Bakkhali Tourism

Bakkhali Tourism

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  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Beach
Bakkhali is a seaside resort located in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. It is a Ganges delta island on the fringes of Bay of Bengal, forming a part of Sunderbans. Frasergunj and Bakkhali are the twin towns forming a single locality. A seven kilometre long beach joins Frasergunj with Bakkhali. The beach is suitable for driving or cycling.
Frasergunj is named after Andrew Fraser, an early 20th century Lieutenant Governor of Bengal, who is credited for discovering this place. Some local tales say that Andrew had landed here after some ship wreckage and he was helped to stay alive by locals. After regaining his health, Fraser started visiting this place regularly and converted it into a seaside resort.  

Apart from its long beach, Bakkhali has many attractions - the windmills of Frasergunj is a sightseeing spot and so are the fishing harbours, local temples and mangrove forests. The only form of local transport is rickshaw van, but tourists can hire trekkers to move out of Bakkhali. Fishing is the primary occupation of the local population and there are fishing harbours at Frasergunj where tourists can buy local catch at cheap rates.

Bakkhali offers many places of attraction like the crocodile breeding centre, the Banabibi temple and nearby mangroves at Henry’s Island. The beach of Bakkhali is inhabited by millions of harmless red crabs which disappear in their holes as soon as they see someone near.

The nearest railhead to Bakkhali is Namkhana, which can be reached from Kolkata by rail. After reaching Namkhana, tourists would then need to cross the Hatania Doania River on a barge and reach the other side of the river to drive another 25 km to reach Bakkhali. Cycles, motorbikes, cars, buses and people are carried on these barges and it hardly takes five minutes to cross the river.

The most popular destinations near Bakkhali are Henry’s Island and Jambu Dwip. Henry’s Island can be reached within 20 mins from Bakkhali on a van rickshaw. It has a 100 metre long mud path through a dense mangrove forest opening up on a deserted beach. Jambu Dwip is a deserted island on the Bay of Bengal that can be reached by local ferry boats.

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Saurav Bakshi

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"The Virgin Beach- Ideal Weekend Destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Welcome to one of the best but still little known Virgin Sea Beach of India on Bay of Bengal.

I have visited this place multiple times and still visit it whenever I get time to get away from the hustle & bustle of city life. The best time to visit is from Oct to Mar.

It is located on one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal. Most of the islands are part of the Sunderbans, barring a few at the fringes. Some of these are joined together with bridges over narrow creeks. This small island juts out into the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal.

From Kolkata it's approx 140 Km. You can take southbound local trains from Sealdah to reach Namkhana (approx 4 hours journey) and take ferry to cross the Doania Hatania creek and from there take a bus to reach or you can also board the state owned buses from Esplanade to reach their. One can take his own car as well and take NH11 to reach there. The drive from Diamond Harbour is enjoyable as the road is congested till it cross pailan. Since it is a two way road, people should drive carefully. All the creeks have bridges over them, excepting the Doania Hatania creek at Namkhana. The ferry crossing for cars, buses and humans is a memorable experience for city dwellers. Do enjoy the scenic beauty of nature in route.

Since this is not very crowded place so you will not get 3* or 5* hotels but a moderate and clean one. Please check the amenities and rules of hotel before booking.

If you are fish lover then you will have a gala treat at road side hotels. They offer clean and delicious dishes at very reasonable rates. If you are lucky, you can also get freshly caught fishes in evening from the local fishermen. Buy it from them and give to any roadside food joints to prepare it for you.

The beach is full of red crabs and during breeding season, the entire beach seems red. Don't miss the sunset and sunrise from the beach. Also don't forget to visit Henry Island, Windmill in Frasergunj & Jambudwip. There used to be a wreckage of old warship on the beach but that has been dismantled now.

