Nohkalikai Falls

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Nohkalikai Falls
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Nohkalikai Falls
Nohkalikai Falls is located in India
Nohkalikai Falls
Location in India
Location East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India
Coordinates 25°16′32″N 91°41′13″E / 25.275676°N 91.686971°E / 25.275676; 91.686971Coordinates: 25°16′32″N 91°41′13″E / 25.275676°N 91.686971°E / 25.275676; 91.686971
Type Plunge
Elevation 4,065 ft (1,239 m)
Total height 1,115 ft (340 m)
Number of drops 1
Longest drop 1,115 ft (340 m)
Total width 75 ft (23 m)
flow rate
100 cfs (2.8 m3/s)

Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India.[1] Its height is 1115 feet (340 metres).[2] 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.[3]

Name of the falls (in Khasi language - "Jump of Ka Likai") is linked to a legend about local women Likai who after family tragedy became insane and jumped off the cliff next to the falls.[3]

A brief summary of the tragic legend is as follows: A woman named Ka Likai remarries. But the new husband is jealous of her love for her daughter. While Ka Likai is out working, her new husband kills the daughter and cooks her flesh into a meal. The woman comes home and asks her husband if he knows where the daughter is. He says no, but before she goes out looking, she should have something to eat. 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"

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  1. ^ "Nohkalikai Falls". World Waterfall Database. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  2. ^ "Nohkalikai Falls". World Waterfall Database. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  3. ^ a b Gatis Pāvils (2010-08-28). "Nohkalikai Falls". Wondermondo. Retrieved 2010-08-29.