Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary near Shantiniketan,Bolpur
Covering approximately 200 hectares, Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the outskirts of Bolpur town. The sanctuary is home to three large lakes and these are vantage points for the bird watchers. The sanctuary has a deer conservation park and it is home to a large number of Cheethals (Spotted Deer), Blackbucks and animals such as jackals. A walk down the jungle path to any of the five watchtowers is a must for all visitors. The sanctuary has a dense local vegetation of Sal, Akashmoni, Sishoo, Cashewnut, Amlaki, Bahera, Haritaki and other trees. The most popular sightseeing spots near Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary, is Visva Bharati campus and its different departments, the most notable being Kala Bhavan. A stroll on the banks of the Khowai and Kopai rivers can be a good option on lazy afternoons. There are few tribal villages in the eastern fringes of the sanctuary where you can have a close look at village life. There is a nice and cozy luxury resort with swimming pool just 5 minutes walk from the sanctuary for the tourists. All the sightseeing attractions of Bolpur can be visited in day trips staying at Ballavpur.
How to reach Ballavpur-
How to reach: Take Shantiniketan Express and Viswa Bharati Fast Passenger to reach Bolpur. The sanctuary is an hour’s drive. In case you plan a road trip, it takes about 3-4 hours to reach Ballavpur from Kolkata. Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary is located 212 kms (via Panagarh and Darjeeling More) and 169 kms (via Guskara) from Kolkata by roadway, which takes around 3-4 hours to reach.
Nearby attractions of Ballavpur :
The most significant sightseeing options near Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary is the Viswa Bharati University and its different departments, the most notable being the Kala Bhavan. You can spot some frescoes and sculptures of Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij around Kala Bhavan. Tagore’s Ashram features a number of buildings namely the Santiniketan building, Dehali, Nutan bari, Kaalo Bari and others. School classes and some major activities are held in the Amro Kunja (Mango Grove). You can also spot a hillock featuring an age-old banyan tree on the eastern side of the ashram. The Khowai region and Kopai River are other destinations where you can spend some time.
Birdwatching and wildlife watching is the major activity at Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary. You can take long walks in the well laid out jungle paths and watch the blackbucks and spotted deer in their natural habitat.
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