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.
Nohkalikai Falls Travel Tips
- 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.
How to Reach Nohkalikai Falls
- Hire a taxi from Cherrapunjee city.
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61.66% of people who visit Cherrapunji include Nohkalikai Falls in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
50.85% of people start their Nohkalikai Falls visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Nohkalikai Falls
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Nohkalikai Falls