Kanchanpur District, a part of Province No. 7 in Terai, is one of 75 districts of Nepal. The district, with Bhimdatta as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,610km2 and had a population of 171,304 in 2011 located in southern-west of Nepal which is bordered with Kailali in the east, Dadeldhura in the north and with India in south and west. The majority of the population is occupied by ethnic Tharu community and the minor group is the peoples that have migrated from the northern hilly region. The district is renowned for Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve and 1,456.97 meters long multi suspension bridge over Mahakali River. Jhilmila Lake, Bedkot Lake, Bandatal, Shovatal and Vishnu Temple, Ranital are the other places of tourist attraction.
Places To Visit:
Shuklaphanta Reserve: This wildlife reserve is situated in the extreme southwest of Nepal, along with the eastern end of the Mahakali River. There are varieties of large and small grasslands fringed by forest made up primarily of sal. The name of this park is derived from the largest grassland which is known as Sukla Phanta. The park area of 155 km2 was originally the hunting grounds for the one-time Rana rulers of Nepal. SuklaPhanta’s grassland is one of the last remaining habitats for endangered animals such as hispid hare and the pygmy hog. Besides these, Sukla Phanta is the stronghold for many endangered animal, like Barasingha, or swamp deer. The grassy conditions seem to be ideal for the large deer and their number has been dramatically increased to more than 2,000 in a recent situation.
Salgoudi Taal (Lake): It is one of the many lakes inside the reserve. It is a bird watcher heaven. View towers are also found in the location, from where birds, as well as other animals, can be observed.
Raani Taal: Raani taal not only holds bird life but also many animals are seen during early morning or late afternoon, drinking on water from the lake. Best time to observe animals is during the rainy season when most of the small lakes dry up and Raani taal is one of the few big lakes within the forest. Not only does it hold ecological importance but it also has a temple of Singphal devoted to Lord Shiva.
Belauri: Belauri used to be the district headquarter. Later in 1962, it was sifted to Mahendranagar. The old city is worth visiting.
Dodhara Chandani Belly Bridge: This is the longest belly bridge in Nepal with a length of 1500 meter approximately and joins two villages of Nepal beyond the Mahakali river namely Chandani and Dodhara.