Dassam Falls

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Dassam Falls
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Dassam Falls
Location Ranchi district, Jharkhand, India
Coordinates 23°08′36″N 85°27′59″E / 23.143358°N 85.466441°E / 23.143358; 85.466441.
Elevation 336 metres (1,102 ft)
Total height 44 metres (144 ft)
Number of drops 2
Watercourse Kanchi River

The Dassam Falls (Hindi: दशम जलप्रपात) (also known as Dassam Ghagh) is a waterfall located near Taimara village in Bundu police station of Ranchi district in the Indian state of Jharkhand.[1]


Dassam is a changed form of word Da:song which means in mundari language the act of pouring water. Da: means water and song means pouring or measuring. The water fall resembles like somebody is pouring water so the name was Da:song earlier but afterwards the name was changed to Dassam. Since the people there speakes munda language, till now they says Da:song

The falls[edit]

The Dassam Falls is a natural cascade across the Kanchi River, a tributary of the Subarnarekha River. The water falls from a height of 44 metres (144 ft).[2] The sound of water echoes all around the place.[3] Dassam Falls at one of the edges of the Ranchi plateau is one of the many scarp falls in the region.[4]

The Dassam Falls is an example of a nick point caused by rejuvenation. Knick point, also called a nick point or simply nick, represents breaks in slopes in the longitudinal profile of a river caused by rejuvenation. The break in channel gradient allows water to fall vertically giving rise to a waterfall.[5]

The water of the Dassam Falls is very clean and clear. It is natural for a tourist to be enticed to enter the water for a bath or swim but tourists are warned not to do so because of the current that is generated.[3][6] There have been many cases of drowning in Dassam Falls.[7] Nine people died of drowning between 2001 and 2006. [8]


The Dassam Falls is 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Ranchi on NH 33 or Ranchi-Jamshedpur highway.[3]

External links[edit]

  • Ranchi travel guide from Wikivoyage

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dassam Falls". Ranchi district administration. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Dassam Falls". must see India. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  3. ^ a b c "Dassam Falls". mapsofindia. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  4. ^ Physical Geography: Hydrosphere By K. Bharatdwaj. Google Books. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  5. ^ A.Z.Bukhari. "Encyclopedia of nature of geography". p. 110. Google books. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  6. ^ "Dassam Falls". e Bharat IN. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  7. ^ "Four drown at Dassam". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph, 21 March 2010. 2010-03-21. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  8. ^ "Danger warning at tourist hotspots - Death at Dasham Falls spurs statement". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph, 30 December 2006. 2006-12-30. Retrieved 2010-04-29.