for a fascinating history lesson, one that finds no mention in your history textbooks. 

Seated amidst expansive spaces of nature, you can spend hours here, wondering about the Khasi traditions and culture, or just soaking in the admirable norms of the North-Eastern folks of India. These monoliths are some of the most fascinating tourist places in Cherrapunji, giving you a dual dose of culture and nature.

Location: Near Mawsmai Falls, Cherrapunjee

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Ka Khoh Ramhah

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Ka Khoh Ramhah, also famous as Pillar Rock, is one of the major tourist places in Cherrapunji. As the name suggests, it is an enormous rock that stuns visitors owing to its impressive shape resembling a massive cone. The beautiful Pillar Rock is graced by a snaking stream that cuts past the rocks to form a mesmerising waterfall. The top Ka Khoh Ramhah command brilliant vistas of the Sylhet plains of Bangladesh. 

Adding the general appeal of the place is this legend that the rock is a fossilised basket of an evil spirit that haunts it. Straying a little from the beaten path, a couple of roads from Cherrapunji approach the rock from behind, giving you an unprecedented view of the place. 

Location: Mawsmai - Shella Road, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

Timings: Sunrise to sunset

Entry Fee: Free

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Krem Mawmluh

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A delight for adventurers, Krem Mawmluh is the fourth longest cave of India, tucked away in Khasi Hills near Cherrapunji. This massive cave is one of the most exciting tourist places in Cherrapunji and offers opportunities for caving and exploration. The cave’s entrance sits 10 ft. above the sea level, and leads to a little pool before opening up ahead.

The main entrance of the cave is a sink entrance and demands that you wade through a stretch of water. This makes the ground slippery and must be traversed cautiously. Fascinatingly, five different rivers flow within the walls of the cave and merge near the entrance to create a small pool.

Krem Mawmluh is perfect for adventure seekers and packs enough thrill to get their heart racing.

Location:
West of Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
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Mawlynnong Village

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One of the most beautiful destinations in North East India, Mawlynnong is the cleanest village in Asia. As far as Indian villages are concerned, Mawlynnong is light years ahead of its time, with it’s clean, functional toilets in every house, and plastic ban. Yet it manages to preserve the rustic, old world charm that makes you feel like you have travelled in time.

The villagers’ undying love for nature is beautifully reflected in everything that they do, right from proper waste management, to planting trees. Mawlynnong is also home to some truly interesting tribal communities. The cleanest Asian village has many wonders to explore, including several roaring waterfalls, and the Living Root Bridges which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya

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We just recently did and experience this camping at Sohbar near Cherrapunji, The location was perfect for the camping and as well as the fun activity available at this camp was fun and extremely exciting. Good facilities, nice and clean washroom, good-accommodation, delicious foods, and the lush greenery of the place along the blue and green water is truly breathtaking.
Mawsynram is one of the best place to stay and spend time with loves once, Accommodation: was very comfortable and super clean along with attached washrooms. Food: The foods prepared by the local was organic and tasty. Activity: Great one which suits the place. Service: The staffs were hospitable and the host was awesome. Overall it was a pleasant experience.
Amazing experience in Meghalaya, this tour is a complete package we enjoyed everything on this nice stay and nice trek.
The place located at Lawbah ( Mawsynram ) I was amazed by the location it was just perfect the lake and the surrounding is so beautiful, Lots adventure activity, friendly staff, amazing foods, comfortable tens, Good guide for the activity. Kudos team.
Worth-traveling far for this experience, the staff provided good-service, amazing time at the campsite, we indulging in water-activity during day-time and enjoyed the bonfire in the evening, The river is beautiful and clean with a good view from the tent.
10 December 2020
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I took a 8 days long trip to Meghalaya with my family a few days back and booking with Thrillophilia helped us a lot. Our check-in, sightseeings, transfers, accommodation, and food was really very spotted with this package. We could visit popular destinations like Umiam Lake, Nohkalikai falls, Mawsmai cave, living root bridges, Seven Sisters’ Falls, and many more. Since the package included permits and tolls we were totally relaxed and just enjoying. Our driver was also very friendly and aware of the local routes. He shared with us many facts about the local culture, traditions, and folklore. He also took us to excellent food outlets for our lunch and dinner. We also got a decent time to stay and enjoy each destination and there was no rush. The hotels we stayed at had very good staff and we also received good breakfast every morning. Overall, it was a very nice family trip and a good first-time experience with Thrillophilia
11 January 2021
Excellent
I had visited Meghalaya this month with my spouse and it was a lovely experience we returned with. We had a stay of 8 days and Thrillophilia made everything quite simple for us. Starting from the pickup from Guwahati airport and our stay to our sightseeing tours and breakfasts, everything was just excellent. We had to do no customization as the package already included excellent places like Cherrapunji,Mawlynnong, and Mawphlang. The plus point is Thrillophilia was always available at our reach for every sort of assistance.
18 November 2019
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Perfect place for solitude. Calm and Peaceful. The location is perfect, its on the edge of the hills, the downhills we can see plains of Bangladesh. The rooms are spacious and well maintained. The food is also delicious, The staff at stay is friendly and cooperative. looking forward to booking more trips from Thrillophilia. Cheers!
19 February 2020
Excellent
Highly recommended for everyone. We booked this hotel from Thrillophilia at the best discounted price. This website offers stays with the activities which was a perfect package to book for us. The location was good and the night view of the valley was also good. The rooms were nice, clean, and spacious. We even trekked to Nongriat which was so much fun. Totally loved the experience. And our guide was very cooperative and friendly. We even loved the bonfire and music activity at night.
Great place to be in a lap of nature with the overall amazing camping experience arranged by the expert team.

