Top places to visit in Cherrapunji


Cherrapuji is a mystical land acclaimed as the place with the highest rainfall on earth. Heavy mist covering the green hills, thundering waterfalls and pristine landscape give this land the appeal of an impressionist painting in green. Known as the land of waterfalls and caves it is one of the most thrilling places to visit in Northeast India. It is a stunning place having many amazing natural formations such as waterfalls, caves and living root bridges etc. You will instantly fall in love with the place. Our comprehensive guide will help you discover the top tourist attractions that you shouldn’t miss while visiting this charming town. These fantastic tourist places to visit in (Sohra)Cherrapunji will keep calling you back for more.

Its enchanting natural beauty mesmerizes everyone. Many tallest waterfalls in India are located in the Cherrapunji. If you are fond of nature Cherrapunji (also known as Sohra)   is the must-visit destination for you. This guide will definitely help you if you plan your visit to Cherrapunji in 2022.

A thrilling windy road passing through the blanket of clouds leads to Cherrapunji a small town in Meghalaya. I can assure you that you are greeted by the mystic sound of waterfalls and striking landscapes made by hilly gorges in every corner.

Tourist attractions in Cherrapunji

1. Double Decker living root bridge

Double decker living root bridge, Nongriat village
Double-decker living root bridge

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about Cherrapunji is the Double Decker living root bridge. It is one of the offbeat and best places to visit in Cherrapunji which is one of a kind. However, you may be hesitant to visit the place first because it involves walking down around 3500+ stairs once you reach the place and catch the beauty of the giant bridge and spend some time there all your discomfort and tiredness melt instantly.

The trek to the Living Root Bridge starts from Tyrna village. The walking trail passes through a few villages and gorgeous landscapes. You can also contact local villagers to guide you on the road with a very minimal amount. It is a moderate trek that can be tried by anyone except seek or senior citizens. However, if you miss this bridge you can try another root bridge located near Mawlynnong village.

2. Best waterfalls in Cherrapunji

Seven sister waterfall | top places to visit in Sohra
Seven sisters falls
Nohkalikai-Falls, highest waterfall in Meghalaya
Nohkalikai Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in India

Tucked away in the lap of nature Cherrpunji is also famous for many tallest plunged Waterfalls in India. Nohkalikai Falls (340 metres) the third tallest waterfall in India is located here. Kynrem Falls, another tallest waterfall which is plunging from a height of 305 metres.

If you love thrill and adventure then you will enjoy seeing Wei Sawdong Falls closely. 30 minutes walk through bamboo ladders downward takes you to this place. It is a three-tire fall that looks very exclusive.

Some other waterfalls that can be caught easily from the road are Seven Sisters Waterfalls or Mawsmai Falls and Dainthlen Falls. If you are fascinated by waterfalls and love to explore waterfalls then Meghalaya is the hub of many waterfalls. You can take a seven-day tour in Meghalaya and explore these falls closely. You can cover some of these waterfalls in a day tour from Shillong.

Some of the top waterfalls in Cherrapunji are :

  1. Dainthlen fall
  2. Nohkalikai Falls
  3. Wei Sawdong falls
  4. Seven sisters fall/Mawsmai Falls/ Nohsngithiang Falls
  5. Kynrem falls
  6. Rainbow Falls

Apart from waterfalls, Cherrapunji is home to many natural cave systems. It is dotted with a huge network of caves.

  1. Arwah Lumshynna Cave
  2. Maswami cave
  3. Krem Mawmluh
Caves in Meghalaya, one of the best tourist attraction in Cherrapunji
Limestone formation inside Maswami cave

4. Mawsmai cave

It is one of the easiest and most touristy caves in Cherrapunji. It is also known as Krem Phyllut. It is located near Nohsngithiang Falls(seven sisters fall) and in the heart of Cherrapunji. The limestone caves of Mawsmai are quite spacious they can be easily covered by anyone.  The cave is home to a variety of stalagmites and stalactites, as well as a number of bats. Small bridges are constructed inside the cave for easy access. A walk inside the cave is a fascinating experience. Only a small area of the cave is open to the public. It is one of the most visited destinations in your sightseeing tour in Sohra.

