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Elephant Falls

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Ideal Time: Less than 1 hour


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

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No entry fee

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. At Elephant Falls one can get very close to the falls and enjoy its serenity and might. This is also a superb place for spending some time in the midst of nature while capturing the incredible moments for your keepsake.

These breathtaking 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 head 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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Elephant falls 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.

Shillong, just 12 km away and a major tourists center, should be the preferred location for accommodation.

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.

Shillong is a good place to buy handicraft works in Bamboo and wood. One can also buy some exquisite hand-woven woolen shawls. All these can be bought from the Bada Bazaar market in Shillong.

Shillong is largely a Christian city with many cathedrals and small churches. Experience the ambience and lifestyle of the Khasi way of living combined with the church culture of the city

Shillong has a very sleepless nightlife with many bars and night clubs offering great indie music, food and booze. The city has a great music culture and is known for being the Rock capital of the nation.

Try the local Meghalayan cuisine which is the mix of Garo, Khasi and Jaintia delicacies easily available in the markets of Shillong.

Trattoria's, Bamboo Hut and City Dhaba

If you find yourself in Shillong, there is no way you can possibly skip Elephant falls. Leave early in the morning, and take a half day trip to the falls.

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.

  • 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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