Visiting Nohkalikai was a part of our tour of Shillong. The waterfall is near the town of Cherrapunji, and almost 54 kilometers away from Shillong. Nohkalikai falls height is 335 meter and one of India’s biggest waterfalls. The waterhole turns blue in the winter and green in the summer. When looking at it from afar, it’d look like a white color rope, riding down from the top to the green forest.
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
– – Andre Gide
Unparalleled beauty :-
Earlier probably, your were interest in visiting Cherrapunji because it gets highest rainfall in India. But now you have another reason to visit this place; Nohkalikai. The place got its name from a woman called Likai. It’s rumored that she remarried and her second husband killed her daughter. Angry and disappointed, Likai jumped into the waterfall and plunged away by the streams.
Nohkalikai falls facts :
According to legends, in a village called Rangjyrteh, upstream from Nohkalikai Falls, a woman named Likai resided but had to remarry after her husband’s death. Ka Likai (Ka is the prefix given for the female gender in Khasi) was left with her infant daughter with no means of income. In order sustain herself and feed her child she had to become a porter herself. Her work required her to leave her daughter unattended for long intervals and when she would be at home she would spend most of her time taking care of her infant. She realized that raising a child required both parents, so Ka Likai married a second time for the sake of her daughter. However, being a mother to an infant, her daughter needed her constant attention so could not give to her second husband the love he thought he deserved. A jealousy grew in her husband which manifested to hatred towards Likai’s daughter. He killed the infant in cold blood and cooked her flesh after throwing away her severed head and bones to hide all trace of the murder. When Ka Likai returned home, she noticed that her house was empty and nobody was home. A meal that had been prepared but she did not find anyone around. She wanted to go look for her daughter but she was too famished from all the labour she had been doing so she ate the meal till she could not eat anymore.
Ka Likai usually had a betel leaf after her meals but she found a severed finger near the place where she usually cut betel nuts and betel leaves. Ka Likai realized what had happened in her absence and went mad with anger and grief and started running as she swung a hatchet in her hand. She ran off the edge of the plateau and jumped to her death as she could no longer bear the thought of cannibalizing on her dead daughter unknowingly. The waterfall where she jumped from was named Nohkalikai Falls as a grim reminder of a tragedy that befell an unfortunate woman.
If adventure attracts you, Nohkalikai is a must-visit place for you. You can do daredevil stunts while trekking and rock-climbing (ensuring safety though). If you are a nature lover, have fun with photography and listening to the chirping of birds. Carrying a camera might cost you, but it’d be under margin.
Though to see the best view of water fall the weather should be clear. The best time to visit this place is autumn. In the months of September and October, the sky stays clear, and taking photos becomes fun. During the winter, the sky remains cloudy. The place that’s nearest to Nohkalikai is Cherrapunji. A night stay at Cherrapunji is cheap. You can hotels and resort at a pocket-friendly price. There are plenty of buses, which can take you to Nohkaikai.
This is a hidden secret and is a great place to visit.
Shillong Tour Summary :
Date – 03/10/2014
Tour Members : 10
Kolkata to Shillong 5 nights and 6 days tour plan :
Day 1 : Kolkata to Guwahati.
Day 2 : Guwahati to Shilong.
Day 3 : Shilong sight scene, Mawlynnong.
Day 4 : Shilong local sight scene.
Day 5 : Shilong to Guwahati..Guwahati sightscene.
Day 6 : Guwahati to Kolkata.
Some more info :
Hotels information : Hotel Serene. Address: 1st Floor, Mirullah Building, G.S.Road, Opp. UCO Bank, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001 Phone: 0364 250 6017
Notes :- Please carry umbrella and water bottle Good camera
Shopping – Nothing to buy.
Do and Don’ts :- Try to maintain greenery of the place.
Best time to visit Nohkalikai falls : October to February: October is when the rainfall stops and the weather begins to cool down. Winters start setting in from November after which the weather can be quite cold with the minimum temperature.
You can also visit our Nohkalikai falls images : Click here.
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