Hot Tourist Destinations of Northeast

Umiam Lake

15kms from Shillong on the Guwahati-Shillong National Highway, Meghalaya

Umiam Lake, the biggest artificial lake in the state of Meghalaya is located at a distance of around 15kms from Shillong on the Guwahati-Shillong National Highway. This beautiful lake is among the popular tourist spots of Meghalaya. Umiam lake was constructed as a result of a hydro-electric power project. Also referred to as ‘Badapani’ (Big Water), this lake is the perfect place to feel the natural radiance of Shillong.

Surrounded by emerald-green trees and variety of Khasi pines, this majestic lake allures hundreds of tourists from all over the country. Apart from adoring and appreciating its endearing beauty, this lake also provides opportunities for many adventurous activities. One can engage themselves in activities like kayaking, water skiing, scooting and boating. The water sports complex offers variety of activities which includes row boats, paddle boats, cruise boats, sailing boats, water scooters and speed boats.

Umiam lake, with its lovely green meadows and colourful flowerbeds, make an ideal spot for picnics. This lake has some resemblance to the lakes of Scotland. Tourists must make sure to visit this enthralling place.

Visiting Hours: 9am to 5pm (all days of the week)

Destination at a Glance
How to reach

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. By road, Guwahati to Shillong is 99.5kms via NH 40. Shillong to Umiam Lake is 16.5kms via NH 40.

220 km2
Best time to visit
Throughout the whole year
Nearest city