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About Elephant Falls

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.

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Attractions Near Elephant Falls

Air Force Museum

Air Force Museum

0.5km from Elephant Falls

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.

Shillong View Point

Shillong View Point

5.4km from Elephant Falls

Mountaintop with observation towers offering views of the sweeping vistas of Shillong City.

Lady Hydari Park

Lady Hydari Park

6.78km from Elephant Falls

Scenic, manicured green space with flowering gardens, a lake, and a small zoo.

Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians

Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians

7.73km from Elephant Falls

A unique feature of the Cathedral Church building is that it stands on sand. The type of foundation was recommended since the region, where Shillong is located, is prone to severe earthquakes. At the time of building the foundation, trenches were cut from rock and half-filled with sand. The structure has no direct connection with the rock. Theoretically, the Church building, in times of earthquakes, can rock safely on the shock-absorbing sand which is supposed to reduce the earthquake's effects.

Ward's Lake

Ward's Lake

7.74km from Elephant Falls

One of the most popular attractions of Shillong, Ward’s lake is a must-visit place when in this pristine north-eastern city. Also known as Pollock’s Lake, this artificial water body is encircled by an extensive lush garden and lies in the middle of the city. Take a walk around this horse-shoe shaped lake on the cobble-stone path or simply admire the colorful floral beds in the garden. It is equally popular amidst locals, family vacationers and honeymooning couples, as a picnic spot.

Shillong Golf Course

Shillong Golf Course

8.88km from Elephant Falls

Shillong Golf Course, located in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, is one of the oldest, biggest and finest natural golf circuits around the world. It is situated in a mesmerizing beautiful vale that is surrounded with thick pine and rhododendron forestation.

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East Khasi Hills

East Khasi Hills

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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.

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Nithin Mathew

Nithin Mathew

2015-12-01

I was expecting a gigantic waterfall hearing it's name but there was nothing gigantic about it. It does not look like an elephant too.

Apart from the expectation from the name and reality mis match, the fall is very beautiful. There are three in total, and there is a short hiking trail which connects them together. Sadly you cant get in to the waters, it is strictly prohibited. All you can do is watch it from a distance. There is also a small market with restuarants and small shops at the entrance of the falls.
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