Gorumara National Park is a must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Situated on the banks of two rivers, Murti and Raidak, this national park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the majestic Asian elephants, the ferocious Bengal tigers, and the one-horned Indian rhino.
You can also spot wild boars, deer, cobras, pythons, woodpeckers, and even the Malayan Giant Squirrel (the name is not an exaggeration, trust us!). With over 48 species of carnivores and herbivores and 193 species of birds, you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of wildlife sightings.
And if you think that’s all, you’re in for a treat. The Gorumara National Park offers two types of safaris – the Elephant Safari and the Jeep Safari. Now, who wouldn’t want to hop on an elephant’s back or sit in a jeep and cruise through the wild forests and grasslands, right? You can book your safari with the forest department and make sure to take an authorized guide along with you. Don’t forget to pack some powerful binoculars with night vision facilities to witness some breathtaking scenes.
The safari takes you to different watchtowers, each with its unique charm. The Jatraprasad watchtower is the most famous lookout, and it’s named after a legendary female elephant with a caring nature. And if you’re lucky, you might spot some wildlife around the salt lakes just below the tower during early morning or late afternoon safaris.
The Methla Watchtower is located in the Kalipur eco village, and you can hop on a bullock cart for a unique safari experience. The Chandrachur Watchtower is located in the midst of vast and open grasslands, and you can even spot a small pond and salt lake here. And there are more watchtowers to explore, like the Rhino Point, Chukchuki watchtower, and Chapramari watchtower.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to the Gorumara National Park and explore the wild side of West Bengal. Just make sure to avoid Thursdays and the period from 16 June to 15 September. Happy wildlife spotting, folks!