Jhargram: For A Weekend Break Amidst Nature

Jhargram: For A Weekend Break Amidst Nature
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This former royal town is the gateway to the forests on the south-western part of Bengal

OT Staff
September 21 , 2022
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Lying at a distance of nearly 170km from Kolkata, Jhargram town, the headquarters of the eponymous district, is a commercial hub in the south-western corner of West Bengal. While most visitors arrive in Jhargram to explore its former palaces (the Jhargram Raj Palace also runs a boutique home stay on its premises) and temples, you can also base yourself here for a tour of the nearby forests, known for their wildlife and scenic beauty.

Located at the edge of Jhargram town, is an eco-tourism centre and tribal museum which will acquaint you with the indigenous culture and lifestyle of the region.

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Or, you can head to the Kanak Durga Sacred Grove, about 15km from Jhargram town. Although most people visit the forest for the ancient temple dedicated to goddess Durga, this sacred grove is said to be one of the key biodiversity zones of the country. According to reports, the grove contains over 300 species of plants, including medicinal plants and over 20 species of smaller animals. A forested path leads to the Dulung River.

One the way to Kanak Durga temple, you can stop at Kendua (about 10km from Jhargram town). This forested village is home to several bird species. During monsoon, it sees local migration of birds, especially open-billed storks. These birds usually arrive in June for breeding and fly away by November after raising their chicks. But according to some travellers, lack of signage makes it difficult to find this village.

The former deer park near the town has been converted to a mini zoo, which is a must visit if you have children in tow.

Or, if you want to go off the beaten track, head to Garh Shalboni, a forested village retreat lying between Jhargram and Lodhashuli forest. Stay at a homestay to explore the surrounding forest consisting of Sal, Teak, Mahua, and other trees. You may also visit Belpahari, Lodhashuli and Kankrajhore forests, all lying within easy driving distance. From Belpahari, you may explore Ghagra Waterfalls, Gadrashini hill, Tarafeni Dam, etc., all situated amidst forests.

With the hills of Belpahari and Kankrajhor in the north and the Subarnarekha river in the south, the district offers diverse natural attractions. Even driving from one destination to another can be fun as you pass through long, lonely stretches of forests.

A word of caution: The area is often visited by wild elephants. But do not go into confrontation with the herds as it can be dangerous.


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