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Baranawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Baranawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Chattisgarh – A true delight for the wildlife lovers

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Baranawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the northern part of Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh. This is one of the finest and important wildlife sanctuaries in the region. This sanctuary was established in 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. It is relatively a small one covering an area of only 245 sq km. The sanctuary rests over a flat and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 265-400 mts. The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its lush green vegetations and unique wildlife.

Wildlife attractions in Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

The varieties of wildlife available in Barnawapara Sanctuary include mostly Tigers, Sloth bear, Flying Squirrels, Jackals, Four-horned Antelopes, Leopards, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python to name a few. The sanctuary also has a good no. of bird population of which the prominent are Parrots, Bulbul, White-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavat, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Wood Peckers, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons. The sanctuary is really a paradise for the wild life enthusiasts.

Flora diversity in Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

The flora of Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary mainly comprises of tropical dry deciduous forest with Teak, Sal, Bamboo and Terminalia being the prominent trees. Other major plants found in the sanctuary include Semal, Mahua, Ber and Tendu. The rich and lush vegetation cover supports a wide variety of wildlife in the sanctuary.

Things to do in Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary: Explore the wildlife sanctuary properly. The diverse wildlife species and the floras will astonish you.

Best time to visit Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary: The best time to visit the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to June.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest Airport is Swami Vivekananda Airport, located in Raipur from Barnawapara, roughly 100 Kms from the place. It is connected to various cities of India.

By Train

The nearest Railway station is Mahasamund Railway Station from Barnawapara, roughly 60 Kms from the town. There is also an availability of direct trains from different parts of the country to Mahasamund.

By Road

You have to reach Raipur (the capital city) first which is 103km from Baranawapara. Barnawapara is well connected with Raipur and is just three hour drive from the town. It is also linked with the PWD forest road, which links Barnawapara to Raipur through Patewa and Pithora on National Highway 6.

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Where to stay ?

You may stay at Muba Resorts located near the sanctuary.
For further information please contact: +91-9770623046, 9303037453, 9301977677
Website:www.mubaresorts.com

There are also a number of+91-0771-4224600, 4224611,4224622, 18001026415.
www.chhattisgarhtourism.net

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa – The largest wildlife sanctuary in Goa nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats mountains

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The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Goa nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats mountains. Spread over an area of 240 sq. km, the sanctuary was previously known as the Mollem Game Sanctuary, a designated wildlife reserve since 1969. The core zone of the sanctuary, comprising an area of 107 sq. km., was declared a National Park in 1978 and is known as the Mollem National Park. The Sanctuary is a home to exotic wildlife species like Gaur, Sambar, Panther, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Slender Toris, Jungle Cats, and Malayan Giant Squirrels. The bird population includes the Indian Black Woodpeckers, the Malabar Pied Hornbills, Paradise Fly Catchers, Fairy Blue Birds, Drongos, and Wag tails. The profuse green vegetation of the sanctuary also ranges from tropical evergreen forests and semi-evergreen forests to moist deciduous forests.  On the whole this sanctuary is a perfect place for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Places to see at Bhagawan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary: The sanctuary apart from being a retreat of the countless no. of animal species also comprises a host of other tourist attractions. These includes:

Tambdi Surla Temple

This small but exquisite 12th century Shiva temple of the lord Mahadeva is an active place or worship, located 13 km east of Bolcornem village, past the end of a single lane paved road in the northern region of the park. The temple consists of garbhagriha, antarala and a pillared Nandi mandapa built of basalt. The four pillars, sculpted with intricate carvings of elephants and chains support a stone ceiling decorated with finely carved lotus flowers of the Ash token variety.

Dudhsagar Falls

The majestic Dudhsagar Falls (literally Sea of Milk) waterfall located high up on the Mandovi River at the Karnaraka border is just 4km from the sanctuary located in the south west part. At 310 m, it is Goa’s tallest waterfall, India’s fifth tallest, and is 227th in the world.  The spectacular view of the waterfalls creates a spell binding charm over the visitors.

Devils Canyon

This naturally made canyon may make the tourists feel scary by its sinister looks. The canyon is actually made from the water carved crevises downstream from Dudh Sagar Falls, which is created from solid rock by serpentine underwater currents. It is just off the main trail soon past the Collem entry point.

Tambdi Waterfall

This waterfall, located about 2 km southwest of Tambdi Surla, at the Karnataka border, is equally spectacular and only slightly less tall than Dudsagar Falls, however it is rarely visited because of its difficult access by a steep, winding and irregular rocky path. A local guide is required.

Sunset Point

This point provides a breathtaking view of the park, revealing a vast expanse of closed canopu treetops. It can be reached by park vehicles, hired at Mollem check-point, driving along a zig-zagging road carved from the mountain.

Things to do in Bhagawan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary: Being a home of innumerable no. of wild species you can easily catch a glimpse of these wild animals. The adventure lovers may organize trekking to the DudhsagarFalls from here. If you want to laze about doing nothing just get around the place watching the enormous natural beauty.

Best time to visit Bhagawan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary: The best time to visit the sanctuary is from November to March as the weather during this time remains really pleasant.

How to go ?

By Air

Goa is well connected with regular flights available from all major cities in India. Dambolim is the airport nearest to the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary. From Dambolim, Mollem is  67 km.  You have to take a cab to reach the destination from Dabolim airport.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Collem South Central Railway, which is connected with all major railway junctions in India like New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Indore, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Madurai, Vizag, Jammu, Howrah, Guwahati, Ahmedabad and also other cities. From Collem, one has to travel 6 km. to Mollem by any local transport. The Konkan Railway stops at the Carambolim Karmali station. From Carambolim, one has to travel 50 km. to Mollem via Old Goa-Ponda-Tiska.

By Road

If one is travelling by road, National Highway 4A (on the Western Ghats) passes through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. All inter-state buses from Belgaum, Hubli and Bangalore halt at Mollem where the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary office is located. The routes often taken are either via Panaji-Ponda-Tiska-Mollem (57 km.) or via Margao-Ponda-Tiska-Mollem (42 km.). Taxis and tourist buses are cheap and comfortable to travel in within Goa. At the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, often taxi drivers can also act as guides. Hiring a car is not a very economical option and it is also not very easy for a tourist to drive around in Goa as the roads are bad and local drivers may be rash. It is often best to hire a driver from the hotel you’re staying in as such drivers work at fixed rates, so there is no question of bargaining or being cheated.

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Where to stay ?

There is no official accommodation available under the management of the Wildlife and Ecotourism Wing at Mollem. However, the Forest Department has one suite available at the Forest Rest House at Mollem. For bookings, please contact: +91-0832-312095.
Another option is to stay in cottages and dormitories available at the Forest Resort Complex in Mollem, run by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation. Ph: +91-0832-226782, 226515, 224132.

You may also stay at Backwoods Nature Camp. They organize package trips including pick and drop, food and lodging. For further details please contact:

Backwoods Camp: +91-09822139859, 9822144939, 9822387434 Website: www.backwoodsgoa.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Gir National Park

Gir Forest National Park, Gujarat – Renowned all over the world for being the only home for the Asiatic Lions

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The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan-Gir) is a renowned wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat. Established in 1965, the park covers a total area of 1412 km². The park is located 43 km in the north-east from Somnath, 65 km to the south-east of Junagadh and 60 km to south west of Amreli. It is the only home of the Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected area in Asia due to its supported species. It was declared as a national park in 1975. The park’s forested hilly terrain makes it a preferred habitat for the jackals, leopards, antelope, and deer that also live there. It’s home to crocodiles and over 300 species of resident birds as well.

Places to see at Gir Forest National Park: The forest is a home to a number of wild life species. Apart from this there are seven major perennial  rivers of the Gir region namely Hiran, Shetrunji, Datardi, Shingoda, Machhundri, Godavari and Raval. There is also a man made dam namely Kamaleshwar Dam which is a home to a large population of crocodiles.

Nearby attractions from Gir Forest National Park: You can easily make a short trip to places like:

Veraval (36 km)

The fishing port of Veraval is known for its dhow-building yard where massive hand-built seaworthy vessels are made. Once a port of the Nawab of Junagadh, it has old gates and historic buildings.

Junagadh (63 km)

Historically, Junagadh is one of the most interesting cities of Gujarat. Emperor Ashoka’s rock edicts here date to the 3rd century BC and there are also ancient Buddhist cave-sites dated to the Mauryan and Gupta Fort. The Uparkot Fort of the Chudasama Rajputs rises from a hilltop and has 11th century monuments inside the imposing battlements. Mystic poet Narsinha Mehta also lived in Junagadh and his monument is in the city. By the 19th century, the Nawabs of Junagadh rose to become affluent rulers and during their reign palaces, colleges, mosques, mausoleum complexes and a quaint railway station came up at Junagadh, all of which are worth seeing specially the palace museum. The city museum has archaeological finds and manuscripts. While in Junagadh, visit Sakkarbagh Zoological Park that is captive-breeding Asiatic lions and you could see ibises and other birds in the park.

Girnar (60 km)

This 3660-ft high hill rises on the outskirts of Junagadh with temples on ridges and on the summit. The 12th century Jain Temples are specially attractive with exquisite carvings.

Jetpur (90 km)

The textile town of Jetpur is known for its block and screen printing workshops and is good for shopping.

