Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest waterfall in India
. Its height is 1100 feet (335 metres). The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji
, one of the wettest places on Earth. It is also the fourth largest waterfall in the World
. 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.
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. 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"