Are you planning to visit Phe Phe Falls & Sua Ludong Waterfall in Meghalaya?
If yes, you are in the right place.
This article contains my personal experiences and a detailed guide to the waterfalls.
Refer to the FAQ Section for the travel guide.
Meghalaya in the North-Eastern corner of India is a nature lover’s paradise.
The Abode of Clouds as it is known otherwise is encompassed majestic waterfalls, caves, hills and unique cultures.
From Root Bridges to the Rock Capital of India, Meghalaya reflects the attachment of the people to nature and its music. Well, who wouldn’t love to explore such a beautiful place?
This article is about Phe Phe Falls in Shkentalang village and Sua Ludong Falls in Jarain of West Jaintia Hills district in Meghalaya.
I have compiled all the information you need to plan your Phe Phe Falls trip based on my three visits.
Phe Phe falls
Phe Phe Falls Location and Paradise Adventure Camp
On the 24th of August,2019, we set out to Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya with This Travel Company in the quest for its least explored waterfalls. After five hours of a journey through the green hills shining against the blue sky and the music of Dire Straits, we reached the Paradise Adventure Camp – The Gateway to the waterfall.
The Phe Phe falls distance from Shillong is about 80 km and takes around 2.5 hours to reach. By Jowai-Dawki Road, this campsite located beside a river provides the best facilities. Not only does it have unique miniature huts and cabins but also cottages for a comfy stay. There is an abundance of space for pitching tents as well. Paradise Adventure Camp and Phe Phe Waterfall are located in the Shkentalang Village near Jarain in the West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.
Here’s the location of Phea Phea Falls on Google Maps.
About Phe Phe Falls – Meaning
Phe Phe Falls is a two-tier waterfall. Phe Phe is a Jaintia word that translates to Paradise (Jaintia is one of the major ethnic groups of Meghalaya).
The location of the waterfall makes it more thrilling. Descending a steep hill, through the shrub bamboo plants, the sight of the waterfall in the backdrop of the blue sky and the range of hills layered with light and shadow on the other side, we entered the realm of paradise. The waterfall has its own charm and essence. The water is as blue as the sky, clean transparent and above all cold.
Plunging into these waters and refreshing ourselves was a pure delight. With feet immersed in these chilling waters, and eyes closed, the sensation of a sprinkling of water from the Fall touching the skin gave me a strange kind of peace.
To stare at the constant motion of the waterfall for minutes, to just be absorbed in the beauty around are moments I live for. A single cloud formed right above the waterfall to bid us goodbye as we were returning to the camp.
What are the things to do in Phe Phe Falls?
Go for a Kayaking experience in the river stream near the campsite. There’s a centuries-old megalithic bridge a little ahead of the stream.
The Phe Phe falls trek
Watching colourful butterflies swinging by the flowers and collecting nectar was soothing. As we kayaked to cross the river, the fun and enthusiasm of each of us roared. Half an hour’s walk to the Phea Phea Waterfall (also known as Paradise Falls) will introduce you to a vast array of exquisite landscapes, lakes, and flora.
Small natural pools, the river and scenic landscapes make the trek to the waterfall worth it.
After reaching the trail point as you can see in the photo below, you have to cross the river. I had already crossed it when I clicked that photo.
To go to the first tier of the waterfall, you don’t have to cross the river. Follow the trail to the right and descend to the waterfall.
After the river crossing, the view of the hills gets better. You also get a glimpse of the main Phea Phea Falls.
The peculiar carnivorous plant, which we once read about in our textbooks is also found here. Yes, we are talking about Pitcher Plant.
Starting the day by witnessing the sunrise from the cabins and diving into the river stream was rejuvenating. The most thrilling of all is to swim in the clear blue natural pools at the main waterfall.
Adventure activities such as Waterfall Rappelling are also done when requested.
The Meghalaya trip is incomplete without the clear night skies and rain. Under the stars, beside the river, with music and barbeque, our evening commenced.
Our happiness doubled when we witnessed the milky way galaxy through the lens of eminent photographer Manabendra Choudhury. We hurried to our cabins when the rain eventually downpoured. With the sound of the rain and guitar, we sang songs that helped us reminisce about our old days.
Phe Phe Falls – All FAQs Answered
What is the best time to visit Phe Phe Falls?
