Mukutmanipur Sightseeing Places
Kangsabati dam was built along 11 km to grant irrigation facilities to the arable land of 8,000 sq. km, covering Purulia, Bankura, Paschim Medinipur and some parts of upper Hooghly. This is the main attraction among Mukutmanipur sightseeing places. This Mukutmanipur dam, known as the second largest earthen dam in India, was constructed under the administration of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, the then Bengal’s Chief Minister. The Kangsabati Dam has become a picnic spot, frequented by people for leisure.In the monsoon, from July to September, Mukutmanipur sports a different look altogether. When the reservoir is full and the Kangsabati spills its gorge the rhythmic music of water will leave you spellbound. It is a different feel visiting Mukutmanipur in the winter.
Wonderful Sunrise & Sunset
The view of Mukutmanipur in the evening when its close to sunset, merged with the entire backdrop is breathtaking.The road by the dam can be driven on and is a smooth ride, a very romantic one at that.The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.Looking out into it the sky in the evening, happy with every moment came peace, and with every breath. The star tells a lot , when moonlight glitters into the water it looks like a silver.
Sonajhuri Nature Park
The view of Mukutmanipur in the evening when its close to sunset, merged with the entire backdrop is breathtaking.The road by the dam can be driven on and is a smooth ride, a very romantic one at that.The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.
Maa Ambika is an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga is worshipped as Maa Ambika in Ambikanagar village (near about 5 km from Mukutmanipur) of Bankura district. It is known that Maa Ambika is being worshipped here for last 700 years. This village is situated at the mating place of Kanshai and Kumari Rivers. Ambika temple is located at the banks. Maa Ambika is now worshipped daily. Worship continuous from 9 am to 10am and also from 7pm to 9 pm. Maa Ambika is considered to be a very much ‘alive’ goddess by local inhabitants. ‘Khichudi’ is cooked on a day of first week during monsoons. Many tourists get chance to taste this ‘Khichudi bhog’.
700 years ago, one Sri Khargeswar Singh selected this spot on his holy voyage from Rajasthan. He founded his dynasty here. Later he got the dream orders of Maa Ambika. Maa Ambika emerged from within the soil and is worshipped there. Later the temple is created by assembling stones. The temple later went through many renovations. Ambikanagar is the nomenclature coined to erstwhile “Biratnagar” following Maa Ambika’s temple.
Pareshnath Shiv Mandir
A hillock near Musafirana view point this is the abode of the Shiva deity named Pareshnath in Mukutmanipur. It is of a very ancient origin. Every year in the month of January a mela is organized by the local folk which attracts pilgrims and tourist from nearby districts. On the day of Makar Sankranti the tribals of Bankura and Purulia celebrate the Tusu festival in the month of Poush. Tusu fair is also held on the bank of Pareshnath Hill.
Bonpukuria Deer Park
Bankupuria deer park is situated in the middle of the Mukutmanipur dam. Take a boat ride to reach the other side of the dam. From there you can either walk or hire a motor rickshaw to cover the distance of 2 km.There are around 40 deers present in the park. The lush green environment adds to the natural beauty of the place. One can also find eagles and species of different birds in the forest. A visit to the Bankupuria Deer Park is a perfect outing for the family. It is advisable to carry binoculars to the park as it becomes easier to spot birds. The boat ride is an added feature to the place. Photographs too can be taken inside the park.
Approx 15 km from Sutan ForestTalberia lake near Mukutmanipur is surrounded by greenery all over, the cold breeze freshens up the mood. One can also find monkeys on the branches of trees chattering. It can be visited as a sightseeing spot near Jhilimili. A small lake surrounded by deep forest. This will surely give you some peace with its serene location. Those who love trekking and exploring jungle may have some share of joy at this place for sure.
Jhilimili and Sutan Forest
Approx. 45km from MukutmanipurJhilimili forest is a very famous destination for nature lovers. After entering the “Baro Mile-er Jungle” the greenery will increase both side of the road and the road is also enjoyable for bikeriders. One will find 3 view points on the right side. From these view points the vast hilly terrain with its lush green forest will be visible. The jungle of Sal with its fresh breeze will make you feel lost in it.
Besides Sutan is another beautiful village with shades of sal, piyal, mahua, palash, shimul etc. This is also the homeland of the tribals. It is an ideal place to spend a short leave from Mukutmanipur. The surrounding is calm and peaceful with hillocks and becomes charming and colorful with palash and krishnachura flowers in the day time and the enchanting tune of madal played by the villagers at night. Over 70 species of known and unknown migratory birds are there to effect the wildlife scenario of Sutan forest. In the deep forest there is a lake where the ultimate silence remains only with the whispering of birds and fluttering of butterflies.