Kamalabari Satra is the most significant and renowned in Majuli. The largest river island is known to be the centre for neo-Vaishavinism in Assam that was promoted by Srimanta Sankardeva. ‘Kamala’ means orange and ‘bari’ means garden in Assamese. The Kamalabari Satra was established in the year 1595 by Badala Ata, cdelebrated a disciple of f Madhavadeva.
The Kamalabari Satra is regarded as the centre of art, culture and literature for centuries. It is from Kamalabari that Sattriya Dance got its popularity later getting the status of a classical dance form. Every year, the monsoon makes the Satra vulnerable and much has been destroyed in the incessant floods that Majuli experiences. Kamalabari Satra is also famous for creating mythological sculptures.
The best time to visit Kamalbari Satra is when the monsoon recedes and the island is not flooded. Tourists have to take a ferry from Nimati Ghat in Jorhat to reach the Satra.