Ayodhya Hills in Purulia
The beautiful Ayodhya Hills, 250 Kilometers from Kolkata, is a part of the Dalma Mountain range. It is situated on the boundary of Purulia and Jharkhand. A visit to this region encapsulates one with its beautiful waterfalls, dense forests, remote tribal villages. Gorshabru, the highest point of this range and Mayur hills are sure to captivate your senses with panoramic views. The presence of a variety of wild animals in the forests makes this place a haven for the adventurous ones. Visiting hidden waterfalls, trekking around azure lakes guarded by hills, experiencing local tribal culture, bird-watching and taking village walks make Ayodhya Hills a treasure trove for photographers and nature-lovers and a good place for some much needed respite.
Gorshabru, the highest peak of the Ayodhya Hills, is situated at a magnificent 2850 feet. There are various deep forests and numerous waterfalls located amidst these hills. Several tribal villages are also situated on the hills. Some magnificent waterfalls like Ghag Kocha Falls, Brahmani Falls and Turga Falls can be visited covering short distances by foot from nearest motorable roads. Another unforgettable experience is the scenic beauty of the lakes and reservoirs located throughout the Ayodhya Hills like Tarpania Lake, Khairabera Lake, Upper Ayodhya Dam and Lower Ayodhya Dam.
A trip to the Mayur Hill will provide a spectacular panoramic view of the entire range of Ayodhya Hills. You can also visit the Murra Buru Hill (Pakhi Pahar), which has some beautiful rock paintings of birds. It is also a great spot for birdwatching and is the natural habitat of peacocks. Heavily forested, these hill tracts are home to leopards, deers, wild boars and numerous birds. You can make a visit to Charida Village to see the artisans working on the beautiful Chhau Masks or visit the tribal village of Dowry Khal to see the tribal mud houses decked with colourful wall paintings. If you have a few days to spare, then you can make a day visit to Murguma Dam, Rajrappa or Dalma Pahar.
One can visit the numerous waterfalls, dense forests, remote tribal villages or can explore the beauty of the hill by trekking around it. It's easy to catch a glimpse of the wild animals residing in the forests of the hill such as elephants, wild boars, deer, peacocks and numerous kinds of birds though one also needs to be careful of the wolves and cheetahs. The traditional tribal dance program of Purulia or Chhau Dance performance can also be requested in the villages during the moonlit evenings. Birdwatching, village walks, trekking, rock-climbing, hiking, nature photography – are few things you can do apart from sitting idle beside the placid lakes and lending your ears to the whispering wind and lapping lake water.
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- How to reach :
- The nearest railway station is Barabhum Station in Balarampur. The Lalmati Express, Howrah Chakradharpur Express and Howrah Ranchi Intercity Express connects Barabhum to Howrah. The village of Baghmundi (one of the main entrances to Ayodhya Hill) is just a few kilometers from Barabhum. By road, you can reach Baghmundi via Kharagpur and Balarampur via State Highway 5. You can also take a slight longer detour via Durgapur, Purulia and reach Baghmundi but the roads would be better.
- Best time to visit :
- During September to March Ayodhya Hills get a chill in the wind and the skies are clear. Especially February and March puts a vibrant show of Palash flowers and early October gives a show of Kash phool. The monsoons, on the other hand, shroud the place in endless greenery and the floating dark clouds over the green hills and gushing waterfalls make a spectacle worthy for lifelong travelers.
- Lodging Facility :
- A two-storey modern building facing the Ayodhya Hills accommodates guests at the village of Baghmundi. The basic modern facilities like attached western bathrooms, electricity, cozy beds and open terraces facing the hills make this accommodation a nice place to stay. Operated as a home stay, the host’s family takes care of every need of the guests. The home stay also organises transport and guides for local sightseeing and can even arrange local cultural programs like tribal dances and Chow dance performances for the guests. Food is essentially homely Indian cuisine, freshly cooked and served and materials locally sourced from village markets. There are some new Village Eco Resorts and Luxury Tents also available if one is interested to stay inside the Jungle and experience an enthralling adventurous night.