Mesmerizing Waterfalls in Cherrapunjee
Hello friends! Today I will share our experience of visiting one of the most charming waterfalls in Cherrapunjee.
If you remember in my post on natural wonders in Meghalaya, I had mentioned about 6 breathtaking waterfalls in Shillong, Mawsynram, and Cherrapunjee. Although we visited Meghalaya in November, the beauty of these falls was unmatched and truly magical. Sometimes, it is not only the destination but also the journey which leaves an everlasting impact on the soul. One such journey was to the Wah Kaba waterfalls in Cherrapunjee.
It was the same day when we explored the offbeat Arwah cave. On our way to Cherrapunjee, Wah Kaba falls were our second destination after visiting Mawkdok Dympep viewpoint. We were not sure what to expect as it was not part of our itinerary. But at the ticket counter, we came to know that it will require a 30 min trek downhill to reach the actual falls. The idea of trekking on a beautiful day was enough to fill us up with excitement.
Hike down to Wah Kaba Falls – One of the Best Waterfalls in Cherrapunjee
It was a beautiful winter morning, the sun was shining bright but we could feel a nip in the air. After buying tickets to the falls, we packed a small bag with some essential items. We kept a water bottle, an extra pair of clothes & diaper for Nemit, a box of snacks, a small pack of wipes, and a few tissue papers. We had no idea how tiring the trek may get or how much time we might take, so we went prepared.
As soon as we entered the gate, we saw a flight of stairs without any boundaries or side railings going down the hill. That sight was spine chilling, we held Nemit’s hand tightly to avoid any mishap. After walking down a bit, the path got narrowed and we were now walking by the hillside and could see the whole valley on the other side.
Within a few minutes, the whole valley got covered with clouds blurring our vision. However, we kept moving, taking in all the beauty around. We couldn’t take many pictures while going down since the path was a little dangerous. We had to stay vigilant and alert all the time with Nemit.
After walking down for 15 mins, we reached the first viewpoint. It was built on the edge of the cliff and we could see till the bottom of the valley which was quite deep. It looked scary at first but then it seemed fine. A few steps ahead we saw a small waterfall which was almost dry.
We were a little disappointed to see that ordinary fall thinking it to be the main falls. We sat there for some time, clicked pictures & then prepared to move back.
Just then we heard some voice coming from the opposite side. We turned and moved a little ahead & saw another path leading further down the hill. Curiously, we asked the boys who were clicking selfies there and came to know that we need to hike down further to reach the main falls. Excitedly, we thanked them and continued our hike.
Just after 15-20 mins, we reached the main falls. Although the Wah Kaba falls were almost dry, that location was breathtakingly gorgeous.
Wah Kaba Falls
We spent more than an hour at the falls. We sat down on the big rock and imagined the magical beauty of the fall when in full flow.
Nemit enjoyed playing in the water which was flowing through the crevices in the rock. We clicked pictures from every angle possible. There was only one more couple at the falls, it seemed like our own private waterfall.
The most striking part of the falls was the edge of the cliff where one can stand and have a look at the bottom of the falls. Not to worry, it is guarded by a railing but definitely not safe for kids. Keep your kids far from the cliff and never let them go out of sight even for a second.
After spending some magical time there, we prepared to move back. It took us almost double time to trek back to the top. We were overjoyed at creating such beautiful memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Few points to keep in mind while visiting Wah Kaba waterfalls in Cherrapunjee
- Walk slow and rest in between.
- Wear comfortable shoes, avoid wearing sandals or heels.
- Stay hydrated.
- Keep the child in the center and towards the hillside.
- Try to reach early to avoid the crowd.
- Do carry something to eat (snacks)
- Even if the temperature is warm, carry a jacket.
- Don’t litter and take the empty packets & water bottles with you.
- The path may become slippery during rains, avoid going with small kids.
- Trek back may seem tiring due to the steep climb. Keep ample time in hand.
So, that’s our beautiful memory of Wah Kaba waterfalls in Cherrapunjee. Hope you liked reading our experience.
Have you visited Wah Kaba falls? How was your experience? Tell me in the comments below.
Bye for now, see you tomorrow for our last post on Meghalaya!
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