Kyllang Rock

Meet the giant of Mawlynnong: Kyllang Rock

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-04-07

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At a distance of 57 km from Shillong, Kyllang Rock is a massive red granite dome-shaped rock located at Mawshut, Nongkhlaw - North of Mairang town in West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state. It is locally known as Lum Kyllang and it is one of the unique tourist places in Meghalaya. It is among the interesting places to visit near Shillong.

The rock, which is 5400 ft above sea level and has a width of around 1000 ft, is a mammoth block of granite, which is part of the Khasi folklore and seems beautiful in its shape. The bright red granite is claimed by geologists to be several million years old. The rock can be approachable from its northern and eastern sides but remains unapproachable from the southern flank. The southern side of Kyllang Rock is laden with massive detached blocks of rock while the northern part of the rock is enveloped with dense forests.

Kyllang Rock

Stairs to Kyllang Rock

Kyllang Rock is believed to have magnetic properties and due to this magnetic field, anything doesn't fall down from this rock. It makes this place a unique attraction for tourists. Besides, it is also an ideal place for trekkers and adventure lovers. A hike to the top of the dome allows you to treasure the marvelous landscape of the surrounding area. Surrounded by age-old red rhododendrons, Kyllang Rock gives a mesmerizing 360-degree view from the top.

On a clear sky day, one can enjoy the real beauty of the surrounding views. Trekking to the top of the rock takes around 30 min. You can also climb to the top by the staircase at the site.

In local folklore, it was the brother of Symper rock standing in Weiloi near Mawsynram. Another folklore talks about a man, his wife, and child due to certain circumstances transformed into one whole rock.


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