Koro Hill is quite a popular tourist attraction in Bankura. The hill is 400 feet high with a hamlet called Amarkanan at its foothills. This scenic location is only 19 kilometers away from Bankura and is a favored picnic and trekking spot for tourists and locals alike. Do avoid the months of May, June and July if you wish to trek the mountain due to heavy rainfall. Visit during the other 9 months and enjoy the surroundings and the village.

Like every other tourist spot in Bankura, this place also has a beautiful and old temple of Devi Ashtabhuja or Durga also known as Savitri situated atop the hill behind which you will notice a Shivalinga along with his pet the Bull. There is also Badrinath Hill close by which is an established center of Jainism. The diversity in the flora of this hill is mesmerizing. Amarkanan village derives its name from the famous freedom fighter Amar Chattopadhyay. The Ram Krishna Seva Dal Ashram situated in this village has realized the mission of the freedom fighter helping the people become independent. This Ashram which has now become one of the supreme attractions of the village was established by Dri Gobinda Prasad Singha, who was a zamindar and a Gandhian freedom fighter himself.

The ashram has a formidable history and was visited by the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Satish Dasgupta and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose among others. In fact, the prolific poet Kazi Nazrul had composed a song “Amarkanan moder Amarkanan” during his stay at the ashram.

How to Reach


It is easy to reach the Koro Hills and Amarkanan from Bankura by boarding a bus. The journey is quite smooth through the village roads. If you are coming from Durgapur, board the Durgapur-Bankura bus from SBSTC and you can reach the spot. Private minibuses are also available from Durgapur (39 km) or Bankura (22 km) via Amarkanan.

Koro Hills is a beautiful tourist destination and standing at the temple you can view the Gangdua Dam on Shali River and also the famous Susunia hills within 12 kilometers distance from Koro Hills. The Amarkanan is a lovely getaway from the din and bustle of city life where you can savor the simple and easygoing lifestyle of the ashramites. The breathtaking scenery has a tranquilizing effect on tired nerves and you will enjoy nature’s abundance at the Koro Hills.

 Where to stay at Koro Hills


For people willing to enjoy a night’s stay or two at the Koro Hills in Bankura there are plenty of options. The Ramkrishna Sebadal Ashram authority has in fact constructed a guest house for that purpose. It is known as the Ramkrishna Sebadal Ashram Guest House and Mandir Guest House. In addition, there is a forest bungalow as well for the ones willing to take that route.

In order to book the bungalow you can contact or get in touch with the DFO of the northern Division. Here are the details:

DFO- North Division, Bankura
PC- 722101

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Ranibandh is a community development block in Bankura district’s Khatra subdivision. This administrative division of Khatra in Bankura in West Bengal is served by the Ranibandh police station with its headquarters at Ranibandh. If you are traversing the distance from Bankura to Jhilimili (a tourists attraction in Khatra subdivision of Bankura perched on the hill top—primarily known for its picturesque natural beauty featuring dense forests), Ranibandh will be found exactly at 40 kilometers and Mukutmanipur at 18 kilometers.

Mukutmanipur is one of the beautiful attractions, located near this city. The Bankura (BQK) railway station is located nearby (placed 16.5 kilometers away). The nearest airport is at Kolkata (173 kilometers away). Besides, Mukutmanipur (a famous backwater getaway in West Bengal), other centers of attraction are Jamshedpur and Bishnupur (known for its heritage and culture).

Ranibandh remains a “natural” spectacle spreading across a good 7100 hectares, covered by around a dozen of hills and trees or vegetation like Palash, Arjun, Amlaki, Bahera, Piyashal and others. It is also home to several tribal groups including “Mundaa”, “Orao”, “Bhumij”, and “Shantaals”. You can view the God of these tribal groups perched on the peak of the hill/mountain. The cascading “Kangsabati River” flows by the side of the hills/mountains as well—thus adding to the overall beauty of the place. You can arrange for a quick tour to the nearby Taalberia from Ranibandh as well. If you are really looking forward to a quiet weekend sojourn, then Ranibandh can be an affordable option.

