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"The First Green Village of India"

Khonoma Village, Kohima Overview

A town belonging to the 'Angami Naga' ethnic group of Nagaland, Khonoma Village is a one-of-its-kind project in the country. Located about 20 km from the state capital of Kohima, Khonoma village is a Green Village, where all forms of hunting have been abolished for a more sustainable ecosystem. It is testament to the will power of the tribal groups of Nagaland to protect and conserve their natural habitat. The resident Naga tribes here are traditionally dependent on nature for their food and have strong hunting practices. However, they have given up on their centuries old heritage for a more sustainable way of life with nature.

An ambitious project of converting a whole tribal village into an eco-friendly, conservation based village certainly also yields fantastic views. Nesteled at the base of the mountains of Nagaland you would pass through misty valleys, gently sloping hillocks, terraced farms, and an air of a strong bond with nature. The village not only resisted the colonial invasion back in the 1800's but it also put a formidable defense against the Timber merchants in the early 2000's, eventually causing them to retreat!

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One can visit Khonoma village any time of the year. The village which is surrounded by mountains all around and is situated at the base is beautiful and provides a lot of amazing landscapes to wonder at all throughout the year. The winters can get very cold so make sure you have adequate woolens.

Although homestays are most preferred when it comes to accommodation in Khonoma, you can find decently priced luxury hotels and stays in the neighbouring city of Kohima, which a major town. Expect to spend anywhere between INR 5000 - INR 1500 depending on your choice of stay.

Being an eco-friendly destination you are advised to avoid taking water bottles and other items made of plastic. Avoid littering in the village at all costs. Be friendly with the locals but do not intrude on their way of life. Do not throw waste at improper locations. Avoid starting bonfires and if you do, make sure you clean the residue properly.

  • Air: Nearest air head is at Dimapur which is well connected by flights with Kolkata and Guwahati. Kohima is about 74 km from Dimapur and can be reached by hiring a taxi or catching a state bus for Kohima. Thereafter, Khonoma is another couple of hours away by road.

  • Rail: Nearest rail head is at Dimapur which is connected to other major cities of North-East and the country. From Dimapur one can easily hire a cab or take a bus till Kohima.

  • Road: Kohima is connected to Dimapur by NH 39 which provides it connectivity to other parts of the country. From Kohima you can easily take a shared Tata Sumo or a taxi till Khonoma Village which is just 20 km from the capital city.


Top Hotels near Khonoma Village

  • de Oriental Grand

    Starting from INR 5,000

  • 1 BR Boutique stay in Indira Gandhi Stadium Road., Kohima (5D80), by GuestHouser

    Starting from INR 7,321

  • EcoStay Hostel

    Starting from INR 550

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