Cherrapunji is better known as Sohra among the locals is a subdivisional town situated in the East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya and a major tourist attraction. It is the traditional capital of aNongkhlaw hima (Khasi tribal chieftainship constituting a petty state), and also called as Churra by some.
For tourists visiting Cherapunji here are some places around it that you should definitely not miss while on your tour.
Nohkalikai Waterfalls – This is the fourth highest waterfalls in the world, Nohkalikai falls plunge some 335 meters from a verdant cliff to the ground giving the portrayal of immense and natural magnificence. The pride of the state of Meghalaya, the falls are one of the most beautiful and grand waterfalls in the country. Tucked in between evergreen rainforest of the Khasi Hill and flowing with all its majesty and might, the falls plunges into a lagoon which is as blue as the afternoon sky. Nohkalikai Falls is one of the most popular and significant places to see in the North-East. The name of the falls is attached with a sad story of woman named Ka Likai who remarried a man, who believed that she loved his daughter more than him. So one day while Ka Likai was working outside, the man killed his daughter and cooked her flesh and served it to Ka Likai. She ate the meal and went out to look for her daughter and while doing so she found her fingers in a beet-nut basket. Seeing this she became very upset and plunged to death from the waterfall which was now renamed ‘Noh Ka Likai ‘.
- The Eco Park – Created in the plateaus of Meghalaya by the state government, it is a great attraction for locals as well as tourists. The Shillong Agri-Hoticulture has given this park many beautiful orchids which are housed in the Eco park’s green house.
The Eco park’s biggest USP is the view point from where one can enjoy views of the massive, plain yet exotic Sylhet Plains of Bangladesh.
Krem Phyllut – Krem Phyllut is located to the south of Cherapunji, this place is a major tourist attraction owning to the caves it has. There are three different entrances to the caves and two separate river passages within. This place is always crowded with locals as well as tourists.
Mawlynnong – Mawlynnong is a small village in the East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya, the abode of changing clouds. Mawlynnong is famous for its matrilineal society as well as having been declared Asia’s cleanest village which comes under the Pynursla community development block and legislative assembly constituency.
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