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Nohkalikai Fall Cherrapunji

The tallest plunge waterfall in India, Nohkalikai Falls, is one of the most photogenic places to visit in Meghalaya. It drops from a height of 1115 feet into a pool that changes color from blue to aqua to green. Nohkalikai means ‘Ka Likai’s Leap’ in the Khasi language. The water plunging from such a height is a beautiful sight to behold.

There are viewpoints where you can capture the breathtaking views of Nohkalikai Falls. The water flow is profuse in summer and recedes to a small stream in the winter months, which almost looks like a white rope against the green forest. However, the sight and the surroundings remain picturesque and are a must-see.

There is a dark story of Cherrapunji's Nohkalikai Falls, which we will get into in a second, but before that, you must know there are many fun and adventure activities to perform here. For instance, camping, trekking, bird watching, landscape photography, swimming, and angling.

Some steps lead you to the base of the Nohkalikai Falls but end midway, and a trekking trail takes you the rest of the way. You can enjoy the exploration of Nohkalikai Falls with Cherrapunji tour packages which are customizable. You can contact our travel experts and book a tour with us!

Here is everything you must know about Nohkalikai Fall in Meghalaya

Essential Information

  • Nohkalikai Fall Timing: You can visit Nohkalikai Falls any time from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Entry Fees: INR 20 is charged to see Nohkalikai Falls and INR 20 for the camera.

Nohkalikai Falls Legend

The falls have taken the name of a tragic Khasi legend. As per the fable, a woman named Likai married after her husband, who died carrying iron to Sylhet. Ka Likai (Ka – prefix for women in Khasi) was left behind with her infant and no income and decided to be a porter. She had to leave her baby with her second husband and didn’t give him much time. Ka Likai’s husband killed the infant, cooked her meat, and threw her head and bones away out of jealousy.

When she came home tired, she looked for her baby, but she was so tired she ate the cooked meat anyway. Finally, she saw a severed finger near where she usually cut betel leaves and nuts and realized what had happened. She jumped off the plateau's edge into the waterfall in agony and sadness. This place is now known as Nohkalikai Falls. Also, ‘Noh’ means to jump in the Khasi language.

Best Time to Visit Nohkalikai Falls

October to December and March to May is the best time to visit Nohkalikai Falls. The weather is pleasant during this time, and you can witness clear skies and fast-flowing waterfalls in full glory.

How to Reach Nohkalikai Falls

Cherrapunji to Nohkalikai Falls is easily accessible by car or cab. You can even walk from Sohra to the falls. Nohkalikai Falls from Cherrapunji is approx. 7 km away, and Cherrapunji from Shillong is about 54 km and takes 2 hours to reach. The drive is scenic, with views of mist-covered hills.

The nearest airport and railway station is in Guwahati, Assam. You can take direct or connecting flights/trains from major cities. And after arrival, take a bus, car, or taxi to reach Nohkalikai Falls.

Places to Stay in Cherrapunji

You will find different types of accommodation in Cherrapunji falls– guesthouses, resorts, cottages, and homestays. They offer decent to great services and offer you time to connect with nature.

Here are some places to stay in Cherrapunji near Nohkalikai Falls –

  • Polo Orchid Resort (6.2 km)
  • Ibankordor Jungle Resort (6.8 km)
  • San Nael La Resort (4.2 km)
  • Sulawado Resort (3.5 km)

Places to Visit near Nohkalikai Falls

Here are some of the places to visit around Nohkalikai Falls for a memorable experience –

  • Rainbow Falls (1 km)
  • Mawsmai Cave (11 km)
  • Cherrapunji View Point (9 km)
  • Wah-Kaba Falls (8 km)
  • Wei Sawdong Cherrapunji Waterfalls (13 km)
  • Double Decker Living Root Bridge (22 km)

Tips for Visiting Nohkalikai Falls

  • Hire a licensed guide for the trek.
  • Take out an entire day if you want to trek to the falls.
  • Always carry a raincoat with you.
  • If you walk further from the Nohkalikai viewpoint, you can see Bangladesh.
  • Shop for local spices, handicrafts, and honey from the market at the parking lot near the Nohkalikai Viewpoint.

If you want to visit Nohkalikai Falls in Cherrapunji, book Cherrapunji tour packages with Indian Holiday and get a chance to explore this northeast Indian destination.


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