Diu Island (95 km)

Diu Island was once ruled by the Portuguese and is now a Union Territory. Popular as a beach destination, the island also has a 16th century Portuguese Fort, the impressive St Paul’s Church, DiuMuseum and old houses. Flamingos, storks and waders can be seen at the creeks of Diu.

Things to do in Gir Forest National Park: The safari trip toboth Gir National Park (known as Gir Jungle Trail) and Gir Interpretation Zone (Devalia Safari Park) is worth. If you miss the glimpse of lion in Gir national Park, don’t worry. You can opt for shorter visits at the Gir Interpretation Zone where you are sure to spot some lions.

Best time to visit Gir Forest National Park: The most popular time to visit Gir is from December to March.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport is Keshod, at a distance of 90 km from Sasan Gir; the other airport is Rajkot at a distance of 140 kms which is connected to all major cities in India like, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Bhopal etc.

By Rail

Sasan Gir has a railway station of its own, with train connections to a number of other cities and towns in Gujarat and its neighboring states. The towns of Junagadh, Veraval and Delwada have daily trains to Sasan Gir, from where the park is only about a km away.

By Road

Fairly good roads link the park to the rest of the country. Junagadh itself is only about 60 km from Gir, and there are frequent buses connecting the town to the park.

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Where to stay ?

Decent accommodation facilities are available in Gir National Park. Some options are:

The Fern Gir Forest Resort: +91- 226-739 -7777  Website: www.fernhotels.com
Sasan Gir Guest House: +91-0932-024-0024
Lion Safari Camp: +91-9971231439, +91-8826678881  Website: www.girnationalpark.in
Sukh Sagar Gir Resort, Anil Farmhouse Gir: www.girhotels.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Tadoba-Andhari

Tadoba-Andhari, Maharashtra – Home to the varied species of wild animals

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Often referred to as “The Jewel of Vidharba“, the Tadoba National Park lies in the district of Chandrapur in the north-eastern part of Maharashtra. Tadoba Andhari Reserve is the largest national park in Maharashtra spanning over an area of 625.4 sq. km. Located in the heart of a reserved forest, it is an infinite assemblage of innumerable species of trees and plants – and wildlife that includes tigers, panthers, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, bison, barking deer, nil gai, sambar, and cheatal. Besides this place is also a haven for the bird lovers. The Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Santuary together form the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. The park derives its name from “Taru” the local deity, whereas the Andhari river that meanders through the forest gives the sanctuary its name.

Things to do at Tadoba National Park: Enjoy the safari trip inside the national park to catch a glimpse of the varied range of flora and fauna.

Best time to visit Tadoba National Park: The best time to visit here is from February to May.

How to go ?

By Air 

The nearest airport is at Nagpur, about 140 km away. Flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata fly regularly to Nagpur. Taxis can be hired from the airport to reach the national park.

By Rail 

The nearest railhead is at Chandrapur, 45 km from the park. The railway station is connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Nagpur, Chennai, Hyderabad and Jhansi. Buses and taxis are available from the railway station to reach the reserve. Tourists from Kolkata have to reach Nagpur. From Nagpur you can hire private cars to reach Tadoba which is 140 km from Nagpur.

By Road  

State transports buses from Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Jalgaon do ply regularly to Chandrapur and Chimur located about 45 and 32 km respectively. Local transport can be hired to reach the reserve from Chadrapur and Chimur.

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Where to stay ?

You may stay at MTDC tourist lodge which is the only accommodation option here. For booking details please contact:

Moharali Tourist Lodge (MTDC): +91-022-2284-5678  Website: www.maharashtratourism.gov.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka – A treasure trove of the wildlife and nature lovers

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Located at a distance of 94 kms away from Mysore, Nagarhole National Park, lies between the Kodagu and Mysore districts to the north-west of Bandipur National Park, with the Kabini reservoir separating the two Parks. The park has small streams, rich forest cover, valleys, and waterfalls. The forest was the favourite hunting ground of the Maharaja of Mysore. In 1955, Nagarhole was set up as a wildlife sanctuary and later its area was increased to 643.39 sq km. It became a national park in 1988 and ten years later, in 1999, it was declared a Project Tiger reserve. Along with the adjoining Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai National Park, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park is part of the largest protected area in southern India, about 2,183 sq km of wilderness. Kabini’s beautiful surroundings make it an ideal holiday destination.

Places to see in Nagarhole National Park: The varied species of wild life are itself the attractions in Nagarhole national Park. The most famous residents of Nagarhole National Park are tigers, Indian bison, and elephants. Other mammals that reside here include leopards, Indian wild dogs, jackals, sloth bears, striped hyenas, spotted deer, sambar deer, barking deer, four-horned antelopes, and civets. Nagarhole National Park has been recognized as an Important Bird Area and has over 270 species of birds. You can find the “Critically endangered” Oriental white-backed vulture, and “Vulnerable” species like the lesser adjutant, greater spotted eagle, and the Nilgiri wood pigeon here. “Near threatened” species here include darters, Oriental white ibises, greater grey headed fish, and red headed vultures. Species endemic to this region include the blue winged parakeet, Malabar grey hornbill, and the white-bellied treepie. Reptile enthusiasts should look for mugger crocodiles, Indian rock pythons, Russell’s vipers, common kraits, rat snakes, and bamboo pit vipers among other species at Nagarhole National Park.

Nearby attractions around Nagarhole National Park: The park itself is a treasure trove of the wildlife and nature lovers. Apart from this you can make an itinerary to the;

Irupu Falls

Located at a distance of 20 kms from NagarholeNational Park, the Falls are also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, derived from the name of the tributary of Cauvery which starts from these falls, the Lakshmana Tirtha River. A narrow way from the forest leads from these falls to the BrahmagiriPeak in Southern Kodagu. Irupu falls, a major tourist attraction is also a pilgrimage spot. A famous Shiva temple, the RameshwaraTemple is situated on the banks of the Lakshmana Tirtha River, that falls on the way to the Falls. This temple attracts a large number of pilgrims during the festival of Shivaratri.

Things to do in Nagarhole National Park: Unwind yourself amidst the exotic natural beauty and enjoy catching the glimpse of the engendered wild life species.

Best time to visit the Nagarhole National Park: The best time to view the animals is during the heat of March and April, when the waterholes are dry and the animals come out and visit the lake. However, the weather is more pleasant from November to February.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport for Nagarhole National Park is Mysore. Mysore Airport is 95 km from the park. Mysore in turn is connected by Bangalore by means of regular flights. Bangalore is an InternationalAirport and hence easily accessible by all national and international flights.

By Train

The nearest railway station for Nagarhole National Park is again Mysore, which is around 95 km from Nagarhole and is connected to Bangalore which in turn is connected to all the major cities in India.

By Road 

Nagarhole National Park is connected to all the cities via Mysore and Coorg.

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Where to stay ?

There are a number of accommodation options in Kabini. Some options are:

The Bison Resort (P) Ltd:  +91-080 41278708, 65590271,  41125163 , 41278829  Website: www.thebisonresort.com
Waterwoods Lodges & Resorts Pvt. Ltd.: +91 99459-21303, +91 99727-43441  Website: www.waterwoods.in
Orange County Resorts & Hotels Ltd.: +91 -080 4191 1170, 71  Website:  www.orangecounty.in
Kabini River Lodge: +91- 080 – 25597021, 24, 25  Website: www.kabiniriverlodge.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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BR-Hills-Wildlife-Sanctuary

BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka – A haven for over 372 species of birds and rare wildlife species

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Situated at a distance of 90 km from Mysore, the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary rests in between Western and the Eastern Ghats on the banks of river Cauvery about 5,091 feet above the sea level in Kemmannagundi district, Karnataka. The Biligiri Rangaswamy  (BR), Wildlife Sanctuary takes it name from the ancient Ranganatha Swamy Temple that sits at the edge of a 1000 ft cliff. Spread over an area of 540 square kilometers it is covered with mixed deciduous forests. The BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is the hub of a varied species of wildlife and is rich in flora and fauna.  Make a trip to this nature’s paradise to enjoy amidst the lush greenery and the uncommon wild life species.

Places to see at BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary: The sanctuary itself is the prime attraction of the place. It is a haven for over 372 species of birds and wildlife such as elephants, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, four horned antelopes, black bucks and giant flying squirrels. There are also animals like panthers, tigers, guars, wild pigs, sloth bears, Langur, antelopes, Chital, Sambar deers, and bears. BR Hills has around 200 species of birds. Some of them are the Malabar Whistling Thrush, Racquet Tailed Drongo, Paradise flycatcher, Yellow throated bulbul, and the Crested Hawk Eagle. Apart from this you may also make a trip to few other places to see around the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.

Dodda Sampige Mara

One of the must-visits while you are on a tour to BR Hills is this unique site. This is actually a thousand year old tree. The name when translated into English means the “Big Champak tree”. The temple is situated about 4 km from BR Hills. The tree reaches upto 34 m in height and is about 20 m broad. This is a holy site. There are many lingams close to the trunk of the tree.

Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra

It displays preserved tribal information and the bio-diversity of the region.

Nearby attractions around BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary: You can make a visit to the BiligiriRanganathaTemple. It is a temple dedicated Lord Venkatesha an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is located at the highest point of the hill Swethadri.It is a must visit spot of the theists.

Things to do at BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary: At the sanctuary you will enjoy a range of activities, professional angling, amateur fishing, coracle boat rides, bird watching, river rafting, trekking, and outdoor camping. These activities will keep you busy.

