Ukhrul TourismUkhrul in Manipur is bounded by the country of Myanmar to the east, the Chandel district in the south, the Imphal East and Senapati districts in the west and the state of Nagaland in the north.
The Ukhrul district is well known for the Shirui Lily (Lilium mackliniae sealy) which is found on the peak of the Shirui Kashong and in the Khangkhui Mangsor cave. The world famous Shirui Lily was discovered by Frank Kigdon Ward in 1946 when he came to the Manipur Hills for botanical collection for the New York Botanical Garden. This Lily plant is grown 2 feet to 3 feet tall and consists of a hard stem around which lanceolate leaves grow spirally. Shirui Lily was declared the State flower on 21st March 1989.
There are a number of naturally blessed tourist spots in this district like the Hundung Mangva Cave, Dilily Waterfall, Chingjui Matza, Phangrei picnic spots and Nillai tea estate. Dotted with hill ranges and river valleys, this district is a nature lover’s retreat. Some of the tourist places in this district are:
This peak stands at an altitude of 3114 meters above sea level and offers a picturesque view of the town. It is the highest peak of the region.
This is a famous lime stone cave and is locally known as Khangkhui Mangsor Cave. It measures an area of 5700 sq meters and is declared as an archaeological site and historical monument. Archeologists have discovered many notable artifacts of the Paleolithic culture from the cave. The big hall in the cave is known as the durbar hall of the devil king and the northern hall inside the cave is considered to be the royal bedroom of the devil king, where he used to live with his two wives. There are separately two chambers for each of his wives in the cave. The cave is located around 11 kms away from the Ukhrul town and was used as a shelter by the local people during World War II.
Shirui is located around 39 kms from the town of Ukhrul and is the home of the famous Shirui Lily. The local name if this flower is Kashing/Timrawon. According to the local legend, the Kashong/Timrawon is also a protective spirit which resides on the Shirui Peak. This place is frequently visited by scientists and botanists from world over to have a look and study about the Shirui Lily flower. The Shirui Kashong Peak which stands at an altitude of 2835 meters above sea level is an origin for many rivers flowing through this district. This peak is also inhabited by rare birds like the Blyth’s Tragopan and Mrs. Hume’s bar-backed pheasant.
This is the biggest waterfall of the state of Manipur and has a height of 754 feet. The water cascades from the top and the falls provide a good trekking spot for the tourists.
This lake is situated around 7 kms towards the south east of the Khayang fall. The lake is situated on a hill slope on the Achuwa Magi Hills and is surrounded by a number of knolls. The lake has an area of 9 acres and is the home to common carp and local colorful fishes which breed here.
Azoa Jenephiu Magi Lake:
This lake is situated around 7 kms away from the Khayang Falls. It covers an area of about nine acres and is located close to the Kachouphung Lake in the Achuwa Magi Hills.
This forest is spread across 150 sq kms and located 90 kms east of Ukhrul. It is bounded by the Sanalok River on the west, country of Myanmar in the east, Kachouphung in the north and Chatric in the south. The area is not easily accessible due to difficult terrain and has been untouched. It acts as a natural habitat for a number of indigenous flora and fauna. Fauna species like elephant, tiger, sambar, deer, barking deer, wild buffalo, wild bison, black bear, leopard, and wild cat, and hornbill and peacock tragopan are found here.