Abstract This work investigates the removal of phenol from aqueous solution using Araucaria Columnaris bark (ACB) as biochar. Five different types of biochars were developed through pyrolysis at different temp from 300 to 500°C. The effects of initial concentration, contact time, pH and temperature on adsorption behavior were studied in batch mode for each biochar. The optimum contact time observed for equilibrium condition was 60 mins for every biochar. And, the maximum adsorption followed the order 298 K > 308 K > 318 K. Adsorption equilibrium data were fitted to Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms by non-linear regression method and kinetic data by linear regression method, and fitted to pseudo-first order, pseudo-second order and Intraparticle diffusion models. Adsorption kinetics was reasonably described by pseudo-second order model with R 2 value 0.99. Thermodynamic parameters were also estimated that implied, the adsorption process was spontaneous and exothermic in nature. Study further showed that the acidic pH increased adsorption capacity of biochar but decreases continuously towards basic side. The removal of phenol with prepared biochar was achieved as high as 100 % for ACB-500. The maximum iodine adsorption value of prepared biochar was found to be 453.3 mg/g.