Elephant Waterfalls- Shillong, Meghalaya

by Mridula on May 2, 2013

in Canon D550,India,Meghalaya,Photography

On my recent trip to Shillong and Guwahati we had one off day, Sunday. And all four of us were rearing to go. So we hired a cab and off we went. The itinerary was almost completely decided my our well behaved and patient driver. He first took us to the Shillong View Point (where there was a lot of mist and hardly any view but I except these things now) and then we were on our way to Cherrapunji. He told us we would stop at the Elephant Falls.

Beautiful Elephant Falls, Shillong

The First Waterfall at Elephant Falls, Shillong

If you click on that link above it will take you to Tripadvisor where the opinion is quite divided on this attraction. I belong to the camp that thought the falls were beautiful. Some people mention that the water level was low when they visited. Not so in my case. There are three waterfalls in all and the first one is the most spectacular. There was a reasonable crowd at the attraction but the place was still reasonably quite. The waterfall has two parts and the complete picture is something like this.

Elephant Falls  Elephant Falls, Shillong

The trail is well marked. At the entrance there is a small fee for people as well as for cameras. I do not remember the exact amount but I am sure it was less than 40 rupees with the camera for an adult. There are notices all around urging the visitors not to enter the water or climb the rocks. People paid heed to them.

Elephant Falls, Shillong, Megalaya

The Second Waterfall- Elephant Falls, Shillong, Megalaya

The second waterfall is the smallest of the three and hence it was the most neglected one! Everyone, myself included, would hurry past it. When I saw it I thought it was not the actual second waterfall, that might be below. So I too went past it quickly.

Elephant Falls, Shillong

The Third Waterfall- Elephant Falls, Shillong

The third waterfall was also a beauty. This was the only waterfall where the pool was shallow and people would wade a little to get their pictures clicked. To reach the waterfalls a little walking is involved. That itself gave me an idea how fit I am for my trek to Annapurna Circuit, Nepal in June. I was not tired with this small walk but 5-6 hours of similar terrain and I can see from here what is going to happen to me later in June.

So I will remember the waterfalls not only for their beauty but also for the warning they gave me about my fitness levels!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Devkant Sangwan May 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Beautiful pictures, I wish to take bath here and camp for a week near to these waterfalls.


Mridula July 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Devkant :D hope you do go there.


Raj Sharma May 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Very beautiful Waterfall. Very good photographs. Wish to see live.


Mridula July 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Raj I hope you visit it soon.


Rat May 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

awesome photos..


Mridula July 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Thanks Rat.


Ajeeth boaz May 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Amazing shots of a beautiful place…


Mridula July 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Thank you Ajeeth.


Prasad Np May 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Waterfalls have magical qualities and a layered waterfall just multiplies the magic. Loved the pics…so refreshing.


Mridula July 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Agreed Prasad. :D


Mridula May 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

Thank you Rupam.

My Say many others also said the same and there is nothing on my blog that causes mass hallucinations :D

Thanks Anjan.

Matheikal so did you ever write about it too? Would like to read your posts too.

Tushar we actually did a cab from Shillong to Cherrapunji and back to Guwahati for 3800 rupees and this was on the way.

Thumbelina :D Do you like to travel?

Aziz thank you.

Prastanth thank you.


Prashanth May 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

Beautiful images!! And aptly named waterfalls :)


Aziz Ampanwala May 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

Its a spectacle !


Thumbelina81 May 3, 2013 at 7:36 am

I love the pics Mridula. And honestly now, I am a lil envious . Keep them coming.


Tushar May 3, 2013 at 7:22 am

How much is cab charges for a day in Shillong?


matheikal May 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm

One of the few places in
Shillong where I used to spend a lot of time! Nice to see that it still has water :)


anjan roy May 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Shillong…is also called as god’s own resting place…and Elephant falls…gives an apt name to it’s name….lovely…photographs…!!!


My Say May 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

the first literally looks as if huge elephant heads are behind the gush of water and water is flowing through heads of several elephants on top of eachother .. or may be I am hallucinating :D who knows !!


rupam { xhobdo } May 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Lovely , So nice capture.


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