Located in the district of Daltonganj, the Betla National Park is nestled in the lap of the Deccan Plateau which includes 1026 square kilometers of the Palamau Tiger Reserve in the state of Jharkhand. Consisting of dense tropical rainforests, it offers the most wonderful habitat for various species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Encompassing a topography which includes beautiful mountains and cliffs that offer excellent opportunities for trekking and mountaineering, it was declared a National Park in the year 1989.
Dominated by the wet evergreen forests in the lower reaches, the park is dissected by the Koel River and its’ tributaries in many parts. The topography within these areas consists of grasslands and many waterfalls adding beauty and charm to these forest lands. Betla National Park is home to a variety of mammals which include the Tiger, Gaur, Deer, Leopards, the Elephants, Sloth Bear, the Nilgais, Porcupines, Jackals and various species of Monkeys and Baboons. A wide range of avian species comprise of the Hornbill, Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Black Partridge, White Necked Stork, Black Ibis, Swamp Grey, Quail, Wagtails, the Pied Born Bill, Droves, Drongo, the Crested Serpent Eagle, the Forest Owl, the Papiha and plenty of other birds.
This park provides a wide range of accommodation facilities for visitors including a three star hotel, tourist lodges, canteens, log huts and tree houses to enable you have a memorable jungle experience. Although it remains open throughout the year, October to May is however the best time to be here.