Dumka district is one of the twenty-four districts of Jharkhand state in eastern India, and Dumka is the administrative headquarters of this district. This district covers an area of 3716.02 km². This district has a population of 1,321,096 (2011 Census).
There are two theories on how Dumka got its name. The first one suggests that Dumka’s name derives from the Santali word sumk for “shunted” or “small,” because during the British Raj, it was a small town compared to Suri and Bhagalpur.
The other is that Dumka derives its name from the Persian word damin-i-koh, which means ‘skirts (an edge, border or extreme part) of the hills’. The Mughals assigned this name to the town and its vicinity on account of the presence of hillocks and undulating terrain.
Masanjore is a famous picnic spot situated in Dumka District of Jharkhand. This small village is about 30 km south of Dumka. The picturesque Masanjore dam on the Mayurakshi River is a major draw. From the counterpart rupee fund created through supplies of wheat and other materials from Canada for use in India, Canada Govt. devoted those funds to further development of the Mayurakshi project And Masanjore dam was commissioned in 1955. That’s why the Dam is still mentioned as Canada Dam. The dam is bounded by hills and forests, a perfect place for outing. Mayurakshi Bhawan Bungalow and Inspection Bungalow offer excellent and comfortable accommodation in the village. By road, Masanjore is connected with Vakreshwara (59 km), Sainthia (50 km), Tarapith (70 km), Rampurhat (62 km) and Deoghar (98 km).
Kurwa park (Shrishti)
It is a small picnic spot about 5 km to the south of Dumka. It has a beautiful park, facilities for boating and a small hill.
It is situated 20 km from the district headquarters. It is a beautiful place and picnic spot having natural beauty surrounded by hillocks and river. Chutonath is a religious place of Hindu god Lord chutonath.
It is temple situated in Tin bazaar at the heart of Dumka Town,It is very famous for goddess kali, during the Durga puja 7 days special puja is organised here.