Referred to as Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew by the local Khasi people, which means ‘Three Steps Waterfall’, Elephant Waterfalls is situated at a distance of 12kms from Shillong, away from the busy city life.The British people found it difficult to pronounce the local name of the falls and therefore renamed it as ‘Elephant Falls’. The waterfall is said to have drawn its name from a huge elephant-shaped rock situated near it. Though the rock was demolished in an earthquake, the name of the waterfall still remains. Elephant Falls stand among the most prominent tourist spots of Shillong city in the East Khasi Hills district.
Set amidst lush green vegetation, Elephant Falls serve as an ideal picnic spot for tourists. Offering the perfect backdrop, it grabs attention of photographers due to its scenic beauty. This two-tier waterfall is an accumulation of three smaller falls that combine together to form the stream that falls over fern-covered rocks. The crystal white water gurgling down the stony steps, with greenery on the side of the waterfall offers a mesmerizing view. Other waterfalls in the region are the Wir Phang Falls and the Wei Laplam Falls.
During the monsoon period (especially in July and August), the water flows down with great force. Even the local people come to witness the mighty force of water gushing down the falls. The gushing of water in full power makes it look all the more striking and stunning. Tourists must make sure to visit this beautiful place.
Nearest airport is the Guwahati Airport. Helicopters are available from Guwahati to Shillong. Nearest railway station is Guwahati railway station, which is 176kms from Shillong. Via NH- 40, Guwahati to Shillong is 99.5kms. Shillong is 12 kms away from Elephant Falls.