Waterfalls in Cherrapunji - Sohra Waterfalls

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The name Cherrapunji might ring a bell if you are a pluviophile - someone who likes the rain. Rechristened as Sohra in the year 2007, many people might have heard about this town in Meghalaya, owing to a unique feature. It is currently the second wettest place in the world, after its neighbouring town of Mawsynram! That’s right! With an annual rainfall of 11,777 millimetres, it not only means that the area receives plenty of rainfall, but also that it is rich in greenery and offers plenty to delight the nature lover in you.

Layered with an abundance of natural raw beauty and luscious attractions, the place acts as a magnet for tourists and travellers. Among these attractions is a list of 5 mesmerising Sohra waterfalls that will truly take your breath away.

1. NohKaLikai Falls

Towering at a height of 1,120 ft., it is the tallest plunge waterfall in India and the fourth tallest in the world. The waterfall is fed by numerous streams at the top and plunges straight down into an azure pool at the bottom that almost resembles a lagoon. The trail to the top offers an interesting trek and the peak is an absolute gem for photography and birdwatching - a colourful blend of sky, water and greenery!

2. Kynrem Falls

This beautiful three-tiered waterfall is the 7th tallest waterfall in India and a joy to witness when water is gushing through, during monsoon season. A distinguishing feature of this waterfall from the rest may be the endless chirping of cicadas (that sometimes even overpowers the roar of the falls!), and the presence of a motorable road that extends into Bangladesh. The best location to view this waterfall may be from the lookout deck of the nearby botanical garden - Thangkharang Park.

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3. Dain-Thien Waterfall

Dain-Thien is one of the most popular tourist hubs in Sohra. A visit here during a mist-filled morning is the best gift you can give yourself. Behold the glimmer of the water droplets reflecting the sun rays as it rushes down the rocky plains. Surrounded by dense forests and lovely hillocks, this Cherrapunji waterfall also harbours a brave history of men killing a giant, evil snake named “Thien”, after which it got the current name.

4.Nohsngithiang Falls

Popularly known as the Seven Sisters Waterfall, the name is inspired by the seven streams that power this waterfall. The fall, located in Mawsmai village, measures about 1033 ft. in height, with the water trickling down to the plains of Bangladesh. This Cherrapunjee fall listed under the top 10 waterfalls in India, is a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset and sunrise views and bask in the beauty of nature.

5. Rainbow Falls

Inaccessible via motorable road, the only way to reach this secluded spot hidden deep in the forest, is by a trek spanning 5 to 6 hours. The trek starts from Tyrna village and is a must-visit for all nature lovers. It is worth all the effort because, at the end, you can dive into the natural swimming pool at the bottom of the falls. The waterfall gets its name since the sunrays usually create a mesmerising rainbow above, making it a picturesque location for nature photography.

Sohra, as you have now understood, is the perfect retreat you have always longed for. And what will make it an even better holiday experience? A stay at Polo Orchid Resort, Cherrapunji with its rooms that offer panoramic views of the Nohsngithiang waterfall. Get your backpacks ready for a surreal visit to a haven of hills, cliffs, waterfalls and undisturbed nature!

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