District Headquarter :- Bankura
Bankura : A district with high percentage of Tribal population. Cultivation is the main source of income. Famous for music, art and culture. With the diverse variety of land with large tracts of forests, hills, the districts has found place the tourists map. Mukutmanipur, Bishnupur, Jhilmil are the main spots of attraction.
Taluk Headquarters :- Hirapur, Saltora, Mejia, Barjora, Gangajalghoti, Chhatna, Indpur, Khatra, Ranibandh, Raipur, Simlapal, Taldangra, Bishnupur, Onda, Jaipur, Kotalpur, Indas, Patrasaer, Sonamukhi.
It lies just north of the Dhaleshwari (Dhalkisor) River. As a major Grand Trunk Road and rail junction, Bankura is an agricultural distributing centre. Rice and oilseed milling, cotton weaving, metalware manufacture, and railway workshops are the major industries. Constituted a municipality in 1869, Bankura has several colleges, including a medical school, affiliated with the University of Burdwan. Bankura lies on a densely populated alluvial plain. Rice, wheat, corn (maize), and sugarcane are the chief crops in the surrounding agricultural area; mica, china clay, iron-ore, lead, zinc, and wolframite deposits are also worked in the locality.
Places of Tourist Interests :-
Shushunia:- It is one of the important peaks in the district, rising abruptly from the neighboring plains to a height of 440 metes. An annual fair is held at the southern foot of the hills where there is a small spring. From Bankura on the Bankura – Purulia road, one has to alight at Chhatna on the 13th km. Susunia is seven km north of Chhatna. Also direct bus service from Bankura. Stone inscriptions of Chandra Verma, a fourth century king have been discovered here. After Darjeeling hills, Susunia is the second center for rock climbing in the state.
Bishnupur:- Vishnupur, the seat of power of the Malla dynasty who ruled over a large part of Bengal for nearly a thousand years before the British came. The Mallas ruled till the advent of the Muslims and relics of their reign survive till today.
Among the later Hindu kings of Bengal, the Malla occupy a place of distinction not only or their military prowess but because of their patronage to the development of distinctive styles of arts, architecture, sculpture, and music. During the reign of Veer Hambir and Raja Raghunath Singh and Veer Singh, Vishnupur became one of the principal centers of culture in Bengal.
Jairambati:- 43km. from Vishnupur are Jairambati and Kamarukur , birthplaces of Sri Ma Saradamoui and Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
Mukutmanipur:- About 82km. from Vishnupur and 56 km. from Bankura is Mukutmanipur , by the side of the river Kangsabati. The main attraction is the dam over the river and the hilly landscape. There are a Tourist lodge and a Youth Hostel and a private hotel for accommodation. Direct buses connect it with Calcutta.
Bahulara:- 25 km from Vishnupur is Bahulara , famous for the Siddheswar Siva temple. The Saileswar temple of Dihar, 8km from Vishnupur, is about nine hundred years old.
Garh Madan :- Near Kamarpukur is the historic ‘Garh Mandaran'.