20 Places to Visit in Manipur, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

Tourist Places in Manipur

Singda Dam, Mutua Bahadur Museum, Loktak Lake, Kangla Fort, Imphal Valley, Khangkhui Cave, Hijagang, Khayang Peak, Sadu Chiru Waterfalls, Lord Sanamahi Temple, Cheirao Ching, and many more.

Manipur has an unspoiled, untapped charm bestowed with incredible natural beauty, scenic landscapes blended with rich history and cultural heritage, inklings of which you will find in the various places to visit in Manipur. Apart from spectacular physical attributes, this land holds deep secrets from the past, especially around battles held here since the time of World War II. Several Manipur tourist places will give you glimpses of those times including the Kangla Fort, Shri Govindajee Temple as well as the Manipur State Museum.

There are places here with rich biodiversity and unparalleled flora and fauna which you would not like to miss like the Manipur Zoological Gardens and Keibul Lamjao National Park. Learn more about this multilingual state in the north eastern corner of India, its rich history and traditional aura at the Manipur State Museum and the Khongjom War Memorial Complex. This is truly a destination that can baffle you with its vividness.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Manipur:

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Singda Dam

The Singda Dam is the world's highest mud dam, which is located 16 kilometers from Imphal, the capital city. The trip to the dam is scenic, with rice fields and beautiful green hills in the background. With its gorgeous views and relative serenity, it is a favorite picnic and hiking destination

The water in the dam-created lake is quiet and peaceful, evoking a sense of calmness within. The dam, which is 920 meters above sea level and overlooks a gorgeous lake, is a multipurpose irrigation project.

Location: Imphal, Manipur

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Shri Govindajee Temple

Located near the royal palace, the Shri Govindajee Temple is one of the main places to visit in Manipur. The well contrasted golden twin-domed temple has been built in the Nagara style of architecture and is dedicated to Shri Govindajee, but houses the idols of several other Hindu deities including Lord Krishna, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram, Goddess Radha, Goddess Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra.

The temple structure looks majestic in pristine white and was the historic center of the Vaishnavites. Early mornings are the best time to visit the temple when the morning aarti ritual takes place with folk music in worship of the deities. The peace and quiet here provides an ideal set up for meditation.

Near Royal Palace, Imphal

6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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Loktak Lake

One of the most beautiful places to visit in Manipur, Loktak Lake is the largest fresh water lake in India. It is located at a distance of about 50 km from the capital city Imphal, in the valley of Imphal. The lake along with the Sendra Island, which is a floating island that is made of organic waste, presents unparalleled scenic beauty and is an absolute must-visit.

There are many other floating islands on the lake that are a source of sustenance for the nearby fishing villages. However, in recent times, the lake has been undergoing shrinkage due to thoughtless human encroachment although the government is taking measures to preserve and protect these treasures in the ecosystem.

Bishnupur district, Imphal

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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Kangla Fort

Being one of the famous tourist places in Manipur, Kangla Fort holds a special place of reverence among the people of Manipur as it is an embodiment of the state’s glory and rich historical past. This ancient capital had been the seat of Manipur’s power till 1891 and is a scintillating representation of the different rulers that reigned over this magical land. It is also a reflection of the people of Manipur, their way of life, culture and tradition.

Located in the heart of Imphal, the fort used to adorn both sides of the River Imphal, however, with the passage of time, only a few remnants can be seen now on the western end of the river bank. Today, it continues to house a few shrines that are held in high regard by people of the surrounding north eastern states as well.

Location: Kangla, Imphal

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Imphal Valley

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Imphal Valley, an oval shaped canyon, makes for a marvelous sight when you are visiting Manipur. It has been formed as a result of drainage of several little rivers draining their water here. These rivers largely originate from the surrounding hills and include rivers like, River Iril, Imphal, Khuga, Thoubal and Sekmai.

The entire valley spans across an expansive area of 1843 sq km, almost one tenth of the total area of the state of Manipur. Visitors here bundle up this trip with their tour of the southern part of this valley which is home to several lakes and swamps. The Imphar Valley has several attractions, both natural and manmade, like the Palace of Kangla, the Polo Ground and the Manipur State Museum.

