East Khasi Hills
EAST KHASI HILLS
Noh Ka Likai Falls - Sohra
On the edge of the plateau, marvel at the tallest plunge waterfall in India, and learn about the tragic legend that accompanies it……
A straight plunge of over 1000 feet gives Noh Ka Likai superlative status amongst waterfalls in India. Located on the southern ridges of the state, it provides a mesmerizing scene with the backdrop of the dramatic cliffs and the deep pool and thick forests at the bottom. Formed from the many streams that have carved through Meghalaya’s highlands for millions of years, Noh Ka Likai has a bigger significance culturally – it bears a most tragic story that is still told today.
Likai is the protagonist of a twisted tale that concluded with her unknowingly eating her own child, murdered and cooked by the evil step-father – and in madness and rage, she jumped off the heights of the falls that were close to her village. Noh Ka Likai translates to “Where Likai Jumped”.
Noh Ka Likai is an even more impressive sight up close. One can hike to the head of the waterfalls and enjoy the scenery of the valley through a large door-like opening in the rocks, something out of a medieval fantasy novel. There are treks through the dense forests that will take you to the bottom of the falls. Make sure you use a guide – apart from the assurance of being with a local expert, you will also enjoy the immense knowledge the residents of the nearby villages have about their forests. These treks also take you through an incredible change of terrain and vegetation – from the higher grasslands with hardy trees to the steaming tropical havens at lower elevations – all in a few hours.
5 kms from Sohra Main Town
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