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Palamau Tiger Reserve

Location : 25 kms. from Daltonganj, 161 kms. from ranchi.
Coverage area : 1026 sq. Kms.
Main attractions : Tigers, Leopards
Best time to visit : Throughout the year
Accommodation :  Arrival information : 
-- By rail : The nearest railhead is at Daltonganj 25 kms from Betla. And the second nearest railway station is Ranchi  161 kms from Betla.
-- By air : Nearest airport Ranchi is 161 kms away from Betla.
-- By road : Good motorable road connects Betla to nearby cities.
Nearby excursions : Betala National Park. 
Nearby cities : Daltonganj

Spread over an area of approximately 1026 sq. km., Palamau Tiger Reserve is located within the civil administrative district of Palamau in the South Chhotanagpur plateau of Bihar. The undulating terrain is set off by sal forests and thickets of bamboo. The circuitous Koel River and its tributaries meander through the park.

Fauna :
Palamau has the distinction of being the forest where the world's first tiger census was conducted by way of pugmarks, in 1934. Large herds of Gaur & Chital are commonly seen. Elephants are present mostly after the monsoon upto the time when the water holes begin to dry up in March. Tiger, Panther, Sloth Bear, Wild Bear, Sambar, Nilgai, Deer are also permanent residents.
Palamau National Park is now a part of one of nine tiger reserves in India, under "Project Tiger". Man-animal conflicts, caused largely by elephants are a major problem and pose Project Tiger with one of its greatest challenges.


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