Bakkhali Tourism
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Bakkhali Tourism

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You will enjoy more in Bakkhali if you are in a group. You can reach there by your own car or else you can also take a bus from Dharmatala (Kolkata) which will directly take you to this place (as we did). One bus leaves at 7 am and another leaves at 8 am. It takes around 5 hours to reach there. Namkhana comes in the midway where you will cross the river by a berge without getting down from the bus. Here it takes some time as the vehicle needs to wait in the queue to get a chance to board in the berge. In the month of November '12 we took the bus at 7 am (reservation was already there) and reached there sharp at 12 noon. We went to a few hotels in the vicinity of the bus stand before checking in at Hotel Babylon as we found it the best option. I would recommend this hotel because the hotel is very neat and clean and spacious as well as compared to the hotels next door (like Balaka,Narayani or Joy Guru). All other hotels are much far away from sea beach but Hotel Bayview is also a good choice. In the afternoon we went to Frasergunj and Henry island by a motor van rickshaw - the only local transport. From Henry tower on one hand we got to see the splendid view of Sundarban and the sea at the distant and on the other hand there was the narrow path coming towards the tower by paving its way through the dense Mangrove forest and on the way we saw the glimpse of the humble rustic life of the locals. Next day we went to Jammu Dwip by boat, it takes around 4 hours in total. It is an island in the mid of the sea, due to insurgency issues tourists are not allowed to get down at the island but the boat ride is very enjoyable. I would advice you to make sure about the weather conditions and fitness of the riders before taking this trip, otherwise there is no risk. Next day we visited the Bon Bibi temple at the far end of the beach and a few meters inside the forest. There are many stationary shops, medicine shops and average level restaurants which serve you with a variety of fish preparations that best suit the Bengali taste buds.The sea of Bakkhali is not suitable for bathing but the cool breeze and the scenic beauty rejuvenated our mind again for the daily hectic city life.
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Sourav Roy
  • Sourav Roy
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"A very relaxing weekend."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The beach is still virgin. It is very beautiful during the sunset and sunrise. Must visit the Henry's Island, Jumbo Dwip and Deer park. There are several fast-food centres which are really good but costly. Here you can get different items on Prawn. You must take a bath, because the sea is very calm and there are many locals at the beach.
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Goutam Saha
  • Goutam Saha
  • 24 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"A lovely place for weekend visit!"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2013
Nice experience and a lovely place to visit during weekend and during off seasons as because you'll get better service.
Please visit Frasergunj, Mohana, Jambo Island, Benfish, Bakkhali Beach and Henry Island.
Try to go by local train from Sealdah. Its a halt journey but an enjoyable one.
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Rita Bose
  • Rita Bose
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  • 3 Reviews

"Nice place to go for relaxation."

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 3, 2013
You will enjoy more in Bakkhali if you are in a group. You can reach there by your own car or else you can also take a bus from Dharmatala (Kolkata) which will directly take you to this place (as we did). One bus leaves at 7 am and another leaves at 8 am. It takes around 5 hours to reach there. Namkhana comes in the midway where you will cross the river by a berge without getting down from the bus. Here it takes some time as the vehicle needs to wait in the queue to get a chance to board in the berge. In the month of November '12 we took the bus at 7 am (reservation was already there) and reached there sharp at 12 noon. We went to a few hotels in the vicinity of the bus stand before checking in at Hotel Babylon as we found it the best option. I would recommend this hotel because the hotel is very neat and clean and spacious as well as compared to the hotels next door (like Balaka,Narayani or Joy Guru). All other hotels are much far away from sea beach but Hotel Bayview is also a good choice. In the afternoon we went to Frasergunj and Henry island by a motor van rickshaw - the only local transport. From Henry tower on one hand we got to see the splendid view of Sundarban and the sea at the distant and on the other hand there was the narrow path coming towards the tower by paving its way through the dense Mangrove forest and on the way we saw the glimpse of the humble rustic life of the locals. Next day we went to Jammu Dwip by boat, it takes around 4 hours in total. It is an island in the mid of the sea, due to insurgency issues tourists are not allowed to get down at the island but the boat ride is very enjoyable. I would advice you to make sure about the weather conditions and fitness of the riders before taking this trip, otherwise there is no risk. Next day we visited the Bon Bibi temple at the far end of the beach and a few meters inside the forest. There are many stationary shops, medicine shops and average level restaurants which serve you with a variety of fish preparations that best suit the Bengali taste buds.The sea of Bakkhali is not suitable for bathing but the cool breeze and the scenic beauty rejuvenated our mind again for the daily hectic city life.
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Goutam Chatterjee
  • Goutam Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Bakkhali-An ideal place for two day's trip."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2013
Bakkhali is an ideal place for a two/ three day's family trip. Though situated at a remote part of West Bengal, it can demand its graciousness through its warm calmness and serenity & warm hospitality. It can't give you a five star pleasure, rather it can offer a considerable good motorable road throughout, a good scenic beauty, an average hotels, a clean sea beach without any disturbances.Tthe palatable fresh dishes cooked by the locals and moreover the warm hospitality of the hosts. Indeed its a nice place to pass a day or two with your family & friends without any type of disturbances. The only thing to mention here is the necessity of direct public transport run either by the government transport department or by private owners. Tourists are not ready to accept the hectic local bus journey. Tourism Department has to look after it immediately and arrange for direct buses to Bakkhali to save the beautiful tourist spot, otherwise it will decay within a very short time.
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Siben Sarkar
  • Siben Sarkar
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  • 6 Reviews

