Kolakham | near lava lolegaon

Kolakham (কোলাখাম) or Kholakham is a silent and small village in Neora Valley National Park of Darjeeling district under Kalimpong sub-division. This village is 8 K.M. away from Lava (an well known tourist destination), situated on around 6100 ft. above sea level. Key resources of this green and silent village are cordiality and hospitality of locals in addition with natural resources in lap of nature. Kolakham village is stuck on the mountain, one side of this village is widely spread lush green forest and snow capped Mt. Kanchenjunga through dense forest on another side. Great view of Mt. Kanchenjunga is visible from this village under lap of Neora Valley National park.

               Total 100 to 150 village inhabitant lives in this hamlet village most of them are belongs to Nepali ‘Rai’ community, their hospitality is fabulous. You can find cardamom cultivation and fields underneath cloudless blue sky, so many fragmented clouds are roaming around the sky. Sometimes cloud moves away and comes out sunny valley with shining mountain peak. If you are bird lover then Kolakham is heaven for you, extraordinary assembly of all the birds are here like verditer flycatcher, scarlet minivet, dork sided fly catcher, green tailed sunbird etc. You can spend morning time by seeing the extraordinary scene of Mt. Kanchenjunga with a smolder cup of tea from you room’s balcony.

          Come out for a day tour to Lava, Rishyap (Rishop) and Lolegaon, you can see women working on cardamom fields on the way. Chilly winter is less here compared to Lava and Risop, enjoyable winter for all aged people. Also you can visit Changi falls, only 5 K.M from Kolakham, sunlight creates rainbow on this waterfalls.

Accommodation in Kolakham

Kolakham Homestay: A unique homestay at Kolakham, which is totally made of pinewood. Mt. Kanchenjunga view from Windows even you can see from bed, beautiful birds and butterflies you can see from same window and can hear chirping of birds. Beautiful gardens of different types of flowers, medicinal plants and wild orchids. 5-10 minutes to walk from the road and you can enjoy the whole day without any problems. You can forget all the tiredness of long suffering of journey .Come once and enjoy relaxing of your life. Changay falls is at walking distance village view or village visits surrounded by Neora valley national park.

Samsuhang Homestay: The host Rai family has built a new aesthetically pleasing cottage, having two spacious rooms with attached bath and toilet in the cottage. The host only serves vegetarian foods, due to Kolakham is a strictly vegetarian village. Tariff starts from Rs.2500 onward, contact us or fill-up bellow form for more details.

Another good accommodation in Kolakham is Kolakham Eco Huts, they have 3 log huts, 3 deluxe rooms and road side attic rooms and tariff respectively Rs.1600/ to Rs.2000, Rs.1200/ to Rs.1600/ and Rs.2000/ to Rs.2300. 10% service tax is extra.

Kolakham Retreat – all rooms are well decorated and wooden furnished along with western styled toilets. The food provided is awesome.

How to Reach Kolakham

Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and New Mal Junction in West Bengal. NJP is well connected with all major Indian cities. Nearest airport is Bagdogra (IXB) and distance only 120 K.M, daily flights are available from all around India. You can book an exclusive car to Kolakham from NJP, Siliguri and Bagdogra airport; it’s about 4 hrs scenic journey through Lava. Jeeps are also good option for transportation from Lava (distance only 8 K.M), Kalimpong to Kolakham. You may contact with your hotel/resort/home stay owner for car booking with additional cost under package.

See distance chart bellow from different locations:




8 kms.


32 kms.


43 kms.

New Jalpaiguri

118 kms.

Best Season to Visit Kolakham

You can visit Kolakham throughout the year, but best time to visit Kolakham is March to May, this is blossoming season for Orchids. November to end of March is another best time to visit Kolakham, when tourist flow is less here to enjoy the mighty Kanchenjunga.

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