The Sacred Forest, located in Mawphlang of East Khasi Hills District
, is the most celebrated forest-groves of Meghalaya
. Held sacred by Jaintias
, Sacred Forest is a deep insight into Khasi history and religious beliefs.
Sacred Grove is known by different names such as Ki Law Kyntang (sacred forest), Ki Law Adong (prohibited forest), Ki Law Shnong (village forest) and Ki Law Kynti (private forest). Surrounded by Castanopsis kurzii trees, Sacred Forest is considered the nature’s own museum with a treasure trove of unique flora. The trees seen here heavily loaded with the growth of aroids, pipers, fern-allies and orchids. Besides, a myriad variety of plants, which are seldom seen in other parts of the world, are grown here in abundance.
Located about 25 km from Shillong, Sacred Grove attracts botanists and naturalists from all over the world.