Location: Central Manipur

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Shirui Kashung

The majestic Shirui Hills form an integral part of the famous Shiri-Kashong range and are home to the state flower of Manipur, the rare Shirui Lily. The Shirui Hill Range is the only place where the pinkish white wonders bloom only for a few short months starting the middle of May each year.

This rare flower is the recipient of several prestigious awards including one by the Royal Horticultural Society, when it was presented at one of their flower shows held in London. Besides the Shirui Lily, these mountains are graced by thousands of other varieties of flowers like orchids, rhododendrons like horamwon, sirawon, shirungwon, khongwon, phanwon, tipkhawon and other natural herbs.

Location: North of Ukhrul in Ukhrul district

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Santhei Natural Park

One of the most important Manipur tourist places, Santhei Natural Park, is a favorite attraction site for locals and tourists. People are frequently seen sprawled in the park's emerald greenery or enjoying a small family lunch in the gorgeous surroundings.

The locals came up to assist in establishing this park in order to conserve the environment and encourage rational use of natural resources. Andro residents first constructed a reservoir in the foothills, then developed the Santhei Natural Park around it. An artificial dam has been built here to provide public water while also adding to the natural beauty of the area.

Location: Kharam Leikai, Andro, Manipur

6.00 AM - 6.00 PM

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Keibul Lamjao National Park

This unique park also happens to be one of the most famous tourist places in Manipur because it is the only floating national park on earth. Located on the Loktak Lake, the Keibul Lamjao National Park remains the only natural habitat for the Sangai, popularly known as the dancing deer of Manipur.

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, this is a place you must visit to get a close view of this unique creature amid its natural surroundings and wetland ecosystem. You can also catch a glimpse of other wildlife here including the hog deer, otter, huge numbers of water fowls as well as rare migratory birds which fly here during the months of November through March.

Location: Keibul Lamjao Rd, Manipur

7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

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Khangkhui Cave

One of the popular Manipur tourist places, this natural limestone cave draws visitors from all around. Located in the Ukhrul district of Manipur, the Khangkhui Cave holds special historical significance because of the discoveries made here that are evidence of habitations here of communities from the Stone Age.

Apart from hordes of regular tourists, these caves attract researchers and archaeologists from all over the country as well as outside it. When visiting inside the cave, you can spot huge sediments of limestone formations, some of which hang from the ceiling while others grow from the ground. The mystical cave comprises five tunnels and two large chambers which give a unique mystical experience to visitors.

Location: 3C34+5VG, Khangkhui Khullen

5:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Nillai Tea Estate

The state has its share of lush green tea plantations that make for some of the most interesting places to visit in Manipur. The Nillai Tea garden is no different and gives you an opportunity to explore the expansive tea estate and partake of some of the most aromatic flavors of black and green teas that are grown here.

Situated in the Hallui Hills, tourists visit here for a guided tour of the estate, as well get an insight into the process of making tea. You will see the process of hand plucking tea leaves which are then sun dried and put through a natural process by locals. The unique aspect about the green tea here is that you can only taste its authentic flavor after it is boiled twice.  

58HV+8QM, Hallui, Manipur

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Khayang Peak

There are several famous attractions in Manipur and its Ukhrul area offers some of the most picturesque ones including the Khayang Peak. The exceptional landscapes here offer stunning views which will leave you mesmerized. There are also several outdoor adventure sports on offer here which makes it a great attraction for thrill seekers.

Located at an altitude of 3,114 m above sea level, the peak makes for an interesting vantage point to catch a kaleidoscopic view of the entire region that comprises lofty mountains, undulating valleys, meandering streams and vibrant hamlets. Trekkers find the climb uphill to the Khayang peak highly interesting for the beautiful scenery around.

Location: Ukhrul district, Manipur

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Sadu Chiru Waterfalls

Sadu Chiru Waterfalls, also one of the main Manipur tourist places, lies at a distance of 20 to 25 km from the capital city of Imphal. The waters of this majestic falls cascades down the hillside from a whopping height of about 300m.

Reaching the Sadu Chiru falls also makes for a stunning experience in itself as you cross scenic fields, forests, streams and then make your way up the rugged stone steps for a spectacular view of the verdant surrounding valleys.

