Kynrem Falls

Thangkharang Park, Meghalaya, India

About Kynrem Falls


Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2009-11-10
Date last visited: 2009-11-10

Waterfall Latitude: 25.22702
Waterfall Longitude: 91.71652

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Kynrem Falls was another one of the tall waterfalls that had fairly low to decent flow during our visit, but it had clearly seen better days a few months earlier during the monsoon.

Even though this falls did have some appreciable flow, it bordered on disappointing.

Kynrem_Falls_014_11092009 - Kynrem Falls looking tall but very slender from an overlook at Thangkharang Park
Kynrem Falls looking tall but very slender from an overlook at Thangkharang Park

But perhaps the one thing about this waterfall that we didn’t really experience in any of the other waterfalls that we’d been to was the everpresent sounds of the chorus of cicadas practically drowning out the faint roar of the waterfall itself.

According to our Assamese guide, the falls would have been decorated with many other parallel plumes of cascading water during the monsoon.

But even though the main falls still performed while we were there, I believe it maybe another month or two when the Kynrem Falls would go completely dry or would trickle disappointingly until a fresh batch of moisture would arrive with next year’s monsoon.

I presume the monsoon must be the preferred time to visit for Indian tourists perhaps to escape the sweltering heat and humidity experienced elsewhere in the country.

Kynrem_Falls_019_11092009 - Focused look at the Kynrem Falls spilling towards a road that descended to Bangladesh
Focused look at the Kynrem Falls spilling towards a road that descended to Bangladesh

Our best views of this waterfall was from a lookout deck within the Thangkharang Park, which was a peaceful little botanical garden containing some benches and picnic areas for relaxing.

There were other viewpoints of this waterfall, including a road that ran across its bottom (on its way to Bangladesh, which we could see from the lookout in the park).

However, we were content with just the contextual views from the viewing deck.

Authorities

Kynrem Falls resides near Cherrapunji in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya State, India. It is administered by the Sohra Civil Sub-Division. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can visit their website.

Kynrem_Falls_003_11092009 - Full context of the height of Kynrem Falls with the unsealed road to Bangladesh down below providing somewhat of a sense of scale
Shiva_Rock_002_11092009 - Looking over the top of a waterfall near the Shiva Rock looking towards Bangladesh
Shiva_Rock_009_11092009 - Context of the overlook near the Shiva Rock and top of the side waterfall near Kynrem Falls
Shiva_Rock_010_11092009 - Railing and bridge over the top of this side waterfall near the Shiva Rock

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Kynrem Falls is located near Cherrapunjee or Sohra (about 12km away from the village there) in the Meghalaya State.

As mentioned earlier, the best views were from Thangkharang Park, but there was a turnoff where another 7km further down the road would’ve led to the bottom of the waterfall besides the road.

It’s some 53km from Shillong to Sohra, which took us around 90 minutes to traverse the distance.

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

Bottom up sweep of the falls with noisy cicadas drowning out the faint roar of the falls

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Tagged with: thangkharang park, east khasi hills, khasi, cherrapunjee, cherrapunji, sohra, shillong, meghalaya, india, waterfall, bangladesh, cicadas, shivas lingam



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