Kempty Falls is perhaps the most visited of all the places to visit around Mussoorie. The magnificent falls are formed when the water drops down over 40 ft. The spectacular view of the falls is further enhanced by the surrounding high and green mountain ranges.
To reach to the base of the falls, you need to trek through the dwindling and steep narrow walkway for about 10-15 minutes. You can also take a rope-way or cable-car to get to the base of the falls. As you reach near the base of the falls, you can see a bridge that is built over the water. It is from this bridge that you can get the best view of the falls.
View from the cable car station
The bottom of the falls is very congested and is filled with visitors and other vendors who provide “commercial” facilities. There are many food stalls that provide fast food to the visitors. Apart from the food stalls, there are other shops that sell swimming costumes to visitors. You can find numerous visitors buying them and getting into the water.
The pool at the bottom of the falls is a safe place to take a dip in the water. It is an amazing experience to get under the clean and cold water falling from such a height. However, the place is usually crowded and the noise of the people around will not let you stay in the water for a long time!
Very next to the falls, you can also see a water resort that allows visitors go through various activities. From swimming pool, to boating, to zip lining, it provides visitors with various options to spend enough time (and money too :-)).
Water resort next to the falls
The trek up from the base of the falls to the main road is a steep one. However, the beauty of the surrounding hills will make sure you will take enough breaks during the uphill trek! That way, you do not feel that the trek is such a tough one.
View from the trek route!
Kempty Falls was initially discovered by a British officer John Mekinan in 1835. He was so impressed with the natural surroundings and the falls that this place was used by the British to organize tea parties. The name Kempty is actually derived from ‘camp’ and ‘tea’ which refers to the tea parties that were being organized here.
At one of the view points
Kempty Falls is located at a distance of 15 km from Mussoorie, and is well-connected by road. The route to Kempty Falls itself is very scenic, as the road traverses from one hill to the other while descending from the hills of Mussoorie. There are several view points on the way from where you can get awesome views of the mountain ranges.
Santura Devi Temple
Overall, Kempty Falls is a beautiful gift from the nature and is a good visit if you are in or around Mussoorie. However, if you are looking for a tranquil and calm place, then you may want to avoid this place. There are a couple of other good alternatives if you want to visit a waterfall in this area that is not so commercialized or crowded: Bhatta Falls and Jharipani Falls.
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