Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest adjacent to Gorumara National Park. River Murti bisects a continuous stretch of forest the west side of which is Gorumara and the Eastern side is Chapramari. National Highway 31 passes through the centre of the forest.
The forests were declared a reserve forest back in 1895, later it was designated a wildlife reserve in the year 1939. In 1998 the forest got its current status of wildlife sanctuary. It is one of the smallest wildlife sanctuaries in the country.
Bagdogra, the nearest airport is 85 kms and NJP the nearest major railhead is about 80 kms. There is a rail station in Chapramari which has been abandoned. The nearest rail station is Chalsa (about 8 kms) to the west and Nagrakata (about 6 kms) to the east. Chapramari is located on the National Highway 31 and is easily reachable from all major places of Dooars.
Forest Jeep Safari
Forest Jeep safari is the most popular tourist activity here. Since Gorumara is adjacent you can also take the forest safari available at Gorumara forest.
Two forest safaris are popular in Chapramari. One takes you to a open grass land inside the forest near Murti river. There is a watchtower here that is a vantage point for watching wildlife. The other forest jeep safari takes you to Murti riverbed in an area called Panijhora.
Day visit to places around
A day safari to Bindu – Jhalong – Paren area is another common activity for tourists here. The distance to Bindu from Chapramari is about 35 kms and can be covered in an hour and half.
Many tourists also visit Samsing – Rocky island – Suntaleykhola area from here which is about 30 kms via Chalsa and Meteli. The drive through beautiful undulating tea garden is a very interesting one.
The forests are full of colourful birds. Most common species one can spot here include Indian pied hornbill, Woodpeckers, Sunbird, Fly catcher, Minivet, Drongo, Pheasants, Brahminy duck, Peacocks, Herons, Quills, Cuckoos, Owls and a variety of others.
Elephant and Indian Bison (Gaur) are most commonly spotted due to their larger size as well as presence in large number. Other wildlife include Deers, leopards, boars etc. There is said to be a small population of Tigers in the forest but no independent sighting has been reported in recent past. Compared to other forests like Gorumara and Jaldapara, wildlife sighting is relatively rare at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary.