Mammit is 112 kms from Aizawl. But it’s not as close as it looks. It is at least a 6 hours’ ride from Aizawl.
Mammit town is the district headquarter of Mammit district. It borders with Assam to the north and Tripura to the west. Vehicles going to Kahnmun, border with Tripura passes through this town. There are some nice hotels and ATMs on the main road. Sumo vehicles going to Kanhmun often stop here for lunch. Kanhmun is a border town on the Mizoram side with Tripura. A river separates the two states.
Mammit is a small town on a mountain top with lower valleys on both sides. It offers a stunning view of the surrounding valley. The lower valley of Mammit is vast and stretches along the border of Tripura and Assam. Because of its bowl like indentation, Mammit is known as the 'Rice Bowl of Mizoram.'
At only 718 metres above sea level, Mammit's temperature is much warmer than that of Aizawl. The warm, temperate climate supports many flora you would not find in other parts of Mizoram. Since the introduction of oil palm trees in 2001, it has become a big contributor of agro base economy in the State. In 2007, the agrarian culture has spread to 45 villages, over 45,000 farmers.
After a few hours’ drive from Mammit, the road descends deep into the lower valley. Here the landscape changes and you'll see a lot more of betel nut trees and palm trees. The air was hot and villagers sat under the shades wearing minimal clothes. It was much warmer than Aizawl.
On the higher mountains, you begin to see a lot of big trees. The warm tropical climate here supports a huge area of forest, but they are soon vanishing, unable to replenish from human consumption. Towards Kanhmun, we passed through many teak plantations and vehicles carry loads of teaks.
Kanhmun is 80 kms from Mammit but because of the difficult mountain terrain and poor road conditions, it takes 4 hours to reach Kanhmun. While Kanhmun is on the Mizoram side of the border, Damcherra is the border town of Tripura. Longai River runs between the two towns and separates them.
Mammit district is best known for being home to the Dampa Tiger Reserve. It covers an area of 500 square kms.
Where to Stay:
Mammit has a Tourist Lodge run by the Tourism Department. It provides lodging and food facilities. A reasonably clean room with beautiful view of the valley towards Tripura.