Mawsynram is a very well known place in the Indian subcontinent which is reportedly famous for its incessant rainfall. It is located in the state of Meghalaya in the district of East Khasi Hills. This north-eastern village is 65 km from Shillong and receives an average annual rainfall of about 11,872 mm. The place was supposed to be the wettest place on earth with a slight disputable confusion with two of Colombia’s places. However, it was later confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records that Mawsynram is the wettest place on the planet in every sense of the term. Mawsynram is 16km from Cherrapunji which is quite well known for its unperturbed rainfall as well.
If we are to classify the climate specifically, then Mawsynram has a subtropical highland climate with an exceptional monsoon. The average temperature ranges from 11-20 degree Celsius throughout the year. The striking rainfall rate may be attributed to certain factors, which are:
- The monsoon wind blowing from the Bay of Bengal. This warm moist wind concentrates its moisture over the Khasi Hills and thus cause extensive rainfall.
The upliftment created due to the alignment of the Khasi hills cause the moist winds to condense and hence causes the heavy downpour.
The tremendous wind at the high altitude, constantly pull the uplifted wind and hence the place receives a continuous rainfall.
Top 5 Places To Visit In Mawsynram
The place received its name from a cave named “mawjymbuin” which has a stalagmite structure resembling that of a ‘shiv linga’. Mawsynram, due to its heavy annual rainfall, has a tremendous bounty of lush greenery. The place is exquisitely beautiful and soothing to the eyes. Next we would list some of the “not to miss” spots for your Mawsynram tour-
1. Mawsmai falls:
Also known as Nohsngithiang Falls, Mawsmai is a very high waterfall with an altitude of 1,035 feet. It is also the fourth highest waterfall in the country and is a must visit for travellers in Mawsynram. The fall pours from the Khasi hills over seven segments and finally onto limestone cliffs forming a mesmerizing view. In case you have heard, this is the famous ‘Seven sisters waterfall’.
2. Mawsmai caves:
Not far from the Mawsmai falls are the stunning Mawsmai caves. The caves are located in the Mawsmai village and are regarded to be very holy by the native people. The cave is stretched over an expand of 150 m and provides great site for cave exploration and diving. Often regarded as the heart of Mawsynram, Mawsmai is where the true beauty of nature can be experienced.
3. Khasi monoliths:
The Khasi monoliths are situated close to the Mawsmai waterfalls and are of great historical significance to the locals. The monoliths are actually stones standing as memoirs of ancestors and are, thus, symbols of remembrance. The spiritual secret of these monoliths, if discussed, can take the form of a standalone article which we may work upon sometime in the near future. Other places of importance in and around these hills are the underground mazes and the old cave-passages.
4. Nohalikalai falls:
This fall is a superb tourist attraction and perhaps the most popular spot outside Mawsynram. It is the fifth highest waterfall in India and is located just 5 km away from the Mawsynram village. The water descends from a height of over 1,000 ft making a white cascade of froth at the bottom. The panoramic view is remarkable and undoubtedly one of the best beauties of the place.
Regarded as the second wettest place in the country as well as the world, Cherrapunjee receives rainfall throughout the year. The town is about 15 km from Mawsynram and has numerous exciting places to visit. There is a double-decked bridge made up of Indian rubber tree that is the primary attraction of the place. Then there is the Dainthlen waterfall which comes with a bonus of local stories that the guides are sure to tell you!
You may also prefer to wander around a bit in Mawlynnong which is deemed as the ‘Cleanest village in India’. It is also referred to as God’s own garden owing to the beauty, tranquility and purity of the place. Mawsynram is a small yet wonderful place to visit. It has its own way to refresh your mind and body. The place is ideal for a small trip where you would like to idle around and simply feel the time pass as the drops of rain soothe your soul.
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