Cherrapunji, The second wettest place in India
Every one of us must have read about Cherrapunji in our geography textbooks or EVS textbooks which describes it as the wettest place on the Earth. Though the first place has been bagged by Mawsynram, Cherrapunji remains the second wettest place on Earth with a recorded rainfall of 9300 mm in one month in the year 1860.
Cherrapunji which is considered as the ”jewel crest of Meghalaya” is a marvellously beautiful place situated in the heart of Khasi Hills around 60 km away from Shillong. A unique fact about Cherrapunji is that unlike Shillong, it has not adapted commercialization and remains a virgin beauty for tourists and nature lovers. The name Cherapunji originally means “land of Oranges” and was pronounced as “Churra” by the British. It is home to waterfalls, natural caves, root bridges and can act as an alternate accommodation base during trips to Meghalaya.
Monsoon, a great time to visit Cherrapunji
Though monsoon is a great time to visit Cherrapunji for greenery all around winters in Cherrapunji have their own charm. One can visit as many waterfalls as he can, especially Dain Then Falls, Nohsngithiang Falls and, Nohkalikai Falls that are relatively easily accessible. Stunning caves like Mawsmai cave are worth visiting and a beautiful work of nature. It is lit up with halogen lamps, 820 feet long, and 6 km far from the town. Besides Mawsmai cave, Krem Mawmluh cave is the fourth-longest cave in India with a pool inside it due to five different rivers.
If you are visiting Meghalaya, then you cannot ignore the living root bridges of Cherrapunji. The speciality of living root bridges of Cherrapunji is that the local people built it. Roots of Ficus Elastica which grow above the ground surface are used by people to make root bridges that take an approximate time 10 to 15 years to build a root bridge. One must visit the double-decker root bridge in Cherrapunji where one bridge is over the other. There are many bridges that are more than 500 years old but are still in use.
Top 18 Places To Visit In Cherrapunji
Explore beautiful places in your visit to Cherrapunji and head to silent lands and a quaint environment. Here are our top picks:
1. Double Decker Living Root Bridges: Top Destination
2. Nohkalikai Waterfalls: A Majestic View
3. Mawsynram Village: Where Rain Gods Rest
4. Krem Mawmluh: For A Unique Experience
5. Mawsmai Nongthymmai Eco Park: Picture-Perfect Paradise
6. Wakaba Falls: Your Ideal Vacation Spot
7. Dainthlen Waterfall: A Natural Wonder
8. Mawlynnong Village: Breathe Some Clean Air
9. Mawsmai Cave: Explore The Dark
10. Mawkdok Dympep Valley View: For Breathtaking Views
11. Mawsmai Falls: A Spectacle To Behold
12. Dawki: A Natural Paradise
13. Nongsawlia Presbyterian Church: Learn About The Culture
14. Thangkharang Park: for majestic views
15. Khasi Monoliths: A Beautiful Sight
16. Ka Khoh Ramhah: Natural Shivaling
17. Arwah Caves: An Archaeologist’s Paradise
18. Kynrem Falls: Witness The Surreal Beauty
Summers in Cherrapunji begin in March end and lasts till May. Rainfall in summers is moderate and temperature ranges from 14 to 23 degrees celsius. It’s not too hot during summers but it remains humid during the summer season. If you are okay with a humid climate then the summer season is a good time to visit Cherrapunji. The monsoon starts in June and stretches still September. June records the highest amount of rainfall and is the wettest month of the year in Cherrapunji. So if you are an adventurous person then the month of June is the best time for a visit.
If you have planned to visit Cherrapunji, then do not forget to carry umbrellas, raincoats, mud boots, gloves, and hiking gears (Cherrapunji has lovely hiking trails). Access to an ATM is not as easy as in Shillong, so be prepared with plenty of cash in your hand. Cherapunji is a natural wonder, so one may not find any museum, recreation spots, or artificial parks there. So be prepared to explore the natural wonder in its rawest and loveliest form.