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Top 6 Places to Visit in Purulia, West Bengal

Purulia is one of the most beautiful districts in West Bengal with a number of tourist attractions.

The rich green terrain, rolling hills, and vast wilderness make it one of the ‘Must-visit’ places in West Bengal.

It provides tired city inhabitants with a pastoral ambiance and relaxing surroundings.

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Purulia may not have the spectacular ocean or the beautiful mountains, but it does have a rich cultural legacy.

This district continues to draw visitors from all over the world owing to its natural beauty.

In this article, you will get to know about the following places to visit in Purulia,

  1. Baranti Reservoir
  2. Cheliama
  3. Joychandi Hill
  4. Ayodhya Hills
  5. Saheb Bandh
  6. Garpanchkot

Let’s see each of these places in detail…

1. Baranti Reservoir

Baranti Reservoir

The Baranti reservoir, surrounded by lovely green hills & serenity, is one of the most gorgeous spots in Purulia.

This location is still relatively unknown to many tourists and will truly revive you from your hectic life.

Baranti reservoir is preserved in its own glory and is the desired destination for any wanderlust.

Travelers love to visit this place on weekends since it is less crowded.

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The artificial lake, known as Muradi Lake, is great for having an exciting Sikhara ride.

The majority of visitors enjoy this location by arranging a picnic with their family, friends, and loved ones.

Start your journey early in the morning as it would take you roughly three hours to get here from Purulia town.

2. Cheliama

Cheliama (SuvadipSanyal, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Cheliama is a place of historical significance in Purulia. This place is a serene respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

One of the main attractions here is the Radha-Govinda temple built during the 17th century.

It is an architectural wonder in this region influenced by Terracotta architecture.

Another historical temple called Radha-Vinod temple includes a modern ceramic plaque in Bengali.

Krishna Leela’s scenes are presented on the panels above the archways.

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The sculptures also display a scenario in which Rama tries to console Ravana while riding in two massive war chariots surrounded by monkeys and demons.

There are many more temples in Cheliama that draw the attention of tourists.

Aside from historical attractions, the Cheliama hamlet has a lovely community of people with rustic lifestyles.

Simply exploring the region and absorbing its essence will provide you with a sensation of tranquility.

3. Joychandi Hill

Joychandi Pahar, also known as Joychandi Hill, is one of the most beautiful sites to visit in Purulia.

This location is recognized mostly for its mesmerizing natural beauty and Jai Chandi temple.

The Pahar, or hill, is named after the goddess Chandi, and there is a shrine dedicated to her at the summit of the hill.

You have to climb 400 stairs to reach the Jai Chandi temple. The panoramic view from the summit of the mountain will make the effort worthwhile.

The breathtaking views at the temple will truly delight you and take away all your exhaustion.

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Joychandi Pahar is also a famous destination for rock climbers.

Every year, a celebration known as the Joychandi Pahar Paryatan Utsav is held in the Joychandi Pahar foothills, attracting travelers from all across the country.

4. Ayodhya Hills

Ayodhya Hills

Ajodhya Hills is one of the most attractive and famous tourist destinations in Purulia.

These hills are part of the Dalma mountain range.

When you get to Ajodhya Hills, you’ll realize why it’s so popular with travelers.

Many believe that the place has mythological importance as Lord Rama and Sita are said to have resided here during their exile.

The panoramic view from the summits of the Ajodhya Hills is breathtaking. With thick flora around it, the views of the tinkling Kumari, Kangsabati, and Subarnarekha rivers will linger in your heart forever.

The best time to visit here is just before sunrise.

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If you can make it to the top, you will have a fantastic opportunity to see the breathtaking sunrise against the backdrop of beautiful mountains and a clear blue sky.

There is also a lake (Marvel Lake) and a dam near the hills that you can visit during your trip.

Many adventurers come to Ajodhya Hills to hone their rock-climbing abilities.

5. Saheb Bandh

Saheb Bandh is the most prominent water body in Purulia, covering an area of 50 acres.

This reservoir has an unusual history.

Colonel Tikley commissioned the construction of this site under British administration in the nineteenth century.

He compelled several prisoners to begin digging for this spring of water.

It took more than five years to construct this massive tank.

The excavation procedure began in 1843. This location is now one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Purulia.

This location is situated in the middle of the city.

Witnessing sunrises and sunsets alongside this body of water will make you fall in love with the place and admire its beauty even more.

The expanse of this body of water draws not just visitors from all across India, but also a diverse range of bird species.

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Saheb Bandh is well-known among migrating birds from Siberia, Balochistan, and other places.

That is why so many bird watchers come here during different seasons to see these gorgeous creatures.

If you go, don’t forget to carry a pair of binoculars. You may be lucky enough to witness some of the rare species of birds.

6. Garpanchkot

Garpanchkot (Skasish, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Garpanchkot Fort nestles at the foot of the Panchet Hills in Purulia.

Although the fort is in ruins now, still it is a popular tourist attraction in Purulia.

If you are searching for utter peace and tranquility, this place is for you. The fort has a mesmerizing beauty in the backdrop of the mighty hills.

It is also known for its stunning architecture. At the top of Panchet Hill, there is also a small temple which is also a major attraction in Garpanchkot.

Photography lovers, nature enthusiasts, and adventure seekers are fond of this offbeat destination.

You can know about places to stay and other nearby places to visit in Garpanchkot in the article below.

Click to know more about Garpanchkot.

These are some of the best places to visit in the Purulia district of West Bengal.

They are filled with the beauty of nature and distinct from other popular tourist attractions in West Bengal.

Begin packing your belongings and organizing your trip to Purulia!


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