The more I write about it the less it is. So take out 2 days time from your busy schedule to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Caution: Keep enough hard cash with you as cards are not accepted and the only ATM over there remains out of order most of the time. Post that nearest ATM is at Namkhana.
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Biman Sarkar

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"Amazing place that recall history and their thinking" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's a place where you can find that ancient people are how smart and tech based, not only that they are also have the courage to face any kind of situation, they have the taste of food which we don't even think. Their plan of control people and surprise them and get them involved to any great work. Overall, it will give you pleasure.
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Arabinda Banerjee

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"Happy weekend" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Bakkhali is a place for spending an ideal weekend. One may take Namkhana bound train from Sealdah and reach Namkhana in 2 hr. 40 min. By car via Diamond Harbour, it will take almost same time to reach Namkhana, Then cross the river Hatania-Doania by small boat and take bus or car from riverside bus stop. Arrangement is there for vehicles can also cross the river in vessel. It will take another 30-35 min. To reach Bakkhali (near about 22 km). A fair number of Hotels are there to stay, of which WB Govt. Tourist lodge is the best, both location-wise and available amenity-wise.

Hotel Balaka, Hotel Bay View, Hotel Deepak and a good number of hotels are situated near Bakkhali bus stop, a 5-7 mins. Walk from sea-beach. Food availability is fair, there are a walk-in food hotels, preparing different type of food including, chinese, mughlai, etc price is reasonable. Sea-beach is good to view but not that good to bath.

One can take a car or motor-van from Bakkhali and visit Henry's Island, Frazerganj fishing harbour etc, it will take 2-3 hr for this total sightseeing. One can take a boat from Frazerganj and sail to Jambudwip and return within 2-3 hr. Henry's Island is neither a bad place to stay for one day, at least for the bachelors. There are Benfish, WB arrangements for lodging and food. A very worth-seeing experience for short weekend tour.
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Umair  Siddiqui

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"Cool and affordable place" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Its so affordable and best place for a short trip. With friends and families, one can go for a frequent trip as well. Although the beach is not so great. Still the pleasure of seaside will make the holiday so awesome. Me and my friends had also went to henry island which is near to bakkhali.

Its really a good place for visit. One thing I like the most was the road trip. Bakkhali is at the extreme end of bengal towards diamond harbour road, the villages and rural bengal view was so nice. Only issue i had was at there is no bridge between a place and your car has to enter into a vessel to cross such a short river and it was although a new experience but creates long traffic. It become irritating while returning that there is no bridge for such a short distance.
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Debashri Biswas

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"You want peace, visit Bakkhali"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Almost 4 hours by local train from Sealdah, you will reach Namkhana Station from there take riksha van to reach to Hatania Doania river. You have to cross the river by ferry, which will take an astonishing fare from you i.e Rs. 1/head. Yes, Rs. 1/head to cross the river and then Rs. 1/head for the Toll Tax.

To reach Bakkhali you can take bus or reserve a cab. Though the cab is preferable, comfortable and time consuming, it will cost you Rs. 350/- for the trip (25 kM. ). We stayed at Balaka Hotel. They charged Rs. 2, 300/day for a luxury room. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks will be charged extra. It seems costly, but their service was very good and the food was awesome. You can stay at West Bengal Tourist Lodge also.

Now, the Bakkhali beach has everything to make you fall in love with it. If you want to spend tome from the cacophony of city life and want to experience peace, nature, and you don't have time, then this is the place to enjoy yourself. The sound of the wind, the wave and the sunset will give you eternal calmness. You can see red crabs all over the beach.

You can visit Henry Island from there, which is also a beach. You can book cottages there. Frazerganj, Jambu Dwip (I do not have adjectives to describe this place). The fresh fishes, variety of prawn will not disappoint you in any case. Oh, the add on is the Deer Park, and you can see crocodiles, too. The view from the Henry Island light house made me feel like I am watching Amazon as they show in Discovery channel. I never knew such a place exists in my own state.
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Agniva Basu

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"Calm and soothing"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Around 4.5 hr off Kolkata, this place is ideal for a weekend break. The beach is quiet with few visitors and localities. The sea was also calm and soothing. Enjoyed bathing, swimming and playing in the sea. We stayed at hotel Deepak which was close to the beach. The Frazerganj beach was not that clean due to fishermen activities. Henry island is good too. Overall it was a pleasant short trip n we enjoyed our time there.
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Gaurav Hisaria

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"Destination Off The City Of Joy"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Mar 19, 2015
It was really a refreshment after a busy week. In one word - soothing. The color of the sea may be not blue but the breeze and the waves will boost you up. The area being less crowded. There are red crabs on the white sand and whenever you chase them they go down into the sand. I got so many feedback saying, its not safe, specially for the family, But I never felt Unsafe @ BAKKHALI.
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"A refreshing trip to the quite sea of Bakkhali"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Feb 22, 2015
In one word - soothing.

