incredibly “a beach to yourself” in fact one may get a feeling of
‘owning’ the beach. Bakkhali is one of
the most secluded white sand beaches in India. It is lined with
casuarinas and one can enjoy a fantastic sunset here. Bakkhali is one
of the islands of the Sunderbans
delta region about 135kms from Calcutta.
Things to Do
With a beach to yourself you can be
creative and do so many things - Take a walk over the beach from
Bakkhali to Frazergunj (the total stretch of the beach here is about
7km) .It is an out-of-this-world experience. When the tide is low u can
see a red carpet laid for u far away and as soon as u come close to it,
you realize those were millions of red crabs scurrying around.
The rickshaw van (locally known as bhaan) is the only transport
available locally. We took a trip to Henry’s Island on this rickshaw van, which is about 30 min and u can visit the Watch Tower, etc. Travel
through the beautiful villages on both sides. Stop to take a look at
the giant windmills. There is a small Ganga mata temple which you may
pay your respects to.
From the watch tower it’s a mind boggling view of the entire
Sunderban area. On one side you can see the Bakkhali beach at a distance
and on all the other sides the green of Sundarban.
You can buy a lot of shells and other
crafts made of shells, earrings made of shells, corals, dried star
fishes , mother of pearl kurta buttons, which would be exorbitant if one
bought them in the city. Drink lots of “Daab”
green coconut water.
Things to Remember
How to Reach
Take the road through Diamond Harbour and
Kakdwip to Namkhana, where the car or bus has to be transported across
the Hatania-Doania creek
in a special ferry. The ferry service is available from 7am to 11pm
except from 12 noon till 1:45pm (lunch hour). The fare for crossing a
Car/Jeep is approx Rs 190 (including loading/unloading).
There is an excellent road from Namkhana to Bakkhali. The road journey
from the fringe of Calcutta to Bakkhali takes about 3 ½ Hrs. However,
crowded market places and occasional stretches of bad road can delay
movement. West Bengal Surface
Transport Corporation runs a direct bus service from Esplanade
Where to Stay
The best place to stay is the
Tourist lLodge run by the
West Bengal Tourism Department.
It is right on the beach and always full on weekends and holidays so
book in advance in Calcutta. Beautiful cottages with huge verandas
,which could house another 6 people and a huge fish breeding lake in
There are other hotels, but this one scores above all, with good
location, good food (compared to others) , good occupancy rate and open
spaces where u can also spot some unusual birds. The other hotels looked
deserted and we were not sure of security, service and privacy.
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different from the bustling metropolis that is Kolkata. Bakkhali is only
132 km from Kolkata. From Kolkata to Namkhana by bus (105 km.), then
across the Hatania Doania river, by ferry and then another hour and a half
bus journey will take one to Bakkhali. En-route, there is Diamond Harbour
(48 km from Kolkata) where there is a comfortable Tourist Lodge for
At Bakkhali, the beach is long and sandy, the waves twinkling in the
sunlight. Dense casuarina groves drape the beach. Red fiddler crabs march
in line on the beach. Frasergunj, 2 ½ km before Bakkhali which is a
fishing harbour, is another site of interest.
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