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Sadu Chiru Waterfall

Visitors admiring the Sadu Chiru Fall
Visitors admiring the Sadu Chiru Fall
A path leading up to the waterfall
A path leading up to the waterfall
Makeshift shops at the entrance of the Sadu Chiru Waterfall
Makeshift shops at the entrance of the Sadu Chiru Waterfall
The forest surrounding Sadu Chiru Waterfall
The forest surrounding Sadu Chiru Waterfall
Sadu Chiru Fall or the Leimaram Fall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Manipur
Sadu Chiru Fall or the Leimaram Fall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Manipur
Visitors admiring the Sadu Chiru Fall
Visitors admiring the Sadu Chiru Fall
Water splashing on rocks at Sadu Chiru waterfall
Water splashing on rocks at Sadu Chiru waterfall

Sadu Chiru Fall is more popularly known as Leimaram Fall because of its closeness to Leimaram in the Bishnupur District of Manipur. But the certified name for the waterfall is Sadu Chiru. The local name is derived from the Sadhu Chiru Hills, after which the village is also named after. The waterfall was manually enlarged and brought to the present state by the hard work of Sadu Chiru village men and women and thus, it is not befitting to give any other name other than Sadhu Chiru Waterfall. It is around 29km from Imphal and fall under the Senapati District. 

Sadu Chiru Waterfall is no doubt the most popular waterfall in Manipur. In a state surrounded by mountains, one would expect lots of waterfalls like the ones in Meghalaya and Sikkim, but honestly there are not many waterfalls in Manipur.  Manipur has poor and in some cases no road facilities to most remote parts of the state. The insurgency problems surface too often, that only a handful of tourists visit the state. Among all the North-East states Manipur is the least explored, you’ll hardly see any foreign tourists, except for a few who visit for official purposes. There’s a lot to tap from tourism, but with the Armed Forces Special Power Act still imposed and many militants groups lurking in the forest, especially along the Indo-Myanmar border, tourists don’t feel safe visiting the state.  

Leimaram in that sense is safe and has a road running from Imphal right up to 300m at the base of the fall. The drive from Imphal to Sadu Chiru Village was pleasant, except for a brief deviation from the main road, National Highway 150 is one of the best highways in the state. Imphal is often referred as the ‘Jewel of India’, after the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru gave it the title during his visit to the state. The Imphal valley is surrounded by green hills on all sides. Sadu Chiru Waterfall is at this precise point where the hills roll down into the valley. 

After a few minutes drive from Imphal city, the plain was dotted with yellow stalks of harvested rice, only intercepted by small water bodies like lakes. It is not long before you begin to see the hills. Further inward from the main road the road was cracked in many spots. The road began to climb a slope and steadily the climb became more prominent. The green hills were very close now. The road ran through a local checkpoint at Sadu Chiru Village and ended blindly on a small leveled parking lot with makeshift shops on one side. A small road led into a dense forest with only the faint sloshing sound of water. After buying an entry ticket for Rs.10 we rushed up to the waterfall. Reaching the fall was a good 5-10 minutes climb from the parking area. 

The waterfall is 15m high and came cascading down from thick tropical forest. There are two more falls hidden beneath this green forest, but they are not open to public, perhaps because of the precarious and steep landscapes. Though not dominant, the waterfall was beautiful.  

5 Responses to “Sadu Chiru Waterfall”

  1. Rangam Thoitak Chiru says:

    Hello Jim,

    Though I appreciate your putting up this brief write through your travels, may I on behalf of the Serving Chief of Sadu Chiru village (who apprised me of this article through the posted army in Sadu Chiru) point out the factual error of the Sadu CHIRU Waterfall being mentioned here as LEIMARAM WATERFALLS TOO.

    Quote “Sadu Chiru Fall is more popularly known as Leimaram Fall” Unquote

    Your good self wrote about both villages ( SADU CHIRU AND LEIMARAM ) as falling under the jurisdiction of two separate districts. Then allow us to call that itself as contradictory of the nomenclature. The waterfall was manually enlarged and brought to the present state by the hard work of Sadu CHiru village men and women and thus, it is not befitting to name it as any other name, given the powerful reach of the internet which can misguide people’s interpretation. The Government certificate of recognition as SADU CHIRU WATERFALLS is also self-explanatory, duly included in the Government’s official Gazzete.
    The esteemed Gorkha Regiment, posted there informed us of the write up and felt that a clarification was necessary . Though we do not have any grudge against your good self.

    The said Leimaram village is almost 3-5 kms ( pucca and kutcha road) distant from Sadu Chiru Village in the plains while Sadu Chiru is entirely a hill area.. The waterfall is located right within the village and the area around has been left uninhabited in order to maintain the waterfall area. It used to be our ancestral porch.

    If you may kindly rectify this inadvertent error, it would be a great help in the interest of the general public and of Sadu Chiru Village. Our best wishes to your writing and traveling career.

    Thank you and keep writing.

    Yours in good faith,

    Rangam Thoitak

    • moitours says:

      Hi Rangam,
      I really appreciate your valuable inputs. Thanks you so much. Necessary corrections will be done.
      Warm Regards

  2. Shankar Dhungel says:

    Yeah, i had visited the Chiru Waterfall three times this year. Its one of the most beautiful place in our state. I never imagine such a serene beauty exists in Manipur.

  3. Pravin Singh says:

    oh yeah it’s such a great place for visiting in the Manipur…and i’ma hoping to go there as soon as possible…Manipur i’ma coming…

  4. Uttam says:

    The Sadu Chiru waterfall is a quick touch with nature’s beauty in deep green surroundings, just 30 minutes drive from Imphal. The easy approach to the waterfall which gets you all wet with its fine spray, really freshens you up. Getting right into the water reminds me of Kempty falls in Mussourie, which is draws it attraction by getting its visitors all wet. I wish I could see the pictures of the two other reported waterfalls which are reportedly higher upstream. Thanks Jim for your travel accounts. Great read.

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