March 31, 2023

Meghalaya Village Achieves Guinness World Record for Wettest Place on Earth

Meghalaya, a state located in Northeast India, is known for its breathtaking beauty and unique culture. Now, the state has achieved a Guinness World Record for Mawsynram, a village that has been recognized as the wettest place on Earth.

A Record-Breaking Amount of Rainfall

Mawsynram, located in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, receives an average annual rainfall of 11,871 millimeters (467.4 inches). This amount of rainfall is nearly ten times the amount of rainfall that London receives in a year.

The village has broken its own record from 1985, when it was recognized as the wettest place on Earth with an average annual rainfall of 11,777 millimeters (463.7 inches).

A Unique Climate

The climate in Mawsynram is unique, and it is characterized by high humidity and persistent cloud cover. The village is located on the windward side of the Khasi Hills, which is a range of mountains that receives heavy rainfall due to the prevailing southwest monsoon.

The rainfall in Mawsynram is so consistent that it supports a dense tropical forest with a variety of flora and fauna. The village is also known for its picturesque waterfalls, which are fed by the constant rainfall.

Recognition from Guinness World Records

On July 15, 2022, Mawsynram was officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the wettest place on Earth. The recognition was based on data collected by the Indian Meteorological Department from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021.

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The village’s achievement has brought worldwide attention to Meghalaya and its unique climate. It has also put Mawsynram on the map as a must-visit destination for tourists who are interested in experiencing the rainiest place on Earth.


Mawsynram’s achievement of the Guinness World Record for the wettest place on Earth is a testament to the unique climate and natural beauty of Meghalaya. The recognition has put the state on the map as a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventurers.

Meghalaya is a state that is blessed with natural wonders, and Mawsynram’s achievement is just one example of the state’s unique offerings. As more people discover the beauty of Meghalaya, it is sure to become a popular tourist destination and a source of pride for the people who call it home.

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