Manipur is a state the present’s one with a host of picnic spots. As a matter of fact, many beautiful places still lie undiscovered or are not quite famous with tourists and travellers. It was a sunny May morning that I had planned to cover a famous waterfall in the state. My Manipuri friend accompanied me on this trip as well.
The Sadu Chiru waterfalls are located in Laimaram, which happens to be a part of the district of Senapati, Manipur. The place can be easily accessed by car from the Imphal. Reserve a car or get a ride on the winger services to reach a place called Nambol. Once there, you will need to reserve an auto rickshaw that will drive you up the extremely steep roads that lead to the water paradise. I would need to mention that the road leading to this quaint spot is dotted with picturesque villages and meadows straight out of a Heidi novel. Yes, Manipur is indeed the Switzerland of India. Small communities of huts, rare species of flowers and tranquility greets you along the way until you reach the spot where you’re your ears begin to detect the gurgling of water over rocks.
After a 15- 20 minute long drive uphill, you will come to the parking area of this hotspot. Be prepared, the journey has just began as you will have to climb a flight of steep steps and rock to get to the waterfall. The area is maintained by the Indian Army. However, despite the presence of hoardings asking visitors to keep the vicinity clean, the entrance is a little messy with soft drink cans and chips packets littered all over. Having completed the arduous journey of climbing the steps, the magnificent Sadu Chiru waterfalls welcome the tired travel with the sound of gushing water. One still needs to clim over rocks to enter the pool beneath the waterfall. Do be a little careful here as one can easily slip on the moss covered rocks and cut oneself on the sharp rocks.
Walking up to the waterfall
I couldn’t wait!! I quickly got into my vest, got my slippers off and made my way into the pool below. The water, though inviting, is extremely cold when one comes in contact with it for the first time. A few moments later, we were happily enjoying ourselves washing under the waterfall. We were not the only ones there as many locals and tourists were also making the most of nature’s gift to them. Everyone seemed to be mesmerised by the beauty of the place and the waterfall that offered a refreshing experience.