Bishop Falls and Beadon Falls

Shillong, Meghalaya, India

About Bishop Falls and Beadon Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
Suggested Time:

Date first visited: 2009-11-10
Date last visited: 2009-11-11

Waterfall Latitude: 25.58609
Waterfall Longitude: 91.86422

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Bishop Falls and Beadon Falls were two impressively tall falls within the city limits of Shillong that managed to maintain good flow.

The higher-than-expected flow really surprised Julie and I, especially considering how unimpressive many of the ones in the Cherrapunji area were during our trip in November 2009.

Bishop_Falls_005_11102009 - Distant view of Bishop Falls from across the ravine
Distant view of Bishop Falls from across the ravine

Even though it did seem like we could get closer to the falls on the other side of the deep ravine, we were content to look at these waterfalls from across this ravine.

Of the two falls, we were more impressed with Bishop Falls since it seemed to have a more continuous drop.

We were only able to see parts of the Beadon Falls coming down in disjoint cascades, but we did see a steep walking path alongside parts of this waterfall.

I think the overgrowth of the vegetation in front of us and closer to the falls itself also made this waterfall hard to see let alone photograph.

Beadon_Falls_008_11102009 - Looking against the sun and the morning haze at the hard-to-see Bishop Falls (right) and Beadon Falls (left)
Looking against the sun and the morning haze at the hard-to-see Bishop Falls (right) and Beadon Falls (left)

As you can see from the photograph immediately above, morning was not a good time to see the falls as the hazy environment combined with the harsh front lit conditions from looking against the sun made photographing (let alone seeing) the falls pretty suboptimal.

By the same token, the rest of the other photos down below in the photo gallery were taken in the late afternoon right around sunset when everything was in shadow.

Although this time of day was a little better than morning, I’m guessing that optimal lighting would occur some time during midday or early afternoon.


Bishop Falls and Beadon Falls in Shillong reside in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya State, India. It is administered by the East Khasi Hills District Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can visit their website.

Beadon_Falls_001_11102009 - Looking towards the disjointed cascade of Beadon Falls
Bishop_Falls_002_11102009 - Focused look at Bishop Falls tumbling beneath the outskirts of Shillong
Beadon_Falls_006_jx_11102009 - The shelter occupied by some young Khasi ladies by the viewing area that we were at

We were a little bit disoriented while we were being driven around Shillong, but we think this waterfall was situated on a side street towards the north end of town.

We stopped at a viewing area next to some power lines by this side street.

The driver knew where to go, but without someone who knew the area, I wasn’t so sure how we would’ve been able to find this one otherwise.

We spent about 50 minutes of driving between our hotel in Shillong and this waterfall, but I swear most of that time was due to the traffic in the city.

For geographical context, Shillong was 99km (2.5 hours drive) south of Guwahati. Guwahati was about a 2.5 hour flight from Delhi.

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Bottom up sweep of the Beadon Falls

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Tagged with: shillong, east khasi hills, khasi, meghalaya, india, waterfall, northeast, beadon, bishop, cherrapunjee, cherrapunji, sohra

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