I went to bakkhali with my girl friend from 1st feb to 4th feb 2015. We went in the weekdays because we both wanted peaceful and less crowded place. Weekends at bakkhali is a little more crowded. It was situated in the village and the only reason the place is developed is because of the tourism.

Let's talk a little bit about the journey :

We went there by WBSTC bus. There are 3 buses from Dharmatala to direct bakkhali. Timings are - 7 am, 8 am and 2 pm. Fare - Rs 90 per head.

We went by the 2 pm bus. The bus service was good and the bus speed is very good. The allotted time for the journey is 5 hours from Dharmatala but they made it in 4. 30 hrs. Bus took the national highway 117 which is great. The road was very good. We reached Bakkhali at 6. 30 pm. We checked in at Hotel Amravati. The journey was not comfortable because of the seats in the bus. They are fixed just like any other WBSTC bus. We got very tired that day.

Local sightseeing :

The next day we went to visit the Govt. Crocodile and deer breeding project. The place is peaceful and filled with trees. The fresh breeze from trees make you feel sleepy. Then we went to visit the Bakkhali beach which is much much better than beaches like digha or Mandarmani. Water was shallow with white sand.

The day after we went to Henry Island by van (paddle van). It was a beautiful place filled with 165 water bodies and lots of neem tree. The air was so refreshing!! From there we went to Benfish Harbour. We were unable to see the fish sorting because of the time (it was 2 pm). You need to go there in the morning or evening to see that. From there we visited the Frazerganj sea beach. This beach is not good as the Bakkhali beach because it is mainly used for the fishermen and their work.

During the whole visit we enjoyed a lot and watched many different types of birds and animals. All in the natural, quiet place. This whole tour of appx 4 hours only took Rs 150 by the Van. The name of the van pooler was Gour Pramanik. He is a gentle guy and legit man. Only disadvantage is that he talks too much but a good man. He charged us Rs 5 per head for the visit to the sea beach from our lodge (Amravati).

Now about the beach and market area :

Beach is very safe to visit even in the evening. There is a police camp nearby and policemen always present at the beach to prevent any unwanted chaos. Local people are good and gentle. Marketplace is good. You can visit local shops at the evening for the shopping. I myself bought a large wooden clock (looks awesome). Other material price similar as Digha and Puri.

Food :

Food was absolutely delicious and reasonably priced. This place is for fish lovers. We had Galda, Bagda, Mutton, chicken. You can find many fish dishes like Galda, bagda, parse, vetki, ilish, rohi, Kankra, pomfret, topshe and many more. You can have evening snacks like topshe fry or prawn pakora, fish fry while watching the sea. Food at hotel will cost you more. Take food from outside. 2 recommended hotels- "Hotel new Parijat", "Sagar samrat Bardar hotel" was very good. We had food in both. You can take fish meal like Galda meal will cost you Rs 160 per plate.

What to buy :

Good collection of hats is there. You may require one for bathing in the beach. Gur was cheap. Nalen gur will cost you Rs 60/kg. We didn't visit Jambu dweep. You can visit that by booking a boat from Benfish fishing Harbour. Book only if you have many people together.

About liquor :

There is one liquor store only but close enough from the hotel areas (5 min in van). Hotel people can arrange you but they will charge you extra for that.

Return journey:

There are 3 buses from Bakkhali to Dharmatala. Timings are - 6. 30 am, 1 pm, 2 pm. We took the 1 pm bus and it took only 3. 45 hrs to reach Babughat.
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Gokul Das

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"Lonely place with beutiful nature and sea beach"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 1, 2014
If you want to spend some time lonely with healthy beautiful nature, Bakkhali is one of the best beaches. No huge tourist gathering as other sea beach like digha, puri etc. beach side natural beauty is not effected by market, park, hotel etc. as other beach. Temple in beach side forest, find red crab.
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"A refreshing trip"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2014
Bakkhali is all about sea, sea & sea. Just go to the beach, rent a chair, be seated & look at the sea, all your tension & worries will wash away. Nice place for 2 nights visit. Also there are some other local sites to visit i.e. Henry's island, fraser gauge, jammu dip etc. The beach is drive in beach so there are little waves. You can try different fish dishes. To sum up its a nice place & very near to Kolkata, just 4 hr way. Go & enjoy!!
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