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Overview

It is an ideal getaway where the second largest earthen dam in India is surrounded by mysterious hillocks like a crown or “Mukut”. Nestled at the confluence of two rivers, it is famous for its necklace shaped dam in the green wrapped “Rangamati”. Blessed with the serene nature and breathtaking view of the azure water, Mukutmanipur is a hidden treasure surrounded by green forests and hillocks. Mukutmanipur Dam is considered as the second largest dam in India. Far away from crowd and commercialization, a part of Mukutmanipur still lives in the aroma of tribal culture and offers spectacular sights to the tourists. It is also considered to be a dream destination for photography. To be precise, the ‘Queen of Bankura’ is offering you a perfect holiday time to break the monotony of your hectic schedule. A dream destination for you if you like photography. It’s a bet that you can’t resist yourself from capturing marvelous frames.


Kangsabati Dam

Kangsabati Dam, the second largest earthen dam in India seeks attention for its vast water body and the way it whispers with the enchanting nature. The dam is 11 kilometers in length and was built under the administration of the then Bengal’s Chief Minister, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. See the Sun casting golden rays down upon the water and turning the color of it into fire red; When the Sun comes half into the water, you will experience a vision beyond your imagination. Experience the divine beauty of Sunset and touch the solitude of the golden hour. Adore the soft breeze and warmth of magnificent Sunset while boating in the Dam.

Musafirana Viewpoint

Have you ever seen a Moonrise standing on the top of a hillock?
Be the witness of a captivating Moonrise from Musafirana view point. The immense beauty of lavish green and graceful water will definitely force you to click the shutter from here. Spend quality time with spouse or friends sitting under mushroom shaped shades from where you can get a divine view of eye-soothing greenery saluting sky-blue water. See the Full Moon rising out from the vast waterbody and sparkling over the water. Cool breeze, reflection of silvery moonlight on water under the stars and serene environment will make you feel like heaven. You will definitely get stunning landscapes of nature from here.

Pareshnath Shiv Mandir

Pareshnath Shiv Mandir is an open temple of Mahadev as well as a holy place for local people. During the construction of the dam, the idol was found by digging the Earth and it is considered to be an evidence of Jain culture. You may see many stone idols there and people strongly believe that some of the idols were Jain deities. Many people come here to celebrate ‘Maha Shivratri’ festival. You will get the best view of mesmerising Sunset from here. The setting sun starts sinking beneath the horizon slowly. When the fiery ball comes down half into the water, its reflection in the dam made it look complete and creates a brilliant view. The clouds glow with orange hue and tweeting birds fly the nest across the sky. Make a moment for a lifetime.

Bonpukuria Deer Park

Bonpukuria Deer Park is a perfect place for family outing as well. You will feel the nature murmuring here and the deer will come to welcome you with the astonished eye for sure. Towards Bonpukuria, there is a road where the trees made an arch like structure covering the road. Strange green sun-rays come through the canopy of branches and make a majestic painting of light and shadow on the road. Arrange a picnic and enjoy to the fullest in Bonpukuria village. Explore the Bonpukuria village and see tribal paintings on huts.

Jhilimili and Sutan Forest

Jhilimili and Sutan Forest also known as “Baro Mile-er Jungle” is 45Km away from Mukutmanipur. There are viewpoints scattered throughout the forest from where you will get breathtaking landscapes. You will be happy to have a talk with king sized trees like Sal, Mahua, Shimul etc. Don’t miss the chance to see live painting sessions by plenty of butterflies in nature’s canvas. Monsoon comes here in lively green attire. Relive your childhood with rain dancing with the Monsoon's beat. There is also a particular road for elephants across the jungle. The forest is rich with different species of fauna and distinctive flowers and seasonal birds. To be the cherry on the cake, a vibrant peacock may come into your sight for a golden glance.
Not only tourists, bike riders also live their moments while passing the road through the jungle as it feels like hilly terrain. This virgin forest is connected with the Dalma forest range via Dooarsini and looks like Southern Dooars for its unspoiled luxurious greenery.

