Betla Travel Guide
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- Ankita Mazumdar
- Group tripper
- Lives in Kolkata
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- State: Jharkhand
- Famous for/as: Jungle
The Betla forest covers an area of about 226 sq. km, extending from Kechki till Neterhat. There are around 970 species of plants, 180 species of medicinal plants, 174 species of birds and various other species of reptiles and animals in the forest. Betla is also surrounded by hills, valleys, dense forests and waterfalls.
A popular tourist attraction, the Betla National Park is situated in the Chota Nagpur Plateau of Jharkhand state. It is one of the first national parks in India which became a tiger reserve, under Project Tiger. This national park covers an area of about 1,026 sq. km. In 1989, around 63 sq. km of the Mahuadar Wolf Sanctuary was added to the Betla National Park.
Travellers can enter this park from the Betla village which also features various waterfalls and hot springs. Jungle safari or jeep safaris are also organised at this national park by the local forest authorities. Betla is also known for its wide range of vegetation, which is possible in the tropical wet evergreen forests, along with deciduous forests and temperate alpine forests.
The northern part of the village is surrounded by the Koel River and its tributaries, as well as the ruins of the Chero King Fort which is around 120 metres high. Betla is one of the ancient forest areas in India which remained undisturbed for several years. This was the first forest region to be developed during the British colonial rule in India. The Aadiwashis, which is regarded as a Scheduled Tribe, reside in this region and is known for their strength and bravery.
The best time to visit Betla for wildlife exploration is between May and June. Moreover, the most suitable time, in terms of weather, extends from November through March.