5. Arwah Cave

Arwah Cave | top attraction in Cherrapunji
Walkway to Arwah cave

It is another stunning cave that deserves to be on your travel itinerary. It takes around 10 minutes walk to reach the entrance of the cave from the parking. The walkway before reaching the cave is the most exciting one, You can catch a glimpse of picturesque surroundings and pleasant landscapes from the steep path. Inside of the cave consists of stalagmites & stalactites which create various artistic formations. A small stem is also flowing through the side of the cave. You can hear the sound of water and see various formations closely. With its unique formation and the calm and scenic alley that leads to the cave, Arwah is one of the best places to visit in Cherrapunji which is hard to miss.

The most interesting part of this cave is the various fossils that you can spot along its walls. Mollusc shells and fish bones were some of the prominent fossils that can be seen inside the cave.

6. Krem Mawmluh

It is the 8th longest cave in India of length 7194m. Around 4000m of the cave is open for caving. It is a must-visit for an experienced caver. You can see different formations inside the cave from White Marble, stalactites-mites, rivers, quarts, moon milk, a fishing pond, a crawling part, a vertical hole etc. Meghalaya Caving Association offers caving packages for this cave. you need to book a guided tour earlier to visit this cave.

7. Parks and other attractions you would like to visit

Apart from these Sohra (Cherrapunji) also hosts many beautiful parks to spend leisure amidst nature. It is not only a perfect place for the adventure lover it is loved by family and honeymooners also. Eco park, Thangkharang Park, Saimika park are stunning family and kids friendly parks from where you can enjoy picture perfect landscape. From Eco park you can see the source of seven sister fall(Nohsngithiang Falls) and from Thangkharang Park you can witness the Shiva linga shaped  Khoh Ramhah closely. Garden of Cave is a picturesque place worth visiting where you can explore many small caves and waterfalls.   Some visiting parks in Cherrapunji are

  • Eco Park
  • Thangkharang Park
  •  Khoh Ramhah
  • Garden of Cave
Eco Park | best tourist place in cherrapunji
View From Eco Park

8. Trekking and Camping in Cherrapunji

If you like trekking and camping Cherrapunji have plenty of spot for trekking. Some of the best trekking routes you can embark in Sohra are Double Decker Root Bridge Trek (Nongriat Trek), David Scott Trail, trek to the top of Nohkalikai Falls etc. These are moderate to hard treks where you need the guidance of a local guide. Otherwise, it is not advisable to go for these treks alone.

you can also enjoy some adventure sports like zip lining, caving, camping etc in Cherrapunji.

Places to stay in Cherrapunji

One of the most popular Meghalaya attractions, the beauty of this region can never be described in words. A visit to this attractive place must include in your travel itinerary.

The small town of Cherrapunji hosted many resorts and hotels of different categories. you will find the best place depending on your budget.

Some of the best resorts in Cherrapunji are

  1. Polo Orchid resort
  2. Jiva Resort
  3. San Naela Resort
  4. La kupar inn
  5. Kutmadan resort
  6. Cherrapunji holiday resort.

How to reach Cherrapunji

Sohra is located around 54 km (2 hrs) from Shillong the capital of Meghalaya and 150 km (4 -5 hrs)from Guwahati the gateway of Northeast India. Guwahati city is well connected by both air and railway. Taxis are available all the time to reach Cherrapunji from Shillong and Guwahati.

Best time to visit Cherrapunji

It is a pristine location having moderate weather all year round. The temperature in summer ranges from 25 – 12 degree Celsius and in winter is 5 – 20 degree Celsius. Summer generally starts from June – August and winter start from November to March. It can be visited all year round.

Winter is the best season to explore cave and living root bridge whether summer is the best season to see the thundering waterfalls which remain full during the rainy season.

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