With the distinction of being the wettest place on earth, Mawsynram is a mesmerizing little village in the Indian state of Meghalaya. Located in the Khasi Hills, Mawsynram is famous for its rains. The green village is surrounded by hills and floating clouds overhead are a daily sight.
Mawsynram is situated 1400 meters above sea-level. The alignment of Khasi Hills is responsible for the heavy rainfall over Mawsynram. It receives an astounding average rainfall of 11,872 millimeters. The rains of Mawsynram are so powerful that the villagers use a thick layer of grass in order to sound-proof their homes. The village derives its name from the megaliths found in the Khasi Hills. Maw comes from a Khasi word, meaning ‘stone’. There is a famous cave by the name of Mawjymbuin located nearby, known for its fascinating stalagmites. These take the shape of a ‘Shivlinga’.
The sliding slopes, rolling green mountains, blooming orchids, deafening waterfalls and mesmerizing rains of Mawsynram makes it a fascinating tourist destination. The Khasi Hills provide for a beautiful backdrop. It is an ideal place for the nature buffs.