On the Mouth of Nohkalikai Falls

On the Mouth of Nohkalikai Falls

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One of the most adventurous experiences I have come across in recent times is walking down to the mouth of the highest plunge waterfall in India Nohkalikai Falls.

If you are an adventurous person this should be on your bucket list.

This includes walking on the open field and then a path taking towards a wooden arrow mark from there you have to go down with hill covered on both sides with greenery.

On the path down somewhere, you have stairs made of rock, some muddy path, and some wooden ladder to go down

It takes nearly or more than half an hour to reach the rock-filled river bed where you can see clear streams flowing along.

Once you reach the riverbed on the left side you go to reach the mouth of Nohkalikai Falls and on the right side if you go you can see Tlai waterfalls.

The river bed has huge boulders of rock which you have to jump across to reach the mouth of the Nohkalikai Falls

Jumping across the rocks and crawling through holes of the rock is quite adventurous some places you have to get down and cross those areas with the help of wood ladders

The locals to make the way easier have marked the path with red and white paint to follow

From the riverbed to jumping over rocks and reaching the mouth of the waterfall it took nearly 45 minutes.

 On the Mouth of Nohkalikai Falls

Over the years, the continuous flow of water through openings in the riverbed has created several pools and waterfalls that then plunge into the valley.

Best Time to Reach the Top of Nohkalikai Falls

Only in the month of October to March the flow of water is less and during the monsoon, the area is inaccessible coz of the increase in water level.

Once you reach the mouth of the waterfall and look down you have the goosebumps

It’s a lifetime experience and well worth your time

You will enjoy each and every moment of your life.

How to reach the mouth of Nohkalikai Falls

Reaching the mouth of Nohkalikai Falls involves a hike from the viewpoint area. Here’s how to do it:

Arrive at Nohkalikai Falls Viewpoint

Start by traveling to Cherrapunji and then proceed to Nohkalikai village, where the viewpoint of Nohkalikai Falls is located. You can reach Cherrapunji from Shillong, which is the nearest major city.

Find the Trailhead

From the viewpoint area, look for signs or ask locals for directions to the trail leading to the mouth of the falls. The trail is typically well-defined but can involve some steep sections and uneven terrain.

Hike to the Mouth of the Falls

Follow the trail downward, which will take you closer to the base of Nohkalikai Falls. The hike usually takes around 30-45 minutes, depending on your pace and the condition of the trail.

Enjoy the View

Once you reach the mouth of the falls, take in the breathtaking sight of Nohkalikai plunging down the cliff into the pool below. Spend some time appreciating the beauty of the surroundings and capturing photos.

Return Journey

After enjoying the view, hike back up to the viewpoint area. Be cautious while ascending, as it can be more strenuous than descending.

Once you reach the viewpoint, you can continue your journey or head back to your accommodation.

How to reach Nohkalikai Falls

Reach Cherrapunji (Sohra)

  • By Air: The nearest airport is in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, approximately 60 kilometers away from Cherrapunji. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Cherrapunji.
  • By Train: The nearest major railway station is in Guwahati, Assam, which is about 180 kilometers away from Cherrapunji. From Guwahati, you can either take a bus or hire a taxi to Cherrapunji.
  • By Road: Cherrapunji is well-connected by road. You can drive or take a bus from nearby cities like Shillong or Guwahati.

Travel from Cherrapunji to Nohkalikai Falls

  • Nohkalikai Falls is located around 7 kilometers away from Cherrapunji town.
  • You can hire a taxi from Cherrapunji to reach Nohkalikai Falls. Taxis are readily available for hire in Cherrapunji.
  • Alternatively, you can trek to Nohkalikai Falls if you’re up for it. The trekking trail is well-marked and offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes.
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