Best time to visit BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary: The best time to visit BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is from June to October.

How to go ?

To reach BR hills you have to reach Bengaluru which is connected by air, rail and roads to all parts of the country and abroad. From Bengaluru cars are available for hire that will take you to BR hills wildlife sanctuary.

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Where to stay ?

There are a number of accommodation facilities in the BR hills. Few options are:

Champakaranya: +91-98452 18481  Website : www.champakaranya.com
Rajathadri Hill Villa:  +91-90368 09218  Website : www.rajathadrihillvilla.in
K Gudi Wilderness Camp BR Hills: 91-080-40554055, 25584111, 25559261, 25586154  Website : www.junglelodges.com

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Periyar

Periyar National Park, Kerala – The retreat of the wilds

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Periyar National Park spanning over an area of 777 sq. km is the hub of the wild animals. It is known as an elephant and tiger reserve. The place is located in between the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills. It lies in the south of Western Ghats along the border with state of Tamil Nadu in India.  In the year 1978 Periyar was declared a tiger reserve. Periyar wildlife sanctuary has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the creation of the dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contour of the wooded hills. This lake forms a permanent source of water for the local wildlife.

Places to see in Periyar: Apart from the varieties of wild life species there are also some spots to see at Periyar which are described below:

Kumily 

Just 4-kms from Periyar, Kumily is a growing town where tourism is fast catching up just like the spice trade, the major occupation of this small town. The town is also well equipped with the excellent hotels and resorts for accommodation.

Cradomom Hills 

Periyar and Kumily are the most convenient points from which visitors can easily explore Kerala’s beautiful Cardamom hills. There are all kinds of trips via jeep or taxi to the hills and if you can get a group together, these trips work out as a good travel value.

Nearby attractions around Periyar: The park is in itself the attractions of the area. There are varied wild life species in Periyar. Apart from Elephants, the other animals to be seen in the Periyar sanctuary are Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Dole or Indian Wild Dog and very rarely, a Tiger. There are, now, an estimated 40 tigers here. Four species of primates are found at Periyar – the rare lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri Langur, Common Langur and Bonnet Macaque. Periyar also happens to be the habitat of the elusive Nilgiri Tahr, which is rarely to be seen. The birdlife comprises of Darters, Cormorants, Kingfishers, the great Malabar Hornbill and racket-tailed Drongoes. The reptilian population boasts Of Monitor Lizards that can be spotted basking in the sun, on the rocks along the lakeshore. Visitors who trek into the Periyar national park often see a Python and sometimes even a King Cobra.

Things to do at Periyar: Enjoy the boat cruises which are the best option to check out the wilds of Periyar Sanctuary. Today the PeriyarLake presents an excellent boating spot for tourists. Although it is unusual to see many animals from the boats, still you spot a family of Elephants, Wild Boar, and Sambar Deer by the water’s edge. The upper deck is best for wildlife viewing when taking a boat cruise, but better turn up half an hour early to get the best seat. To maximise you chances, take the 7.00 am boat.

Best time to visit Periyar: The best season to visit Periyar wildlife sanctuary is from the months of October and June.

How to go ?

 By Air

Kochi (Cochin) Airport is located at a distance 200-kms or Madurai in Tamil Nadu at 140-kms are the nearest airports from Periyar.

By Rail

Kottayam at 114-kms is the nearest railhead from Periyar.

By Road

Kumily, the nearest town from Periyar is well served by both state and private buses from Kottayam, Ernakulam and Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

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Where to stay ?

There are plenty of private hotels and lodges and also government guest houses available in Periyar. Some options are:

Periyar House (KSTDC): +91-04869-222026
Aranya Niwas (KSTDC): +91-04869-222589
Hotel Treetop: +91-4869, 223286, 223287  Website: www.hoteltreetop.com
Hotel High Range Residency: +91-04869224654, 09249123898  Website: www.highrangeresidency.com
Hotel Regent Tower:  +91-04869-322570, 322670

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan – A paradise for the nature lovers

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Ranthambore National Park is the biggest and one of the famous national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. It was a popular and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination.

Stretched over an area of 400 sq. kilometer, the park has two other the Mansingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary. It is located in the mid of Aravalli and Vidhya range. The scenery changes dramatically from gentle and steep slopes of the Vindhyas to the sharp and conical hills of the Aravali. Inside the jungle stands the dilapidated old fort of Ranthambore. This tenth century fort also blends accurately with the background.  The tigers are the main attraction of the national park thus making it a tiger reserve also.

Places to see at Ranthambore National Park: Ranthambore is counted as the famous heritage site because of the pictorial ruins that dot the wildlife park. Apart from the animals and birds, the natural beauty of the park will cast a magic spell. Certainly, a visit to Ranthambore National Park is a treat for every wildlife and nature lover. The park has some interesting sight seeing locations.

Bakuala 

The National Park is covered with thick forest over a large part of its area. One of the thickly forested regions is called the Bakaula region. Bakaula consists of dense forest, with many small pools and water holes in clearings in the vegetation. Because of the excellent forest cover and availability of water, the Bakaula region in National Park Ranthambore has an abundance of wildlife. Tigresses with young cubs are often seen near the water holes in Bakaula, since the dense forest provides cool hides for a tigress and her young. Bakaula is one of the coolest regions of National Park Ranthambore, where many birds can be seen in the trees and small animals like squirrels and monkeys rush through the forest.

Kachida Valley 

This valley, consisting of many rocky outcrops and low hills, is located close to the outskirts of the park. A jeep would be the ideal mode of transport when trying to visit this area. This area contains a majority of the Panther population of the park. The panthers avoid venturing into the main jungle to avoid conflicts with tigers, who are known to kill them. This area also has a good population of beers.

Lakarda Anantpura 

These areas located in the North-Western and Northern regions of the park are ideal locations to visit if you are looking for Sloth Bears. These areas have a lot of ant hills, which are a favourite of the bears. Although very rarely seen themselves, the pugmarks of the Indian striped Hyenas are often seen here. Their numbers are not very large in the park.

Raj Bagh Ruins 

These ruins are located between the Padam Talao (lake) and the Raj Bagh Talao. These ancient stone structures like arches, palace outhouses, domes and steps give the area an aura that is not possible to find anywhere else in the world. Especially if you include the jungle surroundings and are one of the lucky few who come across one of the resident tigers. These ruins are what give the RanthamboreNational Park such a unique mixture of a wildlife reserve and a reminder of the past, which together make it one of the most picturesque parks in the entire world.

Padam Talao 

This is the largest of the lakes present in the park. The famous and beautiful Jogi Mahal is located at the very edge of this lake. When in season, the water lilies that give the lake it’s name, can be seen in plenty. In the early hours of the morning and just before sunset, animals can be seen in large numbers on the lake side. It is in the shallow waters of this lake that the famous “lake hunters” of Ranthambore operate, the most legendary of which was the tiger, Genghis. It is also along this lake’s edges that the rare sighting of the chinkara is most probable.

Ranthambore Fort 

 Standing majestically atop a hill this fort overlooks the entire park. The walk up, one of the only places this mode of transport is possible, is a very refreshing and exciting one as even the big cats have been spotted up there! The view of the surrounding keeps getting better and better as you go up but the view from the fort itself can only be described as breathtaking. It is advisable to take along a good pair of binoculars and if possible a camera with a very powerful lens when visiting the fort.

You can easily catch a glimpse of the soaring Serpent eagles, vultures and other birds. Many animals can also be seen along the edges of all the water bodies, which are all visible from here. The fort itself also offers many interesting architectural and historical sights worth viewing and photographing. A trip to the fort is a must if you are a first time visitor to the park. If you take a guide with a good knowledge of the fort’s history it is really beneficial for you.

Nearby attractions from Ranthambore National Park: There are some renowned destinations across the Ranthambore National Park that can lead you to the most investing exploration.

Agra

Agra has long been renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal. This has often overshadowed the fact that this royal Mughal has, in addition to the legendary Taj, many magnificent monuments that epitomise the high point of the Mughal architectural achievement. Not even Delhi the seat of kings and emperors for over a thousand years, can boast such a heritage of architectural and cultural splendour from the golden age of the Great Mughals.

Bharatpur

The 28.73 sq. km. lake and wetland was artificially created by the Maharaja of Bharatpur in the 19th century. In 1956 as a bird sanctuary, 1981 as a national park. A princely state in the past Bharatpur is also often called the “Eastern Gateway of Rajasthan. Keolodeo Ghana National Park is an important international bio-sphere known for its large and varied avid fauna, both local and migratory. By building small dykes and dams and diverting water from an irrigation canal, he converted this low lying area into a fine wild fowl shooting preserve. In a few years, the new wetland surrounded by marginal forests was able to support thousands of water-birds. Commonly referred to as Bharatpur, the Park is a delight for bird watchers.

Jaipur 

Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II , Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. It is a major attraction for the first-time visitor. Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls.

The Old City (Known as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around and savour the superb architectural constructions. The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876 AD. Today, every home within the city is obliged by law to maintain its facade. It is a very well planned city laid out in a grid pattern and was designed by a young Bengali engineer and scholar by the name “Vidyadhar Bhattacharya”.

Things to do at Ranthambore National Park: It is an ideal place of visit for the wild life and nature lovers. Staying amidst the lush green vegetation and catching the glimpse of a number of wild species is in itself a wonderful thing.

Best time to visit Ranthambore National Park: The best time to visit Ranthambore National park is from December and April when the weather is pleasant.

