Betla National Park Jharkhand

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Betla National Park is a national park located in the Chota Nagpur Plateau of the PALAMU district of Jharkhand, in India. Animals one can find at Betla include forest owls, drongos, tigers, civets and the rhesus monkey. Elephant rides are also offered.

Large herds of Gaur and Chital are commonly seen. Elephants are present mostly after the monsoons up to the time when water holes begin to dry up in March. Tiger, Panther, Sloth Bear, Wild Bear, Sambhar, Nilgai, Kakar, Mouse Deer are also permanent residents. Large families of langurs are an ever present attraction. Palamu is now one of the nine Tiger Reserves in India under Project Tiger

It has waterfalls and hot springs too. The forest department has made arrangements for providing jeeps for viewing the wildlife here.

Described as one of the finest parks in the north-east for observing a variety of wild life from close range, there are elephant rides and jeeps available with guides and spotlight for venturing inside the park. Watch towers and ground hides have been constructed to view the wild life.

Betla is situated 25 km from Daltonganj, 25 km from Latehar and 170 km from Ranchi. It is well connected by rail and road. The nearest airport is in Ranchi which is about 180 km from Daltonganj and 195 km from Betla. Patna airport is around 250 km from Betla. The wildlife sanctuary can be reached by train from Barwadih or by air from Ranchi.

By Air: The nearest airport, Ranchi is connected by daily flights to all major Indian cities. Most resorts have pick-ups facilities. Jharkhand Tourism also arranges pick-ups on advance notice.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is in Barwadih, from where one can take either taxi or a bus.

By Road: NH75 from Ranchi via Kuru and Latehar.

The accommodation facilities in the tourist complex, include a three star hotel, tourist lodges with canteen, log huts and tree houses inside the forest with fully furnished suites. The tree house overlooks a watering hole a few yards away where the animals gather in the summers to quench their thirst. STD/ ISD, Postal and Internet facilities are available in the reserve area. Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation's Van Vihar is available for stay. Phone: 06562-86513

October to May is the ideal months for visit however open throughout the year. If looking for outside stay, visitors can stay at Betla,Kerh,Maromar,Mundu and Baresand.One can also check Van Vihar tourist complex.

Best time to visit Betla Tiger Reserve: The best time to visit Betla is between October and April. But the wildlife sightings are highest in the hot season May and June. The most comfortable time to visit in terms of climate is between November and March.


Director, Project Tiger (Jail Compound), Betla P.O.Daltonganj Palamau Phone: 0656286 -350.

Reaching Betla National Park

Daltonganj, Jharkhand to Betla National Park, Palamu, Jharkhand (34.2 Km)

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Ranchi, Jharkhand to Betla National Park, Palamu, Jharkhand (183 Km)

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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh to Betla National Park, Palamu, Jharkhand (300 Km)

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