Elephant Falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations located about 8 kilometres from the heart of the city. The drive from the city takes you through some of the most scenic roads where one can experience the beauty that the state of Meghalaya has been blessed with. The local name for the falls is ‘Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew’ which translates to three steps water as the water falls in three steps. The British named it Elephant Falls after the rock that resembled an elephant. Part of the rock was destroyed in the great earthquake that rocked the region in 1897. The falls is characterized by milky water that flows over black rocks.
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Elephant Falls is also a hotspot of biodiversity where you can witness different species of plants some of which are unique to this region. The spot also houses many local shops run by woman who sell some of the most exquisite handicrafts of the state and the region. As a tourist you must don the local attire and click a photograph of yourself. It is also a great place for trekkers who can scale up the steep rocks around the falls.