Ballavpur Wildlife SanctuaryOn your trip to Ballavpur in West Bengal one thing that you must not miss is to visit the all time famous Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary (or Ballavpur WLS). This famous sanctuary is spread across a 200 hectare area and lies on the periphery of Bolpur town in West Bengal. This place is renowned as a perfect weekend getaway from the Ballavpur town. This verdant sanctuary houses three huge water bodies which gives shelter to both resident and migratory birds in abundance. This famous sanctuary was set up in the year 1967 and is a home to a variety of spotted deer, foxes, blackbucks and jackals. The entire area within the sanctuary and around it is sheltered with jungle paths and watch towers. Tourists can stroll around through the jungle paths and catch glances of the numerous flora and fauna.
Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary
Attractions of Ballavpur Wildlife SanctuaryThe spotted deer and blackbucks are the prime attractions of Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary. Besides, one can also witness a plethora of migratory birds during the winter season such as Pintails, Lesser Whistlings and Teals, just to name a few. Apart from these, the sanctuary also houses a variety of resident birds such as White Bellied Treepies, Egrets, Cormorants, Black Hooded Orioles, Hoopoes and many more. Visitors can also observe extraordinary thick vegetation in the sanctuary which encompasses Sisoo, Amlaki, Sal, Cashewnut, Haritaki, Akashmoni, Bahera and many other kinds of trees. Tourists can cover the entire sanctuary on foot. One must carry binoculars to get a good view of the migratory birds.
Tourists can enjoy the initial hours of the daytime in taking pleasure in bird watching from the watch towers located in the vicinity of the water bodies (jheels or tanks). Visitors can also enjoy nature walk in the sanctuary. One can also observe some tribal villages located in the eastern borders of this sanctuary. Tourists can delve into the daily life of the tribals dwelling in these villages. In addition, tourists can also visit places like Kopai, Kankalitala, Shantniketan, Sonajhuri and Khowai that are located in the neighborhood of Bolpur and offer plenty of sightseeing options.
How to Reach Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary ?The sanctuary is located at 77 kms from the town of Ballavpur. The sanctuary remains open on all days of the week except Wednesdays.
The timings to visit the sanctuary are from 10 AM in the morning to 4 PM
in the afternoon. In order to reach the Ballavpur WLS by car one can take the NH 2 and then proceed towards the North on the old Midnapur road. Thereafter, move from NH 2 and drive towards Kuldiha. Next go on driving on the Morgram-Panagarh Highway towards Surul. Finally Shantiniketan will emerge and thereafter the destination can be reached after passing by the campus of Vishwa Bharti University (3 kms from the destination). The car route takes almost 2 hours to reach the destination from Ballavpur town.
Address: Ballavpur WLS, Amar Kutir Rd, Bolpur, W. B., Pin code- 731204
The sanctuary can also be reached via passenger trains by starting from the Raniganj Railway Station and then getting down at the Bolpur Railway Station. The state-owned buses can also be availed to get to this sanctuary.
Best Time to Visit Ballavpur Wildlife SanctuaryThe winter months remain pleasant with minimum temperature dropping down to 10 degree Celsius. Summer months are quite hot with maximum temperature shooting up to 40 degree Celsius or even above 40 at times. From June to September the sanctuary experiences the blissful monsoon time. Every year in August or September a grand fair which is famous as the “Poush Mela” is celebrated here. This fair is attended by thousands of individuals from the various towns and cities located in the vicinity. The rainy season is the best time to visit this lush sanctuary. During this time the place is soaked in vegetation. The deer of the sanctuary take pleasure in the rain. During the winter season a myriad of migratory birds make nests in the wet lands and water bodies of the sanctuary.
Options For Staying at Ballavpur SanctuaryThere are a number of excellent accommodation options near the Ballavpur Sanctuary. The Park Guest House stands out among the rest. This resort is located merely 4 kms from the Bolpur Rail Head and lies close to the Ballavpur WLS. The resort offers a tranquil atmosphere, an amicable staff and scrumptious food to its guests. The resort also houses a marvelously bedecked garden and is nestled opposite the vast “Lal Bandh” Lake. The rooms are adorned with ethnic furniture which represents the culture of Shantiniketan. The resort offers the latest facilities like AC rooms, 24 hours cold and hot water, telephone, Wi-Fi connection, colored TVs etc. Besides, there is an air-conditioned conference hall, parking space, a roof top restaurant (known as “Lal Killa”) and a garden restaurant which serves Chinese, Indian and Continental cuisines. The resort also offers car services to the people who wish to visit the places of attractions located in the vicinity.
Park Guest House
Address: Deer Park, Shantiniketan, Bolpur, Birbhum, W. B., Pin code- 731204
Phone number: 9434012420
Help Center number: 9378321552
Website Address: https://www.parkguesthouse.in/
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Shantiniketan Tourist Lodge
Phone numbers: 03463252398, 03463252669 and 9732100920
Website for online booking: www.westbengaltourism.gov.in
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Camellia Hotel and Resort, Jiraan The Retreat, Bolpur Lodge, Rater Tara Diner Rabi, Rangamati Garden Resort, Mark and Meadows, Country Roads etc. are some other hotels and resorts located near the Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition, there are also some Government-owned tourist lodges in Bolpur which lie within a distance of 5 kms from the sanctuary.