Located not far from Shillong, the Elephant Falls are one of the region’s most well-known waterfalls. They got their name from the elephant-shaped stone that can be seen at the foot of the falls.
It is a popular destination for sightseers since everyone may enjoy the falls from a variety of vantage points, giving them a look at all three levels. The British gave this waterfall its name because of a rock fashioned like an elephant on one side.
But the stone fell apart and was washed away during an earthquake in 1897. Visit Elephant Waterfalls if you’re looking for a place to unwind in nature and acquire some wonderful photos to take home as a memento.
The native Khasi people referred to the breathtaking Elephant Falls as Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew, or “The Three Step Waterfalls,” since it is really made up of three separate but equally stunning waterfalls.
The first waterfall is the most secluded of the three since it is hidden behind a grove of enormous trees. In the winter, the second waterfall is hardly visible and the water is only seen in very thin streams because of the low water levels.
The third waterfall, and the most prominent, is the tallest; its crystal clear water drops in a milky sheet over the dark rocks in the backdrop. Some tourists consider the third waterfall to be the most beautiful of the bunch.
Elephant Falls is a great site to spend the night before venturing into other parts of Meghalaya. Just 12 kilometers from the state capital of Shillong, it is one of the most visited waterfalls in the beautiful state.
Elephant Falls: Best Time to Visit
Elephant Falls is a popular photo op, but there are plenty of other waterfalls and streams in the region to keep you occupied with your camera.
Visits to Elephant Waterfalls are pleasant at any time of year. The beauty of the waterfalls remains undimmed even when winter precipitation causes water levels to plummet.
It’s best to visit in the months after the monsoon when the water is still rushing strongly and the scenery is really unforgettable.
Tips for Tourists
- One, get an early start from their lodgings to avoid traffic and roadblocks on the way to Elephant Falls.
- You have to go down some really steep stairs to get to the waterfalls (around 100 stairs). Therefore, it is not recommended for the elderly who have mobility issues.
- Third, next to the parking area, you’ll find a few small restaurants and shops selling cheap souvenirs.
- It’s possible the steps are dangerous. Consequently, choose a pair of shoes that fits well and has good traction.
Ways to Reach Elephant Falls
By Air: Direct flights are available to all of the major cities in the country from the nearest airport in Guwahati. Getting to Shillong is easy; just hire a cab, board a regular bus, or set out on a private bus tour. From Guwahati to Shillong, you may also take a helicopter.
By Train: Guwahati is home to the nearest train station; from there, you may reach Shillong by taxi, public bus, or private conveyance.
By Road: Shillong is conveniently connected to other major cities in the North-East by road, including Guwahati. Public and private buses run between the city and Guwahati, as well as other cities. Elephant Falls is just 12 kilometers from Shillong, so getting there is as easy as booking a cab or auto rickshaw.