Tourist places in Cherrapunji: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Cherrapunji? Yes, rains. Cherrapunji, was once the wettest place on earth. Located in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya, it is a heavenly abode of mountains, clouds, and rains. Though the title of ‘the wettest place’ has now been snatched by its neighbor, Mawsynram, Cherrapunji is still a name to be reckoned with. There are plenty of attractions in Cherrapunji, each of which will take your breath away. Let us explore a few of them.
Note: Cherrapunji is a place that Jaunt Monkey Visited during his trip to Nagaland.
Here’s our video from Cherrapunji which may give you a better exposure the the tourist places in Cherrapunji.
My Experience in Cherrapunji
What are the tourist places in Cherrapunji?
#1 Mawkdok Valley
On the way to Cherrapunji, you catch your first glimpse of the astounding beauty in Mawkdok Valley. Just step out of your vehicle, and glance around. Nothing but green hills and valleys all around, as far as your eyes reach! A small bridge settled amidst the greenery, gives you the feel of having stepped into a fairy tale.
There are a set of winding stairs going deep down, to give you a closer view of the scenic beauty. Go down those, and you are treated to magnificent views! Rows of pine trees and tiny gurgling streams peeping out through the thickets, make you lose the sense of time. But no, there are a lot more waiting for you among the tourist places in Cherrapunji.
#2 Eco Park
This is another place that makes you fall in love with Meghalaya. The Eco Park is located on top of the 7 Sisters waterfalls. This neatly maintained park is on the edge of a cliff, from where the waterfalls originate. The entire area is securely fenced, and there are a few foot bridges also, to make the walk pleasant and safe. If Mawkdok Valley gave you views of undulating hills, here you can even view the plain lands beyond.
How can one describe such beauty in words? The green hills invite you to climb to their summit, calm valleys tempt you to fall into their laps, and the deep canyons do not intimidate you at all. Hills, valleys, and plains beyond, Eco Park is definitely a must-visit attraction in Cherrapunji. If it is rainy season, it will be an added bonus for you to see the fresh blooms around. You can’t avoid this spot from the tourist places to visit in Cherrapunji.
#3 Mawsmai Caves
This is definitely going to be the fun-cum-adventure part of your trip. Many people do not know that Meghalaya is blessed with a number of magnificent limestone caves. Mawsmai is the leading one among those. The entrance to the cave looks like a setting from horror movie. But once you step inside, it is well lighted. You will be wonderstruck, seeing the natural limestone formations. At some places, you need to squeeze in between small gaps.
The walk and crawl inside the caves may make you feel claustrophobic, and leave you gasping for breath. But do include this in your trip. A word of caution here, this is not for everyone. People with back or knee problems are advised against going inside.
#4 Lower Cherrapunji, for Bangladesh Viewpoint
Seeing a foreign land always fascinates a traveler, even though it is from far. The Bangladesh Viewpoint in Lower Cherrapunji will be exciting for you, for this reason. Meghalaya borders Bangladesh, and in Lower Cherrapunji, you can catch a glimpse of its plains. The view is the superb, rolling hills, vast valleys, flowing river, things that your eyes will never get tired of. But the pleasant addition is that you will be seeing a different country, with different culture and traditions. While you stand there enjoying the cool breeze, let your mind stray off to that unknown land.
#5 Seven Sister Waterfalls
One of the major attractions of Cherrapunji is this waterfall, which got its name as it falls in seven segments. Water falls from the tall Khasi Hills, to the deep valley below. It uniqueness is in that it falls in parts. Imagine the beauty of an array of pure white waterfalls in a green backdrop! They look as though they are competing as to who will reach the bottom first. You can see this fall in its enormity, only if you go in rainy season. In winters, the water will reduce to a trickle. But no need to feel disappointed. The viewpoint from where you watch the falls is a feast for your eyes, even if there is less water. Seven sister waterfalls is a major attraction among the tourist places in Cherrapunji during Monsoon season.
#6 Ramakrishna Mission
Now for some food for your soul. Ramakrishna Mission in Cherrapunji is another place thronged by tourists. It is located in a scenic place, overlooking the hillocks. The structure of the building that houses it makes you curious to explore inside. This place is for anyone who desires to have some quiet moments of introspection. No religion or caste barrier, the institution is open for all. Spend an hour or so inside this territory of serenity and come back rejuvenated.
#7 Nohkalikai Falls
A waterfall as pretty as a picture postcard! This is the simplest way to describe this magnificent beauty. This is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. White frothing water falls from a tall plateau, to a blue pool below. When watching from far above, the water seems to be falling in a slow motion. You feel as though someone has slowed down the pace of water, just for you to see it in entirety. This incredibly beautiful fall and pool should be first in your list, when you visit Cherrapunji. Another interesting aspect is that, unlike 7 Sisters Waterfall, here the water does not dry up in winters. So be fully assured of a visual treat.
Author: E Jey
Just a passionate traveler who loves scribbling his expeditions @ www.jauntmonkey.com, www.outonroads.com, and www.blogthatall.com