How to go ?

By Air

Jaipur is the nearest airport for RanthamboreNational Park. The Park is located just 180 km away from Jaipur city. One can hire cabs or avail bus services to reach the park.

By Rail

The nearest major railway station is Sawai Madhopur which is well connected to other major cities across India. One can hire a cab or avail the frequent private/public bus services from Sawai Madhopur to reach RanthamboreNational Park.

By Road

Ranthambore National Park is located just 11 km away from Sawai Madhopur and plenty of buses ply between Sawai Madhopur and the park. You can also hire cabs or taxis from Sawai Madhopur to reach your destination.

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Where to stay ?

There are adequate lodgings facilities available in Ranthambore. Some options are:

Hotel Vinayak (RTDC): +91-07462- 221333
Hotel Jhumar Bawri: +91-07462-220495
Hotel Ranthambore Bagh: +91-07462-221728  Website: www.ranthambhore.com
Hotel Anurag Resort: +91-07462-220751

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
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pench-national-park

Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh – The land of Rudyard Kiplings’ famous fictional character “Mowgli”

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Pench is one of the renowned wild life sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh. Recently the tourist visit here has increased at a huge rate. It lies in the Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh border. Pench Tiger Reserve comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and a buffer. The Park perches in the Southern slopes of the Satpura ranges of Central India. The river Pench, which splits the National Park into two, forms the lifeline of the Park. The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Several natural history books like R. A. Strendale’s ‘Seonee – Camp life in Satpura Hills,’ Forsyth’s ‘Highlands of Central India’ and Dunbar Brander’s ‘Wild Animals of Central India’ explicitly present the detailed panorama of nature’s abundance in this tract.

Who can forget the famous fictional character Mowgli, the pint-sized ‘Man-Child’ or Bagheera, the Black Panther and the unforgettable the inimitable Sher Khan? These characters taken from “The Jungle Book” are the eternal creation of Rudyard Kipling.  Kipling wrote his Jungle Book, inspired by the luxuriant forest cover of Pench teeming with an astonishing variety of wildlife. Pench was declared a sanctuary in the year 1977. It was declared a National Park in the year 1983 and was also made a Tiger Reserve in the year 1992.

Places to see at Pench: Pench National Park is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south is one of the tourist attraction. The beautiful Totladoha Lake also flows from within the Jungle. Explore the Jungle which is a den of the numerous species of wild animals. Here Mother Nature rests at her original and purest form.

Nearby attractions from Pench National Park: From Pench National Park you can visit to places like

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is spread at Vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. It is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. BandhavgarhNational Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers.

Kanha National Park

Kanha National park is located in Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat districts of the state of Madhya Pradesh. KanhaNational Park is one of the India’s finest tiger reserves. It’s an outstanding national park and wildlife reserve of Central India, noted for its last remaining population of the hard-ground race of the Swamp Deer (approximately 380). Spotting wild animals is always a matter of luck, but Kanha is so rich in wildlife that the odds are titled in your favour. Most people are keener to meet Kanha’s most famous citizen: the Tiger.

Nagzira National Park

Nagzira National park is situated in the Gondia district of Maharastra. The wildlife sanctuary is having the beauty of the nature with its picturesque landscape, luxuriant vegetation and serves as a living outdoor museum to explore and enjoy the best of the nature. The sanctuary is a miraculously preserved “Green Oasis” and has a great importance from bio-diversity conservation point of view. Nagzira is home of many endangered species. The vertebrate category of animals including, more than 34 species of mammals, approx 166 species of birds including migratory land and water birds, about 36 species of reptiles and about 4 species of amphibian and a number of fishes. This sanctuary is notable for its wealth of birds and is indeed a bird watcher’s paradise.

Tadoba National Park

Tadoba is situated in the Chandrapur district of the Maharashtra State of India. The Reserve contains some of the best of forest tracks and endowed with rich biodiversity. It is famous for its natural heritage. Tadoba Tiger reserve was created in 1995. Often referred to as “The Jewel of Vidharba”, the Tadoba National Park lies in the heart of a reserved forest, it is an infinite treasure trove of innumerable species of trees and plants – and wildlife that includes tigers, panthers, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, bison, barking deer, nil gai, sambar, and cheatal.

Things to do at Pench: Explore the immense forest and wild life of Pench.

Best time to visit Pench: February to June although cool season (October to February) is much more comfortable and still very good for wildlife. 

How to go ?

By Air

Nagpur is the nearest Airport only 88 Km. by road 2 – 3 hrs. Jabalpur is also another Airport only 200 km, by road from Pench, Jabalpur well connected with Delhi and Mumbai, another many city of India.

By Rail

Nagpur is the nearest railway station from Pench National park, Nagpur Junction is well connected to all the city of India.

By Road

Nagpur is only 88 km from Pench via Seoni (NH No. 7). Nagpur is well connected with all the Major City of India.

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Where to stay ?

There are many hotels and resorts located at Pench. Some options are:

Tuli Tiger Corridor: 1800 209 9050 (toll free), +91-07695-6653666 Website: www.tulihotels.com
Kipling’s Court: +91- 07695- 232830,  232850,  232855
Pench Jungle Camp: + 91- 9999742000,  07695-26119096

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
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bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh – A retreat of the wild animals, declared as the national park

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One of the distinguished national park in India, Bandhavgarh is located in the in the Vindhya Hills of the Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh. It is declared as the national park in 1968. Bandhavgarh spans over an area of 105 sq. km. The name Bandhavgarh has been derived from the most prominent hillock of the area of Umaria. The place is famed to have highest density of white tiger population. The park also houses the largest breeding population of leopards and various species of deer. With the passing of years the park has shown the rapid growth in the count of tigers. The white tiger tours are famous in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve which attracts large no. of tourists.

There are three entrances in the park which are Tala, Magdi and Bamera. The Tala zone attracts the tourists most by offering the tiger sighting opportunities. The Magdi zone is also being developed by the park authorities. The elephant shows are also being organized in the Magdi zone of Bandhavgarh National Park so that the tourist may catch the sight of the elusive king of jungle i.e the elephant. You will find ample opportunities to spot majestic Indian tiger and some rarely seen animals like leopard and sloth bear.

Places to see at Bandhavgarh National Park: The national park besides being a home to no. of species of wildlife has many other tourist attractions.

Baghel Museum

The Baghel Museum in Bandhavgarh is the storehouse where you will find all the personal belongings of Maharaja of Rewa are being kept intact for display. Tourists come here and explore the royal and jungle life of Bandhavgarh. Along with that the museum also displays the stuffed body of the first white tiger being spotted by the Maharaja of Rewa. Besides this, the museum also boasts ancient hunting equipments by the Maharajas along with some of the military equipments. The museum is located 100 meters away from the reserve (park) and is being famous for keeping the belongings of Shikargarh, or a game preserve that the tourists certainly want to discover at Bandhavgarh. The timings to visit the Baghel Museum are: 10 am to 3 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm.

Village Tala

One of the locations that the tourists prefer to visit repeatedly while visiting Bandhavgarh is the TalaVillage. It gives the total reflection of an Indian village which still brings the most ethnic way of living. There are many attractive glimpses a tourist can explore while spending a day at this village. The modest dwellings, the mud clustered houses, elders smoking hookahs sitting on a cot are such magnificent scenes that brings a standstill on the time. The lowest region of Bandhavgarh, the TalaVillage is a picturesque location with landscapes all around. Along with that while visiting the village the tourists can find different hotels and resorts for magnificent accommodations in the village.

Mahaman Pond

The Mahaman Pond is located near the Bandhavgarh Fort which is being surrounded by bamboo clumps where large varieties of herding of wild creatures can be found. This place is called the “Place of Quench the Thirst” where the variety of herbivores and carnivores inhabiting the national park can be found.

Kethika

Also known as the Pendanus Point in Kethika a lump of an aromatic plant called Kewra can be found amidst the supercilious Jammu and Arjun trees. It is undoubtedly a real floral treasure of Bandhavgarh Reserve.

Climber’s Point

It is one of the most amazing place in Bandhavgarh National Park symbolizing the serene natural beauty. This location brings an aerial view of the entire park and the forest in this location is filled with Sal and Bamboo trees. Along with that the place is also being flourished with some f the best and unique species of fauna like butea superba and bauhinia wahlii along with Sal trees. This is an ideal place for the tourists to take some rest and for the peace of mind.

Bari Gufa

The Bari Gufa which means the “The Giant Cave” is showcasing the ancient monument of past. Undoubtedly it is one of the most ancient creations in the Indian history. It is being believed that the Bari Gufa is the biggest man-made cave of the reserve dating back to 10th century.

Three Cave Point

The three cave point is one of the most fascinating points in Bandhavgarh National Park that is easily visible from the Ganesh Hillock road. This beautiful location has many beautiful carvings that typically signify the perfect blend of the architectural techniques that were prevalent in the ancient times. Today, this place is perfectly being the ideal home for many wild animals including leopards, tigers and sloth bears.

Rajbahera

It is a marshy meadow which can be viewed from the Bandhaini Hillock and is the origin of the river Dammer. The Rajbahera that brings the Bandhaini Hillock view along with the glances of sorks, vultures and herds of chital, samber and wild pigs is definitely an additional attraction of Bandhavgarh.

