A popular weekend getaway, Mukutmanipur in the Bankura district of West Bengal, is around 209 km from Kolkata. Set in the backdrop of lush green forests, crystal clear water and green hills, this serene town is situated at the confluence of Kumari and Kangsabati rivers. There is a dam at Mukutmanipur is said to be the second largest earthen dam in the country and is one of the attractions of tourists. The undulating terrain along the southern edge of the Kangsabati water reservoir spreads as a three-dimensional necklace in green and terracotta. There is also a man-made 10.8 km fresh water barrage that supplies water for irrigation in the nearby districts of Bankura, Purulia and Midnapore. Tucked amid natural beauty, this place is attracted by religious people as well. It is an abode of amazing Jain temples and is a place for Jain followers.
Why To Go
As the place is located in the Bankura district, the most convenient and comfortable time to visit is from October to March. During this time the weather is pleasant and nights can are really cold, which makes your trip enjoyable. Summers are scorching and mercury may soar up to 45°C. Monsoon time is not recommended for visiting due to heavy rainfall. Carry enough woollens if you visit during winter as it is very chilling. Because of beautiful sceneries, do not forget to carry a camera.
Things To Do
A short trip at Mukutmanipur would leave you enthralling and refreshed. Kangsabati Dam: The Kangsabati Dam or a water reservoir is located around 2 km from Bangopalpur Reserve Forest and 12 km away from Khatra town in the Bankura District. The second largest earthen dam in India was constructed in 1956 and is bordered by forests. The view at sunset that merges with the entire horizon is simply breathtaking. A popular picnic spot, it is frequented by tourists. Bangopalpur Reserve Forest: Located approximately 2 km from the lake or the dam is the Bangopalpur Reserve Forest, a home of many species of flora and fauna. A place of natural beauty, this place cannot be barred if you travel to Mukutmanipur. Ambikanagar: 55km away from Bankura and 3.5 km from Mukutmanipur. Ambikanagar is a famous Jain pilgrimage. An ancient city situated by the river, it is also known for its tribal population and their culture and handicraft items that are made from bamboo and grass. Banpurkuria Deer Park: Located only 2 km from Mukutmanipur, the place is famous for the deer park. A home to a wide variety of deer, this park is also well decorated and maintained. The Deer Park and can be reached by a rented boat and then you may walk or take a rickshaw.
The best way to get around the greens and forests is to walk around or take a motor or cycle rickshaw. A good walk along the dam is also very exciting and thrilling. Keep your camera ready so as not to miss any candid shots.
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Jhilimili: Located on the banks of Kangsabati river and 15 km from Mukutmanipur, Jhilimili is a quaint place thronged by picnic lovers. A travel from from Ranibandh to Jhilimili offers a magnificent view of the lush green forest. During Makar Sankranti, the santhals celebrate the Tusu festival here. Parasnath Hill: Named after the 23rd Tirthankaras of the Jains, the Parasnath Hill is actually located in Giridih district of Jharkhand state. Around 235 km from Mukutmanipur, this place has as many as 20 temples some of which were built more than 2000 years ago. It is believed that 20 out of 24 Tirthankars have attained their deliverance here on the highest peak, Sammet Sikhar.