Nestled at Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, Nohkalakai is considered to be one of the wettest place on the earth. Falling from a height of 1,115 feet, it’s titled as the tallest plunge waterfall in India. With lush green forests and misty clouds surrounding the forest, the water appears to be somewhat green in color. If nature fascinates you, then Nohkalikai Falls would leave you spellbound. No matter what time of the year it is, this place is going to take your heart away.
Meghalaya tourism holds immense pride for having the tallest waterfall of India. However, the story behind this place is not as beautiful as the view is.
The story of majestic Nohkalikai Falls
The entire story revolves around the life of a duo of a young mother & daughter who lived in a village called Rangjyrteh. “Likai” was the name of the mother, and they stayed near the waterfall. As she became a widow in her early twenties, she took up the job of her dead husband and became a porter.
Since she worked to earn a decent livelihood for her only daughter, she couldn’t spend or give much time and attention to her. Therefore, the other villagers persuaded her to marry again so that the girl would get a father’s love. Accepting their advice, she got married to another man. However, her fate did not turn out to be in her favor. Whenever Likai showered her on her baby, the husband got jealous and petty. His pettiness was so strong that he did something horrific.
One fine day, Likai returned from her work with her stomach churning with hunger. Seeing her husband had cooker her a nice meal, she settled down to satisfy her hunger. Assuming that her daughter was busy playing outside, she did not bother much. After completing her meal, she proceeded to lift the betel leaves basket. And what she saw made her heart ripped into million fragments. A piece of the little finger was under it.
Realizing what had just happened, she ran and ran with anger and grief. Even before she could realize, she was at the end of the fall. Brimming with grief, anger, and sadness, she jumped off from the fall. Therefore, Nohkalikai became the name of the fall, which speaks of the story of a grief-stricken, young mother.
A view from the top
Being the tallest waterfall of India, it attracts tourists from all across the world. Also, if you are willing to get a more majestic view from the top, then you can get that by taking a short drive. You will be taken to a Viewpoint. You’ll get an excellent view of the waterfall, which is surrounded by misty clouds and lush greenery. No matter at what time you visit, you’ll find the atmosphere is always covered by clouds. No wonder people call it the wettest place in the earth. To view the waterfall from near, you can find steps that will lead you down the hill. It’s not wise to miss out an amazing scenic view of the place
Also, if you want to get a closer look, use the steps to get down the hill and get the best view of the Nohkalikai waterfall. Point to be noted; if you really want to enjoy the view from near, you have to be ready for some splashing of the cold water. Who would want to miss this golden opportunity, right? So, get ready for some adventure! You’ll need 4 hours to trek up & down, along with the waiting time.
How to Reach?
If you have chosen to travel via road and enjoy your ride to Nohkalikai Falls, you can hire the taxi services at a reasonable price.
Nearest railway station: Maishashan railway station is the closest railway station to the Nohkaliakai waterfall. One can cover a distance of 77 km by hiring a taxi or a cab.
Nearest airport: Sited at a distance of 166km, Guwahati International Airport is the nearest one. Hire cab or taxi services to cover the distance.
Imagine hot lunch being served, and you delish on it as you enjoy the breath-taking roar of the Nohkalikai waterfall. It seems heavenly, right? If you want to experience one, pack lunch when you leave for the waterfall. You might starve after the trekking. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, photo fanatic, or a nature lover, this place has so much to offer you. The surreal view will leave you awe-struck. Also, if you want to experience a more spectacular view, plan your trip during the monsoon. So, if you ever land up in Meghalaya, do not miss out on this magnificent waterfall. The view might be stunning, but it holds unspeakable grief and misery of a young mother.