Mukutmanipur is a small town in the Rarh region of West Bengal in India. Mukutmanipur is 55 km from Bankura and is situated near the confluence of rivers Kangsabati and Kumari. It is the second biggest earthen(man-made, mud-banked) dam in India. The nearest railway station is Bankura .
Green forests surround the vast bluish tract of water. Hillocks are essentially a dream come here. The undulating terrain along the southern edge of the Kangsabati Water Reservoir spreads as a three-dimensional necklace of green and terracotta color.
The vastness of the lake stretches as far one’s eye can reach. The view of the sunset with the lake in the fore ground is breath-taking.
The ancient town near Mukutmanipur is Ambikanagar(4 km away). The Maharaja of Ambikanagar, christened Mukutmanipur after his beloved queen, Mukutmoni.
Mukutmanipur and the place Jhilimili nearby are the important centres for tourism in the region. The dam, a giant water reservoir, was constructed in 1956. It is located about 12 km from Khatra town in the district of Bankura. The dam was constructed under the supervision of the then Chief Minister of Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, to provide irrigation facilities to 8,000 sq km of agricultural land.
It is now a picnic spot and many people come to the lakeside to relax and spend time.
Ideal time to visit Mukutmanipur :- During the monsoons, July and August, the time of the year, when the lock gates at the barrage is opened and also when the mud-dam at the Kangshabati can be easily seen, Or during the winter, end of November – January.
Mukutmanipur is the best place to visti during winter vecation with lots of woolen cloths as it can chill your spine!