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Elephant Falls: Why is it named so?

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-04-07

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Elephant Falls is locally known as Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew, which translates to "the three - step waterfall". However the modern name is explained by a signboard near the waterfall. The name originated in the British era when the Englishmen spotted a giant rock that looked like an elephant near the fall. This rock was destroyed in the 1987 due to an earthquake.

Elephant Falls Board

Sign Board at Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls is 12 kms from busy town of Shillong in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya. The unique part of Elephant Falls is that, it is a two-tier waterfall set in the dingles of the rocks. These curved falls is very eye-catching beauty and the green vegetation surrounding makes it a perfect picnic spot. This beautiful fall is made of three smaller falls and the combined stream adorns the fern-covered rocks below.

The first fall of Elephant Falls is an example of a horsetail-punchbowl waterfall. The first fall is hidden among the trees and is very broad. The second fall however, is quite cultivated and in the winters (and drier months) looks insignificant. The third fall is the tallest and comes to view swiftly and looks most spectacular with crystal clear water falling over sharp rocks of numerous shapes.

Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls, Shillong

There is a sign board at the road representing the entrance of falls. From the gate, there is a steep, slippery flight of stairs to navigate each level of the fall with the first and second level facilitated with benches to rest and relax.

Best Time to Visit: It can be visited round the year. Monsoon is the best time to come Elephant Falls, as water current is good and surrounding greenery adds the value to location.

Entry Fees: Entry ticket is INR 20 per person and extra INR 20 for Camera.


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