Wildlife Hotspots of Bankura

You will find wildlife to frame in your personal gadget. But make sure you have proper guidance on the trails. Please contact us to have a local guide.

Mukutmanipur

Mukutmanipur is well known for its high diversity of waterbirds as well as grassland birds but there is a small zone where you can watch deer. The area is fenced and home to above than a hundred chital deer. The area is so diverse that Government announced this as a Conservation Reserve. Whenever you go, come back within 6.30 pm. The whole nature is overwhelming during the morning and evening time.
In terms of solely Birds, Mukutmanipur is number one. More than five thousand winter migrants visit this huge waterbody each year. They generally arrive in late November and stay till almost the last week of February. The winter migrants include large flocks of Lesser Whistling teal, Red-crested Pochard, Gadwall, Common Coot, different Terns, Swallow, Wagtails, etc. You may also see Darters, Spot-billed Duck, Grebes, and the main attraction – Rufous-tailed Lark. Recently many types of Buntings have also been found in Mukutmanipur.

Ranibandh-Sutan's Twelve Mile Forest

Here comes solitude. The vast, over 50 square km forest will give you pure silence. For raw nature with Wildlife just put your shoe outside the main blacktop roads. There are many off roads which can be accessed by motorcycle and even cars. Just get into any of them and if you are lucky you may see a peacock dancing between the red rocky road.
Here nature hides everything. You have to wait and this vast undulating diverse forest slowly unfolds itself. You may encounter an Indian wolf or a deer or suddenly found a big field of “Babui” grass between a dense forest. You can freely walk through the forest without any fear because the whole area is out of the elephant migration route and for this, the “Mayurjharna Elephant Reserve” is a dead project nowadays. Roam freely, watch lots of wildflowers along with Palash, and orchids, feel the wing beats of Malkoha, and Pitta and share your rare findings with us.

Susunia

Susunia stays at the top because of its wildlife availability. Even a new nature lover can see various types of Birds, Butterflies, and other small fauna and quite a significant number of flora. The main attraction in wildlife includes Rock Agama, different Owls, Thrushes, Indian Pitta, Paradise Flycatchers, different Bee-Eaters, Black Eagle, Munias, etc. The rocky sal forest and grasses are home to different small mammals also. If you want to see a lot of wildlife in a short time, Susunia will not disappoint you.

Kadamdeuli

This is a small dam on the Silabati river. This small place is well known in the Bird lovers’ community because of its unpredictable winter bird diversity. We won’t elaborate on it, you have to come to watch its feathered wonders. The area is popular for migratory water birds.

Joypur Forest

In terms of Wildlife availability, solitude and diversity it is the best wildlife area in the entire western part of West Bengal, but in our list, it came in number five because of the huge presence of residents and migratory elephants. If you want to visit nature and do wildlife photography, please go to the forest department first or call them for an elephant location then arrange your trip. Don’t walk through the jungle. Even from the car, you may watch a flock of deer crossing the road, Herds of elephants going slowly, or a rare Black Francolin or Crested Bunting calling. Enjoy the dense sal forest, contact locals, and be safe. All these words are for solely wildlife lovers not for normal tourists. We can’t tell a normal tourist that you can see lots of deer crossing roads. Best wishes.

Gangdua

This is a small dam on the Sali river. Small but beautiful with the backdrop of Susunia. If you want to remember a sunset till death, we recommend this place with the sunken boat in the foreground and the red sun with Susunia hill in the background. The area also possesses significant wildlife with lots of weavers, swallows, pipit, wagtails, ibis, etc. After sunset, you can watch and hear the Nightjars.

Biharinath

This is the Araku valley of West Bengal, according to us the forgotten isolated tourist destination waiting for you to explore. Recently Spurfowl is found in these dense forests. There is a narrow trail through the Hills. We recommend following the trail on the main Biharinath hill and freely roaming through the surrounding small hills. Here Common Babbler is seriously common. There are various rare Butterfly life Nawab, Rajah, etc, and predators like wolves, Hyena, etc. Don’t visit in peak summer. This is a perfect two-day nightstand for a nature enthusiast. We recommend visiting in winter or in post-monsoon.
Oh, almost forgot to tell you, search for painted grasshoppers, there are many besides the main pond.