LocationMukutmanipur, District Bankura on the rivers Kangsabati and Kumari about 3.2 km. upstream of their confluence.
Type of DamEarthen Gravity Dam with Concrete Saddle Spillway
Catchment Area3625 sq. km (1400 sq. Miles)
Length of Dam11.27 km. (7 Miles) including Dyke & Hillock
Height (Max.) of Dam41.15 m (135 ft.) above River Bed
Length of Spillway / No. of Bays125.00 m (440 ft.)
11 (Width of each bay 9.14 m)
Optimum Pond Level134.11 m (410 ft.)
Design Flood Level135.63 m (445 ft.)
Design Discharge5663.32 cumec (2,00,000 cusecs)
Total Storage (DS & LS)103614.16 ha. m (8,40,000 ac. ft.)
Total Submerged Area13,668 ha. (33,760 acre.)
Canal & Barrage DischargeLeft - 192.55 cumecs (6,800 cusecs)
Right - 70.75 cumecs (2,500 cusecs)
Length of CanalMain and Branch - 804.50 km. (500 Miles)
Distributaries and Minors - 2413.50 km. (1500 Miles)
Pickup Barragesi) Silabati, ii) Bhairabanki, iii) Tarafini
Total Irrigable Area (CCA)Kharif - 340752 ha. (8,42,000 acre)
Rabi - 60704 ha (1,50,000 acre)
Maximum Irrigation AchievedKharif - 274,940 ha (6,79,100 acre)
Rabi - 45,593 ha (112,614 acre)
Boro - 27,944 ha (69,022 acre)
In Mukutmanipur a boat ride to the middle of the huge water body almost gives you the feeling of being in the middle of ocean. The vast bluish tract of water surrounded by the green forests and the hillocks comprise a picturesque and you cannot resist but continue clicking tireless so long your android gadget gives you warning of shrinking storage. Besides, you can enjoy the views of ethereal beauty of nature along with different species of seasonal birds at the Bonpukuria Deer Park – where you can reach sailing some hundreds of fathoms of water stretched across a thousand acre-feet. There are some tiny rocky islands in the water which gets submerged during monsoon. You can hire a motorboat and a van rickshaw to visit the Bonpukuria Deer Park nearby which is often flanked by varieties of seasonal birds. The entire length of the dam is 11 kms. You can hire a trekker or auto rickshaw to travel over the dam top road for 6 kms to visit the confluence of River Kumari and Kangsabati. This earthen dam was built with the sole purpose of providing irrigation facilities to agricultural land. The dam measures 38 meters in height with a lake spanning 86 Sq km. Thick virgin forest and verdant hillocks flanking the azure lake create really a breathtaking view at the site. Owing to its splendid spectacle, the area has developed into an attractive weekend spot.

Catch the Bounty of Nature in Your Grip

An escape to serenity is what describes a place like Mukutmanipur - the second biggest earthen dam of Indi flawlessly. A weekend in these beautiful places is full of ultimate relaxation. Nature’s bounty grips you as you would find yourself surrounded by the hills, lush green forests and crystal clear lagoons.
With hills and forests surrounding a huge water body that changes its color in different seasons, Mukutmanipur is the right place for those who are looking for some adventure along with absolute relaxation. Nestling at the confluence of two beautiful rivers - Kumari and Kansavati, Mukutmanipur is located in Bankura district of West Bengal. This wonderful destination is also a favorite picnic spot, attracting hoards of picnic crowds. This serene place is also famous for housing the second largest water barrage across India that canalizes Kumari and Kansavati Rivers into the 3 districts of West Bengal – Midnapore (West), Purulia and Bankura to facilitate irrigation of 8,000 square kilometers during the scorching summer.

LODGING AND DINING FACILITIES AT MUKUTMANIPUR

There are private hotels, resorts and state-run tourism centers available for tourists. These places of stay also offer decent dining facilities. The accommodation at Mukutmanipur is equipped with facilities like bar, dining hall, lawn, gardens, 24 hour power supply, car parking and other standard facilities. The spacious and airy rooms are facilitated with attached western bathrooms, hot water geysers, wardrobes, TV, AC. There are double bed, triple bed, four bed family rooms and dormitory rooms available with us in various hotels and resorts like peerless resort, charulata resort ,hotel aparajita, hotel amrapali etc. Book any hotel or resort of your choice with attractive discounted packages and come to enjoy the marvelous scenic beauty of mukutmanipur.

