Although originally an Angami Naga homeland, Kohima is now home for all the Nagas because of its administrative status. Kohima city has also gone through dark days during the Second World War when the allied forces fought a very bloody but victorious battle against the Japanese. A war cemetery has been built in the heart of the city where the battle took place, in order to honour the memories of the British and Indian soldiers.
Kohima also contains a number of villages that tourists can visit. All these villages are ‘communitised’ and managed by the village communities under the state’s Village Tourism Board.
Mary Help of Christians Cathedral
The Cathedral is located at Aradura Hill in Kohima. Its splendid architecture makes it one of the important landmarks of Kohima. The 16 feet high carved wood crucifix is one of Asia’s largest crosses.
Dzukou is the lesser known (but no less beautiful and bio-diverse) valley of flowers in India after Nandan Kanan in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 2438.4m. Rivulets, flowers, herbs and shrubs constitute the vibrancy of this valley. Dzukou offers some of the best trekking circuits in the country, while housing ‘communitised’ villages along the way.
Jotsoma Nature Conservation and Eco Tourism (JNCET)
Jotsoma Conserved Forest Area is a vast area of virgin forest with rich bio-resources providing an invaluable environmental and ecological services for the people living downstream, the main source of spring water supply to the capital city, Kohima,the place is well connected by road, trekking paths through the woods and Rhododendron groves with beautiful quotes welcome visitors to this unique place. The area consists of a good numbers of places of interest such as: Alwan Snow Trout: Large head with obtuse snout, studded with pores, mouth inferior, lips thick, body coloured with steel grey, becomes gradually lighter below, found in the River Dzuna, Dzülakie, Chokla, Tepuiki, Tesuru,Tizu and Zungki two New Species of Frogs namely;Rana Nagalandsis,Megophrys Dzünarü. The Wonderful Swallow’s Home: A home for Swallow bird’s which is found in plenty. The Invisible underground water sounds: An incredible place where one can hear the gentle sounds of water flowing underneath the rock cave.
Nagi’s Resort – A good picnic and meeting spot, located on a hilltop with a magnificent view and neighbouring Villages and part of Kohima City.
Lover’s Paradise: An excellent place where couple’s spend quality time candidly, enjoying the serenity of nature, watching the birds chirping. The place is set on solid giant rock, moreover Rhododendron flower add more beauty to its spot. Variety of Wild Fruits such an upcoming preferred research location for various medicinal plants etc.
Pulie Bdze Wildlife Sanctuary
The Majestic Mt. Puliebadze- Pulie is the legendary ancestor of Jotsoma Village after whom Puliebadze is named. One best view point to see the DC Bungalow, Tennis Court, Summer House Hill, Kuki Picquet, FSD Ridge,DIS Spur, Jail Hill, Pimple Hill, Congress Hill and also the capital city Kohima..A home for Tragopan Bird, the State Bird. Located just a few kilometers from Kohima, in Jotsoma Village, Pulie Badze Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its wide variety of birds like Tragopan Blythii and white- naped Yuhina. It covers an area of 9.23 sq. km. Mt. Puliebadze has a height of 7532 ft . It is surrounded by green pastures, hills and streams. This Sanctuary is rich in floral species and contains many medicinal plants and varieties of bamboo. Pulie Badze is a very appealing place for sightseeing. The motor-able approach is from near Sazolie College beyond Science College, Jotsoma, and fascinating vistas can be seen as one drives through thick forested areas. Before the start of the trekking route, there is a spot with a rest house where one can take a breather or have picnics. Here, the view of the Japfu range is simply breathtaking and highly recommended for people who want a short get-away from Kohima. The walking trails to Pulie Badze peak starts from here and it takes about 30-60 minutes of trekking to reach it. This trek is never dull due to the varieties of plants, orchids and trees that can be seen on the way.
Khonoma Green Village
Located 20 km west of Kohima, in west Angami country, Khonoma was a vanguard village of the Angami Nagas – a tribe known for its fierce resistance against British dominance during colonial period. Khonoma houses nature’s pristine beauty in the form of its alder trees, terraces carved out of its hilly slopes and the Khonoma Nature Conservation Tragopan Sanctuary (KNCTS). KNCTS conserves a large and rare variety of plants and animals within its 25 sq km area.
Dzulekie is a picturesque village situated relatively close to Kohima, but yet untouched by the rigors of modern civilization. Dzulekie, with its small population of Angamis presents an ideal location for visitors to get a feel of rural life in Nagaland. With its quaint houses and beautifully laid out stone walkways and surrounded by forests and rice fields, Dzulekie provides an opportunity to experience village life and also enjoy nature in its relatively pristine form. The village itself is small enough to walk around. It offers opportunities to observe firsthand Angami culture through the making of bamboo and cane baskets, weaving of cloth, traditional games and tasting local cuisine. The semi evergreen forests offer opportunities for bird and butterfly watching; nature walks and trekking.
Tuophema Tourist Village
Located 41 km from Kohima, the Tuophema Tourist Village is modeled around ethnic tourism and visitors are offered modern and hygienic accommodation in the traditional huts. Served everything from rice beer to local food, tourists experience fine local culture in these pretty settings.
The jewel of this 3048m high peak is the tallest (over 109 ft) Rhododendron tree in the world (as recorded by the Guinness Book of Records), besides it being the second highest peak of Nagaland. Located only 15 km south of Kohima, Japfü offers a tough yet scenic climb for the adventurous.
An ancient migration route of many Naga tribes heading northwards looking for new settlements and cultivation grounds, Tseminyu is the home of the Rengma. Old sites of abandoned villages with remains of gravestones, broken pottery etc tell tales of its ancient inhabitants. These offer perfect sites for archaeological tourism and preservation, but time is short for such activities because every cycle of the scenic Jhum (terrace) cultivation deletes a slice of this heritage.