Located 20 km west of Kohima is Khonoma village. Reputed for their courage and valor, it is the village of A. Z Phizo, Father of Naga Nationalist Movement. It was here that the Naga warriors made their last stand against the British in 1879. A simple white pillar commemorates G H Damant, major C R Cock, Lieutenant H. H. Forbes and Sub-major Nurbir Sai, who died fighting the Nagas in Khonoma.
The Khonoma gate tells the story of the British infiltration into Naga Hills. The village referred to as “Khwünoria” by the residents is estimated to be around 700 years old and is surrounded by hills that are as high as 9000 ft. One of the outstanding features of Khonoma village is the presence of the fort called Kuda which literally means “a place of defense”. There is one fort in each of the three khels (Locality).
Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan sanctuary (KNCTS) was set up in 1998 by the ecologically conscious people of the village. This sanctuary covers an area of over 70 sq km is privately owned and managed by the village community in Khonoma. It is also the habitat to many other endangered and rare species of plants and animals. The sanctuary is also an ideal place for adventure and nature study. The combination of rich bio-diversity and stunning landscape makes Khonoma habitat an excellent candidate for eco-tourism. Known for its beautiful natural landscape, Khonoma is a destination which truly makes for a tribal travel experience.