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Incredible India

Perhaps the best picnic spot in the state of West Bengal, Mukutmanipur is home to the second biggest earth dam in India. The village environs are a striking combination of rolling land, natural vegetation, lake and tribal hamlets. Toss up oodles of fun and frolic with rock climbing, trekking, river crossing, and leisurely activities like fishing and country boat rides. Rivers, hills and jungles are calling… go for it!
The signature view of Mukutmanipur is a large water-body with the surrounding greens, heaving gently away from the tribal hamlets. The water reservoir was created by construction of a 12 km long earthen dyke across the confluence of two rivers - Kangsabati and Kumari. A couple of verdant green islands of varying size including one with a deer park and also the lush Bonpukuria Mrigadaha, beckon in the distance. Boating across to these islands is an invigorating experience. Steeped in rich bio-diversity, the tranquil environs of Mukutmanipur region are best enjoyed from close quarters.

The scenic beauty of rolling hills, forest and lake may be enjoyed on foot, cycle or aboard a boat. A guided cycling tour is the best way to go exploring on land while a boat ride on the sprawling lake is ideal way to explore the nearby islands. Rock climbing, trekking, fishing are adventures offered by the undulating environs surrounding the village.
A short stroll takes you to the confluence of the Kangsabati and Kumari rivers, not far from the historical site - Pareshnath Hill. Ancient stone images of Parsvanath Swami (Jain God), made of chlorite stone, and Lord Shiva (Hindu God) await discovery at the top of Pareshnath Hill. Within a short distance is Ambikanagar, an ancient centre of Jain culture. Here, the remnants of the Royal Palace provide interesting historical insights on King Raicharan Dhabal Deb, a revolutionary freedom fighter.
About 2 kms from the lake is the Bangopalpur Reserve Forest, a home to many species of flora and fauna. There is also a deer park by the side of the water reservoir. The island of Bonpukuria Mrigadaha, teeming with Mahua, Kendu and Palash trees, is a must-see. A round boat trip to Bonpukuria Mrigadaha and back takes around four hours.
The village also presents great opportunities to delve into the rich folk culture and interesting craftsmanship. Song, dance and festivity are integral part of the lifestyle of the Santal and Munda tribal folk. Tourists have an opportunity to appreciate and learn about the craft, culture and heritage of the host community.

Mukutmanipur is inhabited by three major tribes - Santal, Munda and Bhumij (Sardar), all of which belong to the Proto-Austroloid ethnic group.
Cuisine: While the landscape invigorates, the cuisine appeases the senses. Rice is the mainstay of every meal. The village delicacy is the Charpa Pitha, which is similar to a pancake, prepared with the dough of minced meat and rice flour and steamed in Sal leaves. The meal, best enjoyed in the traditional way sitting on the floor in a home stay environment, leaves you asking for more.
Folk Culture: Dance and music is an inseparable part of tribal life. Tribal songs in Santali and Mundari language, the tribal dance in the traditional costume and the hypnotic beating of the Madal (drum) together forge an unforgettable experience. Most dances are performed in groups and by women only. They adorn white saree with red border and put on colourful garlands. There are different dances like Dasain, Pata, Saharai, Dong or Buang, Lagren etc.
The instruments are played by the men folk . The male persons put on white Dhoti and turbans on head. They use traditional musical instruments: Madal, Dhamsa and Kendra are the three predominating instruments famous for their tribal origin. Madal and Dhamsa are classified as percussion or rhythmic instruments and Kendra is a string instrument played with a bow. Madal has an earthen body while the body of Dhamsa is made of iron. Animal skin is used to cover Dhamsa and Madal.

The main festivals in the area are Sahrai, Saalui (Baha), Badna, Dasai and Tusu. Sahrai is a post harvest festival of the Santal community that falls during October or November. Baha is a festival of flowers celebrated with dance and music in March during the full moon associated with Holi. During the Badna festival in November (Kartik month), cows are worshipped. Dasai dance is a particular dance performed by men on the Bijoya Dashami day of Durga Puja.

Tusu, a post harvest festival held in December- January. Bhadu is a festival in music form held during August-September and related to early rice harvest. Colourful processions are lead by women accompanied by songs in memory of Bhadreswari or Bhadu, the princess of Kashipur of the neighbouring district of Purulia. Cockfighting is a tradition observed by the local community during February and March.

Mukutmanipur Mela (fair) is organised during the first week of January. Cultural performances by the tribal communities in the region and presence of craft items from all over Bankura district makes the fair most attractive and colourful. The fair lasts for about a week.