The best time to visit Phe Phe falls is from September to April. It can also be visited all year round. Unlike other waterfalls in Meghalaya, Phea Phea falls do not dry up.
How long is the trek to Phe Phe falls?
The trek to Phe Phe Falls in Meghalaya takes hardly around 25 to 30 minutes to reach the main waterfall. Make sure you don’t stop at the first tier of the waterfall.
How to reach Phe Phe falls from Guwahati in Assam?
1. Reach Guwahati via LGBI Airport or Guwahati Railway Station in Assam. You can also board a flight to Shillong Airport- a domestic airport located in Umroi, Meghalaya.
2. Board a bus or shared-sumo vehicle from Paltan Bazaar Area or Khanapara in Assam to Shillong in Meghalaya. If you rent a car, it can directly take you to the waterfall.
3. Board a bus that goes to Silchar from Guwahati to reach Jowai in Meghalaya. From Jowai it is around 20 km to Paradise Adventure Camp.
How to reach Phe Phe Falls from Shillong?
You can board shared or rented taxis or buses that go to Jowai from Anjali Taxi Stand in Shillong. From Jowai to Phe Phe Falls, you will have to hire or travel on share taxis to Paradise Adventure Camp.
How to reach the main waterfall from Paradise Adventure Camp?
After reaching the top of the first Phea Phea waterfall, cross the river stream, follow the trail and descend the hill to the right. The trail was steeper before but as of 2022, steps are made for easy descent and ascending of the hill.
What are the places to visit near Phi Phi falls?
Plan to the following places during your Phi Phi Falls trip-
1. Sua Ludong Waterfall
2. Krangsuri Waterfall
3. Rbangpohpamlong Waterfall
4. Kudengrim Living Root Bridges.
5. Umpliang Waterfall
6. Nohkhreh Waterfall
7. Thlu Amwi Falls
8. Moopun Falls
9. Leskha Falls
10. Rynji Falls
11. Umbyrleiñ Falls
Can I visit Phe Phe Falls in December?
December is the best time to visit Phe Phe Falls. Take a swim in the blue natural pool of Phe Phe Falls during your trip in December.
Is there any resort near Phe Phe Falls?
Should I go from Cherrapunji to Phe Phe Falls directly?
I would highly recommend you either travel from Cherrapunji to Phea Phea Falls or visit Phea Phea Falls first then go to Dawki and then to Cherrapunji during your Meghalaya trip.
What is the famous waterfall in Meghalaya?
At present, I would definitely say Phe Phe Waterfall is the famous waterfall in Meghalaya.
Whom to Contact?
You can go to Phi Phi Falls by yourself by contacting Paradise Adventure Camp. I went with This Travel Company on my first two visits. The third time, I rented a bike from Shillong in November 2021.
Where to get Life Jacket during the Phea Phea Falls trip?
You can either carry your own life jacket to swim in Phea Phea Falls or you can rent it from Paradise Adventure Camp.
Sua Ludong Falls
Chasing waterfalls on the next day we reached the Sua Ludong Falls. The Jaintia word Sua refers to the last of the water in the same place, while Ludong means the rocks by the side of the fall in its surroundings.
Located about 6 km ahead of the Paradise Adventure Camp, Sua Ludong is another exquisite waterfall in Jarain, Meghalaya. Enjoyed by the local kids, could be seen swimming, diving and playing in the waters of Sua Ludong Waterfalls.
As we dipped our feet, the rain blessed us with a new perspective on the beauty of the waterfall. The natural pool danced delightfully with the splashing of each raindrop. The scene was such that the waterfall became the lead artist while the raindrops joined its synchronized dance moves.
As we returned from the waterfall, the rain stopped. This Sua Ludong experience was perhaps meant exclusively for us.
Is Sua Ludong Falls worth visiting?
Definitely Yes! It is like a private pool where you can swim, cliff jump and enjoy a peaceful time. The water isn’t deep either.
How to reach Sua Ludong Falls?
You may contact the owner of Paradise Adventure Camp who organizes the trip to Sua Ludong Waterfalls
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Here’s a video I made for This Travel Company
Add this giantly beautiful Phe Phe Falls Meghalaya to your list of places to visit in Northeast India. You can also add all the other waterfalls that I mentioned above during your Meghalaya trip.
You can refer to Meghalaya Tourism’s page on Jaintia Hills to learn about more such beautiful destinations in this part of the district of Meghalaya.
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