Karang Island

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    Location: Karang, Manipur 795133, India.

    Visiting time: 2-3 hours.

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    Karang is a small lake island in Manipur, which has as well become the first cashless island in India. Karang has been exposed as the first cashless island in India, by the Union ministry of electronics and information technology under its Digital Indian program in 2017. Deputy commissioner of Bishnupur district, M Harekrishna said the island fulfilled the Centre’s obligatory standard, confirming it. The Karang island is seated in the middle of Loktak, which is the world’s only floating lake and the widest freshwater lake in Northeast India.


    Karang IslandIt is one of the attractions of the town. The main source of livelihood is fishing, the rest of the population still lives on the island. Though It is introduced as a  popular tourist destination and was once touted as a model village, it lacks several basic amenities and infrastructure today. Along with three other villages it was selected by the Government of India, for bringing integrated development under the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana, in the year 2019-2020. Chamfu Khangpok under Bishnupur district, Makhabosti in Imphal East district, and Yaithibi Khunou in Thoubal district are respectively the three other villages that were selected as well. The Central government also revealed the fund which was about  Rs 43,20,000. On August 23, 2019, these four villages got their first installment. For development projects under the scheme, Each village will get an amount of Rs 10.80 lakh.


    From the state capital city, Imphal, the island is placed at a distance of around 54 km. A geographical area of two-and-half square kilometers is covered by Karang Island with a population of 3,400 people while 1,450 is the number electorate to date. Either pursuing their studies or working, Around 100, of the existing total population has moved to Imphal and other places.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Karang IslandThe whole view of this place is amazing. Karang Island is set amidst blue water with a clear blue sky above, which lies serene and green. Here, life in the floating village is easy and calm and free from the urban shore and clumsiness. Here you will get a peaceful environment with the feel of being with nature. This place can be selected for family gatherings or also for spending a great vacation in a touch of nature. You can also rent a boat and enjoy the outstanding scenery of the island. So, if you are a nature enthusiast and staying in Manipur then you must go and check out the island!

    Opening Hours

    It opens for 24 hours.

    Entry & Others Fees

    No entry fees are required.

    How to Reach

    By Air: Tulihal Airport is the nearest airport in Imphal city. Major cities of the Indian state, Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Aizawl, Silchar, and Dimapur, are provided direct flights from this airport.

    By Rail: With about a distance of 215 km from Imphal by road, the nearest railhead is at Dimapur on the broad gauge line of the Northeast Frontier Railways. Another railhead on the Manipur border is Jiribam around a distance of 225 km from Imphal.

    By Road: From Imphal, it is 53 km away and 522 km from Guwahati, by road on National Highway No. 53. You can get public and private transport available here.

    Tips for Travellers

    You should take a small bag Where you can carry all the important things.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes, it is safe to visit. People from various places come to visit this place. So, you have to be careful.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: Yes, it is allowed.  It is the perfect place for all photographers.

    Que-03: What is the category of the Island?

    Ans: It’s a small village.

    Que-04:In which state of India it is located?

    Ans: Moirang

    Que-05:How to visit the Island?

    Ans: You may hire a boat for roaming on the water body.

    Que-06: What is the Lacking of the Island?

    Ans: Since 2017 it is the only cashless Island in India but the necessary steps needed to improve these islands are yet not been taken. Besides the largest water body is getting dull and polluted in the day by day use which is really disappointing. As it is an asset for India, the government must take some fruitful and urgent steps in its regard.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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