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People Also Ask About Cherrapunji

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Cherrapunji?

    Mawsmai Nongthymmai Eco Park: The Mawsmai Nongthymmai Eco Park is one of the picture perfect places to visit in Cherrapunji that offers panoramic views of the Green Canyons. 

    Wakaba Falls: 
    Wakaba Falls is an ideal vacation spot that nestles amidst redstone cliffs and forest greenery. 

    Dainthlen Waterfall: 
    Dainthlen Waterfall is a natural wonder and definitely a breathtaking sight to behold. You will come across many carvings that narrate the story of a python which was killed at the top of the waterfall. 

    Mawlynnong Village: 
    Mawlynnong Villages is the cleanest village in Asia and is widely known as God’s own garden. 

    Mawsmai Cave: 
    Mawsmai Cave happens to be one of the longest cave systems that is ideal for a cave exploration activity. 

    Mawkdok Dympep Valley: 
    Mawkdok Dympep Valley offers endless panoramic views of the verdant valleys. Come over during monsoon and delight your senses with the freshness of the land. 

    Mawsmai Falls: 
    Mawsmai falls happens to be a remarkable sight to behold and it creates a mesmerizing visual for a delightful experience. 

    Dawki: 
    Dawki is truly a natural paradise that is known for its suspension bridge built in the British era.
  2. Which are the places to visit in Cherrapunji with family?

    Double Decker Living Root Bridges: These bridges are an ingenious mix of innovation and natural wonder which are created by the locals tying up the living trees. 

    Nohkalikai Waterfalls: 
    Nohkalikai Waterfalls are considered as the best Tourist Places in Cherrapunji that is known for their majestic view of water falling from a height of about 1,115 feet above the group. The view of the cascading falls and lush forests will make a spectacular view. 

    Mawsynram Village: 
    The village of Mawsynram happens to be the wettest place on earth and it is one of the ideal places to visit in Cherrapunji to spend your holiday vacation in a relaxed setting in the middle of bountiful natural beauty. 

    Krem Mawmluh: 
    Krem Mawmluh is one of the famous Tourist Places in Cherrapunji that is known for its natural caves with stalactite and stalagmite formations. Exploring these caves will surely be a unique experience.
  3. What is the best time to visit Cherrapunji?

    The best time to visit Cherrapunji would be in the course of the winter season that is from the month of October to the month of February as the climatic condition is very pleasant and comfortable for outdoor sightseeing.
  4. How many days are required to visit Cherrapunji?

    You would need 1 - 2 days to cover all the important tourist attractions of Cherrapunji starting from Nongriat Trek to Double decker root bridges.
  5. What is famous in Cherrapunji?

    Cherrapunji is widely famous all over the world for receiving the highest rainfall and also its living root bridges. These bridges can be considered as a perfect example of bio engineering that is being practised by the locals since ages.

    You will come across a number of such bridges which can bear the weight of about 50 people at a time and travellers love to trek through the double decker bridges.
  6. What should I buy in Cherrapunji?

    During your visit to Cherrapunji, you can buy the following things:

    - Handicrafts
    - Bamboo and Cane items
    - Mementos
    - Furniture
    - Cinnamon
    - Meghalaya tea 
  7. Is Cherrapunji safe?

    Yes, Cherrapunji is very safe for travellers to visit along with their loved ones. You will find proper places of accommodation with security surveillance as well as well curated sightseeing tour packages with tour guides and navigators. Even the locals are friendly as well as helpful.
  8. Which are the best things to do in Cherrapunji?

    Here are some of the best things that you can try out during your visit to Cherrapunji:

    - Walk Over Living Root Bridges
    - Witness the Nohkalikai Waterfalls
    - Visit the Cleanest Village of Asia
    - Visit Eco Park
    - Visit Mawkdok Dympep Valley
    - Enjoy Boating at Dawki
    - Go for Caving
    - Enjoy River Canyoning
    - Ziplining at Mawkdok

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