Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary: A small but beautiful sanctuary on the plains of Bengal

Have you heard about Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary? It is very near to Kolkata. Tourists can easily enjoy the nature at this Sanctuary at a very reasonable cost. Some other tourist spots can also be visited simultaneously. Know the details.

The State of West Bengal has fifteen wildlife sanctuaries and six national parks. These sanctuaries and national parks are spread all over the State. In another two articles, I described Singalila National Park (Reference: Singalila National Park) and Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary (Reference: Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary). Singalila National Park is on the lap of Eastern Himalayas and Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is at the Tarai region of Bengal. In the present article, I am going to mention Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary, a small but beautiful sanctuary on the plains of West Bengal.

Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Nadia District of West Bengal. It is located almost on the NH-34 at a distance of approximately 135 Kilometers from Kolkata, the State Capital, and 24 Kilometers from Krishnanagar, the District Headquarter of Nadia District. The Sanctuary was formally established in 1980 and covers only 67 Hectares of land.

Animals and trees in the Sanctuary

Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary is known for different types of deer. Spotted deer, Golden deer are found in abundance in the sanctuary. The number of deer has been increasing steadily. In addition to deer, wild boars, jackals, hyenas, porcupines are seen in the Sanctuary. More importantly, rare Gharials (Indian alligators) can be seen at the Rehabilitation Centre. Tortoises and herons are found near a shallow lake inside the Sanctuary. However, tigers and elephants are absent in this Sanctuary. In addition, beautiful butterflies are an added attraction of Bethuadahari and nearby Bangariya Forest Plantation. Lepidopterologists regularly visit this Sanctuary to study various types of butterflies. At the entrance of the Sanctuary, there is a Nature Interpretation Centre containing staffed animals, clay models and various charts regarding the animals and plants of Bethuadahari.

The lush green grasslands of the Sanctuary attract the tourists. In addition to grassland, Sal, Arjan, Teak, Banyan, Wild Mango and Hamjam trees can be seen at Bethuadahari.

How to visit the sanctuary

Bethuadahari Sanctuary is located at a distance of 135 Kilometers from Kolkata, the nearest airport. From Sealdah and Kolkata stations, regular train service and bus service are available for Krishnanagar. Bethuadahari is only 24 Kilometers from Krishnanagar. Rental cars, taxis and other conveyances are available from Krishnanangar up to the entrance of the Sanctuary.

Best time to visit

Bethuadahari Sanctuary is open throughout the year. Every season presents the different type of beauty of nature. But the tourists generally visit during monsoon and during winter.

Where to stay: Other facilities

Many tourists visit this Sanctuary from Krishnanagar. In addition, just outside the entrance of the Sanctuary, there are many budget hotels for stay. These hotels provide hygienic food and accommodation at reasonable price. Accommodation at a beautiful resort is available at a distance of ten minutes' drive from the entrance of Bethuadahari Sanctuary. This resort provides all modern facilities to the tourists of the upper-middle-class category.

At the entrance, experienced guides are available who assist the tourists to watch the floras and faunas of the forest.

Other important places to visit

Tourists who come to Bethuadahari for two-three days, can visit nearby Nabadwip and Mayapur, two most important places of Vaishnava culture of Bengal. Nabadwip/ Mayapur is also the birthplace of Shri Chaitanya, the first renaissance-man of Bengal. Tourists interested in history, can also visit the relics of Nawabs of Bengal at Murshidabad. Krishnanagar and Baharampur are also historically important which can be visited by the tourists very easily.

Concluding comments

Bethuadahari Sanctuary is a ideal place to visit for two-three days from Kolkata. It will definitely be a rejuvenating experience for the tourists at a very reasonable expense.

Article by Partha K.
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