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Nohkalikai Waterfalls-Perfect view in Meghalaya

#Waterfall in Cherrapunji

Situtated at a distance of just 5 kilometers from the main city, Nohkalikai waterfalls in Cherrapunji, is one of the most popular tourist attractions. The Nohkalikai Falls is also one of the highest waterfalls in India, with water falling from a height of 1100 feet. The best season to visit the Waterfall is during Monsoon, when the waterfall is in its full swing.

The Waterfalls are visible from a viewpoint, which offer a breathtaking panoramic view of the Waterfalls, pouring down into a green-colored pool, surrounded by the verdant green forests, making it a truly magnificent sight to see. The name of the waterfall literally translate from the Khasi language, to "The Jump of Likai", referring to a local legend of a woman named Likai, who tragically committed suicide, by jumping off the cliff of the waterfall.

Special in Nohkalikai Waterfalls: Be sure to visit all the viewpoints, connected by stairs, as they all offer different, yet magnificent views!

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Meghalaya, India
Best time to visit Cherrapunji: 
Ticket / Cost / Expenses
Time people usually spend here:
1 hours
Altitude / Height:
4330 feet
Latitude / Longitude:
25.2756148°N, 91.6843146°E
Distance from Cherrapunji to Nohkalikai Waterfalls
-- km
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Read traveller's reviews about Nohkalikai Waterfalls..

Overall Rating:4.5

  '4' out of 5
"“A marvelous, massive waterfall” I think it's a perennial waterfall but I can't be sure. I was here in November and the fall was gushing unlike the Seven Sisters falls. It can be seen only from a distance as is seen in the picture and is a touristy place so there is a crowd at all times. There is a history attached to the the waterfall which has to do something with a woman who jumped off the cliff from where the water originates but nothing other than that. If you are fond of photography maybe you will like the opportunity it presents but other than that, I wouldn't go there a second time. At the entrance one will have to shell out for the parking, entry & camera charges (nominal range Rs.20 - Rs.50) and will encounter kids wanting you to buy the best cinnamon they are offering. It smelt really nice! Verdict 50/50. Could go if its already on your itinerary or even can give it a miss if you wish to just relax a little more that day. Visited November 2015"
  '4' out of 5
"The beautiful waterfall, cascading down from the top of the gorge to the mystic deep green pool below, reminded one, of the tragic legend associated with it, i.e., of a grief stricken mother who plunged to her death, she was unable to overcome her sorrow over the murder of her daughter by her husband and the horror that she had relished by eating the flesh of her only beloved child. After eating, she finds her daughter's fingers in the betel-nut basket. In despair, the woman threw herself off this cliff giving the falls its name: "Fall of Ka Likai""
  '5' out of 5
"Natural beauty at its best! This is one amazing sight to behold and a must see when visiting Sohra or Cherrapunji. Although I visited during late winter, there was still a steady, albeit narrow, fall for my viewing pleasure. The pool at its bottom is dark turquoise and crystal clear even from a high viewing point. Will hopefully be trekking down to the pool in the coming days."
  '5' out of 5
"No doubt, It comes as the third destination when one goes for site seeing from shillong and is a fall worth seeing. The best scenes are visualized during monsoon season. Minor ticket of Rs 20 per head is charged for this place. Snacks Shops available."
  '5' out of 5
"Grace Beautiful Nature ! Nohkalikai Waterfalls, located at a distance of 5 km from Cherrapunjee, is the fourth highest waterfall in the world. Falling from a height of 1,100 ft., the legend associated with these falls is as popular as the attraction itself. A local woman, Kalikai, who remarried discovered that her new husband did not like her daughter and was not in favour of the child living with them. His discomfort turned to jealousy when he realised that his wife's affection towards the little girl was more than what he felt he deserved. Driven to despair, he decides to kill his step daughter. One day, when Kalikai was away working, he slaughters the girl and uses her flesh to cook a meal. Upon reaching back and not finding her daughter at home, she plans to search for her outside. Her husband asks her to first have her lunch before going out. After completing her meal, she is shocked to find her daughter's fingers in the basket. Realising the gory act committed by her husband and her own unintentional part in the death of her beloved daughter, she rushes out and, in her profound grief, leaps off a tall cliff. It is this "fall of Kalikai" that has lent to Cherrapunji one of its prime attractions. 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 take in the vista which is, often, at the mercy of the mist that sweeps in frequently. A flight of stairs also takes tourists down to more viewing points. For those who are adventurous, a trek from the iconic double root bridge also leads to the base of Nohkalikai, followed by the climb back up the stairs to the viewing gallery. "

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