The Elephant Falls, located close to Shillong, is one of the most visited waterfalls in the North East. They got their name from the elephant-shaped rock that can be seen at the base of the waterfall.
It’s a tourist haven since all three levels of the falls may be seen from various vantage points by the average person.
The British dubbed this waterfall after seeing a boulder in the form of an elephant on its western side. Unfortunately, an earthquake in 1897 led to the stone crumbling and being swept away.
Spending time at Elephant Waterfalls is a great opportunity to connect with nature while also collecting some unforgettable memories to treasure forever.
As there are three spectacular waterfalls in quick succession, the native Khasi people named them as “Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew,” or “The Three Step Waterfalls.” Of the three waterfalls, the first is the widest and is hidden behind the woods.
In the winter, when the water level drops, the second waterfall is hardly perceptible and consists of a few strands of water. The third and highest waterfall is also the most obvious because of the contrast between the white water and the black rocks in the background.
Visitors usually find the third waterfall to be the most stunning of the three. In order to better explore the rest of Meghalaya, stopping at Elephant Falls is a must. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the stunning state, and it is just 12 kilometers from Shillong, the capital.
What to do at Elephant Falls
The topography, dotted with streams and waterfalls, will entice you to go along one of the area’s numerous paths, and the sights will keep you busy with your camera; the Elephant Falls in particular is a popular photographic subject.
When to Go to Elephant Falls
There is no bad time to visit Elephant Waterfalls. The beauty of the waterfalls is not diminished by the seasonal drop in water levels. The river runs with full strength in the months immediately after the monsoon, creating a landscape that will stay with you long after you leave.
Tips for Tourists
- One, get on the road to Elephant Falls early in the morning to beat the rush hour traffic.
- Getting to the waterfalls involves descending a long set of steps (around 100 stairs). Accordingly, it’s not a good idea for the elderly who have some trouble getting about.
- Near the parking lot, you’ll find a handful of restaurants and gift stores offering inexpensive trinkets.
- Fourth, you should be careful on the stairs since they may be wet. So, put on some shoes that support your feet and have excellent traction.
Getting To Elephant Falls
- By Air: Guwahati International Airport is the closest and offers direct flights to all other important cities in India. Taxis and buses, both public and private, are readily available for trips to Shillong. Alternatively, you may take a helicopter from Guwahati to Shillong.
- By Train: The closest major rail hub is Guwahati; from there, passengers may take taxis or public or private vehicles to Shillong.
- By road: You may reach Shillong from Guwahati and other important towns in the North-East with ease. Traveling to and from Guwahati and other places is easy by public and private buses. Since Elephant Falls is just 12 kilometers from Shillong, getting there in a taxi or auto rickshaw is a breeze.