Situated close to the banks of the Imphal River, the Kangla Fort or Kangla Palace is a symbol of Manipur's glory. The word ‘Kangla’ means dry land in Manipuri or Meetei language. Kangla was the ancient capital of Manipur and a number of Meetei monarchs have ruled the destination from this fort.
The existence of this fort dates back to 33 AD, when the mythical God-King of Manipur, Nongda Lairen Pakhangba first ascended the throne. It was gradually renovated and developed by successive kings who ruled the place. The ruins of the palace on western side of Imphal River serve as a major tourist attraction. The fort is witness to the history of Manipur and it has withstood several attacks and invasions too. It was encircled by large boundary walls which the British forces destroyed. There are temples and burials grounds inside the compound.
Kangla Fort is a must see destination for any traveller visiting Imphal, Manipur. It is protected by two moats, one inner and one outer. Inside Kangla one can see attractive historical monuments, big greenery park and Kangla Museum and many other.