Where to stay


Ranibandh Forest Guest House (right at the middle of the forest)

DFO: South Bankura, Bankura (Zila Parishad Bungalow)

Balaka Parjatak Nibash (belonging to Panchayak Samiti)

Nearby places you can visit


Ranibandh can be visited from nearby Bashpahari Tamajuri, Shiyarbeda, Bholabeda Belpahari Shilda and Jhaargram. You can avail jeeps from Ranibandh as well

You can visit Purulia from Jhilimili (10 kms from Ranibandh) as well.

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Baghmundi is a small community development block located in the administrative division of Purulia. Every year thousands of tourists visit this place to witness the natural beauty of the magnificent Ayodhya Hills and the many dams. The picturesque landscape here consists of undulating hills, cascading waterfalls, lush green forests with rich variety of flora and fauna. Travelers can get a variety of experience from historical and archeological sites to eco tourism.

Ayodhya Hill, not very far from Baghmundi, is of immense mythological significance to the Hindus. It is believed that Lord Ram with his wife Sita had come to Ayodhya Hill during their exile. Lord Ram had pierced the earth with his arrow to bring out a gush of water to quench Sita’s thirst. From then, this place has been named Sita-kunda. On a Baisakhi full moon day, tribals from surrounding villages assemble here to join the game of hunting animals. They hunt small animals like rabbits and jungle hen.

Bagmundi Rajbari is a heritage building which dates back to 1733. Tourists visit this Rajbari mainly to see the Radha Govinda Temple housed inside the palace. This temple has been built in the form of ‘atchala’ or eight domed. One noticeable feature about this temple is that it is adorned by the geometrical and floral designs. A relatively new temple has terracotta figurines of Ram and Sita with their entourage placed on a podium or the ‘rasmancha’. Other terracotta figures represent the different episodes of Krishna like Krishna upholding the Gobardhan Parbat, the killing of Bakasur and Krishna surrounded by his Gopikas.

Purulia is famous for Chau dance. The exclusivity of Chau dance are the elaborate masks that the dancers have to wear. The masks used in the dance are made in the Charida village in Bagmundi area. The deft artisans known a sutradharas have been engaged in making Chau masks for generations. The elaborate mask speaks about their skills. Visit to this village is a must.

Travelers who are interested to know and learn about how tribals live and eat can visit the small tribal hamlets scattered around Baghmundi area. The tribals will welcome you to their home and even offer a cup of tea.

Tugga and Bramni falls near Baghmundi are favorite picnic spots. These dams are set in picturesque locales. The area is covered by tall Sal trees which bear testimony to the history of the place. The rich flora is the home to many varieties of birds. This is a perfect place to enjoy a lazy day with family and friends.

The Purulia Pump Storage Project is a 900 MW capacity hydro-electric project in this area. This mega project is set up in Ayodhya Hills near Bagmundi police station with assistance from Japan bank for International Cooperation. The project has been a major source of employment in this region.

Bagmundi with its surrounding areas in Purulia is definitely worth a visit and a great weekend escapade from the city hum drum. It is a tranquil and a serene place where you can replenish your energy and bounce back to the hectic city life.

Getting there and accommodation


To reach Baghmundi, one has to get down at Birbhum station and then by road to Baghmundi Bazaar. Tourists have to find accommodation in Purulia or nearby Ayodhya Hills.

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Do you feel claustrophobic and want to escape from the busy city life, the heat, the pollution?  Garpanchkot in Purulia is a great new found weekend getaway. Nestled in the foothills of Panchakot also known as the Panchet hill, in the north-east corner of Purulia district, this enchanting tourist destination is located close to the boundary of Burdwan and Jharkhand. It is the best place to relax your mind and body. Garpanchkot is an ideal mix of everything from forests, hills, water bodies and is steeped in rich history.

Reaching Garpanchkot


Garpanchkot can be conveniently and comfortably reached both by road and by train. The nearest station is Barakar. Tourists can board the Black Diamond from Howrah early morning and then reach Barakar within 4 hours. From the station, you can hire a car or an auto from the station to Garpanchkot.

However, journey by road is far more enjoyable than by train. From Adra it is only 25 kms and from Barakar it is 34 kms. From Kolkata, you have to reach Asansol and from there via Deshergarh to Garpanchkot. From Purulia it is 65 kms by road.

