Waterfall in India
Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 1115 feet, making it as the highest waterfall in India. The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth.
Number of drops: 1
Location: East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India
Elevation: 4,065 ft (1,239 m)
Longest drop: 1,115 ft (340 m)
Average flow rate: 100 cfs (2.8 m3/s)
History of Nohkalikai Falls
Nohkalikai Waterfalls is around 5 km from Cherrapunjee and is the fourth highest waterfall in the world. Falling from a height of 1,100 ft, this fall is a great attraction of Cherrapunjee. 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 where you can witness the enchanting sight of the beautiful Nohkalikai waterfall plunging down into an ultramarine pool many hundred feet below.
The ideal time to visit Nohkalikai is during the monsoon season, when the falls are at its most spectacular. A viewing gallery allows the visitor to savour the beauty of the place. There are stairs, which take tourist down to various other viewing points.
This fall has a sad legend associated with it. Noh Ka Likai means “the leap of Likai”. As per the legend, a young woman named Ka Likai, who had a daughter from her earlier marriage remarried. Her new husband loathed his step daughter as he was not in favour of girl staying with them. Out of jealousy, 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 was surprised that her husband had prepared evening meal for her. She 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.
The water plunges 335 meters downwards and has carved out a waterhole. Strangely, the waterhole is as blue as the sky in winter and green in summer. In winter the water recedes to just a minimal amount, but in summer the falls are lavish. The name Nohkalikai is derived from a tragic Khasi legend. Almost every beautiful or interesting place in North-East seems to have originated from a sad story. This is no different. A woman named Ka Likai remarried a man but her second husband became jealous for treating her daughter with so much love; perhaps more than him. One day while she was away at work her husband cooked the girl and served it to her. After she had eaten it, she was to go looking for her baby girl. Much to her dismay she found her daughter’s finger in a betel nut basket. Greatly saddened by this, she leaped off the fall and the fall came to be known as ‘Nohkalikai’ which is literally translated as, ‘jump of Ka Likai.
How to Reach
Air: Borjhar airport in Guwahati, about 166 km north, is the nearest airport. One can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach Nohkalikai Falls.
Road: From Guwahati it’s a 4 hour journey to Shillong, the Capital of Meghalaya, from where its about 54 kms distance to Cherrapunji. From Cherrapunji main town its a 10 mins journey to the falls. One can also hire a taxi to reach the falls.
Train: The nearest station is Guwahati which is at a distance of 99 kms from Cherrapunjee.
Facts about Nohkalikai Falls
- Considered to be the second wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji is also the traditional capital of the Khasi tribe, where it is referred to as Churra by the British.The name evoloved into Cherrapunji meaning the ‘land of oranges’
- The explanation as to why Cherrapunji records maximum rainfall in India is the rainwater comes from the Bay of Bengal.
- Travelling unhindered over the plains of Bangladesh for a distance of 400 Kms, the rainfall hits the Khasi Hills to a height of 1370 m above sea level. The extreme rainfall is the best-known feature of orographic rain in northeast India.
- The strategic location of the falls with Cherrapunji placed perpendicular to the clouds funneled throught the gorgeous valleys, rainfall is most received in the early mornings.
- The special feature of Cherrapunji is the Nohkalikai Falls.One of the tallest and certainly the most beautiful falls in India, has water drop in a single plunge from approximately 335 m high.
- The Upper part of the falls flows along vertically from the cliff.Two thirds of the falls are free falling which forms a giant grottoe behind the falls.
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