Best time to visit8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Open hoursMay to September- 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM and October- April- 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Things to docultural affairs, tours
Best MonthsDecember - February
Traveller TypesFamilies, Friends, Solo, Couples
Rank4 out of 15 attractions in Kohima
This is a village and an open museum off the Imphal Road about 10 kilomteres from the Central part of Kohima. Here you will be able to experience the authentic living styles of the Nagas. The place is a Heritage Village since they have successfully preserved the joy of simple living of the tribals in one place. There are number of Naga traditional houses here along with some bachelor dormitories which are locally known as morungs. The most important fact about the Kisama Heritage Village is that the largest Naga Festiva, The Hornbill Festival is celebrated here. This is a week long festival which is celebrated every year from the 1st to 7th of December. Tourists come here to watch tribal people gather together and enjoying their singing, dancing and sports. Most of the people who come here are in their traditional warrior attires. The Kohima Rock Festival is also celebrated in this village.
Places to stay near Kisama Heritage Village
Reviews of Kisama Heritage Village • 6
Back at the Hornbill festival, few people were at the performance ground witnessing the Rock Band competition. I found the Official photographer there. He invited me to chat. Ashish gave me the quintessential Delhi vibes that I had been missing from my life since long, in those 15 minutes. I trekked up back to my campsite, having clicked some nice pictures from the hilltop. Yeah, this time I was lucky enough to find lift in a SUV from a Kisama native who told me that it was Kuh-Sama and not Key-Sama.The bonfire was lit, there were more people around it as compared to the last night. All the trekkers were back. They wondered how I lost my way, until Oughen cleared out the mystery of the trail that I wa following. I had to begin my trek from Vishama, unfortunately I started off at Zukhama. And the trek with the starting point from Vishama was much simpler. Anyway, my disappointment was released with a chilling session with the campsite folks. The camp owners entertained us with impromptu songs and some nice light humour. Having paid off Manas for the hospitality, I got into my bed rolls inside my tent. The next day was all about travelling in vehicles.
Quite interestingly, the Winger stopped at a small restaurant at the exit point of Naga heritage Village at Kisama. I had planned it to directly go to the DC office at Kohima to get the ILP made to avoid any inconvenience later, but as the driver planned to take rest at the restaurant, before moving further, I got time to google it out that not having ILP for Nagaland wasn't much of an issue, specially during the Hornbill festival. So, I took my luggage off, and started walking towards the Naga heritage Village at Kisama, the location for Hornbill Festival.Oh lord, the steep path, and the luggage, with no food in my belly, and the sun shining on my face. I had three layers of cloth on my upper body and it was hot. As soon as I checked in for the Hornbill festival, I ran to the first eatery that was in sight and ordered myself some chicken noodles. Having gained some energy, I started walking off to the amphitheater where the cultural events where taking place. I clicked a lot of pictures, met the Official Photographer for the Hornbill Festival, and moved on to have lunch. I met Prajwal here who was from Bangalore and had been travelling in the North-East for about a month now. He was staying at the camps below, and I too had to figure out about my stay. After the lunch, cultural performances resumed, and at 2.30, suddenly, all the heat was gone, the sun was almost lost, and cold winds started blowing. The lady photographer seated next to me was covered in jackets & gloves, and my hands were freezing while I was taking pictures. So, I had to go to the market and buy warm covers for myself. I pretty much ignored the craft & hosiery market, but had it been a shopaholic person, they could have easily been stripped off cash in the market. As the performance ended, I roamed around to figure out where the camps were. By 4.30, it had started getting dark, though I had found the way to the camps, and I had started moving towards it. The way to the camp was a trekking experience of its own because the camp was set atop a hill. And was about a km walk from the performance grounds. Mid-way, thankfully, I found someone from the camp who guided me to its direction.
4. Witness the colourful Hornbill FestivalThe 10-day long Hornbill Festival is held every year in December and is called the 'festival of festivals', giving visitors an opportunity to experience the diverse Naga culture. The Naga Heritage Village, Kisama is the venue for the festival and Nagamese people of all tribal sects gather at this heritage village to exhibit the most spectacular show from December 1 to 10 every year.
Dec 10th: Closing Ceremony of the Hornbill festival Breakfast at the village guest house The closing festival of the Hornbill is an unmissable event. It is full of fun, gaiety, dancing and bonhomie. Continue the closing ceremony festivities at Mima village. The morning walk at Mima village allows you to explore the village and the surrounding areas. Stone monoliths are common to most Angami villages. These monoliths littered all around Mima village have interesting stories giving you a deeper understanding of the history and life of the village and its people. Evening cultural activities continue at Mima. We encourage you to participate in the many traditional games that the village youth will be playing in the evenings. Exclusions: 1. Tea/ coffee/ extra orders/ snacks 2. Lunch at Kisama heritage village
Dec 9th: Visit the Kisama heritage village Have a traditional lunch at the Kisama heritage village. You have an option of continuing to remain for the evening activities and dinner at the village house in Mima or alternatively you can head to town for the night carnival While at Kisama, you can visit 'morungs' of each of the tribe where you can study their architecture, dress, food and drink. There are 17 Naga tribes and each one have their own morung. A morung is a dormitory where unmarried boys of the village are required to stay together and where the elders of the village teach them the lessons of life. On your return in the evening you can visit the Kisama village, the venue of the Hornbill, to enjoy some traditional dances performed by the tribes in the central arena designed like an amphitheatre. It also has a central shopping court, where you can see and buy traditional arts and crafts made by people from all over the state. There is also a Naga Chef competition each year, where the top four finalists are given a stall each where they run a kitchen for guests to sample and rate their food - the winner of the competition is decided based on the billings and ratings at each stall over the ten days of the festival. There is usually a night carnival held in Kohima during the Hornbill festival - if you’re a street food lover, this is the ideal time to try some street food. Cooking classes and rice beer brewing classes are also organised. One can participate in these activities and learn to cook authentic Naga dishes or brew your own rice beer. Exclusions: 1. Tea/ coffee/ extra orders/ snacks 2. Lunch at Kisama heritage village
It is the main festival arena.