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The Nohkalikai Waterfall of Cherrapunjee with a gruesome tale

The Nohkalikai Waterfalls is the fourth highest waterfall in the world

Cherrapunjee (Meghalaya) May 31,(UITV): Nohkalikai Waterfalls is around 5 km from Cherrapunjee and is the fourth highest waterfall in the world. Falling from a height of 1,100 ft, this fall is a great alluring spot favoured by tourists of Cherrapunjee. The drive to Nohkalikai Falls is through the upraised tableland that leads to the cliff and then hike a short distance to an angle from where you can view the captivating sight of the beautiful Nohkalikai waterfall thrusting down into an ultramarine pool many hundred feet below.
 
The ideal time to visit Nohkalikai is during the monsoon season, when the falls are at its most spectacular. A viewing gallery authorizes the visitor to smell the beauty of the place. There are stairs, which take tourist down to several other viewing points.


 
This fall has a sad legend associated with it. Noh Ka Likai means "the leap of Likai". As per the legend, a young woman named Ka Likai, who had a daughter from her earlier marriage remarried. Her new husband despised his step daughter as he was not in favour of girl staying with them. Out of jealousy, he decides to kill her. When Ka Likai went outside for working, he slaughters the girl and uses her flesh to cook a meal. After returning home from work, Likai was amazed to find her husband had prepared evening meal for her. She ate the meal without any doubts and aboslutely had no idea about the gory act her husband had conducted. However, she later discovered her daughter’s fingers in the betel nut basket. Distressed with grief and guilt, she hurried to the nearby cliffs and threw herself over the cliff connecting the waterfalls. The fall has ever since come to be known as Nohlakikai.



Along side trekking to the breathtaking waterfall, one can taste the delicious cuisine of Meghalaya. Cherrapunjee houses a wide range of food options including North Indian, Bengali, Punjabi, South-Indian and Chinese cuisine as well as their slightly unique Khasi versions. The local cuisine is rich, refreshing and zesty and one must indulge in it. Pork momos and Jadoh along with rice cooked with pork blood are the specialty of this region.
Rice beer is a compulsory drink in celebration and ceremonies, religious or otherwise. Khasis ferment rice beer and through the process of distillation, making spirit out of rice or millets. Sohra Pulao is another unique delicacy popular here, prepared only with vegetables and oil, without using any spices.