Best time to visitN/A
Things to docamoing, trekking, photography, swimming, angling, bird- watching
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFamilies, Friends, Couples
Rank3 out of 23 attractions in Cherrapunjee
Once there took place a very sad incident. There was a woman here named LiKai who was married to a very nice man who was a porter and after a few months of marriage she also gave birth to a beautiful daughter. Sadly after a few days, her husband died while carrying iron to Sylhet. She was left all alone without any support and a little girl to feed along with herself. Finding no other option she also took up the job of a porter. Since she was having no time at all to look after her daughter she was remarried. After this also she had no time to look after her husband or her daughter. Her husband grew angry and one day out of frustration he killed the little girl and cooked her as a meal. When LiKai was back home she could not see her daughter but instead of looking for her she decided to have the meal which look very good. After she had finished and was going to take a betel leaf, she found a severed little finger and soon understood what had happened. She lost her senses immediately and went mad. She kept on running and at the end jumped in this waterfall. After this the local people named it NohKaLiKai in which Noh means jump of, Ka is the term used for Meghalayan women and LiKai is the name. So, it means Jump of KaLiKai. This is at present a popular tourist attraction where you will find beautiful sceneries. The force of the waterfalls is maximum during the summers and monsoon and least during the winters.
Reviews of Nohkalikai Falls • 15
(Oct 11)I committed myself to reach Nohkalikai via the 4 hour hike route (a diversion on rainbow fall route); little did I know I’d be trampling through spider infested jungle in my polyester shorts. It took some time to figure out the narrow trail wedged between two big boulders. Trying to negotiate countless spinnerets on that steep ascent, I ended up squishing one that left nasty juices and a rash. With only a litre of water and some biscuits, I got so tired that after 3 hours, felt like taking a nap. But somehow pushed through, repeating to myself “almost there”. In the wake of mistakes committed, I was happy to make it to the top alone, a streak of self belief instilled within. I ate till my stomach burst, from a stall. The heavenly views of Nohkalikai Falls and the cool breeze wiped away all the emotional draining and tiredness. Found a perfect spot along the walkway to sit and spent a good one hour. A cup of tea and I was rejuvenated to walk till Sohra which was four kms away. The beautiful countryside landscape glistened in the waning sunlight. It’s sad to see such a beautiful place littered by packets of chips along the road; I picked up a few. Walking some distance, a truck stopped by and a boy waved at me, to hop in the back with him. Standing, swallowing wind, Frankie smiled at my childlike gusto. Reaching the market, I walked to the front to thank, turns out it was the same lady from the tea shop who had recognized me by my backpack. From there it was another 2 kms to 'By the way hostel', a popular budget hostel now turned into a hotel (which would be expanded soon) by the owner Heprit owing to nuisance created by some travelers who disrespected the property. He has closed the two floor hostel and now exist two wooden furnished rooms with wide array of novels for the bookworm. With a quick bath, beef curry and rice, I called it a day and drifted into a deep slumber.
Enjoying Nohkalikai Falls: Located near Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, Nohkalikai Falls are the tallest waterfall in India falling from a height of over 1100 feet, and is paradise for couples wanting to spend sometime together looking over something as magnificent. You probably won’t be swimming in Nohkalikai falls and they don’t sport a rainbow, but if you’ll visit it during off-season some isolated time, in addition to admiring a stunning waterfall with its pristine surroundings — wild and beautiful, just as nature intended it - is guaranteed.And since the eastern Khasi Hills also boasts for one of the dense rainforests in India, there will be times when you will be exploring as many as 10 waterfalls in one sight.
Then we headed to next famous waterfalls, Nohkalikai Falls. Our way was again completely covered in clouds. Again, we thought of trying our luck, but this time clouds didn't budge and we could only hear the falls.
Noh Ka Likai WaterfallsNamed after a grief stricken mother Likai, this is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. One look and you won't take your eyes away from it.
