Kodalbasti falls under the Chilapata forest on the southern side of the Kalchini block. It is a village as unique as its name, predominantly populated by the Rava and Mech Tribal groups.
There are many beautiful villages in Kodalbasti which have a tribal trail for the tourists visiting Chilapata forest. It has all the qualities to be called the perfect holiday destination in Chilapata tour packages. Kodalbasti is a small settlement but an amusing place in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal. The greatest attraction is its wildness, flora, and fauna which make it an adventurous place to visit. Moreover, you can visit many other destinations and nearby places once you are in Chilapata. Every small settlement here carries a big attraction. This is among one of the breathtaking offbeat places of Dooars along with other popular places like Buxa and Jayanti.
RICH WILDLIFE IN CHILAPATA
No wonder Kodalbasti is one of the best destinations if you want to be wrapped with nature and its flora and fauna. The elephants in the elephant cottages are marvelous. Kodalbasti provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for adventure lovers to stay amidst the vast jungle and experience pin-drop silence with sounds of different wild creatures only. Isn’t it thrilling? One can see a variety of reptiles and 180 species of birds of different colors. Some rare orchids are found in this forest as well. Apart from Asian elephants and one-horned Rhinos, sambar, barking deer, wild boar, hog deer, cheetah, leopard, and monkey can also be found in the forest.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Every season has its own charm but the best season to visit Kodalbasti is during March-April. During this time, you can spot different animals including one horned Rhinos. You can also go for the splendid elephant safari.
In Chilapata, you can visit a number of places, and Kodalbasti is definitely one of them with an attractive real forest feeling. You can visit the enchanting Torsa river, Chilapata Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a home to different species. You can also visit Mendabari Watchtower and Mendari jungle camp to spot different animals. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is another attraction and Khayerbari Leopard Rescue Centre is close by too. One can also visit Mathura Tea Estate and be deeply engaged with the beautiful fragrance of tea. Moreover, the rich Rabha (or Rava) Tribal community live here. Jhalong, Bindu, Suntalekhola, and Jaldhaka are breathtaking villages located nearby in Chilapata. Safari and sightseeings are available for different places near Kodalbasti.
Safaris start from 2300 INR and Bamboo cottages come at 2000 INR. Food is charged separately.
One of the best attractions of Kodalbasti is the ruins. State Forest Development Agency WBSFA runs an eco-tourism resort at Kodalbasti providing all basic accommodation facilities. The rich Rabha (or Rava) tribe can be seen here which will give you a glimpse of ancient India. The best part of the Rabha tribe is that they still follow their traditional ways and architectural practices to build their present homes, which are worth seeing. They are self-sustainable tribes who are dependent on farming.
Other things which make their livelihood are preparation of local wine at their individual houses which is also quite famous. Tourists are experimental and often demand to taste the local food and drink in order to get the local or tribal flavor.
Being a part of Chilapata Forest is the best way to experience wildlife in the dense forest. The elephant cottages here are rare and beautiful and are made with cement, brick, and wood in local style standing on concrete stilts while the bamboo cottages seen here are more authentic. Also, the Mendabari Jungle camp reminds you of one of the rural lives of ancestors. Kodalbasti is a must-visit if you are planning a tour to Chilapata.