Kolakham in Neora valley, Darjeeling

Kolakham is a very tiny, charming village in Neora valley National park. It is a very pleasant and ideal tourist spot with its charming nature, and amazing bio-diversity. It is nearly 108 km from Siliguri. From here you can see the majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the highest falls of the district.

We become bored by our hackneyed routine of life. We need some refreshment. Kolakham is the ideal tourist spot for that. The silence of the valley gives you the enjoyment.

Kolakham- a small, charming village in Neora valley in Darjeeling district
Image taken by author on 17 August 2012


Kolakham is located in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is about 6100ft height in eastern Himalayan range. It is located on the tri-junction of Bhutan, Sikkim and West Bengal.

Best time to visit Kolakham

You can go there any time of the year but winter season is the peak time to see the Mt. Kanchenjungha and the memorizing sunrise. You can also enjoy the atmosphere of monsoon season. The terrible beauty of chhangey falls can be enjoyed in monsoon.

Attraction and places to visit in Kolakham

If you love nature, birds and flowers, Kolakham is very attractive and suitable for you. Wildlife is abundance here. Flowers, birds, Neora River and simple lifestyle of the Rai community are the assets of this village. You can see the amazing bio-diversity of endangered species of animals and birds. Neora valley national park lies in the Red Data book of IUCN. The park has more than 31 species of mammals which include red panda, clouded leopard, goral, wild dog, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan thar etc. There are about 200 species of birds including many rarest species are among them. Nature has gifted Kolakham a various types of colorful wild orchids. It seems to you that nature has engaged its all powers to make this valley. You can enjoy the whole day by listening the call of birds or watching the butterflies fluttering around the flowers. The deep charming pine forest is also very beautiful. Cascading waterfalls adds to the charm to Kolakham. The waterfall is about 200ft in height. It is the biggest waterfall in Darjeeling district. The name of the waterfall is Chhangey, which is about 4km from Neora valley national park. You can see the various charming peak of eastern Himalayan range. The third highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga can be seen from here. Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabru and Mt. Kabrudome are standing against the stretched sky. You can see the 180 degree angle view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other peaks of the eastern Himalayan range. You can trip by car to Neora valley national park. The lava monestry is very near from Kolakham.
The villagers of Kolakham belong to Rai community. They are very simple. The Rai community welcomes all visitors very heartily. You can enjoy the rich culture of the Rai community by their local dance and music groups. Here cardamom is the major crops. Many villagers also cultivate maize.
There are also arrangements of rock climbing, trekking and rope traversing to make your trip more interesting.

How to reach Kolakham

The tourist spot is well connected with the transport system. You can go there by air. The nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 130km away from Kolakham. You can hire rented cars from the airport to Kolakham via Kalimpong and Dam dim.
The nearest railway station is Malbazar from where rented cars are available to Kolakham. You can also go there from New Jalpaiguri station which is 117km away. Rented cars are also available from here.


You can enjoy the view of the nature very much from these hotels:
  • Eco resort

  • Spring Vale resorts

  • Hotel Orchid

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Author: Partha K.29 Jul 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 7

Nowadays the tourists avoid crowded hill-stations like Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong in West Bengal. More and more newer and relatively unexplored tourist spots are being discovered and developed by the Tourism Department of West Bengal and the trekkers. Kolkaham is one such tourist spot. It is located just outside the Neora Valley National Park (Please go through this article: Visiting Neora Valley National Park - where sunlight hardly reaches the ground). Kolakham village is located just outside the entrance of this National Park.

This small village is an ideal place for bird-watching. Some of the birds that can be seen in Kolakham are woodpeckers of various species, hawks of various species, pigeons, warblers, robin, cicadas, finch, pheasants, cuckoos, parrots, babblers, bulbuls and eagles. During winter, migratory birds come to this place from colder regions. Different types of butterflies can also be seen near the Changey Waterfall very near to Kolakham.

Nowadays, many new attractions are being developed for the tourists at Kolakham, but I feel that these attractions are hampering the serenity of the forest and nature.

Kolakham is located at a distance of around 10 km from Lava, another tourist spot. The road is very difficult to negotiate and jeep should be preferred to cover this distance. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP). From NJP, the distance of Lava via Kalimpong is 110 km.

Concluding my comments, I thank the author for this beautiful article on a lesser-known tourist spot of West Bengal.

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