The next stop of this exciting trip was Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, it’s a school which consists of a museum where one can behold the beauty and diversity of the culture and traditions that prevails in the North-Eastern part of India, as the museum tells a historic tale about the lifestyle of the people of North-East. The Ashrama is situated on a hill top from where one can see the beauty of the place. After the tour of that beautifully made Ashrama we moved on to our next stop Nohkalikai Waterfalls. Again a waterfall but this time with a lots of water and sight to behold of mountains, a valley with blue and clear water flowing from it and countless trees which made it more beautiful, but a trip to places like this is incomplete without having some adventurous fun. So taking this in mind three of us went down on some stairs which were situated a little ahead of the waterfall viewing point, with a sign board that says "go down for extra adventure", so three of us went down expecting that we can go down to the blue water that was falling from above but after going down a few stairs we saw a dead end to our expectations. So yeah we were not able to go all the way down to the water but the stairs were a good spot for some pictures and having a little snack in peace with no people around. After going back upstairs we walked a few meters where there was another view point which displays the entire valley in a beautifully designed frame. So this was the most beautiful viewing point of the trip till this point. And after a few moments of admiration we were on the road again.
Noh-Ka-Likai Falls – We started our day visiting Noh-Ka-Likai Falls – it is the tallest plunge waterfall in India and a must visit places of Cherrapunji. I wandered there and found steps leading to the valley which offered more spectacular views. I still remember how amazed I was standing in between those meadows (felt as if, I was in a wonderland). We had lunch (boiled rice with chicken curry) watching the waterfall.Mawsmai Cave – Located 6 km from Cherrapunji, the Mawsmai Caves are a major crowd puller that will leave you spellbound. Inside the cave you will find creative structures by nature that will definitely excite you. Remember, you need to bend at lot of places and squeeze yourself to move inside the cave.
We bought tickets to view Nohkalikai falls and reached a spot from where the falls were nicely visible from very far distance. As it was off season, there was just a small stream of water dropping from the falls but the atmosphere there was awesome to watch. I wished I could go near the place of falls but only trekkers can do that. However, we clicked some memory pics and then returned to Shillong after a memorable journey of lifetime.This post was originally published on Travel Shillong's Blog.
The roads leading to cherrapunjee are great, with winding roads, and amazing views. That is if you can see anything when the fog/clouds clear. This is one thing that we learnt in school which turned out to be true, "It always rains in cherrapunjee". You see a lot of water falls, and at cherrapunjee town, take the extreme right(small uphill road) to visit the 7 sister falls. Try to eat a lot of the local berries and fruits being sold (black berry and pineapple..)
We enjoyed the stroll there in the clouds , at times it would be sunny and soon the entire place would be all misty. We enjoyed every road and every rock.When you are with friends you cannot stop yourself of being stupid.
The name of the falls in Khasi language means "Jump of Ka Likai" and is linked to a legend about a local woman Likai, who jumped off the cliff next to the falls. Nohkalikai Falls is categorised as a plunge waterfall, which means that the water loses contact with the rock as it pours over a cliff on the edge of the Himalayas. The tallest of its kind in India, Nohkalikai is fed by rainwater collected in the forested plateau above, so its volume changes dramatically according to the time of year.
1 of the longest waterfalls in the world. Beautiful! this falls got its name from the agony of a mother who jumped of from this cliff on realizing that her husband her killed her daughter.
A wonder of nature. The undulating hills and the lush green forest covering it. This waterfalls is a wonder of nature.
Nohkalikai Falls, a popular water fall @ Cherrapunji
We head out again to a waterfall. Perhaps while reading this, it struck me that for a trip to a culturally diverse and virtually unrepresented area, my trip would be centered around people, after all how many waterfalls can one see? But while you are there, the repetition of visiting waterfalls and water-bodies doesn’t strike you as much. Instead, it’s what you want to do, not what you have to. The water-bodies and falls themselves tell you a little something about the people, about their stories. The same holds true for the NohkaLikai falls, the name itself comes from the name of a mother, whose new husband, jealous of the wife’s child from before their marriage, kills the daughter and feeds her to the mother. The mother maddened by grief jumps from the precipice of the fall. Thus, the name of the deepest plunge waterfall in India, Nohkalikai or from where fell Ka Likai. The story tinges the beauty of the place with a grimness and melancholy perhaps, but doesn’t in anyway reduce it.