Dumdam Falls (pronounced like “DOOM-dahm”) was a bit of a surprise waterfall for us. We didn’t expect to see it going into our India trip nor did we even know it existed. 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 (I’m guessing no more than 15m) waterfall.
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.
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).
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