Chintamani Kar
Bird Sanctuary

 
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 Kolkata city's little secret

 


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Orange-headed Thrush

 Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary is little know protected area famed for its wide variety of © Sumit Senbirds, butterflies, epiphytes, ferns and orchids. Located in close proximity to the bustling metropolis of Kolkata, this small (17 acre) sanctuary is a short drive to the south of the city. Locally known as 'Kayaler Bagan', the area was originally notified as a sanctuary in 1982 but could only be converted to one after the acquisition of land by the Govt. of West Bengal at a significant cost in October 2005. It was later renamed as Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary after the noted artist Chintamoni Kar who, along with local people and NGO's, fought for decades to obtain wildlife sanctuary status for 'Kayaler Bagan'.© Sumit Sen

The sanctuary used to be an old abandoned orchard and the area surrounding it is a mix of orchards, bamboo brakes, waterbodies and wasteland. The orchard originally covered 27 acres but had shrunk to 17 acres by the time it was acquired. Enormous mango trees dominate the landscape of the sanctuary and are interspersed with jackfruit, coconut palm, tamarind, guava, ficus and others trees. A new bamboo plantation has been started to attract dependent species.
 

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Grey Mongoose

© Sumit SenMany forest species are commonly found in the area, and include Black-naped Monarch, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Orange-headed Thrush, White-throated Fantail, Crested Serpent Eagle, Large-tailed Nightjar, Ashy Woodswallow, Lineated Barbet and Greater Flameback. Rarities include Tickell’s Thrush, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Slaty-legged Crake, Eurasian Woodcock, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Scaly Thrush, Eyebrowed Thrush, Little Spiderhunter and Blue-throated Flycatcher. The recently rediscovered Large-billed Reed Warbler was found at the edges of the Sanctuary. In addition, the sanctuary also hosts some small wildlife - namely jungle cat, civet cat, monitor lizard, jackal and others.
 

How to reach
Chintamani Kar WLS is located in South 24-Parganas district of West Bengal to the west of Netaji Subhas Road connecting Garia with Baruipur in the Rajpur area in southern Kolkata. Locally known as 'Kayaler Bagan', the sanctuary is close to Ramkrishna Mission Institute, Narendrapur. The entrance is a short walk (150 meters) from the Rathtala bus stop. If you are driving to the sanctuary, the best route to take is the EM Bypass. The distance from Ruby General Hospital is about 10km. Buses and auto-rickshaws are also available from Garia. Private bus's on route 80, 80A & 80B and Mini Bus# 113 stop at Rathtala.

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Latitude: 22°25'45"N; Longitude: 88°24'4"E

© Sumit SenSanctuary hours
O
pen 0700 hrs -1600 hrs. Tickets (Rs. 15/- for adults) are obtained at the office inside the sanctuary.

Climate
Sunny and humid. High rainfall in the monsoons.
Summer ( April - Sept) temperatures : Hi: 37 C / Lo : 28 C
Winter ( Nov - Feb ) temperatures : Hi: 30 C / Lo : 13 C

Birding Season
Spring and winter

Links
Forest Department site

 

 

 

 


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