Along its eastern boundary adjoining Burdwan district the country is flat and alluvial, presenting the appearance of the ordinary paddy lands of Bengal.
Suan, another rice-like cereal, not cultivated, grows spontaneously in the paddy fields.
The " dalag," which is found in the paddy-fields during the wet season, is a favourite with the natives.
Until far on in the 18th century the malarial jungle and paddy fields closely hemmed in the European mansions; the vast plain (maiddn), now covered with gardens and promenades, was then a swamp during three months of each year; the spacious quadrangle known as Wellington Square was built upon a filthy creek.
Mrs Burke has in her train Miss French [Burke's niece], the most perfect Size Paddy that ever was caught.