All that effort to reach the waterfall after taking a 20 km detour, will certainly be worth your while when you get a misty glimpse of the milky white water through thick forest and foliage.

Location: Sadu Chiru Waterfall Road, Manipur

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Lord Sanamahi Temple

Located deep within the folds of the Nongmaijing Hills, the Sanamahi Kiyong Temple is one of the best places to visit in Manipur as it gives you the perfect blend of Manipur’s natural splendor and deep ritualistic traditions. The temple is dedicated to the ancient deity of the Meitei tribe of Imphal, Lainingthou Sanamahi. It was built more than a century ago on Imphal’s first Manipur Rifle Ground.

The structure is completely made of brick and stands on an octagonal base with a flight of stairs on the south side that lead to the temple’s doorway. The roof is made in a pyramidal gothic style architecture and the façade is ornamented with an elaborate door. During the yearly Manipur Cheiraoba festival, the place comes alive with vibrant cultural shows.

Location: Jiribam, Manipur

Timing: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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Manipur Zoological Gardens

The sprawling Manipur Zoological Gardens is one of the most visited Manipur tourist places placed amid dense forests and gently sloping hillocks. Popularly described as the jewel box of Manipur, the garden spreads across an area of almost 8 hectare and is home to more than 400 species of animals and birds

The zoological garden is bestowed with rich biodiversity and the opulence of its flora and fauna attract nature and wildlife fans from all across. The animal section of the park has around 420 different species housed here and there are almost 55 species of birds as well.

Location: Lamphelpat, Imphal

10 AM – 4:30 PM

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Located within the precincts of the Kangla Fort, this is one of the prime places to visit in Manipur for its rich and fascinating history. The antecedents of this cultural attraction can be traced back to the 7th century AD. The historical monument was built in 1846 and since then the temple has been renovated and restored several times.

The temple building is possibly the most beautiful structure in the area. In front of the coronation halls of the former kings, Uttara, there stand two large white statues of Kangla Sha. This is a mythical animal from the Manipuri folklore, and the structure commemorates the original ones erected with brick and wood that were razed down by the British when they occupied the fort.

Location: Central Manipur

7AM – 5PM

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Millenium Garden

A great spot to visit for family hangouts, the Millenium Garden is a green haven for children and adults alike. Locally known as the Haorang Sabol, the garden sits on acres of lush green grass, gently undulating slopes and beautiful landscape replete with flowers in every hue. As soon as you enter the garden, you will feel the freshness in the air. It has a lot of man made artifacts which are especially appealing to children but also represent the history and ethnicity of Manipur.

There is a play area in one section of a garden for children to enjoy while you have a picnic or simply stretch your legs after all the traveling and sightseeing. There is a restaurant in the garden premises that serves sumptuous meals and shops that sell saplings/flower plants at reasonable prices.

Location: Haorang Sabol, Manipur

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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Waithou Lake

Waithou is a small and interesting Manipur tourist place in the district of Thoubal, primarily because of the Waithou Lake. The lake increases the scenic beauty of the place tenfold with crystal clear water and lush green surroundings. 

The lake is situated towards the north of the district, the prime source being the drained water that comes from the Waithou Hill and the several paddy fields on the western and eastern sides.

The lake lies at a distance of 16 km from Imphal along the Imphal-Myanmar Road. It is surrounded by pineapple farms around the edges which are quite a sight and are extremely famous in the area. Before the construction of the Cheksabi barrage in the 1970s, Waithou Lake was a breeding ground for the Ngaton fist, an endangered species which completely vanished from the area after that.

Location: Imphal Myanmar Road, Manipur

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Cheirao Ching

This Eco Tourism Project at Thangmeiband Cheirao Ching in Imphal West was developed by the government of Manipur recently as a leisure spot for locals as well as to add to the Manipur tourist places. The hill feature requires some climbing before you can enjoy its beauty and scenery to the fullest.

Once on top, you can catch panoramic views of the entire city of Imphal as you enjoy delectable sugarcane juice and sumptuous breakfast at the many street-side shacks set up here. There is a children’s play area right before you reach the summit. The Lal Chai or red tea is an excellent way to end a well spent day here.

