The phrase ‘Small is beautiful’ suits the small picturesque village of Khonoma, located 20kms from the capital Kohima. The village derives its name from ‘Khwuno’ a small plant found in plenty around the village while ‘Mia’ translates as dwellers.
Nestling among green hills, Khonoma is a basket weaver’s haven. Known for its conservational ventures the village has been rightfully awarded the honour of being the first green village of the country. The village besides being a part of the green crusade can also boast of a pool of highly skilled craftsmen who can weave magic with cane and bamboo. Symmetry and discipline are evident in the very placement of the village gate, the precise manner in which the terrace cultivation is undertaken and the location of the major landmarks of the village. But despite the old world feel of the village it is very well connected with the outside world with modern communication facilities.
Interestingly, Khonoma also stands out amongst all Naga villages because of the tales of brave deeds that are associated with it. As hunting was an inseparable part of the Naga culture, Khonoma is famous for its past heritage of fighting and warfare. With the advent of the missionaries, however, the practice of head hunting became obsolete and in recent times the preservation and protection of wildlife has been of utmost importance. The village has set a very unique example by protecting a large part of its community forests.
Every year, hundreds of tourists flock this quaint little village to go back in time and experience nature.