Garh Panchakot was the seat of the Panchakot Raj during the 18th century. The palace now in ruins was destroyed by Maratha army under Bhaskar Pandit. Garh Panchakot is surrounded by Panchakot hill which is situated in the north eastern part of Purulia. It is 2200 ft high and is covered with dense forests of mahua, palash and sal trees. The ruins of the Panchakot Palace are a silent testimony to the Bargi attack during the 18th century. Two temples exist in this area. The one on the western side is in a broken state. The other which is centrally located still stands with its intricate terracota designs of duck, creepers, dancing lady etc. Garh Panchakot is gaining popularity as a weekend getaway.
The Panchet hill is about 2100 ft (643 mt) in altitude and 18 Sq km in stretch. The mixed Sal forest of this area is famous for its rich biodiversity. Plethora of Medicinal Plants and herbs are widespread in this area. Some easily identifiable species are Amloki, Haritoki, Bahera, Kalmegh, Satamul, Anantamul, Sarpagandha, Jastimadhu, Bel, Neem, Kurchi, Gurmar etc.
On a drive along the 7.5 km 'Jeep'-able forest road leading to the hill top the tourist may encounter groups of langur, jackal, porcupine, wild boar and yes, snakes! The rich avifauna namely the Purple Sunbird, Drongo, Indian roller, Tree pie, Oriole, Bablers, Barbets and many others are also an added attraction to the tourists. Garhpanchkot harbours a good variety of butterflies through out the years. The nature lover can easily found butterfly varieties in its natural habitat; the commonly found butterflies are Tawny Coster, Peacock Pansy, Lemon Pansy, Grey Pansy, Common Tiger, Common Leopard, Common Mormon, Common Castor, Mottled Emigrant, Viceroy, Silverline etc.
Netaji Subhas Chandra International Airport, Kolkata is the nearest mejor airport.RAIL
Kumardubi Rail Station 14 km via Chirkunda. Barakar Rail Station 14 km via Chirkunda. Asansole Rail Station 34 km via Parbelia-Disergarh. Adra Rail Station 28 km via Raghunathpur.ROAD