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About Purulia District

Purulia, the land of red soil, is the westernmost tropical district of West Bengal.

Part of the Chota Nagpur Plateau, it is a land of mystic charm and abundant natural beauty. The verdant hills and dense forests, rustic ambiance and peaceful surroundings make it a perfect destination for anyone wishing to escape to the country. Purulia not only offers places of religious and cultural interest, but also fun and adventure. The Jungle Mahals (Palaces) District was formed by the British in 1805, but then split in 1833 and called Manbhum, the headquarters of which was transferred to Purulia in 1838. Today Purulia is home to almost 2,927,965 residents, making it one of the largest districts in the country.

The landscape is rocky and undulating, and sites of interest tend to centre around its hills, forests, rivers, and springs. The region is also full of archaeological sites and relics, ancient buildings and temples. Home to a number of different tribal communities including Santhals, Kurmis, Kherias and Sabars, the tribal ethos enriches the mystic charm and natural beauty of this place. Song and dance are an intrinsic part of the lives of the tribal people.

Murguma is a beautiful village surrounded by deep forests and lakes, which makes it a natural paradise. The tribal communities of Jering Sering, Mamudi and Loya are present within the village. A three kilometer walk takes you to Begun Kodor, a small town with a temple and a ruined fortress.

The village of Aaghorpur has a wide expanse of rocky land and is home to a beautiful temple perched on a hill.

The village of Charida is famous for mask-makers. There are a wide variety of masks available in this village, most of them based either on religious figures or animals, and crafted to meet the demands of Chau dance market.

Some of the most prominent attractions of the district include:

  • Tribal habitats in the Ayodhya Hills and Bagmundi

  • Heritage sites such as Panchakot Raj Palace

  • Lush natural forests of Ayodhya, Matha and Kuilapal

  • Waterfalls and dams including Panchet, Murguma and Futiari

  • Trekking ranges of Matha, Pakhi Pahar and Joychandi Pahar

  • Picnic spots such as Duarsini, Doladanga, Jamuna

  • Traditional folk dance and culture including Chau and Jhumur

For more information, see things to do, places to go, and festivals & culture.
For more information about Purulia district, visit West Bengal Tourism.