Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is a Wildlife Sanctuary in the western Dooars area. It is essentially an extension of Gorumara National Park – the two are actually divided by the Murti river. Best known for its large elephant population, In 1895, it was declared as Reserve Forest by the British Government. In 1998, it was declared as Wildlife Sanctuary.
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is the oldest forest located just on the Northern side of Gorumara National Park. it is bounded by shimmering river streams making it an ideal place to partake in angling and boating while traveling in Dooars. Chapramari derived its name from the native language where the ‘Chapra’ stand for a variety of small fishes found in northern Bengal, and ‘Mari’ stands for ‘abundance’. If you love nature, then the verdant forest of Chapramari is bound to amaze you.It is one of the most popular jungle of Dooars package tour or Dooars tour plan.
Basically it is a small Sanctuary in India comparing to others. The whole forest area is filled with dense greenery which provides real natural shelter to the animals and birds living there.
There is a famous watch tower adjacent to the Chapramari forest rest house where visitors come during the mornings and evenings offers the same view as forest rest house. Jungle safari, Jeep safari are also available here in Chapramari forest.
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary remains closed on every Thursday in a week and it also remains closed from 16th June to 15th September are off season due to the monsoon and breeding period of wild animals.
If you are traveling through Dooars via National Highway 17 (Old NH 31), the forest you see on both sides of the road between Chalsa (Murti River) and Nagrakata (Jaldhaka River) is part of Chapramari WLS. The forest is relatively small in size with just about 10 square km of forest area.
Where to stay in Chapramari
There is plenty of options available. Apart from few good home stay one can find nice 3 star resort also. There is also 3 Forest Rest House nearby which is maintained by the West Bengal Forest Department Corporation Ltd (WBDC) and WBTD. You can also check here the other available hotel and resort to stay.
Best Time to visit Chapramari
The Sanctuary remains closed during the monsoon season (15th June to 15th September). The ideal months to visit Chapramari are the months of March, April, October and November as elephants herds are spotted frequently. Visitors are allowed entry till the end of the month of May.
How to Reach Chapramari
Chapramari forest is located at a distance of 72kms from Siliguri, 17kms from New Mal Junction (Malbazar), 10kms from Chalsa and 26kms from Lataguri. There are regular trains between Kolkata and New Mal Junction. Bagdogra is the nearest airport. Road connectivity is excellent with all other major places of the region.