Waterfalls in Cherrapunjee – A Quick Guide to Visiting Wah Kaba Falls

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.

Mawkdok Dympep viewpoint

We at Mawkdok Dympep Viewpoint

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.

Waterfalls in Cherrapunjee - A Quick Guide to Wah Kaba Falls

Entrance to Wah Kaba Falls

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.

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Wahkaba falls

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.

Wahkaba waterfalls at cherrapunjee

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.

The Viewpoint

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.

Small waterfall on the way

The small waterfall on the way

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.

Near the small waterfall

Near the small waterfall

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.

Waterfalls in Cherrapunjee

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. 

At waha kaba waterfall

Fun time at Wah Kaba

Having a fun time

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.

Wah kaba falls view

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.

Wah kaba waterfalls in Cherrapunjee

Trek back to the top

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.
Falls in Cherrapunjee

Tired after the trek

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!

Today is Day 16 of #BlogchatterA2Z and the letter of the day is ‘Q’. My theme for the challenge is ‘Traveling with kids’ & I have chosen Q for Quick Guide. 

You may read all my posts under BlogchatterA2Z here!


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    Vartika Gakhar April 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    As usual amazing pictures. Heard so much about the famous waterfalls of Cherapunjee but never got a chance to visit. Love the detailed post, Neha. The pointers at the end are quite helpful too.

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      Neha Sharma April 19, 2019 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Vartika for always saying encouraging words. It feels really great to read comments from you wonderful writers.

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    vidhya Thakkar April 19, 2019 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    another wonderful post! loved it

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      Neha Sharma April 19, 2019 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Vidhya 🙂

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    Mayuri Nidigallu April 19, 2019 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Loved the detailed and informative post, the lovely pictures and super impressed that Nemit did the walk too!

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      Neha Sharma April 20, 2019 at 11:46 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Mayuri. Your positive words mean a lot to me. Yes, Nemit enjoyed this interesting trek.

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    Roma April 19, 2019 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Such great tips and heartfelt travelogue yet ageing buddy and I love all the clicks, it is such a pleasure seeing little Nemit as a traveller 😘

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      Neha Sharma April 20, 2019 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Roma. Nemit is surely a traveler and we are so proud of him 🙂

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    Mann April 19, 2019 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Have been to Cherapunji but didn’t visit this fall. Beautiful pictures with a nicely written post.

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      Neha Sharma April 20, 2019 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Thank you, Mann. Not many tourists visit this fall as it requires trekking and many don’t even know of this waterfall.

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    Alpana Deo October 29, 2021 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I heard about these falls but haven’t visited them. They looks spectacular. The pics say it all. From the pictures, I can see Nemit walked throughout. Thats awesome.

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      Neha Sharma November 1, 2021 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Nemit enjoyed the walk but we had to pick him up at some places that were not too safe for little kids to walk. Thanks for reading, Alpana 🙂

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    Cindy D'Silva October 30, 2021 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Wow I love watching waterfalls but I have not seen a proper one with water flowing generously. Will put this on my bucket list. Will check with hubby.

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      Neha Sharma November 1, 2021 at 5:16 pm - Reply

      If you want to enjoy waterfalls in their full glory then plan the trip after the monsoon. 🙂

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    Anahita Irani October 31, 2021 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic experience you had at Cherapunjee. I was mesmerized by the beautiful pictures you shared. Some tips will be really useful for next time travelers

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      Neha Sharma November 1, 2021 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      I am glad you liked the pics. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Surbhi Prapanna November 1, 2021 at 2:14 am - Reply

    we all had read about cherapunjee in academic as a place that known for heavy rain in India. i had never visited this place but your post and experience has made me curious to visit this waterfall someday with my family in future. loved all the clicks Neha and your description was so perfect that I had imagined your whole journey to this amazing water fall.

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      Neha Sharma November 1, 2021 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your kind words, Surbhi. You should definitely visit Cherrapunjee, in fact, one should travel to Meghalaya at least once in their life. It’s a treasure for travel enthusiasts and nature lovers.

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    Archana Srivastava November 1, 2021 at 10:23 am - Reply

    The glimpses of the mesmerizing view of Wah Kaba waterfall are enough to grab the attention of any nature lover and a true traveler as well. Good to know that you all eventually found the way to the actual waterfall after that disappointment of seeing the small waterfall

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      Neha Sharma November 1, 2021 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      You are right, Archana, these waterfalls are a delight for any nature lover traveller. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Shilpa Garg November 1, 2021 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Looks like you all had a great time exploring and enjoying the waterfalls in Cherrapunjee. Have heard a lot about this place which gets the highest rainfall. Wonder how life would be here!

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    Gunjan Upadhyay November 2, 2021 at 8:08 am - Reply

    What a beautiful view from the top, the trek was totally worth it if I must say so, I do wish I get the confidence to travel back again soon and experience such a beautiful view firsthand.

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    Harshal Rana March 26, 2024 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Good Article

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      Neha Sharma March 27, 2024 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you.

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