Maithon Dam located in Jharkhand-West Bengal border is the biggest dam of DVC. It is a famous picnic spot among locals and weekend getaway. Beautiful view of the islands in the lake surrounded by hills. The islands aren’t accessible except one small island by boat. You can reserve a boat and go around the lake. The fare will be determined by the distance you covered. However, they could be bargained.
How to reach
By train: Board a train from Howrah(HWH) to Kumardubi(KMME). Auto rickshaws are available from outside Kumardubi Railway station upto Kalipahari. From there Maithoon Dam is 10-15 mins. walking using Google maps. You will get trains back from Kumardubi(KMME) to Howrah(HWH).
By bus: Buses are available from Asansol bus stand.
By road: Distance from Kolkata to Maithoon Dam is 236 kms.
From Kolkata, take the 2nd Hoogly Bridge to avail Kona Expressway, keep to your right and take to flyover going towards Durgapur Expressway/Kolkata-Delhi Highway. After 232 kms, take right towards ESI Colony Road from Maithoon. Follow straight to the Maithoon Lake.
Small shops selling snacks and drinking water are there.
I, along with some friends boarded the Black Diamond Express early morning in Howrah at 06:15 and got down at Kumardubi Station at 15-20 mins. behind schedule. We took a auto rickshaws from Kumardubi Railway station upto Kalipahari where we had our breakfast at an local cheap eatery. We opened our Google Maps and 10 mins. walk took us to the reservoir. The little islands in the lake with the hills behind just looked perfect. We bargained with a boatman and he took us to the only little accessible island on his boat, which also gave some fantastic views of the lake and islands on it. We spent some time there and went towards the hills over the dam, which offered a good view of opposite and almost dry and rocky river bed could be seen. We then went down to the dry river bed, where some were happy just putting their feet in water,while I and some others went over big rocks as far as we could. There was a small kind of waterfall had formed whose picture I have given below. We spent some time and it was time to return, so we started off. While walking towards Kalipahari from where we were supposed to take an auto rickshaw, we asked an auto driver on way who agreed to ferry us to the railway station at a cheap rate, but as we proceeded, the driver claimed more money and after argument and refusal to give any extra money, he left us at the highway crossing. Buses were available upto nearby railway station, but we walked the way since it wasn’t very far. We boarded the Black Diamond Express back to Howrah. However, you can stay there and visit the nearby places listed below.
My Expense: Kolkata to Kumardubi by Superfast category train: Rs. 100
Kumardubi to Kalipahari and return by auto:
Return similarly to Howrah: Rs. 100
Food: Rs. 100
Total: Rs. 300+Auto fare
- WBTDC Maithan Lodge
Ph.No.: 97321 00940
- Hotel Shantinivas
- Hotel Sumandeep International (near NH 2 and Kumardubi Railway Station) Ph.No.: 072101 01502
- Diya Guest House
Ph.No.: 086531 86848
- Hotel Yatri Nivas
Ph.No.: 9563568709, 9732148410
- Apanjan Lodge
Ph.No.: 87593 44623
- Asha Resorts
Ph.No.: 97320 79996
- Hotel Maithan
Ph.No.: 086410 72212
- Maithan Youth Hostel