Keibul Lamjao National Park – The Lone Floating Park in the World

Keibul Lamjao National Park is the lone floating park in the world, situated inside the Loktak lake in North East India. Loktak lake is the largest freshwater lake among the Seven Northeastern states in Manipur state. Floating islands called Phumdis are the specialty of this lake.

Floating Islands in Loktak Lake

Phumdis occupies a large portion of this lake. Phumdis is the combination of masses of soil , vegetation and organic matter in various stages of decay.

The largest of such Phumdis  in Loktak Lake is spread over an area of 40 square kilometers.  This island was declared as a National Park of India in 1977. It’s called Keibul Lamjao National Park. Keibul Lamjao National Park is the only Floating National Park in the world.

Brow-antlered deer or Sangai at Keibul Lamjao National Park in Loktak Lake

Keibul Lamjao National Park is habitat to  the endangered species of animal called  brow-antlered deer (Cervus eldi eldi) or Sangai (as per IUCN). It is  also called dancing deer. It is subspecies of Eld’s deer and is indigenous to Southeast Asia.

Loktak Lake is spread over an area of nearly 287 square kilometers. It is at an altitude of 2,521 feet (768.5 meters).  Sandra and Phubala are two other major islands. All the islands can be visited by tourists.

Loktak Lake was declared as a Ramsar site. “Ramsar Convention” was held in 1971, at Ramsar (Iran). An International treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands was signed at this convention.

Indian National Army (INA) Museum

Moirang town is situated close to the lake. Indian National Army  (INA) Museum is situated here. Indian National Army  was founded in 1942, by  Indian Prisoners of War, who were captured by Japan. INA was disbanded in the same year. In 1943, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose revived INA.  A bronze statue of Subash Chandra Bose in full uniform is there in front of the museum here.

How Do I Go to Loktak Lake?

Loktak Lake  is well connected by roads to Imphal. It is at around 40 kilometers from Imphal, the capital of Manipur state.

Loktak Lake Hotels and Resorts

Sendra Tourist Home is on the Sandra island. Phubala resort is situated on the Phubala island.


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20 thoughts on “Keibul Lamjao National Park – The Lone Floating Park in the World

  1. During the two months I spent tramping across Northeast India, I was unable to visit Manipur due to political violence that was happening at the time. Now am completely regretting being unable to visit.

  2. Never knew of floating parks and really surprised to know India has them. I am yet to explore north eastern states and am collecting such interesting information. Lovely pictures shared.

  3. How interesting, I didn’t realize that the world had any floating parks! We’re big wildlife fans so would love to get to Keibul Lamjao National Park to see the brow-antlered deer 🙂

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