Raigunge Wildlife Sanctuary 

Raigunge Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Kulik Bird Sanctuary) is situated near Raigunge in Uttar Dinajpur district. The bird sanctuary is home to 164 species of birds, and some 70,000 to 80,000 migratory birds visit the sanctuary every year. Temperature (degrees Celsius) ranges from max. 25 to min. 21 in summer and max. 23 to min.9 in winter. Rainfall is around 1,550 mm (July to September)

The development of the area began in 1970, as part of the social forestry programme of the Government of West Bengal. It was officially designated as the "Raigunge Wildlife Sanctuary" in the year 1985. It is popularly known as Kulik Bird Sanctuary because the river Kulik flows beside the sanctuary. It is claimed by some to be the second largest bird sanctuary in Asia.

The area of the sanctuary is around 1.30 sq km. The core area is about 0.14 sq km and the rest is buffer area. The river flows around part of the sanctuary and acts as the boundary in its eastern and southern parts.

Nature Interpretation Centre During February, 2011 Nature Interpretation centre is an added feather to Raigunge Wildlife Sanctuary.

It is located 4 km north from the centre of Raigunge town, the district headquarter. NH 34 runs beside the sanctuary. Raigunge is 425 km from Kolkata and 181 km from Siliguri.

Attractions & Activities

Most important birds found here include:

1. Asian Open bill Stork
2. Little Egret.
3. Little Cormorant.
4. Night Heron.
5. Pond Heron.

How to Reach
Kulik Bird Sanctuary is located in Raigunge, which is well connected by NH34.You can drive to Raigunge from Kolkata, located at a distance of 425 km. You can also hire cars from Siliguri, which is 181 km from Raigunge. 

Raigunge railway station is also well connected by trains from Sealdah.
The WBTDC managed Raigunge Tourist Lodge adjacent to Kulik Bird Sanctuary is the most popular and well-equipped accommodation in Kulik. You can take long walks along the bird sanctuary from your lodge or even keep watching the birds from your lodge’s roof. We arrange booking for WBTDC managed Raigunge Tourist Lodge at Kulik directly from Kolkata. Dining facilities are excellent here, which mainly comprises ethnic Bengali cuisine.

There are few hotels are available near market place, around Gitanjali cinema hall.

For more details contact 03523-252647, 253139.
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