Situated about 12 km Shillong, Elephant Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the north-eastern region. The cascading water is surrounded by a verdant forest that is ripe with flora and fauna and is an ideal place to spend some peaceful time in. Elephant Falls has been named after an elephant-shaped stone at its base. While the rock was destroyed in an earthquake in 1897, the name stuck. 

This falls are also referred to as 'Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew' (the three step waterfall) by the local Khasi people as it is a cluster of three waterfalls lying side by side. The first waterfall is quite broad and is tucked amidst dense trees. The second one reduces to thinner streams, while the third is the tallest flowing like a milk sheet on dark rocks.