“Where there’s tea there’s hope” and you can find ‘the hope’ that helps you to revive, in this marvelous small town called Matelli, exuberant with tea gardens, situated in the sub-division Malbazar of Jalpaiguri District. The grographical location of Matelli at the foothills of Eastern Himalaya has made it a famous tea estate. Matelli is the junction of tea gardens like Mithiali tea garden, Yongttong tea garden, Chalsa tea garden, Indong tea garden, Nagasuri tea garden, Chalouni tea garden and many more. The sight of these tea gardens will touch your heart.
In a wintry sunny morning, the fresh droplets setting on the tea leaf look like dazzling diamonds, scattered around and beside this, you can see fruition, the fantastic view of Chalsa village from the top of the hill of Matelli. Chalsa is a nearby tourist attraction here. It is famous for it surrounding hills, meandering rivers, tea gardens and forests. In one side Chalsa has Chapramari wildlife and the other side is Gorumara National park. Matelli would be the ideal place to relax.
THINGS TO DO AT MATELLI
On the winter sunny morning, one can see the real beauty of nature. There is a beautiful panoramic view when you stroll between gardens. You can see every morning the ladies are plucking tender tea leaves from the tea garden, which you can only find in Dooars. It cannot be compared to any treasure. The courage it takes for those ladies to work in good spirits despite their poverty is admirable. Matelli can give you relaxation as much as it can teach a life lesson.
HOW TO REACH MATELLI
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New Jalpaiguri Junction
New Mal Junction
New Mal Junction is the nearest railway station to Matelli. Plenty of cars are available from Siliguri and Malbazar to take you to Matelli. The cars will cost around Rs. 1000 from Malbajar and Rs.3000 from Siliguri.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Winter is the best time to visit Matelli.
Chalsa village: (8.1 km awaty)
Chalsa is a small town in the Matiali CD block in the Malbazar subdivision of the Jalpaiguri district. It is surrounded by hills, rivers, a tea garden and dense forests like Chapramari Wildlife and Gorumara National Park. It is 8.1 km far from Matelli.
Chapramari Wildlife Forest: (15.5 km away)
A large variety of Flora and Fauna are found in the forest. Chapramari is known for its elephant population. Gour(bison), Rhinoceros, Deer, Boar and leopards are also found here. It is famous for birdwatching. The most common birds are parakeets, kingfishers and green pigeons. It is about 15.5 km from Matelli.
Gorumara National Park: (23.5 km away)
Gorumara is located in the Doors region of the Himalayan foothills, it is a medium-sized park with grassland and forest. It is primarily known for its population of Indian rhinoceros. Other mammals are like Gour, Asian elephants, sloth bear, sambar deer, chital, hog deer, barking deer, wild boar also spectated here.
Tigers are often spotted here. It does have carnivores including civets, mongoose, small cats and leopards. Gorumara is a heaven of bird lovers and has sub montane forest birds like scarlet minivet, sunbird, Asian paradise flycatcher, spangled Drongo, Indian hornbill and many more. The park is also home to various kinds of reptiles.
Neora Valley National park: (58.8km away)
It is situated in the Kalimpong district. Neora valley maintains such an ecosystem where tropical, subtropical, sub-temperate, and temperate vegetative systems still harbours a wealth of flora and fauna. Mammals are reported here are Indian leopards, sloth bear, Asiatic black bear, Asian golden cat, wild boar, goral, serow, barking bear, sambar bear, tahr, red panda, clouded leopard, etc.
The semi-evergreen forests between 1600 m and 2700 m host Rufous-throated partridge, satyr tragopan, crimson-breasted woodpecker, Darjeeling woodpecker, bay woodpecker, golden-throated barbet, Hodgson’s hawk cuckoo, lesser cuckoo, brown wood owl, ashy wood pigeon, mountain imperial pigeon and many more.
Gorubathan : (29.7 km away)
Gorubathan is a village in the Gorubathan CD block in the Kalimpong Sadar subdivision of the Kalimpong district. Some say that this place must have been dominated by the Gurus (priests) with their deity and supernatural powers in earlier times. Gorubathan is known for its beautiful landscape, rivers, mountains, forests, and tea gardens which is a destination for tourists. Gorubathan is demarcated by river Jaldhaka with neighboring country Bhutan on the eastern side, Sikkim State on the northern side with dense forest of Rachela Rang.