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Timings : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM,
Closed on Sunday

Time Required : Less than 1 hour

Entry Fee : No entry fee

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Elephant Falls, Shillong Overview

Named after an Elephant like stone at its foot, the Elephant Falls are amongst the most popular falls in the North-East, situated next to Shillong. It is a tourists' paradise with three layers of the falls accessible to the layman from different vantage points. The Britishers named this fall so owing to the presence of an elephant-shaped rock on one side of the fall. However, the stone disintegrated and was washed away due to an earthquake in 1897. Elephant Waterfalls is a superb place for spending some time in the midst of nature while capturing the incredible moments for your keepsake.

The breathtaking Elephant falls were referred to as 'Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew' by the local Khasi people, which means 'The Three Step Waterfalls', as these falls consist of three mesmerising falls in succession. The first of the three waterfalls are tucked between the dense trees and are very broad. The second waterfall reduces to thin strands of water and is almost negligible in winters due to the receding water levels. The third and the most visible waterfall is the tallest with clear water flowing like a sheet of milk on the dark rocks in the backdrop. Out of the three, the third waterfall tends to strike the visitors as the most impressive. Elephant Falls is a great stopover destination before one heads for further journeys into Meghalaya. Located 12 km away from the capital city of Shillong, it is one of the most visited falls in the beautiful state.

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Best Time to Visit Elephant Falls

Elephant Waterfalls can be visited all year round. Though during winters water levels recede a little it still does not take away the charm of the waterfalls. The months right after the monsoon are the best as the water flows with full might and the scenery created is one to remember for a long time.

Activities At Elephant Waterfalls

While the terrain, interspersed with streams and falls will tempt you into one of its many trekking trails, the views will have you busy clicking photographs, the Elephant falls, being a favorite for photography too.


1. Leave early from your hotel to avoid traffic and congestion on the road leading towards the Elephant Falls.
2. A trip to these falls requires walking down a large flight of stairs (around 100 stairs). Hence, it is not recommended for the seniors who have a little difficulty in walking.
3. There are a few small shops selling cheap souvenirs and eating joints near the parking lot.
4. The stairs might be slippery. So, make sure to wear comfortable footwear with a good grip.

How to reach Elephant Falls

  • Air: Nearest airport is at Guwahati which has direct flights to all other major cities of the country. One can easily hire a cab or take public or private buses till Shillong. Alternatively, there is a helicopter service from Guwahati till Shillong.

  • Rail: Nearest rail head is at Guwahati from where one can either hire a cab or catch public or private buses till Shillong.

  • Road: Shillong is well connected by road to Guwahati and nearby major cities of the North-East. Public and private buses connect it to Guwahati and other cities. From Shillong one can easily hire a cab or auto rickshaw till Elephant Falls which are located just 12 km from Shillong.

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