Situated at an altitude of 1,300 meters and about 56 km from Shillong,
Cherrapunjee, once the wettest spot on earth, has yielded the title
Mawsynram. Nevertheless, it is a land of heavy rains and perpetual
rainbows. During the monsoons, the place receives about 366"
of rain making the area absolutely inaccessible. Dense woods are
cut through by numerous meandering streams and rivulets. Frighteningly
high but absolutely beautiful waterfalls drop into deep gorges with
In Cherrapunjee, there seems to be no dearth of waterfalls —
one lovelier than the other. Some of the famous ones are the Mawsmai
Falls, the Nohkalikai Falls which is the fourth highest in the world,
the Umhein Falls, the Kynrem Falls, the Dainthlen Falls
and the Nohsngithiang Falls which literally translated means "falls
kissed by the sunset". These spots also make excellent places
for picnicking. The Mawsmai Caves near the Mawlong Syiem Peak and
the Lum Lawbath Caves are interesting mysteries in themselves.
Mairang — a historical monument
in memory of U. Tirot Singh, who fought against the British to retain
Jakrem — for its hot water
springs, Dawki (altitude 150 meters)
— which provides an excellent view of the plains around.
Ranikor — a good spot for
fishing and the Umiam Lake.
There are regular bus services between Shillong and Cherrapunjee
which is 56 km away. The MTDC organizes regular conducted tours
by luxury coaches to cover places of tourist interest in Cherrapunjee.
Hotels & Accomodation
The nearest and good accommodation is available at Shillong.
General Information & Accomdation info on Cherrapunjee city of Meghalaya - India