Central Manipur

6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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Khongjom War Memorial Complex

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The Battle of Khongjom was possibly the greatest war the Manipuris fought against the British and the Khongjom War Memorial Complex has been built in commemoration of the brave Manipuri soldiers who lost their lives in the war. This historical attraction is located at a distance of about 33 km from Imphal and draws all history lovers to it as it relays the grueling fight fought in 1891.

Khongjom Day is celebrated every year on 23rd April in remembrance of the brave soldiers. The memorial is particularly dedicated to Major General Paona Brajabashi who sacrificed his life serving his motherland. It is also a popular sightseeing destination with its 30 feet high entrance and surrounding greenery. 

Lamding Mamang Leikai, Thoubal

7:00 AM – 7:30 PM

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Mutua Bahadur Museum

Mutua Bahadur Museum, one of the most famous tourist places in Manipur is unlike regular museums. Mutua Bahadur has not been built with modern concrete and mortar with individual sections. Instead, the museum comprises individual thatched huts built in traditional Manipuri style, each of which house unique local artifacts including coins, pottery, paintings, manuscripts, jewelry, wood carvings, objects made out of bell metal and ethnic handicraft items.

The museum also replicates the various styles of houses common to individual tribes like the kabui, poumai, kuki, Meitei and tangkhul. From wooden carvings and paintings to dolls representing each of the 34 Manipuri tribes, give deeper insight into the state’s rich cultural heritage.

Location: Andro Village, Manipur

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People Also Ask About Manipur

  1. What are the places to visit in Manipur with family?

    1. Senapati: Get a cultural insight at this simple yet intriguing hideout and one of the best places to visit in Manipur. Covered with dense forests dotted by hamlets, this is a great escape from the bustle of city life.

    2. Andro: Spend a fulfilling day with your family exploring this scenic village famous for its pottery craftsmanship that makes it one of the most spectacular Manipur tourist places indeed.

    3. Imphal
    : Located in the heart of Manipur, the capital city Manipur one of the most notable places to visit in Manipur with family. There are umpteen landmarks here like Manipur State Museum, Palace of Kangle and Polo Ground.

    4. Khongjom
    : One of the best Manipur tourist places, Khongjom is a must-visit to remember the brave soldiers who fought in the Anglo-Manipur War.

    5. Ukhrul: The scenic splendor of Manipur can be seen encapsulated in this tiny district where you can find peace of mind and spirituality.

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  2. What are the things to do in Manipur?

    1. Visit the Keibul Lamjao National Park: Spot unique species of animals and birds in the spectacular biodiversity of this national park. This unique park tagged as the only ‘floating national park’ is one of the best Manipur tourist places to visit.

    2. Go shopping in the Moreh-Tamu International Market: Situated on the Indo-Myanmar border, this interesting market is outfitted with quaint eateries, shops selling organic vegetables and some unique pieces of handcrafted jewelry.

    3. Go boating at Loktak Lake
    : This widely visited one of a kind attraction comprises several small islands and phumdis. You can explore these tiny locales by boat and experience unparalleled peace amid spectacular mountains in the backdrop.

    4. Go bird watching at Tamenglong
    : Popularly known as the land of the hornbill, Tamenglong is a place that is frequented by some of the rarest species of birds. Delight in the amazing mix of waterfalls, meadows, lakes, spices and rare herbs.

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  3. What is Manipur famous for?

    Manipur is bestowed with immense beauty by Mother Nature and is covered in lush greenery. It is famous for its stunning mountains, such as Tenipu and Laikot. It is also famous for its lakes, waterfalls, wildlife reserves, gardens and parks. Apart from scenic landscapes, the state is also blessed with rich culture, traditions, deep-rooted history and some delectable local cuisines.

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  4. What is the best time to visit Manipur?

    The best time to visit Manipur is between the months of September and April when the weather is most pleasant. November to February comprises the winter season here when the temperatures remain quite chilly yet cozy. The environment remains laid back with the warm winter afternoon sun when sightseeing and other expeditions can be thoroughly enjoyed.

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