The Tapan Lake, also known as the Tapan Dighi, is situated in the village of Tapan at a distance of 35 km from Balurghat town and 15 km from Gangarampur town. It is believed that the King Laxman Sena dug this lake with a view to offering Tarpana for his ancestors, and this is how the lake acquired its name. This lake is about 2 Km in length and 1 Km in breadth. On the Northern bank of this lake, a dilapidated mound dating back to the period of Lord Buddha can be seen. Excavation work is yet to be taken up over here. Another important site in this area is the village Manohali. One can see large number of icons still remaining scattered in this area.
Within 1 Km of Gangarampur town, there is a big lake named 'Dhal Dighi'. It is about 1.5 Km in length and it dates back to the Pal dynasty. Since the colour of this lake was Dhala, or white, the lake is called Dhal Dighi. On the northern bank of the lake is the grave of a famous muslim saint Atash Fakir. Some carved stone pillars and wall inscriptions can be seen in this grave.
Just about 200 metres away from Dhaldighi, there is another lake called Kaldighi. This lake is also as big as Dhaldighi. As the colour of the water of this lake was black it is named as 'kaldighi'. During winter, a large number of migratory birds flock to this place. Kaldighi has recently been purchased by South Dinajpur Zilla Parishad for development of Pissiculture and for creating composite demonstration centre of different schemes such as poultry, piggery, cow, duckery, biogas plant, solar energy system, etc.
Apart from the lakes, certain forest areas are also found in the South Dinajpur district which serves as beautiful picnic spots. Sarongbari is a small forest and one of the most attractive picnic spots in the district. A small hut has been constructed here, replete with drinking water facilities. It is managed by the Hili Panchayat Samiti. In order to enter this spot, prior permission of the Block Development Officer of Hili is required. From Mahipal road at a distance of 2 Km, there is a small forest belonging to the Forest Department. This forest has recently been taken up for beautification by planting ornamental trees and flowers.