Sweet Falls

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Sweet Falls
Sweet Falls is located in India
Sweet Falls
Location in India
LocationEast Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India
Coordinates25°16′32″N 91°41′13″E / 25.275676°N 91.686971°E / 25.275676; 91.686971Coordinates: 25°16′32″N 91°41′13″E / 25.275676°N 91.686971°E / 25.275676; 91.686971
TypePlunge
Total height96 metres (315 ft)[1]
Number of drops1

Sweet Falls (also called Kshaid Weitden, in the native dialect) is a waterfall in Shillong. It lies about 5 km from Happy Valley and is about 96 metres (315 ft) in height. It is often termed as the "most beautiful" yet "most dangerous" waterfall in Shillong.

The destination is accessible via road. However, tourists are prohibited to go close to the waterfall due the poor route and treacherous nature of the fall.

The adjacent areas are filled with pine tress. Some of the plant species include eupatorium, lantana, rubus, fern, osmundastrum cinnamomeum and phegopteris.

Deaths[edit]

It is believed by the local people that this fall is haunted. If people go in odd number, they return in even number. The waterfall has also been the subject of numerous suicides and is infamous for many deaths.

  • In July 2001 Mr. Jangkholen Haokip of Mata Lambulane, Churachandpur, Manipur and Ms. Boicy of Molnom, Churachandpur, Manipur died drowning.
  • On 17 March 2013, Karttik Mishra, a 23-year-old student from the Indian Institute of Management died at the falls when he was trekking along with 18 other boys. Sources indicated that the boy slipped and fell into the fall when he was supposedly taking photographs.[2][3][4]
  • On 2 September 2013 two students from Manipur; Khual Ngaihte and Michael Ngaihte, hailing from Lamka, Churachandpur district died on the falls.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sweet Falls". World Water Falls Database. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. ^ "IIM Shillong student drowns in Sweet Falls". The Shillong Times. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ Lajwanti D'Souza (17 March 2013). "IIM Shillong student drowns in Sweet Falls". Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  4. ^ "IIM student drowns in Sweet Falls". The Telegraph. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Two Manipuri students died in Sweet Falls, Shillong". 6 September 2014.