Known as being one of the rainiest places on earth, Cherrapunji (also called Cherrapunjee) holds the distinction of being the only place in India with the monsoon season throughout the year. Situated approximately 56 km (34 miles) away from Shillong, it’s a beautiful piece of land where the clouds float through the valleys, and sweep over the hills. Cherrapunji, a subdivisional town in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, is a paradise for nature buffs. It is an ideal destination if you want to spend some quality time in the lap of nature. The lush green hills and waterfalls are a delight to the eyes. During monsoon, one can take a bath in mountain streams, waterfalls, and cool springs as well as a trek to the Living Root Bridges. In winter, one can do river canyoning, swim in natural swimming pools, go adventure caving, trekking, or enjoy campfires in the evenings. The ideal time to visit Cherrapunji is between the months of June to October.
Known for its orange plantations, orange honey, and the limestone caves, Cherrapunji is a place where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than in millimeters. Be sure to check our list of best things to do when planning your itinerary to Cherrapunji, India!
1. Double Decker Living Root Bridge
A UNESCO Heritage Site and beauty of mother nature, the trek to Double Decker Bridge is through a long tiring track of more than 4,000 steps, but the journey itself is worth it. The trek is beautiful, with amazing scenery. A walk over the bridge and the view of water flowing below it gives an astonishing feeling. Just dip your feet in the lake underneath the bridge and experience the natural fish spa, you won’t want to move from that place.
It is a wonderful experience, but not advisable for elderly persons or people with heart or knee problems. Keep an entire day reserved for this, as it is tiring as well as time-consuming.
Double Decker Living Root Bridge
Website: Double Decker Living Root Bridge
2. Seven Sister Falls
This is one of the most important tourist attractions in Cherrapunjee, located 1 km (0.6 miles) south of Mawsmai village. There is a viewing point for the falls on the road to Cherrapunjee. The viewpoint gives a distant and beautiful landscape with the seven segments of the waterfall plunging down the limestone cliffs of Khasi Hills.
Against the backdrop of limestone cliffs, the rainwater-fed waterfall presents an enchanting view. The spectacle of slanting sunlight reflecting off the water is fascinating. The Polo Orchid Resort is located on the hills opposite to the falls, which offers a great view of the falls and the plains of Bangladesh beyond.
Seven Sister Falls
Website: Seven Sister Falls
3. Mawkdok Dympep Valley
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The beautiful Mawkdok Dympep Valley is located along the Shillong - Cherrapunji route. The center of attraction is the Dympep Valley viewpoint because the orientation of the view is such that one is looking at the cross section of the valley. Apart from breathtaking views, this place has zip lining. There are two zip lines here and the second one traverses the cross section from one side of the valley to the other with an enthralling experience.
Mawkdok Dympep Valley
Website: Mawkdok Dympep Valley
4. Mawsmai Cave
OUR NORTH-EASTERN STATE OUR PRIDE : MEGHALAYA: MAWSMAI CAVE-CHERRAPUNJEE Situated around 6 Kms from Cherrapunjee...Posted by Colours of North-Eastern India on Saturday, 4 July 2015
Mawsmai Cave is very narrow with many uneven stones on the path. Adventurous people will love this natural limestone cave replete with fossils and stalactites. With water spread everywhere and dropping from the top, the journey through the uneven path is adventurous. The insides are amply lit and you can see formations of stalactite and stalagmites here.
Website: Mawsmai Cave
5. Nohkalikai Falls
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The view of this waterfall from below is specular and amazing. For a better look, travelers need to go to the last step to see the mesmerizing view of Nohkalikai Falls to the fullest extent. Going there early in the morning gives some stunning scenery, with clouds playing hide and seek with you.
Website: Nohkalikai Falls
6. Eco Park
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This is a simple park with a few swings and slides for the children to play on. Towards the end of the park, there is a viewpoint that gives a grand view of the Seven Sister Waterfall. There is also an artificial waterfall that you can take a dip in as well.
Website: Eco Park
7. Krem Mawmluh Cave
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The trek to the mouth of the cave is awesome, and access is via the river, which lies to the southeast of the cement factory. The river enters the cave and forms pools of water within the cave. A narrow passage, open sky, and water beneath your feet will give you the best experience in the cave. It’s got fantastic stalactite and stalagmite formations, but the cave is a bit difficult to navigate through for the elderly and children.
Krem Mawmluh Cave
Website: Krem Mawmluh Cave
8. Thangkharang Park
Thangkharang Park, Sohra (Meghalaya) laid on the high rocky cliffs overlooks the panoramic view of the plains of Bangladesh.Posted by People of Northeast India on Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Thangkharang Park is next to the Khoh Ramhah rock and is a popular picnic and weekend destination. You will get to see a variety of trees and plants with their botanical names, flowers, and a stunning view of the Bangladesh plains. Managed and well maintained by the State Forest Department, the park has a lot of preserved trees and plants. Stalls for self-cooking and a canteen is available inside.
Address: Sohra, Thangkharang Rd., Meghalaya 793108
Website: Thangkharang Park
9. Mawsynram village
Glimpse of Mawsynram village such an wonderful place to visit.Posted by Meghalaya on Thursday, 2 February 2017
Famous for the gigantic formation of stalagmite, which resembles the shape of a ‘Shivalinga,’ Mawsynram is a rain lover’s paradise. Having bumped long-time champion Cherrapunji, it holds the Guinness Record for “the wettest place on earth”. The villagers have to make use of thick grass to sound-proof their homes from the thunderous rain. You could touch, smell, and taste the clouds here. The rains are such that you can barely see four feet ahead of you.
Website: Mawsynram village
The lush green hills, mountain streams, waterfalls, cool springs, and the Living Root Bridge are places that will give you once in a lifetime experiences. If you wish to spend some quality time in the lap of nature, Cherrapunji is for you.
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