Wild India – Manipur

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Blessed with rich flora and fauna, the wildlife sanctuaries of Manipur are among the leading natural parks in India. Nestled in the north eastern mountain ranges of the country, the state of Manipur is bestowed with lush green vegetation, deep forests and rich animal resources.

Here is a list of wild life sanctuaries and national parks of this state.


Yagoupokpi Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: The Sanctuary is located at the Indo-Myanmar border at Chandel district which is about 110 km from Imphal. The eastern boundary of the Sanctuary is coterminous with the international border and Moreh town.

Attractions: The Sanctuary is the abode of 42 species of mammals, 74 species of birds, 29 species of reptiles, 6 species of reptiles and 86 species of fishes. Tortoise, Viper, Krait, Cobra, Python and Land Monitor Lizard are the reptiles here. Hoolock Gibbon, Himalayan Black bear, Malayan Sun bear, Slow Loris, Stump tail Macaque, Serow, Indian Civet cat, Common Otter, Pangolin and leopard are some of the other animals that call this sanctuary home.

Best Time to Visit: October to April

Things to do: Nature trails, bird watching and safaris.


Sirohi National Park

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Location: The Park covers an area of around 41 square kilometres in the east Imphal district of Manipur.

Attractions: The Park is the only natural habitat for the Sirohi Lily. The Sirohi peak located in this forest reserve is covered by the Lilly blossoms during the monsoon months of May and June. The peak covered with the beautiful Sirohi lily is a really beautiful sight to behold.

The commonly found species of animals in this region are Wild Boar, Tiger, Leopard, deer and several other antelopes. The avifauna usually found here are Owls, Vultures, Warblers, pheasants, tits and eagles.

Best Time to Visit: October to April

Things to do: Nature trails, bird watching and safaris.


Keibul Lamjao National Park

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Location: The Keibul Lamjao National Park is a national park in the Bishnupur district of Manipur It is 40 square kilometres in area and is the only floating park in the world. It is an integral part of Loktak Lake.

Attractions: The national park is characterized by many floating decomposed plant materials locally called Phumdis. To preserve the natural refuge of the endangered Manipur Eld's deer or brow-antlered deer, the park which was initially declared to be a sanctuary in 1966, was subsequently declared to be a national park in 1977.

Sangai, Hog deer, Wild boar, Large Indian Civet Cat and Common Otter are some of the mammals that call this Park their home. Reptiles like Tortoise, Viper, Krait, Cobra, Python and Common Lizard are also found in the Park.

Best Time to Visit: October to April.

Things to do: Nature trails, bird watching and safaris.