Cherrapunjee Tourism
Hill

Cherrapunjee Tourism

Cherrapunjee Info

  • State: Meghalaya
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Cherrapunjee is essentially a sub-divisional town situated in the East Khasi Hills District of the state of Meghalaya. This town is the traditional capital of the Hima state, known as Churra or Sohra. Cherrapunjee refers to the land of oranges and is considered to be the second wettest region in the world.

Even though the town features excessive rains, yet the local inhabitants face acute water shortage along with unsuitable conditions for irrigation due to washing away of the topsoil. Khasis are the local inhabitants, who have been living in the region since the 16th century. These inhabitants used to live in the Khasi Hills and were ruled by the Syiems of Khyrtim between the 16th and 18th century.

In 1883, this region came under the rule of the British, due to the submission of the main Syiems, Tirot Singh. Cherrapunjee has an average elevation of around 1484 metres and faces the plains of Bangladesh. Cherrapunjee is about 600 metres above the surrounding valleys and has poor soil due to deforestation. Moreover, it is located approximately 4500 feet above the main sea level.

Cherrapunjee holds two Guinness World Records; one for having the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year between August 1860 and July 1861. The second record is for the maximum amount of rainfall in a single month, in July 1861. This region experiences an annual average rainfall of around 11,430 metres. Further, it is the only place in India which experiences monsoon all year round.

The rainfall in the region varies from heavy to medium to light, with majority of rainfall occurring during the night. Between May to September, Cherrapunjee experiences heavy downpour, with clouds and rain descending earthwards. After September, the pattern of rainfall becomes gentle with soft pastel shades in the sky.

The major inhabitants in the region are Khasis, who practice a matrilineal culture. In this culture, the husband of the youngest daughter lives with his in-laws and owns the property of the family. The Khasi children usually get the surname of their mother.

This tribe is divided into different clans and their descendants are called as kiaws. Shi Kur and Shi Kpoh are the sub-clans that have common ancestry and individuals belonging to these clans are not allowed to marry within the clan.

Cherrapunjee is famous for its living bridges, where the Khasis grow roots of trees. This process generally takes around 10 to 15 years, with the bridges lasting more than 100 years. Tourists can ideally visit Cherrapunjee between September and October, when the rainfall varies from medium to light, with clear skies during the day time.




More »

Most preferred by...

Travellers from Guwahati, Kolkata
Couple
Family

Best time to visit Cherrapunjee in the next six months

  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February

Cherrapunjee Traveller Reviews

WRITE A REVIEW
Read 27 destination reviews
with average rating of 5.9/7, 1
out of 451 Cherrapunjee reviews 27
Sort by:
Bidyut Kumar

  • Scout
  • Bidyut Kumar
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 4 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  1147 readers

"A trip ideal for family togetherness."

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The isolated and eco-friendly place definitely help you get the change you always wanted. The family get knitted in togetherness as there is nothing much to do that you usually do in a city and hardly get time to indulge among each other. Nature, the beauty of the place makes you relax. A worthy place to visit for a short family vacation, to appreciate nature, to get a change from the routine city life and if you feel like can choose to be adventurous. A place very ideal for leisurely activities.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 3 votes

Ambika Maggu

  • Explorer
  • Ambika Maggu
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 photo
  • 5 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  1977 readers

"Heaven on earth"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We drove from Shillong which is just astonishing and with the rains it becomes magical. We went to Cherra Resort. I must say the roads were terrible but the drive was spectacular. It was drizzling, we were covered with clouds and there were mountains on one end and Bangladeshi plains on the other.

The second trip was even better; anywhere you stand, you'll find clouds below you, just an incredible sight. Nohkalikai falls were awesome but had a very sad legend that was associated with it, and not surprisingly, the place boasts of one of the highest waterfalls in India. The locals told us that during rains the waterfall grows by almost 20 folds. Then we went to the caves nearby. I am forgetting the name of the place but had fun there also. Later on we had lunch under a gazebo with rain and yes how can I forget the mountains and the rainbow just like it is in the animated movies. Once the rain stopped, we could see many waterfalls from the mountains. Oh I still have a picture of that place in my mind.

