Bethuadahari is a man-made forest in Nadia district with two big water bodies. Very densely covered with trees the area is fenced and clearly separated from human settlement.
The sanctuary covering 67 hectares was established in 1980.
It is flat Gangetic Plain all around.
The Salim Ali trail, inside the forest leads to a pond where rare turtles are preserved. The same pond houses saltwater alligators known as ghariyal. Every morning they come out of the pond as they are fed by forest guards. One has to be here to enjoy the scene.
Flora and fauna
Animals in the sanctuary are chital or spotted deer, jackal, porcupine, and langur.
Bird species include parakeets, Indian cuckoos, barbets and other smaller birds.
Pythons, monitor lizards and gharials are also found.
Among the trees found within the sanctuary are shal, teak, arjun, Indian rosewood, and bamboo.
It is located beside National Highway 34. Therefore, those travelling by car can easily get in. Buses ply on NH 34.
Those wanting to travel by train from Kolkata take Lalgola-Sealdah Passengers or Hazarduari Express from Kolkata station, or the Bhagirathi Express from Sealdah and get off at Bethuadahari railway station. Express trains stop at Bethuadahari.
Fees and permits
- 1 Bethuadahari railway station.
- 1 Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary.
- 1 Abhinandan Lodge, Budhbar Hat Tala, Khidirpur (This lodge is outside the sanctuary in a nearby town), ☏ .