"bakkhali tour - unveiled beach"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 13, 2013
One should visit this place of course in small group of 3 or 4 families and max 2nights-3days. I personally feel that these sea beach must not be filled with food stalls like Puri's beach; but 2/3 food stalls can be attractive for visitors. Persons who love nature they should visit this place. No musics with high volume will jeopardize the ambiance.
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Tarique Jamil
  • Tarique Jamil
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 8 Reviews

"Strictly for a weekend trip"

  • Posted Sep 1, 2013
Bakkhali is about 130 Km from Kolkata. The beach town is laid back and relaxed, people are good. Beach is a let down with clay rather than sand and Muddy water. Not an ideal sea beach to get wet but Kolkata has little options. You can stay here for a day or 2 at the max as it becomes rather monotonous.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is very ordinary and least expensive. Do not expect a great restaurant here, the best you can get is a restaurant at Bakkhali Tourist Lodge. That apparently is also the best hotel around. Advisable to spend the early hours at the beach, on a sunny day the sun rays can be really scorching. Needless to say keep a pair of sunglasses and sunscreen (we repented on forgetting these essential). You can visit the Henry Island located 3-4 KMs from Bakkhali, unfortunately could not explore this place much due to extreme heat that day. Another option is Frasergunj. Windmills in the beach add to the charm. Shopping can be done in the beach shops, you can mostly get items made of shells, cant expect too much.

Activities & things to do: Spending early morning in the sea beach. Afternoon should be spent either in your hotel or just strolling around the town or may be a trip to Henry Island. Evening can be spent lazily on the beach, you can rent chairs and sit there enjoying the wind and having fried fish, caught by the local fishermen, they are delicious and cheap.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Ideal mode of travel is to drive down via Behala-Joka-Diamond Harbour-Namkhana (Cross over on a Ferry) then straight to Bakkhali. Road is in good condition but narrow, might be risky for a novice to drive as the Buses drive very rashly in the narrow 2 lane road. Other options are Bus ride to Bakkhali or Train that will take you till Namkhana, then you can cross over on the ferry and hire a van or take bus to Bakkhali. Crossing over is a huge hassle, tip, avoid the lunch hour 1-2 PM we almost got stranded in the other end for 2 hours. Another tip, try your hand at reverse driving as it will be tested while crossing over. Do carry sunglasses and sunscreen. Always drink bottled water.
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Mou Chakraborty
  • Mou Chakraborty
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 Reviews

"Blissful weekend at Bakkhali"

  • Posted Aug 30, 2013
Nice place,peaceful,away from the din and bustle of the city.Good for 2-3 days stay.Nothing much to shop. You can eat fish,chicken,crab,but nothing is cheap.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You can go to Jambudwip. The sea is choppy but if you are not chicken hearted you will enjoy the adventure.

