Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya 793111, India
About Wah-kaba Falls
The waterfall descends from a steep rockface and drops approximately 170-190 metres into a gorge. There is a local legend that two fairies live at the falls.
Attractions near Wah-kaba Falls
A huge cave surrounded by the thick forest. The cave is known for its fossil formations, limestone structures, and stalagmite and stalactite formations which are believed to be millions of years old. It houses many narrow passages and chambers, as well as a stream that flows inside the cave.
Root bridges are handmade from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees (Ficus elastica) by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples of the mountainous terrain along the southern part of the Shillong Plateau. They take around fifteen years to fully develop. While most of the living root bridges are single decked, this one here is special- with two decks.
Living root bridges are a form of tree shaping common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees
Dramatic, multi-tiered waterfalls in picturesque surrounds, with an easy walking trail and stairs. The local Khasi people called it Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew (or “Three Steps Waterfalls”). The British renamed the falls because there used to be a rock resembling an elephant near the left side of the main falls (which I think was the bottommost one). However, that rock was destroyed in an earthquake back in 1897.
The museum offers its visitors an insight into the history of the Indian Air Force and its events, especially during the Indo - Pak War of 1971. Among other things, the museum provides information on the history of planes and aircraft, models of aircrafts, the world's oldest airport, and the Wright brothers’ memorial.
Mountaintop with observation towers offering views of the sweeping vistas of Shillong City.
Where is Wah-kaba Falls
Discover more attractions in East Khasi Hills, where Wah-kaba Falls is located
The East Khasi Hills District is mostly hilly with deep gorges and ravines on the southern portion. The most important physiographic features of the district is the Shillong Plateau interspersed with river valley, then fall sharply in the southern portion forming deep gorges and ravine in Mawsynram and Shella-Bholaganj bordering Bangladesh.
What visitors say about Wah-kaba Falls
This is a giant waterfall with an incredible view of the gorges down below. Situated right on the road side, it is easily accessible and needs a short hike to reach it. There is also a smaller waterfall on the way to the much bigger Wah-kaba.
The water drops from a steep rocky side and plunges hundreds of meters down to a gorge. The hilld side in a U shape is full of this 90 degree, very tall drops and it looks astounding (something similar to that of the grand canyon in Arizona US). We can even go to the edge of the waterfall and the drops, there are safety barriers in place to prevent any accidents. It still is very scary though standing in the the edge.
The water flowing through the falls in crystal clear but surprisingle the water taste nasty. There are many coal mines in the area, may the water mix with coal and acquires this taste. Also, be careful of the steep drops in an around the fall area. Should be careful standing on top of the waterfall as well, its very windy everywhere. And speaking of standing on top of the fall, please check the water volume before even thinking of doing so. We were visiting post rainy season so there was no issue with that but I am pretty sure that it is not the case during heavy rains.
If you are in the area, or generally in Meghalaya/ Shillong, do not miss this fall. It offers one breathtaking experience.