History


Garhpanchkot has a rich past steeped in history. The meaning of ‘Garh’ is fort. According to some trusted sources in history, garh was a part of the Singh Deo dynasty of Panchkot located at the southern foothills. The ruin of the temples and forts still stand stoic bearing testimony to the long forgotten history.

Attractions


Garpanchkot can be described as a forgotten history amongst awe-inspiring natural beauty. The vast expanse of rolling hills and verdant green forests is soothing for the tired mind and body. The serpentine roads will lead you to the old Garhpanchkot temple. Today the ruins of the temple are visible amidst the greenery.  The local people call it Raja Garh meaning the fort of the temple. The remnants of the forts and the temples remain scattered across the jungle. In their quietness one can feel the uncanny history that lies buried in these ruins. Various types of flora and fauna can be spotted in the jungle. You can also stroll down to the nearby Santhal villages to get a feel of how they lead their life in the jungle.

Panchet Dam is another favorite tourist destination near Garhpanchkot. This place is apt for nature lovers. Here one can make good sense of the natural beauty of the Panchet hills. There is a park in the dam area, beautifully landscaped and very neat and clean. One can spend time with family and friends in the park.  There is a tribal village close to the dam where you can experience trekking and walking.

Staying there


There is a wonderful resort built and managed by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC). The resort spans a large area with small cottages or houses. The rooms the big and squeaky clean. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the spacious dining hall in the middle of the campus which is a round building made of glass.

Garpanchkol is all about distant hills, quiet nature that will refresh and energize you.

Booking: Phone – 033-23350064

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Ayodhya Hills in the district of Purulia, West Bengal is an amazing tourist destination known for its natural beauty. Ayodhya hills are an extension of the Dalma range in Jharkhand. Each year hundreds of tourists visit the hills to witness the scenic beauty of the forests in and around Ayodhya hills. The hills are covered with dense forests with a variety of flora and fauna. The dense forests are a home to different species of wild animals. Gorshabru is the highest peak in Ayodhya and stands tall at an altitude of 610 meters. The presence of numerous waterfalls amidst the forests makes them even more beautiful.

Reaching the Forests of Ayodhya Hills


Ayodhya Hills are located at a distance of 42 kilometers from the Purulia town. From Kolkata Purulia Sadar town is only 260 kilometers. Everyday buses from Kolkata will take you to Purulia. There are several trains connecting Howrah and Purulia.

The Forests


The forests cover the undulating hills as a green blanket. The forests of Matha Hill are known for their scenic beauty and the place gives you a feel as if it has been painted on canvas. Small tribal villages are nestled in these forests. Visit these small villages to feel the lifestyle of tribal people. The tribes are known for their friendly nature and hospitality. They welcome all tourists and even offer them tea and talk to them.

pakhi pahar

Hill of Birds

Pakhi Hill which means the ‘Hill of Birds’ is one of best tourist attractions. Bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts can spot different species of migratory birds and wild animals such as Pangolin, Leopards and Madras Tree Shrew. Elephants can also be spotted occasionally when the elephant herds cross the forests seasonally.
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Akash Balaka

 

Mayur Hill

Mayur Hill

If you do not want to miss the panoramic hilltop views a trip to Mayur Hill is a must. From the top of the mountain the view below is just amazing. Trekking and rock climbing are popular outdoor activities enjoyed by the visitors.
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Trekking in purulia

Trekking in purulia

Trekking trails are interesting as they walk the trekkers through beautiful sal and palash forests. Palash is also known as Flame of Forests. When in full bloom you can see the whole forest transform into a riot of colors.

 

 

Rock climbing in purulia

Rock climbing in purulia

Purulia Ayodhya Hills with the surrounding forests is also a favorite among rock climbers. Baghmundi a small block is the base camp for the rock climbers from where they start. Dams have been built to harness power from the waterfalls. Dam sites have been into exotic locales for picnic. It is relaxing to spend a day with your family and friends just loitering in the forests and soaking up the natural beauty.

Where to Stay?


 Since Ayodhya Hill and Purulia is fast developing as an important weekend destination. Wide range of accommodation has come up in this area suiting the needs and the budget of the travelers. The Tourism Department of West Bengal Government run many guest houses such as Niharika, Malancha, Bihabari, Anamika and Upekhita. There is a Forest Rest House in Ayodhya Hill that can be booked.

 

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