Ambikanagar

Ambikanagar Temple , situated in Ambikanagar village is the place where Goddess Durga is being worshipped as Maa Ambika for last 700 years. According to local people, Maa Ambika is very much alive. Let’s make your ‘Durga puja’ an unique one this year with the raw fragrance of ancient rituals at Ambikanagar Temple. Far away from bustling crowd and noise, the rich emotion of local people and their welcoming nature will definitely immerse you into happiness.

Raicharan Mela usually held in February, is one of the attractions of Mukutmanipur. The mela is named upon a freedom fighter named Raicharan Dhabal Deb who committed suicide instead of giving in himself to the British rulers. People celebrates Raicharan mela to recall his dedication towards the country. Folk culture, local artifacts, handcrafted items and fun-loving people turn the mela into a festivity every year.

BEYOND MUKUTMANIPUR




Getting there

Nearby railway station

Bankura Rail Station >> 55 KM Away
Bishnupur Rail Station >> 75 KM Away
Durgapur Junction >> 90 KM Away

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Nearest airport

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport | Kolkata
Approximately 250 KM Away

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Other Transport info

From Bankura Station Private Buses are available otherwise you can take a Prepaid Car to Reach Mukutmanipur. There You can board a small boat and enjoy the serene ocean-like beauty in the middle of the water body formed by the union of Kangsabati and Kumari River. You can hire a motorboat and a van type safari vehicle to visit the Bonpukuria Deer Park nearby which is often flanked by varieties of seasonal and migratory birds. The entire length of the dam is 11 kms. You can hire a Eco friendly Toto or auto rickshaw to travel over the dam top road for 6 kms to visit the confluence of River Kumari and Kangsabati.

Hotels

There are private mukutmanipur hotels, resorts and state-run tourism centres available for tourists. There is also a private tourism "Mukutmanipur Tourism" runs which is very satisfactory in behalf of tourist reviews. These places of stay also offer decent dining facilities. The accommodation at Mukutmanipur is equipped with facilities like bar, dining hall, dormitory, banquet hall, lawn, gardens, 24 hour power supply, car parking and other standard facilities.


Location

Latitude: 22.96434, Longitude: 86.791465
 

Culture and Festivals

Winter comes here wrapping the freshness of festivities. Chilly January welcomes 'Mukutmanipur Loksanskriti Mela' with great joy. Folk songs, dances, cultural functions and different types of local artifacts will surely blow your mind. Taste the aroma of a tribal fair and live in a different culture for sometime.

Tusu is a famous harvest festival celebrated by the local people of Mukutmanipur on the last day of 'Poush'. During the winter (January- February), witness a ritual that is dedicated to the 'Folk Goddess, Tusu'. The worshippers pray to the goddess for overwhelming wealth and happiness of their household. The lyrics of the folk songs related to this festival are quite different and you are going to love the melody of 'Santhal' and 'Kurmis'.
Don't miss the 'Cockfighting' which is arranged by the villagers during Tusu festival.
As the last day of 'Poush' is called Makar Sankranti, people from 'Santhal' community celebrate 'Makar Parab' during this time. People enjoy their gala days with meat, rice brew and fowl. A home-made drink named 'Hanriah' and dance on Dhamsa Madal's beats add extra charm to their festivity.

Karam festival is celebrated on 'Bhadra Ekadashi' and is mainly arranged for perfect cultivation and happiness of children. During this celebration, only one branch of a Karam tree is being separated from the tree and unmarried girls worship the branch.
Bandna(Saharai) is another popular tribal festival celebrated on the sacred day of Kartik Amavasya in the month of November. Villagers give huge importance to their pets as well as animals and they performed the puja mainly for them. People wash their cows and bulls, feed them well, decorate them with ornaments and natural colors. They sing 'Ohira' to acknowledge the contribution of the animals in their lives. Celebrating the Saharai festival, Santhal people show their gratitude to 'Ma Bhagabati' for golden-yellow paddy fields.

Palash Utsab is the festival of colors. You will understand how it feels exactly to play 'Holi' with Nature itself. Spring comes here with blooming Palash. Mukutmanipur proudly celebrates Palash utsab or Holi in Spring. Cultural functions, sprinkle of 'Abir' in the air, the fiery red hue of Palash, blue waterbody accompany the people wearing bright dresses and flower ornaments. Come and celebrate ‘Holi’ and ‘Palash Utsab’ in the lap of “Bonpaharir Rani”.