Before I dive into the trek that will take you to the top of 1115 feet Noh Ka Likai falls, let me relate to you the the folklore from which these falls derive their name.
|Noh Ka Likai falls as seen from the top|
A young woman named Ka Likai lived with her husband and her daughter from a previous marriage, who she loved a lot. Her husband was jealous of the little girl. One day when Likai came back from work, her husband surprised her with a meal he had cooked. She ate it without suspicion. She looked around for her daughter, but couldn’t find her. She discovered severed fingers in a basket later. Overcome with grief, she committed suicide by jumping off the cliff next to the falls. Noh ka Likai translates to ‘Leap of Likai’, based on this tragic story.
|The story of Ka Likai|
How to reach?
From Shillong, you can take a shared cab to Cherrapunji or Sohra as it is locally known. You can hire a cab for yourself or you can rent a scooter from many bike rentals in Shillong. Cherrapunji is 56 km from Shillong and the journey takes about 2 hours between the two places. In case you have taken a shared cab to Cherrapunji, you may have to take another cab to Noh Ka Likai falls.
Expenses: You have to pay Rs.10 or Rs.20 per person if you want to view the falls from a distance. For trek, you need to pay Rs. 50 per person. The trek can be classified as medium level difficulty and if you have any injuries, you can leave it for another day. The guide will charge Rs. 500 for a group. I went with three other people, I met along the way, so we distributed the charges for the guide. If you are an experienced trekker, and have full confidence in your hiking abilities, you can choose to do it on your own.
How much time is required?
The trek itself requires only 2 hours but you may want to spend longer time there. I highly recommend spending more time.
When can you do the trek?
You can only do the trek in the dry season, it would be suicidal during monsoons.
The trek to the top of Noh ka Likai Falls:
The arrows would point you towards the trek. The grassy land will soon give way to a beautiful trail surrounded by trees and foliage on both sides which will gradually start going down, eventually turning in to a steep descent. You need good trekking shoes that would not slip.
|It starts gradually|
|The picture was taken on our way back, this is the way you descend as well|
At the end of the descent, you will come across large rocks. Go left to go to the top of the falls.
You will have to cross some water, I chose to take my shoes off but the water was cold and the rocks underneath, a bit slippery.
|Hop over these rocks, some of them can be slippery because of the moss|
|Our guide was kind enough to take my shoes while I crossed this umm extremely shallow water, it was slippery so holding on to the rocks is recommended, look at the guide living thug life though|
You will find yourself in a canyon cut out by the water. This entire area is filled by water during the monsoons and this would give you an idea of the width of the falls and the volume it carries. You will come across this landscape.
You will see crystal clear green pools underneath that form the body of the falls in the dry season.
The most thrilling and enjoyable part is going down one of the holes.
|Go down this hole|
|Slide down this rock and hop on to the other side|
|The other side, mind your head|
Beautiful vistas open up as you reach the edge.
|Standing on top of the falls at 1115 feet , that stream of water falling down are the Noh Ka Likai falls|
|Everything for this view, totally worth it all|
Before going back, I recommend you walk to the other end to find beautiful waterfalls there. You can relax on the big rocks under the sun.
|The beautiful falls on the other end|
|The beautiful falls on the other end|
You then walk back to the initial point and start your ascent back. This trek was possibly the best part of my trip to Meghalaya and I highly recommend it.
There was plastic litter here as well. The local people have to make rounds to clear it, and yet some of it must make it’s way into the waterfall. Please be mindful of not causing damage to this beautiful landscape. After all, our nature is our legacy and we must do our bit to protect it.
Picture credits: All pictures were clicked by my friend Priyanka Kunwar, a travel enthusiast, and Vineet, another traveller I met during my trip, who were kind enough to share them with me. You can follow Priyanka on instagram, her instagram handle is priyankakanwar, the link is shared below: