Naamai Zho, a picturesque destination located in the Senapati district of Manipur, is becoming a popular spot for visitors when the festive season approaches. The area is known for its blooming of seasonal flowers, the cosmos, and its serene biodiversity. ‘Naamai’ literally means ‘Residents of Koide Village’ and ‘Zho’ means ‘a day of complete vigil’.
Naamai Zho is situated in the village of Koide, around 90 km north of Manipur’s capital, Imphal, and 60 km south of Nagaland’s capital, Kohima. The area is located on the banks of the state’s largest river, Barak, and offers a beautiful view of the green and pristine valley of the hill district.
It is believed that this site was used by the vigilantes of the village to safeguard their lands from intruders during the headhunting era. The hillocks form part of the slope of Naamai Vaotao (Hills of Koide). Naamai Zho is on the periphery of Vourei and Vurei , the tribunals of Barak River. The beauty of the ‘Zho’ short of Naamai Zho or Zhophao is unseasonal.
Visitors to Naamai Zho are often amazed by its beauty. During the spring and summer, the hillocks are wrapped in green sheets of grasses giving a spectacular sight to the landscape and at the onset of autumn, the vales will be garlanded with the sprightful dances of the cosmos flower giving the feel of a heavenly abode.
Whereas in winter, when all the colors seem to have gone hibernating, the snow would peck a kiss on the surface of dried grass or on the bare plain giving the scene of a winter fairyland.
The Naamai Ecotourism Society of Koide village has plans to not only grow the cosmos flowers but also to cultivate medicinal plants and plant trees to promote and conserve the natural environment and wildlife. The Cosmos flower festival, which has been held in previous years, will be held again this year for three days starting October 8th.