Waterfalls in CherrapunjeeThe town of Cherrapunjee has a number of beautiful waterfalls gorging down from the high hills surrounding the town. Cherrapunjee is one of the wettest places on Earth and receives a fairly high rainfall throughout the year. Though the falls here are more spectacular during the monsoons when they receive water feed from rains, one can also sight them throughout the year. Some of these falls are:
The name of Dain-Thlen Falls is associated with mythological beliefs. According to legends there was a demon named Thlen. Thlen in Khasi means python. Thlen signified evil, greed and corruption. To get rid of the evil spirit the local people hunted Thlen from the depths of the deep rocky gap. Thlen was brought to the rock and was killed in Dain-Thlen Falls. A grand feast was prepared and Thlen’s flesh was consumed by the local people. Thlen later got rebirth from a part of the flesh and the world was again filled with the evil, according to the local belief. The waterfall is named after the demon. Deep scars could be seen on the rocks where the demon was killed. Axe marks could also be seen on the rocks.
Dain-Thlen Falls draws several tourists being attracted by the slow and swift movement of the waterfall. The environment of the fall is serene and pristine. Tourists are attracted by the immaculate beauty of the waterfall and its surroundings. There is a misty bridge near the Dain-Thlen Falls. The bridge is a thing of splendid beauty. Monsoon is the best time to visit the fall. At that time cool breeze and the swift flow of water of the falls fascinate the onlookers. The waterfall is situated 56 km from Shillong.
The best view of the fall is from the Thangkharang park. The park offers a panoramic view of the sleep cliffs and the Kynrem falls. The falls could also be viewed from the bottom from the road that connects Cherrapunjee to the Bangladesh border. The fall is surrounded by breathtaking beauty. There are trees surrounding the falls. The atmosphere around the falls is calm and serene. Monsoon is the best time to visit the fall when the water of the fall is at its great speed.
The name of the fall is associated with the tale of a woman Likai who committed suicide jumping off the cliff. According to legends when Ka Likai remarries, her new husband becomes jealous of her love for her daughter. The husband kills the daughter out of jealousy and cooks the flesh of the child. When the woman comes home after the day’s work she asks about the whereabouts of her daughter. She, however, does not get a positive answer from her husband. Before stepping out of the house she has some meal. As she goes towards the beetle nut basket she finds her daughter’s little finger in the basket. Heavily disturbed on knowing the death of her beloved daughter the woman runs out of the house and jumps off a cliff. The cliff from where she commits suicide hence came to be known as Nohkalikai Falls from where Ka Likai fell.
The waterfall is fed by rainwater collected on the summit of comparatively small plateau which decreases in power during dry season in December to February. The Nohkalikai Falls possess immaculate scenic beauty. The surroundings of the falls are lush green. There are trees surrounding and below the fall that are mesmerizing to the eyes. The falls are mostly covered with clouds. The water falls from a great height down to a deep gorge giving the view of green colour water.
The waterfall gives an awe-inspiring view when it gets illuminated by the sun from dawn to dusk. The colours of the setting sun get highlighted on the waterfall that gives the falls an enchanting beauty. The presence of several stands of cascade water coming down in parallel during is site worth watching. The surrounding valleys of the falls are incomparable in beauty. There are lush green trees and hillocks in the gorge below the falls which are engrossed with cloud.