All in all Cherrapunji is a place to visit. The nature not only makes you happy but also calm and satisfied from inside. I would suggest you must visit the place and surrender yourself to the nature's beauty.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 3 votes

Nivethan

  • Explorer
  • Nivethan
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 7 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1774 readers

"Awesome place to stay, see, feel and enjoy"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Cherrapunjee is full of valleys, falls, caves and scenic views. Everyone would enjoy visiting this place as this is an awesome place. We would see spots never seen in any part of this world. Especially trekking through the mountains, crossing exotic rivers via iron bridges and the gigantic root bridge living for many years. I personally never experienced such an enthusiastic trekking before. As we travelled till Tawang and seen snow mountains thought this won't be good but amazed with the unique qualities of the location. A great place to visit with family and friends.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Srejith

  • Explorer
  • Srejith
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1909 readers

"Far from the madding crowd"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Cherrapunjee is a quiet location far from the madding crowd ever draped in a thick sheath of clouds. It is yet to see much commercial activity and is therefore, an ideal destination for people who want to experience nature in all its glory. There are many places worth a see including the Mawsmai Caves and Nohkalikai waterfalls.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Sampath krishna

  • Explorer
  • Sampath krishna
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2902 readers

"A must see place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is a must see place. The place with the highest rainfall in India probably second after Hawaii truly stands high with its breathtaking views, waterfalls, caves to explore and nearby visits.

Being on top of the sister falls is a experience on its own. Although it rained only in the night when we visited (we were lucky I guess!! ), it really poured.

This is a place that suits everyone family, explorers, trekking and other adventures.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Rehaman

  • Scout
  • Rehaman
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1582 readers

"If you're nature lover then this is the perfect place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
If you love hills, nature then this place is the one you must visit. We visited Cherrapunjee and went to few places there including the waterfalls and cave. We reached in the evening of our journey day and spent the next day in Cherrapunjee itself. Then on our way back, we visited Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 1 vote

Debajyoti  nath

  • Explorer
  • Debajyoti nath
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
  •  45 helpful votes
  •  5745 readers

"The wettest place on Earth was absolutely dry in December"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Feb 28, 2015
Cherrapunjee was absolutely dry and remains dry during the winter. Hence I would recommend not to travel here in winter. There was no glimpse of Seven Sisters falls which is one of the main attraction here. It was absolutely dry. Not only Seven Sisters but all other falls in this area was absolutely dry. The place which is green during the monsoon season was totally different at this time.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 6 votes

Piush Srivastava

  • Scout
  • Piush Srivastava
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1927 readers

"A splendid break from busy routine"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2015
It is indeed a nice break from a busy life. Staying with the nature at its pure form can be experienced here. However I believe the best time to travel here would be rainy season when the seven sister would be full of waters. Exploring the caves is a good idea and must be explored as an adventure activity. Sitting ideal and breathing fresh air is a good idea also at this place.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 4 votes

Manoj sharma

  • Connoisseur
  • Manoj sharma
  • 7 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  4472 readers

"Superb location"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2014
Superb location in heart of Cherapunjee. The amenities are 5 Star and 24 hours of superb service. Swimming, health Zone and Spa with Jacuzzi are there with international standard. Food and drink is also Superb. Went to sight seeing in the morning to Cherrapunjee. It was a superb holiday and complete refreshment. Location was superb.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 6 votes

Pawan

  • Scout
  • Pawan
  • 3 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  4023 readers

"Excellent place indeed"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 2, 2014
Cherapunjee is an evergreen place with clouds at your footstep, fog is all around if it rains. And the weather is indeed lovely, I can visit this place again and again. It is good to go on a nature trail or just see Bangladesh below, from the mountain roads.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 5 votes

Kesav Shantanu das Manish Stephenson mukhim Kesav, Shantanu das, Manish and 757 other people have been to Cherrapunjee.
View their ratings...

Cherrapunjee Sightseeing


Best time to visit Cherrapunjee with family

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Cherrapunjee Packages

Click to send the package enquiries

Deluxe Splendors Of North East India 9600 Per Person 5 days & 4 nights VIEW DETAILS
Beautiful Meghalaya 7800 Per Person 5 days & 4 nights VIEW DETAILS
Luxury Best of the East 22800 Per Person 6 days & 5 nights VIEW DETAILS
Standard Best of the East 8400 Per Person 6 days & 5 nights VIEW DETAILS


Cherrapunjee Information


- Posted by
1 of