The Shesh Shaya

The Shesh Shaya is a marvellous 11 meter long statue of Lord Vishnu in the laying position with umbrella of “Shesh Nag” along with the “Shivling” and the “Lord Brahma” are situated here. It is placed on the main entrance of the footpath, the way towards the Bandhavgarh Fort. The origin of the river “Charan Ganga” inflows from the foot of “Lord Vishnu” and so the name is being derived from. The statue is believed to be the asset of 10th century.

Cheshpur Water Fall

The Cheshpur Water fall is a natural water fall in River Johila, situated at a distance of 50 km from Bandhavgarh. It is an ideal location for the tourists to enjoy picnic here.

Jwalamukhi Temple

It is the temple of the goddess Jwalamukhi situated in the bank of river “Charan Ganga”. About 11 km away from Bandhavgarh, this temple is also 10th century founding.

Fossil National Park

About 110 km away from Bandhavgarh, the Fossil National Park s named so since it brings all its floras in the fossil form that existed in India anywhere between 40 million and 150 million years ago. This park is being spread over an area of over 274,100 square meters.

Nearby attractions of Bandhavgarh National Park: From Bandhavgarh National Park you can visit the places like the Kanha National Park, Jabalpur, Khajuraho, Panna National Park, Pench National Park.

Things to do at Bandhavgarh National Park: Enjoy the jeep and elephant safari to view the wildlife at Bandhavgarh. Jeep safaris are undertaken during the early morning hours till evening. A forest department guide is always there with the visitors on these jeep trips taken inside the park. Elephant safari trips are organized for tiger tracking early in the morning.

Best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park: As the summer’s heat is unbearable the ideal season for the tourists to visit the park is between November and March.

How to go ?

Bandhavgarh is spread at Vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. Bandhavgarh is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers the density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.

By Road

Bandhavgarh National Park is well connected from the nearby town & cities like Jabalpur, Satna, Umaria, Khajuraho etc. Distance & approx driving time of Bandhavgarh National Park from some of the nearby cities are mentioned below:

 By Train

The nearest railway stations for BandhavgarhNational Park are Umaria & Katni. Umaria is 35 Kms (45 Minutes drive) & Katni is 100 Kms (02 Hrs drive) from Bandhavgarh.

 By Air

The nearest Airport for Bandhavgarh National Park is Jabalpur & Khajuraho. Jabalpur 200 Km / 04 Hrs Drive & Khajuraho 250 Kms / 05 Hrs Drive from Bandhavgarh. One can get regular flights for Jabalpur & Khajuraho from all major airports of India.

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Where to stay ?

There are many hotels to stay at Bandhavgarh National Park. Few options are:

WhiteTigerForest Lodge: +91 (07629) 265366, 265406
Tiger Inn: +91 (07627) – 265425, 265424, +91 9425-194-766
Greenwoods Resort : +91 9981038846, 9826150017
Junglemantra Resort: +91-9425331207

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Ballavpur

Ballavpur, South Bengal – Lies on the border of the Bolpur covering an area of 200 hectres is just the perfect getaway for your next weekend

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Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary lies on the border of the University town of Bolpur covering an area of 200 hectres is just the perfect getaway for your next weekend. The Viswa Bharati University area, is just a km from here. The Wildlife Sanctuary includes three large water bodies (Jheel) hosting a migratory as well as resident birds in plenty. This sanctuary came into existence on BallavpurSeptember 1967. The place records the most successful deer conservation in the state. It provides shelter to numerous Cheethals (Spotted Deer), Blackbucks and other resident animals like jackals and foxes. The whole sanctuary is covered with watch towers and jungle paths for tourists to walk around and catch glimpses of deer and other wildlife. A nice and cozy private hotel just 5 minutes walk from the sanctuary is ideal for nightstay of the tourists. The sightseeing attractions of Bolpur can be visited in day trips staying at Ballavpur.

Places to see at Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary: The main attractions of this sanctuary are the blackbuck deer and spotted deer. There is also a huge tract of wetland created by the three water bodies (Jheel) which hosts thousands of migratory birds in winter like Lesser Whistlings, Pintails, Teals etc. The sanctuary is also home to a healthy population of resident birds like Black Hooded Orioles, White Bellied Treepies, Commorants, Hoppoes, Egrets and others.

The Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary may lack in size but it is very impressive for its remarkable dense local vegetation comprising Sal, Akashmoni, Sisoo, Cashewnut, Amlaki, Bahera, Haritaki and other trees. The whole sanctuary can be covered by foot and tourists can catch glimpses of wildlife from the watchtowers located at strategic sites.

Nearby attractions of Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary: The most significant sightseeing options near Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary is the Viswa Bharati University and its different departments, the most notable being the Kala Bhavan. You can spot some frescoes and sculptures of Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij around Kala Bhavan. Tagore’s Ashram features a number of buildings namely the Santiniketan building, Dehali, Nutan bari, Kaalo Bari and others. School classes and some major activities are held in the Amro Kunja (Mango Grove). You can also spot a hillock featuring an age-old banyan tree on the eastern side of the ashram. The Uttarayan complex has several buildings like Konark, Udayan, Shyamali, Chatimtala and others. The Rabindra Bhaban Museum popularly called Bichitra houses letters, manuscripts, medals, documents, paintings and certificates associated with Tagore.

The Khowai region and Kopai River (Rabindranath’s Amader Choto Nadi) are other destinations where you can spend some time. Apart from this, you can also visit Hindi Bhavan, Cheena Bhavan, Nipon Bhavan, Sangeet Bhavan, Patha Bhavan, Vinaya Bhavan, Sihsha Bhavan, Kaalo Bari etc. Kankalitala, just 9 km from Santiniketan is a temple popular as a Satipeeth. Surul, located near Sriniketan, features temples decorated with terracotta carvings. You can also visit another Satipeeth at Labhpur-Fullara, just 30 kms. from Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary. Another nice nearby destination is the Tilpara Barrage over River Mayurakshi (around 30 kms away). Sunset from the barrage over River Mayurakshi is an enchanting experience that you will cherish for long. Tourists also visit Nanoor, famous as the birthplace of the Sanskrit poet of the 14th century – Chandidas. Kendubillo is another destination, popular as the hometown of another renowned Sanskrit poet, Jaidev. You can also make trip to Bakreshwar, the famous Satipitha, housing the Bakranath temple and hot springs. Tarapith, the famous Saktipeetha, is also visited from Santiniketan.

Things to do at Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary: Birdwatching and wildlife watching is the major activity at Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary. You can take long walks in the well laid out jungle paths and watch the blackbucks and spotted deer in their natural habitat. You can spend some time in the early hours of the day in the watch towers near the tanks (Jheels) and enjoy birdwatching. The Sanctuary is a great place to take a nature walk. There are few tribal villages in the eastern fringes of the sanctuary where you can explore village life. Sightseeing in other popular destinations around Bolpur like Shantiniketan, Kopai, Khowai, Sonajhuri and Kankalitala can also be enjoyed.

Best time to visit Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary: The whole sanctuary is drenched in greenery during the rainy season when the new leaves come out from every branch. The deer seem to enjoy the rains most and spend their days soaking. The winter sees thousands of migratory birds nesting in the water bodies and marshlands of the Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary.

How to go ?

The main town adjacent to Ballavpur WLS is Bolpur, which is accessible by a number of conveyances including trains, bus and cars. The nearest railway station is Bolpur and Prantik, which can be reached from Kolkata in two to three hours. You can avail the trains like Shantiniketan Express and Viswa Bharati Fast Passenger. If you prefer the bus route, then you need to avail the Kolkata-Asansol bus or Kolkata- Durgapur bus, which will take you to Panagarh respectively. From these respective stops, you need to catch another bus to Bolpur. Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary is located 212 kms (via Panagarh and Darjeeling More) and 169 kms (via Guskara) from Kolkata by roadway, which takes around 3-4 hours to reach. So, you can also drive along the Durgapur Expressway heading towards Bolpur by crossing Bardhaman, Panagarh and the Ajay River crossing. After reaching Bolpur, take the road towards the Vishwa Bharati University Campus then cross the campus and take the road which turns left to Lalbandh area to reach Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Where to stay ?

A luxurious cozy private resort is located just 5 minutes away from the entry gate of Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary. A nice Ballavpurlandscaped garden with gazebos, a multi-cuisine garden restaurant, 24 hrs electricity, Western bathrooms, car parking facilities and all Air Conditioned rooms make this resort perfect for a comfortable stay close to nature and far from the crowded lanes and localities of Santiniketan. The rooms are decked in ethnic furniture, Televisions, hot water geysers and Intercom facilities. The resort also arranges cars for sightseeing. You would find Double Bed Deluxe rooms, Dormitories, Family rooms, Honeymoon Duplex suites and Standard suites in this resort. Food is served in the Indoor Dining Hall as well as the Garden restaurant. You can choose from a range of Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes. For booking details you may contact:

Park Guest House: +91-09434012420 Website: www.parkguesthouse.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Sajnekhali

Sajnekhali, South Bengal – The Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary nestled amidst lush Sunderban Forests

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Do you have the lust to enjoy greenery and adventure, then a stay at the Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary nestled amidst lush Sunderban Forests will really be an experience that you will cherish for lifetime. It lies at the confluence of River Matla and Gumdi. Sajnekhali is renowned for being a home to the Royal Bengal Tiger and is also a heaven for varied species of birds. The Sajnekhali watch tower gives you a wonderful view of Sunderbans and from where you can catch the glimpse of deer, tiger and other animals. A SajnekhaliNature Interpretation Centre has been built at Sajnekhali, protected by wired fence. A crocodile farm, a turtle farm and a pond inhabited by sharks lies adjoining this centre. Sajnekhali has a number of watchtowers for wildlife viewing. Besides the tigers, the forest is also a haven for animals like Fishing Cats, Wild Boar, Macaques, Flying Fox, Chital, Pangolin and others.

