Chapramari forests is essentially a continuation of the Gorumara National Park. The two forests are divided by the Murti River. The North East side of the river is Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary whereas the South West side is where Gorumara is located.
If you are travelling through Dooars via National Highway 31, the forests you see on both sides of the road between Chalsa and Nagrakata is part of Chapramari WLS. The forest is relatively small in size but is one of the oldest in India. It was declared a reserve forest back in 1895. The West side of the river is bounded by River Murti and on the Eastern side by river Jaldhaka. The total area of the forest is about 10 square km.
In the recent past, the area has come up as an important tourist destination in Western Dooars.
Flora and Fauna
A huge variety of flora and fauna covers the forests. Chapramari is famous for its elephant population. Gaur (commonly known as Indian Bison) is quite common around here. Different varieties of deer, reptiles and other animals can be seen here. The place is a heaven for bird watchers as well.
Nearby places of tourist interest
Further North of Chapramari is the Bhutan – Dooars boarder villages of Jaldhaka, Paren, Bindu and Jhalong. The area has gained in prominence as tourist destination and can be visited from Chapramari within an hour. Once can also visit the beautiful tea gardens of Jiti and Hila above Nagrakata here.
Gorumara in the South is easily accessible. Gorumara offers a large number of forest visit options and attracts the largest number of tourists in Dooars.
Further east from Chapramari is Jaldapara forest about an hours drive from here.
If you are travelling by train, Chalsa is the nearest station about 10 km from the forest. But few trains stop here. Malbazar 7 km further is stop of a few more trains including an intercity express and a train connecting Kolkata. New Jalpaiguri, the most important station or the area is about 70 kms and 1.5 hours drive. Bagdogra is the nearest airport. Road connectivity is excellent with all other major places of the region. Most tourists prefer to get down at NJP or Bagdogra and take a cab to visit Chapramari.
Chapramari Hotels and Resorts
If you plan to stay in Chapramari, the WBFDC Panjhora camp would be your best bet. The cottages are basic and the food is average. But it is made up by the unique location of the cottages besides river Murti inside the forest. Although the cottages are barely a km away the highway, the approach is through a long road that passes through 3 sides of the Chapramari forest with a fair chance of sighting wildlife.
On the other side of the Murti a large number of private tourist accommodations are available whether in Chalsa or further downstream.
Chapramari is close to the Gorumara national park. If you are staying around Gorumara or Lataguri, you can visit Chapramari from here.