Khonoma Village

20 km west of Kohima, Nagaland

Nagaland is blessed with great valleys, high mountains, meandering streams and a rich variety of flora and fauna. Each wildlife sanctuary is different from the other in terms of variety and scenic beauty. There are rare species like tigers and Hoolock Gibbons as well as a wide variety of birdlife. Nagaland is known for its beautiful Galliformes like the Blyth’s tragopan. This endangered pheasant of the state is protected by the Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary. The sanctuary, spread over 30 sq. km under the Khonoma Green Village Project is a bird watcher’s delight.

Nagaland’s wildlife conservation saga started only with Khonoma. Known for their courage, valour and fighting ability in the past, the villagers of Khonoma who once fought a series of battles with the British intruders, took the cudgel to control hunting and habitat destruction for effective management of existing protected areas and protection of flora and fauna. Khonoma adopted a unique way of wildlife conservation that became a model for the region.
Khonoma lies 20 km west of Kohima with variety of wildlife and scenic beauty. The sight of the village is enchanting with beautiful terraces carved out of the hill slopes. The picturesque paddy cultivations at different elevations that surround Khonoma are a sight to behold.

Autumn and winter months are preferred for a visit to Khonoma. September to February is the best time of the year for sighting of different avian species.

Destination at a Glance
How to reach

Khonoma Village is situated at NH 61; it is 20 kms from Kohima and can be reached by hiring a cab/taxi. Private and State Transport Buses also ply to this place from Kohima at regular interval.

Best time to visit
September to February

Domestic Tourist visiting Nagaland, are required to obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) which are issued at all the following places.

Delhi : Deputy Resident Commissioner
Nagaland House, 29-Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi
Ph-(011) 23794680/23792471

Kolkata : Assistant Resident Commissioner
Nagaland House, 11, Shakesphear Sarani, Kolkata
Ph-(033) 22825226/22828118

Guwahati : Deputy Resident Commissioner
Nagaland House, Sachel Road, 6 mile, Khana Para, Guwahati.
Ph-(0364) 2520083/2520670

Shillong : Assistant Resident Commissioner.
Nagaland House Norgrin Hills, Shillong.
Ph-(0364) 2520083/2520670

It is also issued by Deputy Commissioners of Dimapur, Kohima and Mokokchung.

Foreign Tourists must obtain Protected Area Permit (PAP). They are allowed to visit the eleven district headquarters and specified place for a period of thirty days. Married couples and a group of four (4) persons or more permit can be issued from Resident Commissioner office, Nagaland House, Delhi, Home Commissioner and Commissioner Secretary to Tourism, Govt. of Nagaland. But for individual/two persons or three persons have to obtain PAP from Ministry Of Home Affairs.

However, Nationals of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, China and Myanmer have to get prior approval from Ministry of Home Affair, Govt. of India.

Nearest city