A discussion about waterfalls in Cherrapunji is incomplete without a mention of Nohkalikai waterfall since it is among the tallest waterfalls in India. The majestic waterfall plummets from a colossal height of 1,100 feet, brushing against the rocks, creating a vast pool below. The lush greenery surrounding the waterfall makes the sight of it appear even more heavenly and is worth capturing.
This waterfall serves as a favourite picnic spot of the locals in addition to being a major tourist attraction in the city. Besides, Nohkalikai waterfall is also an ideal destination for thrill-seekers alone has to undertake a short hike in order to reach the viewpoint to enjoy the panoramic views. During the rainy season, the waterfall gets draped in a thick cover of clouds and mist.
Location: 5 km from Cherrapunji, East Khasi Hills
Height: 1,100 feetBest season to visit: July to March
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This waterfall is one of the reasons why Cherrapunji entices nature lovers from all over the country and beyond. Dain-Thlen Waterfall is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the region, and thus, an important hub for tourists in Cherrapunji.
There is a folktale associated with the waterfall that claims that a giant evil snake named Thlen lived here, which was killed by some brave men, post which the waterfall got its name. It is believed that some signs of the snake’s struggle are still present here.
Besides, natural rock carvings here are also an important attraction. Due to the intense flow of the stream during the rainy days, the waterfall attracts locals and tourists in huge numbers to provide a respite from the monotony of life.
Location: 2 km from Cherrapunji, East Khasi Hills
Height: 280 feetBest season to visit: June to November
If you are on a quest to find the most scenic Cherrapunji waterfalls, Rainbow Falls is one of the must-visit spots in the town for you. A popular trekking trail leads to this picturesque waterfall, which is also one of the off-beat places in the region, reserved only for those who are willing to make efforts to discover the hidden gems of nature.
The water stream, snaking through rocks, plummets down from a height to create a pool of blue water below, which is a sight to behold. What adds grace to the splendour of the site is the variety of exotic fauna that surrounds it. When you visit this place, keep your camera handy because the waterfall coupled with a rainbow is a great fame to capture.
Location: 18 km from Cherrapunji, Near Nongriat Village
Height: No information availableBest season to visit: June to October
Nohsngithiang Falls is one of the most famous Cherrapunji waterfalls and is located close to Mawsmai Village. Owing to the seven segments that constitute it, the waterfall is popularly known as ‘Seven Sisters Falls’. Nohsngithiang Falls is famed for its enormous size as the streams drop from limestone cliffs from a height of almost 1035 feet, and the waterfall has an average width of 70 metres.
The most beautiful vistas of the waterfall can be witnessed during sunset and sunrise hours when vibrant colours illuminate the water streams. Though you can find the place frequented by locals and tourists throughout the year, monsoon marks the maximum footfall when the force of the water is at its peak and the falls are engulfed in clouds and mist.
Location: 4.3 km from Cherrapunji, Mawsmai Village
Height: 1035 feetBest season to visit: June to November
Wah Kaba Falls
If you are a nature lover looking for some quiet time in the midst of nature, this waterfall offering a perfect blend of solace and solitude is ideal for you. Celebrated as one of the best tourist attractions in Cherrapunji, Wakaba Falls is a tall waterfall, plunging from a height of approximately 190 metres.
Though there is barely any stream left to see during winter months, monsoon months bring the waterfall back to life, making it a place you must not skip on your visit to Cherrapunji. The sights of the falls and the giant canyons, enveloped in dense vegetation also make it a great place for photography enthusiasts. The waterfall can be accessed between sunrise and sunset.
Location: 10 km from Cherrapunji
Height: 620 feetBest season to visit: June to October
Waterfalls are iconic to Meghalaya’s character, and Kynrem Falls is one of those Cherrapunji waterfalls that add grace to its character. If you are fond of waterfalls, visiting Kynrem Falls is an excellent choice you must make since it is the 7th highest waterfall in the country.
Kynrem Falls is a three-tiered waterfall, making for a scenic sight worth admiring, and is an ideal spot that can be visited with family and friends. This natural wonder is located in Thangkharang Park of Cherrapunji. The crystal clear water stream plummets down from a height of nearly a thousand feet, leaving the spectators awestruck. The soft noise of the rumbling noise and dense mist adorning the water are bound to rejuvenate your soul.
Location: 12 km from Cherrapunji
Height: 1,000 feetBest season to visit: June to September