Time needed to reach the top of Nohkalikai falls-
The time required is variable based on the speed of an individual. Locals take really less time, to and fro the route. For tourists, this could turn out to be a half-day activity unless you plan to race through it.
I took me 4 -5 hours approximately . 30 minutes downhill, 45 min to reach the top of the waterfall from Tlai falls, same time on the way back. I stayed at the place for around 2 hours.
Note - For going back one has to take the same route.
Legend of Nohkalikai falls -
There are quite a few stories behind the name of Nohkalikai. The most famous legend also happens to be quiet tragic.
The name Nohkalikai translates to' the Jump of "Ka Likai".' (Ka is a prefix for females in Khasi)
According to legend, in a village near the Falls, a woman named Likai lived with her infant girl. After her husband's death, she worked to support her family and later remarried . Likai, couldn’t pay attention to the new husband as most of her time went in taking care of the infant.
Driven by jealousy the husband one day killed the infant and took off. When Ka Likai returned home, she saw nobody in the house except for a prepared meal. She decided to eat first and look for her daughter later.
Ka Likai later found a severed finger and realized that the meal she ate was made from the meat of her daughter. Stricken with anger and grief she ran to the edge of the cliff and jumped. Giving the fall its name; Nohkalikai.
About Nohkalikai Falls and Sohra -
Nohkalikai falls has a height of 1115 feet (340 mts) . It is the tallest plunge waterfall in India and amongst the world's highest waterfall. It is located around 5 km from Sohra (Cherrapunjee) in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya.