Kiphire is home to the Yimchungrü, Sangtam and Sumi Naga tribes. It has a strong historical significance because of the stories about the movements of these tribes from and within this district, when they were settling in Nagaland hundreds of years back.
Saramati (3841m) is the highest peak in Nagaland. Snow clad throughout winter and located on the Nagaland- Myanmar border, it traces a beautiful climb dotted with Rhododendrons along its path. Saramati is a three day trek from either Pungro or Salumi, both towns housing visual natural delights and hospitable village people.
As one travels east from Pungro Town, a big cave can be seen near Salumi Village. Besides the unexplored adventures that lie within, this cave has a multipoint entry and exit. A hole measuring approximately 4ft in diameter can be seen inside the cave. It has been proved through the garbage dumping habits of villagers that there is a link between the cave and the Likimro River. About an hour’s walk from Mimi, are another four unexplored caves.
Sukhayap or Lover’s Paradise – the cliff of no return
North of Mimi is a cliff that can be climbed only with the help of ladders. This cliff is supposed to be so treacherous that even wild animals cannot take shelter there. It got its name from a local legend which states that two lovers, separated by society, gave their lives from here.
Between Mimi and Khonga villages lies this breathtaking waterfall approximately 200 ft high. It can be viewed from Laluri village in Phek district and it takes an hour and a half to reach the place from Mimi. Three other waterfalls, each about 100 ft high, are also located here.
Known as the “Apple Village”, Thanamir has become a popular tourist spot lately. An Apple Festival is celebrated here in the month of September.
Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary
This small sanctuary in the eastern hills close to the Myanmar border was established in 1983 covering an area of 642 hectares. The park rises to almost 3000 meters and houses various flora-fauna, avifauna and plants, many of which contain medicinal value. The reserve is situated near Fakim village.