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Written by Buvaneshwari Gopinath on June 26, 2020 Share on

Top 8 touristy things to do in Manipur

Nestled far away in the northeastern border of India is the state of Manipur. A land bestowed with charming hills, green meadows, uncut streams and rivers, breathtaking waterfalls and aromatic tea plantations. Feel close to the land of Southeast Asia by travelling to Northeast India. The ideal time to visit Manipur would be between October and April. Manipur is an offbeat location to be visited within the borders of India. For anyone looking for a new kind of experience, well this is the place. Being one of the Seven Sisters of India, There are top touristy things to do while in the state of Manipur, go on a wildlife safari, try your hands in cooking local cuisine or explore the land of lush green and travel to the places that are yet to be discovered in this beautiful state. Here are the top 8 touristy things to do in Manipur.

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Things to do in Manipur

1. Loktak Lake

Loktak lake is located in the capital city of Manipur, Imphal. Located 53 kilometres away from the city is the only floating lake in the world that is also a national park. The state takes pride in having one of a kind lake which contains mass floating swaps and migratory birds. The lake is spread across 300 square meters, making the view very scenic and perfect to click pictures. The lake/park is open on all days a week between 9 AM – 6 PM with no entry fee. 

2. Keibul Lamjao National Park

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Surrounded by the Loktak lake is the Keibul National Park that shares its boundaries with the lake. Spread across 40 square kilometres is the most beautiful spot you can find in Manipur. Home to the one and only floating sanctuary is also home to some of the endangered animals like sambar, hog deer, east Himalayan pied kingfisher, ruddy shell duck and many more. Visit the national park and get mesmerized in the beautiful views of the lake and the national park. The park is open between 9 AM – 6 PM on all days of the week. The public does not have anything to pay as an entry fee. 

Also read: Top National Parks in Meghalaya

3. Tharon Cave

Tharon cave is also known as the Uluan Cave is located near Tamenglong, Manipur. The cave is approximately 650 – 700 meters long and is considered to be one of the fascinating attractions in all of Manipur. The cave contains paintings, carvings and excavations of the Hovnanian Culture that belong to North Vietnam. The cave has got 5 entry/ exit points overall with multiple joints making it a perfect spot for trekkers and adventure junkies to have fun. If you are a beginner, not to worry, the Manipur State Tourism organizes a guided tour throughout the year giving people an opportunity to explore the dim tunnels and feed the thrill-seeking souls. 

Also read: Caves in Meghalaya

4. Kangla Fort

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The palace of Kangla is fondly called as the Kangla fort by the locals of the state. Located near the Imphal river, the fort was home to Meitei rulers. The fort was used by the royals to administer the various activities done by the Kings of Manipur. Till date, the fort is still standing and is open to the public all on during the week except Wednesdays, providing an opportunity to learn about the rich cultural heritage and history of the Meitei rulers. Take a look at the coronation halls, citadel and other temples near the fort that are still standing and prepared to be in awe of shock.

5. Singda Dam

Nestled 920 meters above the sea level, is the famous Singda dam of Manipur. It is the highest mud dam ever to be constructed in the world. The dam overlooks the mighty ranges of the state and is surrounded by green paddy fields. Singda dam is considered to be one of the most ideal spots for day trips, picnics and hiking. The dam is open for all to enjoy the views on all days of the week between 8 AM – 6 PM. The best part about the trip, you don’t have to pay anything extra to get a glimpse of the serene landscapes and majestic mighty hills.  

6. Manipur State Museum

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Operated entirely by the state government of Manipur, is the Manipur State Museum located in the capital city, Imphal. The museum exhibits various artefacts of the tribes of Manipur and other residents who have inhabited the state. It is the best place to learn about the history of Manipur and the state’s heritage. The museum also houses several ornaments, textiles, pictures and sculptures that speak of the state’s history. One of the main attractions in the museum is the 54 feet long boat known as the Hiyag Hiren. Considered to be a royal boat, it is entirely gold plated and masked with a skull. The museum is open between 10 AM – 4 PM and can be entered by all. The entry fee is Rs 3/- for all Indian nationals and Rs 20/- for all foreign nationals.

7. Jorebangla Temple

An ancient temple located in Bishnupur is the Jorebangla temple also known as the Yorubangala temple. The temple was built by Raghunath Singha Deva, a Malla King during the year 1655. The temple takes pride in its stunning architectural designs that depict the huts built in the region. The walls and roofs of the temple represent the Chala style, while the carved designs on the wall depict the battles that have taken place in the land of Manipur and the royal lifestyles of the rulers. 

8. Leimaram Waterfalls

Waterfalls in Manipur
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Leimaram waterfall is said to be one of the famous and must-visit places while travelling to Manipur. A land of tranquil and serene beauty is the best way to describe this scenic waterfall. This charming waterfall is not just one but three waterfalls combined together. Take a dip or enjoy the scenic place and click some amazing pictures and up your social media game. The public can access the falls anytime between 8 AM – 6 PM on all days of the week. 

Also read: Nohkalikai Waterfalls Cherrapunji

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