Dumdam Falls

Kodaikanal, Meghalaya, India

About Dumdam Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2009-11-11
Date last visited: 2009-11-11

Waterfall Latitude: 25.80545
Waterfall Longitude: 91.87694

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Dumdam Falls (pronounced like “DOOM-dahm”) was a bit of a surprise waterfall for us.

We didn’t expect to see it nor did we even know it existed going into our trip to India.

Dumdam_Falls_006_11092009 - Dumdam Falls
Dumdam Falls

But it was significant for us for only one reason – it was the first waterfall we saw in person in the country.

Along with some neighboring pipes (which I suspected was for water diversion), there was a Balari Cafe right next to the falls (for a quick bite and restroom break) as well as a footbridge offering decent frontal views of this fairly small waterfall.

By small, I’m guessing the Dumdam Falls was no more than 15m tall.

We ran into some unfortunate circumstances concerning flight delays that wiped out our ability to see Sweet Falls or other major waterfalls in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya State.

Therefore, even though this was nothing more than a roadside stop, it was sort of our impromptu consolation prize for missing out on some of the greater waterfalls we were supposed to see.


Dumdam Falls resides in the Ri Bhoi District of Meghalaya State. It is administered by the Ri Bhoi District Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can visit their website.

Meghalaya_001_11092009 - Following another vehicle along the mountainous Guwahati-Shillong Road
Meghalaya_003_11092009 - The Guwahati-Shillong Road yielded some interesting surprises like this elephant ridden by a local
Dumdam_Falls_004_11092009 - View of Dumdam Falls from the bridge
Dumdam_Falls_008_11092009 - A more zoomed in view of Dumdam Falls
Dumdam_Falls_002_jx_11092009 - According to this sign, the Balari Cafe was next to the Dumdam Falls

The falls sits roadside in the Ri Bhoi District of Meghalaya along the nearly 100km (allow 3.5 hours given the lorrie and bus traffic along with the curvy roads) between Guwahati and Shillong.

We only learned of its name from our humorous Khasi driver (asked by our Assamese guide) who also said it was near the village of Umiam (or Umium as I’ve also seen it spelled).

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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Deliberate bottom up sweep of the falls

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