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
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
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
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.
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.