The Nohkalikai falls has a height of about 20 meters when in peak form but during dry weather, its falls to just 1 meter high. It is formed by the Laitsohum River, a resultant of the merge of three rivers namely Myngot River, Umkhen Rivers and Mikir Hills. The Nohkalikai waterfall is a short drive from Shillong town and can also be reached by walking down a forested path all along this area with foliage covering the entire area giving away an experience you cannot get anywhere else.
Nohkalikai Falls is in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, which is one of the world's wettest locations. It has India's highest plunge waterfall, which plunges from a height of 1,115 feet. The water that flows down the falls is somewhat green in tone. The waterfall is largely rainfed, surrounded by lush greenery and misty clouds.
This lovely waterfall's tragic backstory is true. The name "nohkalikai" in the Khasi language means "Jump of Ka Likai." In this instance, the term "Ka" is a prefix that refers to female persons in the Khasi language. The story you are about to read is about Likai, the protagonist.
The story of Nohkalikai Falls goes as follows. Likai was a young mother who resided in the Rangjyrteh village, which is close to the cascade. Likai lost her husband at an early age, forcing her to carry out his duties as a porter.
She had a newborn daughter whom she couldn't devote her full attention to. Naturally, when she was at home, she would devote all of her attention to the baby. She married a guy after being persuaded by other women from the community, who claimed that the kid needed a father. When the new spouse turned out to be jealous and peevish, she gave all of her attention to the infant when at home. His pettiness compelled him to commit a repulsive act, which this lovely fall was unfortunate enough to be saddled with.
One day, he made a wonderful supper for his wife. Likai, who had been at work all day and was famished when she came home, looked around for her child but could not find her. Assuming that the baby was in the neighbour's home, she sat down to eat her husband's prepared dinner. We are sure you see where this sad drama is heading. The husband was enraged at the baby for daring to show herself, and he chopped her into little pieces and cooked her for supper. He discarded the infant's head and bones before Likai returned home. Likai was completely unaware of this terrible crime while enjoying her customary betel leaves and nuts after dinner. Likai noticed a tiny finger that she recognised as belonging to her daughter near the basket of betel leaves. She had no idea what to think. She was horrified and enraged by the turn of events, so she ran and ran till she reached the brink of the falls, where she hurled herself into her death. Due to this, it is named Nohkalikai Falls.
Another famous tourist destination in Cherrapunji is the Nohkalikai Falls located about 9 kilometres away from Mawlynnong which makes it approachable within a half-an-hour to 1-hour drive. The falls are formed by the Rathi River that originates near Bhagmara waterfall and then flows down towards Laitkynsew village in the state of Meghalaya.
There is a cemented path that leads from Laitkynsew village to Nohkalikai Falls which takes around a 20-minute walk to reach this beautiful waterfall site. In monsoon months when the water level rises, one can have a thrilling boating experience near the falls along with other adventure activities like a river crossing. You can even visit River Rack at Laitlyngkot where you will come across a suspension bridge over-hanging at a height in the air.
The unfortunate legend must not stop you from visiting the falls since it is nature at its best. The monsoon months of June to September are the perfect time to visit Nohkalikai Falls since the waterfall will be brimming with water. December to February can be avoided since it is a dry season and the Falls will have a reduced amount of water.