Places to see at Sajnekhali: Watching the daily life of the wild animals from Sajnekhali Watch Tower is quite interesting. You can also visit the Nature Interpretation Centre to discover more information about Sunderbans and its inhabitants. There is a crocodile pond where you can watch the feeding frenzy of crocodiles. A smaller turtle farm and a pond inhabited by sharks can also be found here. You can also spend sometime at the Sajnekhali jetty watching over the mighty Matla River and the passing boats.

At Shajnekhali, savour the splendid sight of some exotic birds like Spotted Billed Pelican, Caspian Tern, Fish Eagle, Osprey Herring Gull, Green Backed Heron, Purple Heron, Open Billed Stork, Night Heron, White Bellied Sea Eagle, White Ibis, Grey Heron, Common Kingfisher, Egret and Paradise Flycatcher. This sanctuary is also visited by the rare winter migrants like Asian Dowitchers.

SajnekhaliNearby attractions of Sajnekhali: From Sajnekhali jetty, the ferries will take you to Bhagabatpur Crocodile breeding farm, Halliday Island (famous for Barking Deer) and other parts of Sunderbans.  You can also enjoy a ferry ride to the small village settlement of Gosaba, located in the Canning subdivision. You can also visit Netidhopani, which has the remnants of a mysterious 400-year-old temple. A trip to Kanak is also quite rewarding for travellers, which is the nesting ground of Olive Ridley Turtles.

Things to do at Sajnekhali: Apart from touring the sightseeing destinations at Sajnekhali, take out some time to visit the nearby villages. You can interact with the local people of the place and watch their life style to have an insight into their lives.

Best time to visit Sajnekhali: You can visit Sajnekhali throughout the year but the best time to visit Sajnekhali is from September to March. Many tourists also fall under the spell of the magical charm of monsoon in Sunderban.

How to go ?

Caning is the gateway of Sajnekhali, where motorboats are available departing for the destination. Canning is well accessible by bus and train services from Kolkata. To reach Sajnekhali, you can also hire boats from Basanti, Gosaba, Namkhana and Najatare, which are well connected by roadway from Kolkata. You can drive straight to Sonakhali and take a 3 hour ferry ride to Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge.  Sonakhali is about 90 kms from Kolkata and takes 2.5 hrs by bus from Esplanade. The route is via EM Bypass — Bantala — Ghatak Pukur — Sarberia.  Alternatively, you can also reach Sajnekhali through Basanti (90 kms from Kolkata) and take an auto rickshaw to Gadkhali (another 11 kms away) to arrive at Gosaba. From Gosaba you can catch another ferry (about 20 mins) to reach Sajnekhali.

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Where to stay ?

The WBTDC Tourist Complex at Sajnekhali is the most popular and well-equipped accommodation in Sajnekhali. The complex has a number of watch towers overlooking the Sunderbans, a crocodile pond and a Nature Interpretation centre. We arrange booking for WBTDC Tourist Complex at Sajnekhali directly from Kolkata. Dining facilities are excellent here, which mainly comprises ethnic Bengali cuisine. However, Western styled food is also offered here. For booking details you may contact:

WBTDC
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East), Kolkata – 700 001
Phone : (033)22436440/22488271
Website: www.wbtourism.gov.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Chechuria

Chechuria, South Bengal – A man made eco sanctuary located nearby Bishnupur

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Chechuria Eco Park is a man made eco sanctuary located nearby Bishnupur. This beautiful sanctuary is a forest department creation and is a perfect getaway of the tired souls. The profuse greenery and the birds’ chirps will greet you there giving a completely different feel. The bracing air filled with chlorophyll, is a sort of treat for the city lungs. Relax for some days away from the city pollution. The forest bungalow is ideal for the night stay there. Enjoy some local delicacies at eateries by the natives.

Places to see at Chechuria: The eco-sanctuary itself is a great place to see so many natural aspects.

Nearby attractions of Chenchuria: You can also make a trip to the town of Bishnupur and enjoy some great attractions there.

Things to do at Chechuria: The eco sanctuary is ideal as the picnic spot. You also have the option for boating in the huge water body or take a stroll inside the sanctuary and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of nature as well as fresh, pollution-free air.

Best time to visit Chechuria: The place can be visited throughout the year.

How to go ?

From Bishnupur, Chechuria eco sanctuary is only 19 kilometers. If you don’t have a car with you, you can avail a trekker or an auto or hire a car from Bishnupur.

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Where to stay ?

You can put up at the forest bungalow. Stay here and enjoy some delicacies at eateries arranged by local people. For booking details you may contact:

West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited
6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : +91-033-2237-0060/ 2237-0061/ 2225-8549.
Website: www.wbfdc.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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tiyabon-resort

Tiya Bon, North Bengal – Located in the middle of tea gardens and forests

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Located near the Khariar Bander Forest, Tiya Bon is 63 kilometers from Siliguri. This place is located in the mid of tea gardens and forests. This destination is idyllic for both the adventurous and nature lovers. The Tiya Bon Resort extends for an area of 2.33 acres and offers the spectacular views of the surrounding forests and gorgeous hills. Tiya Bon provides with the combined essence of wild Dooars and Gorumara Forest. Besides Tiya Bon also shares close proximity to Chapramari, Khunia, Gajol Doba, Sakham and hill stations like Samsing, Suntaleykhola, Jhalong and Bindu.

Places to see around Tiya Bon: The Gorumara National Park is located near to Tiya Bon in the Dooars region, in the district of Jalpaiguri. In 1949, this small forest area was declared a wildlife sanctuary and in 1994, it was proclaimed a National Park.  The National Park spans an area of 79.99 square kilometers and houses a variety of flora and fauna. It is also famous for being the home to the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and the Indian Bison.

tiyabon-resortNearby attractions of Tiya Bon: The other famous forests that can be visited from Tiya Bon are Chapramari forest and Jaldapara Sanctuary. The Chapramari forest is situated near National Highway 31 and can be easily reached by crossing the river Teesta and following the route that leads to Dooars. The Jaldapara Sanctuary is also situated near National Highway 31 and is at a distance of 80 kilometers from Tiya Bon. The other forested areas located nearby are Khunia and Sakham. The birding site of Gajol Doba, which is famous for the annual visit of migratory birds is also located nearby.

You can also visit a number of hill stations from Tiya Bon such as Jhalong, Samsing and Toto Para. The hamlet of Jhalong is situated at a distance of around 47 kilometers from Tiya Bon. The valley, Bindu is on the banks of Jaldhaka River and is encircled with the hills of India and Bhutan. Samsing is located at a distance of around 25 kilometers from Tiya Bon and the route offers the most picturesque landscape. The journey takes around 30 minutes, by car. The small village of Toto Para is located on the banks of TorshaRiver, near Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Bhutan border. The place is famous for housing the slowly disappearing ‘Toto’ tribe. Besides this tribe, Dooars also houses several other tribes.

Things to do at Tiya Bon: You can opt for a variety of adventure activities such as rock-climbing, trekking, tree climbing and angling in nearby areas of Tiya Bon. You can also visit the nearby craft villages or tea gardens to see the tea production process or can opt for jungle safaris at the nearby forests.

Best time to visit Tiya Bon: Though the resort can be visited throughout the year, it is better to avoid the rainy season if you want to visit the forests.

How to go ?

Tiya Bon is located in Chalsa on NH31. You have to cross Mal tourist Lodge and reach Chalsa. Chalsa is a few kilometers from Malbazar on the way to Dooars from Siliguri. Tiya Bon is around 70 kms from Siliguri.

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Where to stay ?

The Tiya Bon Resort provides excellent accommodation and dining facilities in wooden cottages to the tourists at very reasonable rates. There are Deluxe Rooms, Ethnic Standard Rooms and Six Bed Huts at Tiya Bon Resort, which arranges activities like trekking, rock climbing, angling, tree climbing and rope traversing for its guests.  From Tiya Bon Resort, you can enjoy jungle safari at GorumaraNational Park, Chapramari and other nearby forests. Visits to tea factories in tea gardens and nearby crafts villages can also be arranged by Tiya Bon Resort. For booking details you may contact:

Tiya Bon Resort
9831018135, 9432647740
Website : www.tiyabonresort.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Nandankanan

Nandankanan Zoo, Odisha – Adjacent to Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary and shrouded by natural forest

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Adjacent to Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary and shrouded by natural forest Nandankanan lies in the vicinity of Kanjia lake. It covers a portion of Krishnanagar and Jujhagarh Demarcated Protected Forests (DPF) and is close to Baranga Railway station on Howrah-Chennai route.

The very name of “Nandankanan”, in mythology, means the ecstatic but imaginary beauty of the heavenly garden. Enjoy the panoramic views of nature and appreciate the glamour that exists in the external morphology of plants and animals.

