Eco Tourism Park

Park

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Distance (From Kolkata Railway Station): 14 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2 Hours

Place Location: In New Town

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 14 km from Kolkata Railway Station, Eco Tourism Park is an urban park located in New Town area of Kolkata in West Bengal. Also known as Prakriti Tirtha, it is the biggest Eco parks in India and one of the serene places to visit during your Kolkata Trip.

The park was established in 2013 in order to promote eco-tourism in the city. This expansive park occupies over an area of around 480 acres of land which includes a 200 acres water body. The idea of an Eco Tourism Park was proposed by Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal and was developed by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation of West Bengal coordinated with several departments.

The park features urban recreational spaces and three sections like ecological zones, theme gardens and open spaces making it a perfect getaway to relax and unwind. In the ecological section, there are wetlands, urban forests, and grasslands. Eco Tourism Park surrounds a picturesque water body with an island in the middle, which can be reached by a bridge. On the lakeside, there is a beautiful promenade, sculpture court, Bengali restaurant, and breathtaking wildflower meadows. There is a special 'Active Zone' in the park that features a visitor center, an urban museum, crafts haat and a number of food outlets.

The theme gardens section house different areas like Chinese Garden, Bonsai Garden, Cactus Walk, Bamboo Garden, Butterfly Garden or Heliconia Garden, Tea Garden and Water Garden. These beautiful and well-maintained gardens mesmerize every onlooker. The entire park has replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World situated in different parts of the park. Christ the Redeemer, Taj Mahal, the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China are some of the Seven Wonders that can be seen here.

There is also a Children's Park where everything is made to suit the needs of the kids and keep them entertained and increase their knowledge in the process. The Park has play areas, sculptures, fountains and lush gardens that help the kids keep their spirits high and have as much fun as they want to. The park offers some activities like boating, toy train ride, and cycling. Also, one can visit Mothers' Wax Museum located opposite Eco Tourism Park to experience wax statues.

It also has cottages and conference halls that can be rented for personal or business needs. All the facilities provided inside the park are designed to decrease the adverse effects on nature through non-pollution and preservation of the natural landscape. The Eco Park is a beautiful respite from the developing concrete jungle in the city.

Timings:

March to October: 2.30 PM - 8.30 PM from Tuesday - Saturday, & 12 PM - 8.30 PM on Sundays & Holidays, Closed on Mondays

November to February: 12 PM - 7.30 PM from Tuesday - Saturday, 11 AM - 7.30 PM on Sundays & Holidays, Closed on Mondays

Entry: Rs.30 for Person