Betla national park is nestled in the lap of Deccan Plateau which includes 1,026 sq km of Palamau Tiger Reserve in the state of Jharkhand. An additional 226 sq km was added to the park in 1989 and 63 sq km of the Mahuadar wolf sanctuary was added to national park.
The park boasts of high wild life sighting despite thick foliage. Betla village is the only entry point to the park. The park has plenty of wild animals including tigers, elephant, gaur, cheetal, sloth bear, mouse deer, pangolin, four horned antelope, sambar, civet and wolf. One can also visit 468 –ft high Lodh Falls situated 95 km south of the park in Mahuadar and ruins of the Chero Kings’ Fort situated near the Betla at 400 ft.
Getting to Betla Tiger Reserve:
By Air:The nearest airport Ranchi is connected by daily flights to all Indian Metros. Most resorts have pick-ups facilities. MP Tourism also arranges pick-ups on advance notice. .
By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Daltonganj from where one can take either taxi or bus.
NH75 from Ranchi via Kuru and Latehar.
Where to stay:
Visitors can stay at Betla,Kerh,Maromar,Mundu and Baresand.One can also check Van Vihar tourist complex.
Best time to visit Betla Tiger Reserve:
The best time to visit Betla is between October and April. But the wildlife sightings are highest in the hot season May and June. The most comfortable time to visit in terms of climate is between November and March.