Nohkalikai Falls

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  • Address: Sohra, Meghalaya 793108, India, Cherrapunji
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Waterfall, Family And Kids, Nature

Located around 5 km from Cherrapunjee, Nohkalikai fall is the fifth highest waterfall in the world and the highest plunge waterfall in India. Falling from a height of 1,100 ft, this fall is a great attraction of Cherrapunjee. Earlier, you had to really trek hard in order to reach the falls but today, thanks to the well developed roads, the drive to Nohkalikai Falls is through the elevated tableland that leads to the cliff and then hike a short distance to a viewpoint. From the summit of that viewpoint, you are bound to witness the enchanting sight of the beautiful Nohkalikai waterfall plunging down into an ultramarine pool. The falls are at its most spectacular during the monsoons when a lot of water volume is added to it.

Behind this breathtaking beauty, there is an unfortunate legend associated with this waterfall. It has been christened as Noh Ka Likai that means "the leap of Likai". According to the legend, a young woman named Ka Likai, who had a daughter from her earlier marriage, got remarried. Her new husband got jealous of the excessive love that the mother had for her daughter. He decides to kill her. When Ka Likai was away working, he slaughters the girl and uses her flesh to cook a meal. After returning home from work, Likai ate the meal without suspicion and had no inkling about the gory act her husband had conducted. However, she later discovered her daughter’s fingers in the betel nut basket. Distraught with grief and remorse, she rushed to the nearby cliffs and threw herself over the precipice adjoining the waterfalls. The fall has ever since been known as Nohlakikai.

  • It is advisable to carry food and water when visiting the falls for extended periods of time.
  • There is a short hike towards the falls.

  • Hire a taxi from Cherrapunjee city.

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  • Nohkalikai Falls Address: Sohra, Meghalaya 793108, India, Cherrapunji
  • Nohkalikai Falls Timing: 24-hrs
  • Nohkalikai Falls Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Nohkalikai Falls(preferred time): 09:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Nohkalikai Falls: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 91.03% of people who visit Cherrapunji include Nohkalikai Falls in their plan

  • 50.85% of people start their Nohkalikai Falls visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Nohkalikai Falls

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Nohkalikai Falls

People normally club together Don Bosco Shrine and Sa-i-mika Park while planning their visit to Nohkalikai Falls.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Wow! What a place. Just mesmerizing. I visited the place in October. Due to non monsoon season there were shortage of water in the falls. Despite of that the beauty was awesome. Best time to visit this place is in July-August, at this time one can see the actual beauty. There has a trekking option to reach the falling point and it costs Rs 50 per person. Don't miss it when at Cherapunjee.

  • Awesome place to visit. You can catch waterfall views from multiple locations. You can trek 2-3 hours including both sides to see the waterfall start view and its mouth. There you can relax and do swimming, please don't go far in water there are many deep rock holes there. Waterfall far view and trek both starts from the same location but the trek is just 100 meters before from the main gate.  You can ask anyone there.   Caution: 1. Please don't go to the trek if its raining or weather is cloudy. Water level can increase anytime.  2. Take a guide which will cost you around Rs 500. Waterfall trek is slippery with rock holes and so you should know the right way.

  • One of the most beautiful locations... The weather was extremely foggy on the day I went, the waterfalls was not visible... But the sound of it and the cool breeze was so amazing. Calm and serene place to relax and be closest to nature.

  • The tallest and possible the best waterfall I have ever seen in India. It just takes your breath away. And like many other places in north east, this place also has an interesting back-story to it 😊

  • Beautiful place. From here the view is very good. U can actually see a very high waterfall along with many other small ones. You have local shops which sells handicraft items. Adequate parking space is available. You have few restaurants at the entrance who serves you tea and food. Overall a nice place to visit with family and friends.

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