ALSO KNOWN AS Betla National Park, Palamau National Park, on the northwestern edge of the Chhota Nagpur Plateau, is set in hilly tribal country, with the Koel and Burha rivers flowing through it. The park is dotted – with bamboo, sal (Chorea robusta) groves, towering mahua (Madhuca indica) trees from whose pale yellow _ flower the area’s tribal people (Oraons and Mundas) make a potent liquor, and grassland. The sanctuary is inhabited by wild elephants, deer, leopards, tigers (44 at last count in 1997) and several bird species. There are A numerous watch- 11 towers and hides that have been strategically placed around the water holes. The picturesque ruins of two 16thcentury forts, hot springs and a few tribal villages also lie within the park.