The name of the Nohkalikai Falls is derived from a local legend. The story is a very tragic one. Once there was a woman named Likai, who was widowed with her infant child. She loved her child but due to poverty had to porter. She got remarried but her love for the child begot jealousy for her husband. He murdered the child and cooked a meal out of it. Likai came back at home and ate the meal. Much later she realised the truth about the meal. Madden in fury and sorrow she jumped off the cliff of the falls. Nohkalikai literally means leap of Likai.
Nohkalikai Falls in Cherrapunji is a rain fed falls. The monsoon rains wells up on the elevated plateau of the eastern Khasi Hills and drops off the edge with its full vigour. The other attractive spots for tourist are the Nohkalikai Falls Viewpoint and the lake at the feet of the falls. The best tourism season is monsoon for the falls when the travellers can cherish the scenic beauty of the verdant misty Nohkalikai.