Nohkalikai Falls is a plunge type waterfall located near Cherrapunji, in India. This is a small plateau that is recognized as one of the wettest locations on the planet. This geological masterpiece is the tallest known in the country. Nohkalikai Falls derives its name from a local legend. The name translates as: “Jump of Ka Likai.” The small but powerful stream created by the rainfall, and which feeds Nohkalikai Falls is approximately 1.25 mi (2 km) in length. The waterfall drops approximately 1,115 ft (340 m) in a single plunge. The width of the waterfall varies, depending on the volume of water in the source stream. The width of the water column averages approximately 75 ft (23 m), but at times is as much as 150 ft (46 m).
Nohkalikai Falls Origins and Nature
Nohkalikai Falls is formed from the runoff of the prodigious quantities of rainfall the plateau receives. Between the months of December and February, the region experiences its driest period. At this time, Nohlalikai Falls is reduced in size but does not disappear entirely. At the terminus of the plunge, an extensive plunge pool has been formed. The plateau itself is composed of a combination of sandstone and limestone formed during the Cretaceous Period. As the water courses over the edge of the drop minerals are picked up. This action leaves the waters of the plunge pool at the base of Nohkalikai Falls a brilliant green in color.
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