Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and tourist attraction near Sonarpur, West Bengal. The place is located at a distance of about 6. 5 kms from the Sonarpur railway station.
Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful place in the lap of nature, situated in Narendrapur, very close to the city of Kolkata. It is named after the famed sculptor, Chintamoni Kar, as a way of honouring him for his work done towards establishing this place. The place started as a private orchard called 'koyeler bagan' or the garden of cuckoos. It was then given the status of an 'abhaya aranya' or sanctuary in 1982. Only in 2005, was it acquired by the West Bengal government and turned into a public sanctuary.
The Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary is a small one, spread over an area of about 17 acres. However, there is plenty to see inside the sanctuary. The place is home to a huge variety of birds, like the Indian pond heron, the scaly breasted munia, the white-throated kingfisher, and the bronzed drongo. The sanctuary also has a lot of spiders like the ant mimic spider and the fighting spider, as well as, several types of butterflies including the Redbase Jezebel, peacock pansy, and striped tiger. The sanctuary is also full of greenery and even a water body. It has a lot of trees and shrubs. The trees which are the most commonly seen here are the coconut palm, jackfruit, tamarind, ficus and bamboo.
Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary is a great destination for a day trip for people looking to spend some time in the company of verdant flora and chirping birds. It is especially significant for birders and people interested in butterflies and spiders. The sanctuary has the facility of a guided tour for first-time visitors. However, it is advised to carry your own food and other necessities since there are no such provisions inside the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is also located very close to the Bhaskar Bhavan which has an excellent exhibition of the artworks created by the Late Chintamoni Kar, including his paintings, drawings and sculptures. It is a must-visit if you want to pay your respects to the man whose efforts led to the establishment of the sanctuary. The best time of the year to visit the Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary is anytime during the winter and spring months between September and April, when the weather is perfect for day trips outdoors. Visitors can expect spend close to 2 to 3 hours or more exploring the place.
Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary can be visited during timings 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The sanctuary is open to visitors throughout the year. There is an entry fee of INR 25 per person.