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Nohkalikai falls- Cherrapunji, Meghalaya - India

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Description
One of the tallest and certainly - some of the most beautiful falls in India are Nohkalikai Falls and is the tallest plunge waterfall in India, with a height of 1100 feet (335 metres).

 

Nohkalikai falls- Cherrapunji, Meghalaya - India


The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth. Nohkalikai Falls are fed by the rainwater collected on the summit of comparatively small plateau and decrease in power during the dry season in December - February. Below the falls there has formed a plunge pool with unusual green colored water.
Nohkalikai Falls are falling from very special plateau - one of the rainiest places in the world - Cherrapunji.
Nohkalikai Falls are formed by a powerful (during the rains) stream. Waterfall falls in a single plunge over Cretaceous - Paleogene sandstones and limestones.

Upper part of falls flow along nearly vertical cliff but for some two thirds falls are free falling - there has formed giant grottoe behind the falls.

 

Nohkalikai falls- Cherrapunji, Meghalaya - India


In rainy season it might be fairly complicated to take good picture of falls, as fog and clouds are frequent.
The heaviest flow is towards the end of the rainy season which is around August - about the best time to visit Meghalaya.
During this season, there are a number of companion waterfalls making their dramatic leaps off the escarpment The falls nearly dry up by the early spring as there is hardly any rainfall during the winter.
However, even when nearly dry, the rock formations and the beautiful bluish-green pool below make sure it remains a place of enthralling beauty. There are steps that take you nearly to the bottom and the adventurous can take the footpath that leads from the bottom of the stairs right down to the pool.

As the rains end and falls become thinner, there opens a view to another gem of Nohkalikai Falls - beautiful green pool at the base of falls.


Height - 340 meters

Water volume - 3 m3/s - (100.0 cu feet/s)

Number of drops - 1

Type - horsetail




Interesting facts
The legend

Nohkalikai Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall.The falls have a rather dark and twisted history to the name.
A woman named Ka Likai has a beloved daughter. Likai ("Ka" means "women") lived in Rangjirteh village above the falls. Her first husband died while at work and she was left alone with her baby girl.
Thus Likai herself started to carry iron for trade and baby girl was her only joy in life.

Ka Likia remarried, however, her new husband was envious of Ka Likai's love for her daughter.
Ka Likai was out gathering food and firewood and her husband killed the daughter and prepared a meal using the flesh of the daughter.Ka Likai came home and asked her new husband if he has seen the daughter. He replies that he doesn't know, but before Ka Likai goes out to search, she should have a meal.
After the meal is finished, Ka Likai discovers her daughter's fingers in a basket. Horrified and grieving, Ka Likai took her own life by throwing herself off the cliff adjacent to the falls giving the waterfall its name: Noh Ka Likai or "the fall of Ka Likai."


Below the falls there has formed a plunge pool with unusual green colored water.
Nohkalikai Falls are falling from very special plateau - one of the rainiest places in the world - Cherrapunji.


Nohkalikai falls- Cherrapunji, Meghalaya - India



Travel tips
Tickets are required to be purchased for entry and also for use of camera. Ample Parking space is available. There are also a few decent eateries where one can have mostly tea and snacks. There are viewpoints built along the periphery.
Best to visit -  during rainy season -but there is a risk of clouds and havy rain. End August can be most suitable.

Location
Meghalaya, East Khasi Hills District, falling over the rim of plateau south-west from the centre of Cherrapunji town.


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GPS
25°16'28"N   91°41'12"E
25.27552, 91.68668

 

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