Keibul Lamjao National Park
Loktak Lake. By Kishalaya Namaram - originally posted to Flickr as Loktak Lake, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9580554

Keibul Lamjao National Park

Keibul Lamjao National Park is located in the Bishnupur district of the state of Manipur in India. This National Park is the only floating park in the world and is an part of Loktak Lake. This national park is a swamp. The aquatic vegetation as well as decomposed plant materials with soil particles have thickened to form a floating solid base kind, locally called phumdis. This Loktak Lake is a Ramsar site. This park is neither a swamp being too deep nor a lake being too swallow.

Sangai(Rucervus eldii eldii)

Flagship Animal: Eld’s deer or sangai

Notified Area: 40 km2

The national park was designated in 1977,

Round the year tourists can visit the park.

Flora

Moist semi-evergreen vegetation is present in the park. The aquatic vegetation comprises of  Alpinia galanga (pullei), Eichhornia crassipes (kabokang), Hedychium coronarium (loklei), Nelumbo nucifera (thambal) and Phragmites karka (tou), Saccharum munja (khoimom), S. bengalensis, Eiranthus procerus (singnang), Dioscorea bulbifera (phumha), Cynodon dactylon (tinthou), Zizania latifolia (wild rice, ishing kambong), Polygonum (buckwheat) and Trapa (water caltrop or water chestnut).

Fauna

Mammal

Brow-antlered deer (Cervus eldi eldi), hog deer (C. porcinus), wild boar (Sus scrofa), Asian golden cat, bay bamboo ratmusk shrewcommon shrew,  large Indian civet (Viverra civetta), common otter (Lutra lutra), jungle cat (Felis chaus),  flying fox and sambar (Cervus unicolor) etc.

Avifauna

Both migratory and resident  bird species includes Burmese pied myna, North Indian black drongos, lesser eastern jungle crow, East Himalayan pied kingfisherblack kite, lesser sky-lark, northern hill myna, Burmese sarus sarus craneIndian white-breasted waterhenyellow headed wagtailspotbill duckblue-winged teal, ruddy shell duck, threatened hooded crane, and crimson-breasted pied woodpecker etc.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Includes Python molurus. keel back tortoise, Asian rat snake (beauty rat snake),  Russel’s viper (Daboia), checkered garter snake  viperkraitcobrawater cobrabanded krait, and common lizard etc.

Approach

Nearest Airport: Imphal (53 km)

Nearest Railway Station: Dimapur (268 km)

Well connected with nearest town is Imphal by road.

Park specific activity

Boating in the lake.

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