NandankananPlaces to see at Nandankanan: Nandankanan is a renowned zoo. The zoo is enriched with 101 enclosures with 202 sub-enclosures at Nandankanan. It has the significance of having both the cages and open moat enclosures. There are 54 cages and 47 open moated enclosures housing all the captive animals of Nandankanan. It has the glory of having 126 species of animals which includes 40 spp. mammals, 56 spp. birds and 24 spp. reptiles. Nandankanan has a large number of animal collections. More than 1580 no animals, including 634 mammals, 812 birds and 134 reptiles is residing there. There are Eighty eight (88) species (indigenous) along with 32 exotic species of animals adding to its glorious collection. The animal collection of this Wild Life Sanctuary includes 15 spp of endangered mammals, -6 spp of endangered birds and 10 spp of endangered reptiles.

Nandankanan is the only zoo in India that has the Patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas), Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximus) and Open-billed Stork (Anastomus oscitans). Apart from it, the zoo also has glory of being among the 2 zoos in India having Orang-Utan (others in Kanpur Zoological Park, Uttar Pradesh), Indian Pangolin (others in Jhargram Zoo, West Bengal), Spotted Munia (Others in Sayajibaug Zoo, Gujurat) and Burmese Python (others in CulcattaSnakePark, West Bengal). It is among the three zoos of India having Green-winged Macaws, Cinereous Vulture and Nicobar Pigeon.

Things to do at Nandankanan: Exploring the large area of the zoo is the only thing to be done here and that will not make you bored is for sure.

The zoo is famous for its white tiger populations of white tigers, which it claims to, have produced.
Birth of white tiger from normal coloured tigers has given a special place to Nandankanan over the world as one of the major host zoo for the white tigers.

Nandankanan-2 NandankananNandankanan has created its unique place for successful captive breeding of endangered Gharials in 1980. The other breeding species of Nandankanan includes Indian pangolin (1971), Mouse deer (1972), Malayan Giant squirrel (1974), Sloth bear (1978), Mugger (1982), Himalayan Black bear (1982), Lion-tailed Macaque (1983), Brow-antlered deer (1984), Salt water crocodile (1985), Indian porcupine (1986), White necked stork (1986), Caiman crocodile (1990), Water monitor lizard (1996), Swamp deer (1998), Chimpanzee (1999), Grey heron (2000) and Siamese crocodile (2010), ratel 2012 and many free living animals including Open billed storks.

Nearby attractions at Nandankanan: The zoo itself is the attraction here, wandering which you will be entertained thoroughly. The zoo contains aquaria, a reptile park and an orchid house which are worth visiting.

Aquaria:

The zoo also has 34 aquaria housing a large variety of fresh water fish.

Reptile Park:

There is also a large reptile park containing numerous species of crocodiles, lizards, turtles, and snakes. It has a cave like entrance and is guarded by a large sized Tyrannosaurus rex.

Orchid house:

The zoo has the largest orchid house in Orissa that spread over 5,000 sq.ft. There are 130 species of orchids in Orissa that has been found in Orissa.

The tourists can also enjoy the rides of ropeway, toy train and boating in Nandankanan.

Best time to visit Nandankanan: This place is accessible for the tourist throughout the year.

How to go ?

Nandankanan is just 18 km by road from the capital city of Bhubaneshwar which is easily accessible by car or bus. It is one of the sight scene spot from Puri and is 75 km from this esteemed religious place.

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Where to stay ?

Nandankanan is ideal for a day trip visit as there are no such accommodation facilities near the spot. You can stay at Bhubaneshwar or Puri having both luxurious and budget hotels. Some options are:

Hotel Excellency: (+91) 674 – 250 1220
Hotel Grand Central: (+91) 674 – 2313411 to 414
Hotel Sheetal: (+91) 674 – 25535165 , 25535267 , 25535168 , 25535149

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Gahirmatha

Gahirmatha, Odisha – World’s largest nesting beach of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles

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Want to see the unique Olive Ridley Sea Turtles? Then make a visit to the Gahirmatha next weekend. Gahirmatha also known as Gaharimatha is a coast located in the Kendrapara district of Orissa. It is the world’s largest nesting beach of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. The place has been declared a wildlife sanctuary of Orissa in 1979 and a world heritage site, and is significant for turtle conservation.

GahirmathaPlaces to see at Gahirmatha: The breathtaking view of the Gahirmatha Marine Wildlife Sanctuary, located on the confluent point of the River Dharma and Bay of Bengal attracts nature loving tourists to see millions of turtle living here. You will become amazed to see the extensive area covered by the sanctuary, which comes near 1435 square kilometer. Watch the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles thriving at the marine sanctuary of Gaharimatha, a rare sight that you will treasure for years. You can also visit two other turtle nesting beaches located at the river mouth of Devi and Rushikulya.

Nearby attractions around Gahirmatha: While making a trip to Gahirmatha Turtle Sanctuary, you can also visit some notable spots of tourist interests, located nearby. The Temple of Lord Shiva built in the early 9th century in Dangmol is truly worth visiting. The Temple of Nahak Babu built with sandstone is also a prime attraction of the tourist. Some other spots of tourist attractions are Lailtgiri, Ratnagiri and Udaygiri Buddhist complex. You can also visit the Chandipur Beach located nearby.

GahirmathaBhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park is also located in near the Gaharimatha Turtle Sanctuary. It is recognized as the second largest Mangrove ecosystem across India, spanning an area of 672 sq. km. This mangrove forest offers shelter to more than 215 species of birds. The Bhitarkanika National Park has achieved the status of a “Crocodile Sanctuary,” as it houses the biggest population of salt-water crocodile in the country. This National Park is encircled by the Gahirmatha Beach in the eastward side.

Things to do at Gahirmatha: Organize a tour to the marine turtle sanctuary at Gaharimata and watch the nesting beach of the turtles, without disturbing the creatures. Also visit the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, which offers true pleasure to the avid bird watchers. You will also be thrilled by the very sight of the mass of gigantic crocodiles at the location.

Best time to visit Gahirmatha: The ideal time of visiting the Gahirmatha Sanctuary is the period between the months of October to February, when the turtle come to nest.

How to go ?

The nearest airports of Gahirmatha are Bhubaneswar and Kolkata airports. The location is also accessible by waterways (Chandabali, Ragnagar and Gupti). You can also take trains from Howrah and reach Bhadrak, Balasore, Cuttack or Bhubaneswar, from where Gahirmatha is easily accessible. Gaharimatha is just 4 kms from Dangmol. The nearest railhead to Gahirmatha is Bhadrak, which is just 77 kms away. From Bhadrak, one can reserve a taxi or a jeep to Bhitarkanika Forest Reserve and hire a boat to reach Gahirmatha.

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Where to stay ?

There are no such accommodation options in Gahirmatha. You can stay in private hotels in the nearby towns.

Two options are:
Hotel Golden Anchor : +91 (06722 222 648)
Hotel Paradeep International : +91 (06722 222 986)

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
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Kuldiha

Kuldiha, Odisha – A dense forest home of wide variety of wild animals

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The Kuldiha Forest spanning over an area of 282 square kilometers is a dense forest shrouded mostly with thick growth of sishu, sal, piyasal, mango, bahera, jam and simul trees making it an abode of a wide number of animals like wild cats, elephants, long Kuldihatailed monkeys, cheetals, gaur, leopard, giant squirrel as well as some bird species like peafowl, hill myna and hornbill. Kuldiha nestled in Balasore district is also famous for supporting wide varieties of reptiles too. The Kuldiha forest area integrates into the SimilipalForest through the Nato hill and Sukhupada hill ranges. There is a hilly stream that flows along the forest and a watch tower that is built calculatively at Garsimulia on the bank of the river. Kuldiha also has a Lion Sanctuary.

Places to see at Kuldiha Forest: The Kuldiha Forest itself is the best attraction to watch out for. The forest is also the home to Tenda Elephant Sanctuary and a Lion Sanctuary.

KuldihaNearby attractions at Kuldiha Forest: Among the nearest destinations, you can definitely visit the Russia Dam or Rishia Dam as it is locally known. This is a great place to spend some moments in complete seclusion. The dam is also the place to watch out for some elephants from the Tenda Elephant Sanctuary who come here for water. You can also visit Panchlingeswar on a short trip.

Things to do at Kuldiha Forest: You can go for an exciting trek from Nilagiri through the forests of Kuldiha and also explore the Kuldiha Forest Sanctuary along with the Tenda Elephant Sanctuary which is a must when you are in this part of Balasore.

Best time to visit Kuldiha Forest: You can visit Kuldiha Forest during anytime of the year except for rainy season when the forest becomes inaccessible.

How to go ?

From Balasore, you have to reach Shergarh via the National Highway. Then from Shergarh, reach Sujangarh via Nilagiri and Panchlingeswar. Now, you need to turn left from Sujangarh to reach the Kuldiha Sanctuary.

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Where to stay ?

You can avail accommodation at the Forest Bungalow equipped with solar lights. But for food, you have to bring your own as there are no dining facilities available.

For booking details you may contact:

Kuldiha Tourism: 
+91-9337331370, 91-9437012978, 91-9040267539

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
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Bibhutibhushan Wild Life Sanctuary

Parmadan Forest, South Bengal – An ideal place for you this weekend

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Want to get lost amidst nature, wish to feel the love of nature or paint your thoughts in the green canvass of nature ? Then Bibhutibhushan Wild Life Sanctuary (Parmadan Forest) is an ideal place for you this weekend. It is here where the chirps of melodious birds will steal your heart and you can ask nature in complete wonder “how did you become so beautiful that made Bibhutibhushan Wild Life Sanctuaryme stunned?”. The marvellous greenery of the forest will definitely bring your youth back and so get ready to challenge your age. Insert the earphone and in a very low volume listen to the sweet melody of the music. Your mind and body will definitely wave in its rhythm after seeing the panoramic beauty of nature, which is a feast for the eyes.

