Bakkhali Tourism

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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Goutam Saha

"A lovely place for weekend visit!"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
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....... More
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Rita Bose

"Nice place to go for relaxation."

  • 5/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
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....... More
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Goutam Chatterjee
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Bakkhali-An ideal place for two day's trip."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
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,....... More
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Siben Sarkar

"bakkhali tour - unveiled beach"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
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........ More
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Tarique Jamil
  • Tarique Jamil
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Strictly for a weekend trip"

  • Posted 8 months ago
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....... More
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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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