The Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary ( previously known as Kayalar bagan) is the haven of huge varieties of butterflies, birds, ferns, epiphytes and orchids.
Locally known as 'Kayaler Bagan' the area was notified as a sanctuary in 1982. It was later renamed as Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary after the noted artist Chintamoni Kar who, along with local people and NGO's, fought for decades to obtain wildlife sanctuary status for this area.
Enormous mango trees dominate the landscape of the sanctuary and are interspersed with jackfruit, coconut palm, tamarind, guava, ficus and others trees. A new bamboo plantation has been started to attract dependent species.
Nearest airport is in Kolkata.RAIL
Nearest railhead is Sonarpur on the Sealdah - Sonarpur section and is part of the Kolkata Suburban Railway system.
The sanctuary is 20 km from Howrah railway station.ROAD
The nearest popular place Narendrapur is in 15 km from Kolkata. The place is connected by road to Garia and the EM Bypass.
Bus and car services are available from Kolkata.
Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary is located in South 24-Parganas, on the road connecting Garia with Baruipur. Best route to reach is to take Auto Riskaw from Garia or Buses plying towards Baruipur and to get down at Rathtala stoppage. Localities can help you to find the place from Rathtala; they address it as Koyalar Bagan. It is just 10-15 mtrs walking distance from the bus stoppage. To visit Shyamkhola, you can take the same route and get dropped at the Kalipur.