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Census Town
The navaratna temple at Bowali, now virtually in ruins
The navaratna temple at Bowali, now virtually in ruins
Bowali is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal
Bowali is located in India
Location in India
Coordinates: 22°24′15″N 88°11′07″E / 22.4041°N 88.1852°E / 22.4041; 88.1852
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DistrictSouth 24 Parganas
CD blockBudge Budge II
 • Total3.62 km2 (1.40 sq mi)
9 m (30 ft)
 • Total10,968
 • Density3,000/km2 (7,800/sq mi)
 • OfficialBengali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code+91 33
Vehicle registrationWB-01 to WB-10, WB-19 to WB-22, WB-95 to WB-99
Lok Sabha constituencyDiamond Harbour
Vidhan Sabha constituencyBudge Budge

Bowali (also called Bawali) is a census town under Budge Budge police station of Budge Budge II CD block in Alipore Sadar subdivision of South 24 Parganas district in the Indian State of West Bengal.


The Mondals, zemindars of Bowali, were originally Roy/ Rai. Shovaram was awarded the title of Mondal. Shovaram’s grandson, Rajaram, received the zemindary rights of 50 villages (including Budge Budge and Bowali), as a reward for his bravery, from the Raja of Hijli. They settled at Bowali around 1710. Rajaram’s grandson Haradhan, who enjoyed the patronage of the East India Company, and his sons built many temples in Bowali.[1]


Bowali is located at 22°24′15″N 88°11′07″E / 22.4041°N 88.1852°E / 22.4041; 88.1852. It has an average elevation of 9 metres (30 ft).

Bowali, Chak Kashipur, Chak Alampur, Dakshin Raypur and Poali form a cluster of census towns, as per map of Budge Budge II CD block on page 181 of District Census Handbook 2011 for South 24 Parganas.[2]


As per 2011 Census of India, Bowali had a total population of 10,968, of which 5,709 (52%) were males and 5,259 (48%) were females. Population below 6 years was 894. The total number of literates was 8,694 (86.30 % of the population over 6 years).[3]

As of 2001 Census of India, Bowali had a population of 10,200. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. It has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 83% and female literacy of 69%. 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.[4]


As per the District Census Handbook 2011, Bowali covered an area of 3.62 km2. Among the civic amenities, the water supply involved over-head tank. It had 2,235 domestic electric connections. Among the educational facilities It had were 5 primary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 secondary schools.[5]


Bowali is linked to Thakurpukur via Bakrahat.[6]


Bawali High School is a Bengali-medium coeducational institution, established in 1899. It has arrangements for teaching from class V to class XII.[7]

Bowali picture gallery


  1. ^ Datta, Rangan. "Next weekend you can be at Bawali". Published in The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  2. ^ "District Census Handbook South Twentyfour Parganas, Census of India 2011, Series 20, Part XII A" (PDF). Page 181 – Map of Budge Budge II CD block. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  3. ^ "CD block Wise Primary Census Abstract Data(PCA)". 2011 census: West Bengal – District-wise CD blocks. Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  5. ^ "District Census Handbook South Twenty Four Parganas, Census of India 2011, Series 20, Part XII A" (PDF). Section II Town Directory, Pages 999-1006 Statement I: Status and Growth History, Pages 1006-1010; Statement II: Physical Aspects and Location of Towns, Pages 1010-1015; Statement III: Civic and other Amenities, Pages 1015-1019; Statement IV: Medical Facilities 2009, Pages 1019-1027 Statement V: Educational, Recreational and Cultural Facilities, Pages 1027- 1029: Statement VI:Industry and Banking:. Directorate of Census Operations V, West Bengal. Retrieved 9 November 2018.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. ^ Google maps
  7. ^ "Bawali High School". ICBSE. Retrieved 2 November 2019.

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