Places to see at Parmadan forest: It seems that nature has generously bestowed the place with all her beauty by decorating it with magnificent landscapes. The deodhar trees stand in a straight line in the midst of Sal and Shegun trees. The sweet whistles of parrots will entertain you all throughout. This place is ideal for the shutter-bugs as it houses various species of birds including the sun-birds. You may also catch the glimpse of scared monkey who might run away after seeing you. The imprisoned Macaw, peacocks, and the adjoining children’s park really makes the place eco-friendly. It is also adorned with many other things. There is a deer park inside the sanctuary which is a home to around 150 deer. Do watch the bee hives on the trees and observe their movements after they collect the honey. The bowed bamboo trees which have created their own shelter will also amaze you. The Bibhutibhushan Wild Life Sanctuary-deerview of the meandering Ichamati River beside the deer park is also breath-taking. The village huts on the opposite side of the river complete the whole scenery. Lock all these portraits in the camera of your heart. The site of the fishermen throwing their fishing nets will also enthral you.

Things to do at Parmadan Forest: It is a perfect picnic spot. You may also go for a boat ride in the heart of Ichamati River. If you want to do nothing then just wander around the whole sanctuary and refresh yourself by breathing its bracing breeze.

Best time to visit Parmadan Forest: You can visit the place throughout the year. However it is better to avoid the place for picnics during the monsoon. The winter is the ideal time to visit the place.

How to go ?

By rail: Take a train from Sealdah or Ranaghat to reach Bongaon. A rickshaw ride from Bongaon will take you to Motiganj. Take a bus or auto from there to reach Kolombagan. From there take a van to reach Noldugri. Parmadan Forest is just 2 minutes walk from there.

By Bus: Buses departing for Duttapulia will take you to Kolombagan from where you can reach Parmadan forest via Noldugri.

By Car: Drive along Jessore Road to reach Motiganj. Take a left to reach Kolombagan from there or from Duttapulia reach Noldugri.

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Where to stay?

There is a WBFDC tourist lodge in the sanctuary with dinning facilities. For booking details you may contact:

West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited
6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : 033-2237-0060/ 2237-0061/ 2225-8549
Website: www.wbfdc.com

There are no other eateries and lodges available nearby.

Those coming for picnics can hire the gas ovens and other equipments required for cooking from outside. There is a big hoarding outside the sanctuary.

Trip tips: Do not forget to book the tickets before entering the sanctuary. Entrance fee: Rs. 60. For picnic you will have to pay Rs.5 extra per person. You need not bear any expenses for arranging the picnic. Carrying any sound system here is prohibited. For boat rides you have to make the arrangements of your own. Boat riding is not arranged by forest department. Carry mosquito repellent with you for night stay. Don’t forget to carry the medicines for urgent requirements as there are no medicine shops nearby.

Green tips: Try not to make noises inside the forest. Don’t disturb the birds or pick anything from plants. If you want to enjoy the taste of the fresh fish then you can take it from the fisherman. Avoid carrying plastic bags or throwing plastic goods.

Total Cost: For picnic it costs Rs 200 per person (including travel expense). For night stay in lodges it requires Rs.200-300 (per person). Total expense for a whole day and night is Rs. 600 approx (per person).

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Ashanboni

Ashanboni, Jharkhand – Surrounded by green mountains, hills, rivers and streams

AshanboniAshanboni is just 17 km from Jamshedhpur at the foot of Dolma Hills. It is like a halting town. This quaint destination is surrounded by green mountains, hills, rivers and streams which are the tourist attraction. The spectacular natural beauty of the location is breath-taking. Dalma Hill which is just 9 kms away is also worth visiting. From Ashaboni, Ranchi is around 120 kms.

Places to see at Ashanboni: Ashaboni is admired for a number of sightseeing destinations like the Chandil Dam, Dolma Wildlife Sanctuary, Jayda Temple and the Sai Baba Temple.

AshanboniThe Chandil Dam boasting a colossal height of 220 meter is built on River Subarnarekha. The location is also ideal for boating. The Karkori River, which originates from the Hundru falls blend with the Swarnarekha River at Chandil. The ideal time for visiting the place is November to February. The dam featuring a huge water reservoir is a nice place to spend a winter afternoon enjoying boating.

You can also visit the museum located near the Chandil Dam. The museum showcases some valuable collections of 200 years old scripts, inscribed on rocks. A visit to the open air Sheesh Mahal Auditorium near the Chandil Dam should also be a part of your itinerary.

You can also organize a day trip to the Dolma Wild Life Sanctuary from Ashanboni. The sanctuary is famous as the refuge of Deer and Elephants. However, you need to acquire an entry permit to Dolma Sanctuary from the checkpost by paying a minimum Entry fee. Another popular attraction is the nearby Sai Baba Temple. This renowned religious temple of Sai Baba stands for universal brotherhood, peace and unity. The nearby Jayda Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is another popular attraction nearby. A huge fair is held every year at the site on the eve of Makar Sankranti.

Nearby attractions at Ashanboni: If you want to explore further, you can take a tour to Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand located around 130 km from Ashanboni. Visit the Dassam Falls across the Kanchi River, located some 80 km from Ashanboni and it takes around 1.5 hrs to reach the destination. Other notable nearby attractions are Jubilee Park, Dimna Lake and TISCO complexes.

Things to do at Ashanboni: You can enjoy a nature walk, while savouring the breathtaking natural beauty of the destination, enjoy boating in Chandil Dam Lake and take a nature walk in forests of Dolma Hills.

Best time to visit Ashanboni: Though you can visit Ashanboni any time of the year, the best time to visit is from November to February.

How to go ?

The nearest railway station of Ashaboni is located at Tatanagar, just 17 kms away. Moreover, Ashanboni is also connected with Ranchi, Jamshedpur and West Bengal by NH 32 and NH 33.

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Where to stay ?

Decent accommodations are provided by a number of private resorts located in Ashanboni. Dining facilities are also offered by these resorts. Some options are:

Hill View Resort:  9831095234
Tenth Mile Stone Resort:  9830203973

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Hazaribagh

Hazaribagh, Jharkhand – A place that is adorned by thousands gardens

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The literal meaning of Hazaribagh is a place that is adorned by thousands gardens. The district lies on the Chota Nagpur plateau of Jharkhand. The panoramic natural beauty of the destination located amidst the lush green dense forest and enriched with exotic flora and fauna will amaze you.

Places to see at Hazaribag: Hazaribagh which is primarily a health resort is admired by a number of tourist attractions. The HazaribaghHazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, nestled in the low hilly region is worth visiting. The site extends over an area of over 184 sq. km. of plains, steep hills and nullahs, covered with lush green grass meadows and tropical forest. The sanctuary is refuge to a number of wild animals like Nilgai, wild bear, Chital, Sambhar, tigers and panthers. The sanctuary features several watchtowers to facilitate a close encounter with the wild.

Another popular attraction is the Hazaribagh Lake, which is also a sought after picnic spot and a popular site for water sports. You can also pay a visit to the Canary Hill, lying adjacent to the town, which is admired with a nice park and three small lakes and a watchtower. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the town from the top of the hill.

Nearby attractions around Hazaribagh: The magnificent Parasnath (90 km.), the highest hill in Bihar located in the eastern margin of the Hajaribag plateau, is truly charming. The hill located in the Giridih district is also home to the ParasnathTemple, Hazaribagh-Wildlife-Sanctuaryfrequented by the Jain pilgrims. You can also visit the temple of Rajrappa, renowned for housing the idol of Ma Chhina Mastika. The site is also famous as the confluence of rivers Damodar and Bhera. The Tilaiya Dam, located 52 km from Hajaribagh is another spot of tourist attraction, which was built by the Damodar Valley Corporation across the River Barakar, mainly for controlling floods. Tourists are really enthralled by viewing the extensive reservoir and the spectacular hillocks.

You can also drive along the GT road to Hari Har Dham, located at Bagodhar, renowned for housing a Shiv Ling measuring 52 ft. Hundreds of tourists also visit Surajkund, 65 km from Hazaribagh, famous for hot water spring. Conducted tours are also organized by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation.

Things to do at Hazaribagh: The Tourist Complex built few kilometers away from the Tilaiya Dam, is a perfect place for the sport enthusiasts, where they can enjoy several water sports and boating as well. The Hazaribagh Lake is also a popular place for water sports. You can also enjoy a nature walk, savouring the spectacular view of the town.

Best time to visit Hazaribagh: The best time to visit Hazaribagh is between October and April.

How to go ?

There are a number of options to reach Hazaribagh. You can avail buses from Ranchi and Patna heading to Hazaribagh. Luxury coach services are also operated by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation via Hazaribagh. Kodarma is the nearest railway station from the destination. If you want to avail flight, the nearest airport is Ranchi.

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Where to stay ?

You can spot a number of private hotels at Hazaribagh. Some options are:

Hotel Satkar Guest House: 9431153830
Ganga Palace: 6546-234457, 9835789987
Devi Rest House: 9234078888,9234019380
Hotel Aranya Vihar: 9234043037

Dining facilities are also offered by most of the hotels. If you are a street food lover, you can try out snacks like bada, aloo chop, samosas, tikki chat, matka kulfi or steaming maal pua.

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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