Activities & things to do: Sightseeing is an option. You can go to Frazerganj and Henry island,the latter is a an overhyped place.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You can drive from Kolkata but crossing the Hatania Duania rivers is one big hassle,they charge 500 bucks to take your vehicle on their barge which is locally called vessel. There is no bridge over the river.
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Sathi Chakraborty
  • Sathi Chakraborty
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  • 3 Reviews

"Relaxed, energetic and exploring journey"

  • Posted Aug 23, 2013
Arguably the nearest sea beach to Kolkata. New destination with less tourist privileges and activities to do. One can walk around the beach which is 7-8 km lengthwise and no one to disturb. Only one should be careful not to travel to the sand dunes which comes up in the middle of the water during low tide. A lot to explore and one of those rare places where you can spend plenty time with yourself.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is all homely both in restaurants and in hotel. One can enjoy fish fry on the beach. Few shops are there on the beach where one can buy items made from sea shells very common nothing attractive.

Activities & things to do: Three activities can be done on the beach;
1) Walk around the beach
2) Run on the beach
3) Enjoy the waves sitting on a chair on hire.
4) Rare sight of horse riding.

Another important place is the temple of bishalaxmi or ban bibi as the local name of the deity, which is located 100 meters on the beach inside the forest not to worry forest is small and safe.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Wherever you travel first confirm the fare, though people are friendly. Best not to opt for public transport when you are going for a holiday because the train journey around 3 hours from namkhana to sealdah is tiresome.
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Krishnendu Saha
  • Krishnendu Saha
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 1 Review

"Monsoon weekend at Bakkhali"

  • Posted Aug 19, 2013
The place is good for a lone weekend trip with you friend or family or partner.
Spend quality time with your partner at sea sore having fried prawn and pure fresh coconut water.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is nice specially prawn, hilsa, crab and pomfret. One can buy fresh chicken or fish, get it cooked at any road side hotel at a reasonable price. At sea beach one can get variety of fried fish, coconut water bhelpuri etc.
For sight seeing one can go for frasargunj beach, fishing harbour and henry island. other than fishing harbour both the places are worth visiting. best for local transportation is motorised country van. They charge only Rs 50 per head for this total sight seeing tour for approximately 3 to 4 hrs. But we paid Rs 250 as me and my wife were alone in van. But it is recommended to travel with a group of atleast 5 to 6 people in a van as the light weighted van jerks a lot which really painful. but still the ride is enjoyable.
For shopping there is nothing special there. Show piece with shell are good, aqua hobbyist can get their desired bogwood here at a very reasonable price.

Activities & things to do: Honestly saying there is nothing to do there, only sit by the sea and enjoy the view of wide beach and ocean and spend valuable time with your near and dear one. chairs are available on rent Rs 5 for an hour (quite cheap) for sitting purpose at the beach

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: 1) Carry enough cash as there is not a single ATM at bakkhali and hotels dont have card acceptance.
2) Carry Good night or allout pluggy as hotels dont provide that and at the monsoon time plenty of insect come in sight the room.
3) Carry torch as power failure is regular incident.
4) Do not bath in the sea while you are drunk as there is no life guard available, we have witnessed a drowning incident in our trip.
5) Try to avoid the time of EID because of worst picnic crowd from near places.
Buses ply from esplaned to bakkhali daily 7 am and 8 am. Do the advance booking from WBSTC counter atleast 4 days prior to your trip and book it early in the morning as the counter closes very early.
Reaching bakkhali book your returned ticket to kolkata at bakkhali bus stop (from 6pm onwards)
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B b  Sarkar
  • B b Sarkar
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Very nice place to visit for few days"

  • Posted Aug 12, 2013
Experience: Bakkhali is a very nice and quiet place. Its a place where you can spend couple of days with family. We went by Car. It is better to book the hotel before a trip to Bakkhali. The quality of food is good if you are in a good hotel like Bay View Lodge. Its a place with lot of natural beauty all around. You can visit Frazerganj, Jambu Deep and Henry Island from Bakkhali.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Its excellent. There is nothing much for shopping. Spend the weekend with family or friends, its excellent. Road is also very good and one must enjoy to drive in this road.

Activities & things to do: There are no other activities.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Start early to reach in time else the Ferry crossing is sometimes a nightmare. Book the hotel before you reach at your destination as sometimes it is very difficult to get a good hotel in the weekend.
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Bakkhali Info

  • 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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