A midsized town located 48km from Siliguri is becoming the new upcoming tourist destination, Oodlabari a small town on the Jalpaiguri District. Oodlabari is situated between two rivers Ghis and Chel. On the west of the Oodlabari is river Leesh and on its east is river Chel. The stretch between the two rivers, where Oodlabari exists, is hardly 2 kms wide at its widest. To the south of the Oodlabari, just 5 kms away is the forests of Baikunthapur with its famous Kathambari range that is home of Asiatic elephants. North of Oodlabari, drive for about 4 kms to reach the foothills of the Himalaya.
Many tourists are drawn towards Oodlabari due to its unique location which offers the most pictorial sights in the Dooars Region. There are many places near Oodlabari which has spiked up the interest of travelers like Patharjhora tea estate which the starting point of River Chel and also the meeting point of three small streams a quite astounding sight to see along the lush tea garden. Oodlabari is surrounded by many tea estates like Ranichera, Rungamatee, Gurjanjhora, Oodlabari Tea estate a sight which can make any tea lovers feel giddy about the visit to such blessed place. The unique microclimate of the Dooars, caused by a mélange of mist and rain, produces some of the world’s most delicate tea. There are about 150 estates in the Dooars. Among them, Oodlabari Tea Estate deserves a special mention as it ranks amongst the few fine green-tea producing gardens. But if you are not a huge fan of tea garden than you can go for the jungle walk in the nearby forest area like Kathambari a dense forest enriched with a variety of trees and wilds animals. Here you can spot untamed animals like Leopard, Wild elephants, wild dogs which are often seen in this area. Or you can visit the first reservoir formed by the Teesta Barrage in Gajoldoba along the Baikunthapur Forest which has a myth about Lord Krishna using it as a hiding spot with his principal wife and queen Rukmini.
Dense forest area, lush tea garden with the sight of alluring river, Oodlabari at first may look like a place which you want to skip but all these wonders of nature can be found in Oodlabari if you look past behind the façade of the concrete houses sited along the road. The unique location and mesmerizing beauty of Oodlabari will captivate your mind and the freshness of the tea garden will rejuvenate your soul.