Almost 170 kms from Ranchi and surrounded by lush green forests, hills, valleys and waterfalls, Betla is a serene tribal village located in the Palamau District of Jharkhand bordering the jungle. It’s the main tourism centre of the Palamu Tiger Reserve. Chital deer and bison can be seen grazing in the grasslands. Elephants are available for tourist ride. Mahouts lead their elephants into the forest area. Tourists can enjoy watching wild elephants and other animals on elephant back. A baby elephant, Rakhi who got separated from her herd is also a major attraction for tourists. The guided jeep safari organized in the Belta National Park to spot wildlife and birds is truly exciting. There are five watchtowers in the sanctuary, which offer unobstructed views of animals.
The Palamu Forts (Hindi: पलामु किला ) are two ruined forts located around 75 kilometres south west of the city of Latehar in the Indian state of Jharkhand.There are many mountains and deep forest all around as well as nearby the river Auranga also flows .These are two large forts located deep in the forests of Betla near Betla National Park .The original fort in the plains and the other on an adjoining hill are attributed to the Vanvasi kings of a Chero dynasty. The fort in the plains had defences on three sides and three main gates. The fort was constructed by Raja Medini Ray.
The Kamaldah Lake is situated at about 35kms from Daltonganj. This construction of this artificial lake took place during the rule of Raja Medini Rai. The presence of lotus in the lake lends it its name. Elephant herds of the Palamau Tiger Reserve are often seen bathing in the lake. Siberian migratory birds arrive here in the winters.
At about 17kms from Daltonganj, is the confluence of the rivers Koel and Auranga. There is a divisional forest rest house available for tourists who wish to stay here. The scenic beauty of the place makes it’s a very favourable picnic destination.
How to reach
Nearest railway station- Barwadih (15kms from Betla)
Nearest airport- Ranchi (165 kms from Betla.