Kankrajhor is the delight, an elixir for the wanderlust hearts, a paradise for the visitors who’re in search of solitude. ‘Kankra‘ means ‘hills‘, while ‘jhor‘ means jungles and forests, thus together they improve the sense of hilly lands amidst the forest frolic. Kankrajhor comprises of 9,000 hectares of hardwood trees including kusum, shaal, segun or teak, mahua and akashmani. Cashew nuts, Coffee and oranges are cultivated at Kankrajhor. Kankrajhor almost calls for the rhapsodies of ethereal fairytale as a consequence of the full moon nights of winter and spring season which are but no less than a hypnotic experience. Nights at Kankrajhor resonate and reverberate with the throb of Adivasi drums. The steady rhythms of Madal drumbeats waft in from the surrounding tribal settlements. It is amazing place for an explorer.
Nearby Dolma Hills are frequented by animals from Bihar, including tigers, leopards and elephants. Bears and wild boars regular stray to the hills in search of Mahua tree sap. The sap is a potent intoxicant in the region and is used to make country liquor.
Jhargram is located in the western part of Paschim Medinipur. Beyond the Gangetic plains of Bengal, Jhargram offers the most exotic undulating topography culminating in hill ranges of Belpahari, Kankrajhor in the North to the serene and meandering Subarnarekha River in the South. It is a favorite destination for people who love forests. The ancient temples, royal palaces, cultural feats of folk music and tribal dance, makes it an extremely attractive destination for tourists who enjoy discovering the unknown and unaffected beauty of nature in this area.
Nearby Attractions at Kankrajhor:
Laljal Cave: It is about 68 Km away from the city of Jhargram. The clean road through the forest gives the pleasure for eyes. The last 3 km of the journey through the red-dirt road on a rocky hill. The place witness remains a place of ancient civilization. The cave is at the high of 200 meters with black stones . It is believed that it was the living place of primitive cave man about 5000 years ago. Some fossils found here by archaeological excavation which are preserved in museum. Water is mixed with Copper and iron. Local people say because of the red color of the water in the name of the area is laljal.
Khandarani Dam : Khandarani Dam snuggled in the lap of pristine nature. It is the place where myriad-faceted nature comes in its fullest magnificence. Here the lake meets with captivating forests as well as mountains. The multi-colored migratory birds spend their winter here. The beauty of nature spreads in everywhere around Khandarani Dam Area.
Gadrasini Hill : This hill situated about 6 Km away from Khandarani Dam with appealing beauty of nature. There is a temple at the top of the hill at the 300 meter height. Here the nature is very calm with hill, trees, birds and flowers.
Ghagra Water Falls : Ghagra situated at a distance of 8 K.M. from Belpahari under Belpahari Gram Panchayat in the midst of wild greenery and rocky pedestal is a sight of amazing beauty. The gurgling streams of Ghagra lashing against the craggy rocks offer the visitors a rare glimpse of nature’s glory. Ghagra, a small waterfall attracts the visitors for its uncanny splendour and majestic flow of unfettered water currents. The rustic environs, enigmatic bushes and overarching rocks lend an inexplicable aura to the place. This is the place where once the shooting of the Bengali film “Behula Lakhindar” took place. The rustic innocence of the people leaves a deep impact on the hearts of the motley visitors. During rainy season the beauty of the Ghagra Water Fall comes in its manifold grandeur. Hordes of people throng to the place to have impromptu picnic and get-together.
Tarafeni Barrage : Tarafeni Barrage under Belpahari Gram Panchayat is another attractive place where public get enthralled at the sight of impetuous sway of the river currents against the rocky boulders, particularly during rainy season. It is the place where the visitors gaze on the meandering currents of the river criss-crossing the zig-zag paths. This barrage is an important source of providing drinking water to thousands of the people in the area. Tarafeni river receives its share of water mainly from Mukutmonipur Dam. Its beauty becomes all the more sparkling when the Barrage releases surplus water from the channels and the dancing and leaping currents of water leave one wondering at the marvels of nature. It is at a distance of nearly 5 k.m. from Belpahari.
Dhangikusum : Dhangikusum is situated at a distance of 13km from Belpahari on way to Kankrajhor, just turn left from Chirakuti and reach at Dhangikusum View Point. Mazy paths ups and downs criss-crossing roads and wild greenery with Sal, Pial, Kendu, Simul etc. which is something memorable. Dhangikusum (locally known as Dungri) Falls is just 1km from the view point. Dhangikusum Village is popular for their stone craft and you can purchase the handicraft products.
Best Time to Visit :
You can visit Kankrajhor at any time of the year. But one should avoid the rainy season in the jungles though nature gets the dazzling green look during that time. Winter is really very attractive with morning fog and the clear starlit night sky.
Outdoor Activity at Kankrajhor :
With the help of the local guides, one can explore the Kankrajhor forest with its hilly terrain of the Dalma and at the same time walk through the green vegetation with the sound of various birds and crickets. The jungle is frequented by tiger, leopards, elephants. Bears and wild boars to stray regularly in the area.
We have beautifully designed 3 rooms. It is located amidst in forest area of Kankrajhor. each room is with 3 beds which accommodate 4 to 5 person in each room.The rhythmic beats of the Adivasi drums make the nights here vibrant. This sound and the remote atmosphere add real enchantment and mystery to the night.
How to Reach :
One has to reach at first to Jhargram and then by the road he has to arrive at Kankrajhor.
1. The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata from where Jhargram is at 188 km distance.
2. One can also avail of either express or local train from Howrah or Tatanagar to reach Jhargram.
3. By road, Jhargram is 178 km away from Kolkata. You can reach Jhargram by car through NH6 which is approximately 4 hours journey. From Jhargram travel to Belpahari at a distance of 37 km. And after that Belpahari to Kakrajhor is a 25-kilometer road journey.