Cherrapunjee Tourism
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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.




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Srejith

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews
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"Far from the madding crowd"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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.
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Sampath krishna

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A must see place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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.
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Rehaman

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"If you're nature lover then this is the perfect place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 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.
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Debajyoti  nath

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"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.
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Piush Srivastava

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"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.
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Manoj sharma

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"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.
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Pawan

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"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.
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Sk daga

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"Good stay away from the city life!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jun 5, 2014
The overall experience was a good one and we enjoyed a lot. Do carry warm clothes and an umbrella due to the unexpected weather changes that occur in the place. You can enjoy an overnight stay at Shillong. Two days stay in Cherapunjee is enough to see the whole of the lower Cherra. Its an amazing experience to stay in the middle of the greenery and away from the city life.
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Bharath

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"A must visit if you love monsoon showers!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 4, 2014
Cheerapujee can serve as a relaxing as well as an adventure location. The scenic beauty around is breath taking. If you enjoy the greens and the monsoon showers then this is a must visit place in the monsoons. Summer has its effect on the various waterfalls and you will miss them if you visit during summer.
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"Relax and rejuvenating experiece"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2014
The city was in the green lashed environment of Meghalaya State. Cherapunjee is generally cold most of the seasons with heavy rainfalls in the monsoon periods. The hospitality of the local village people is admirable and the rich cultural traditions are still found on the streets and else where.
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