Bakkhali Tourism
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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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Arnab Patra

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"A nice place place to spend your time" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This time I visited Bakkhali with 5 other member if my family on Jan 24 to Jan 26 of 2016. Its was chilling cold on the arrival day. The journey from Kolkata to Bakkhali was divided in 4 parts seal day to Namkhana, Namkhana to Namkhana ferri ghat, have to cross the river with boats and then took bus to reach Bakkhali.

The sea beach was amazing. There very few hotels there but crowd also less. Best place for weekend travel. Sea side evening fishery with family was most enjoyable. Don't forget to try nolen gur if you are there at winter.
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Biswajit Dutta

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"One day trip-Bakkhali" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a good place to visit for one or two days. There are many cheap hotel and sea beach. Food and restaurant are cheap. There are forest sanctuary, Henry island, fresser gaunge to visit. 200 km from Kolkata. Reach by bus or train. Approx 3. 5 to 4 hours.
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Amit Ghosh

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"The Untouched Beauty-Bakkhali"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Bakkhali is possibly the cheapest place to go for a relaxing weekend. All you need to do is to hop on to a Lakshmikantapur Local from Sealdah or any other convenient station on the route and then take a van to Bakkhali from Namkhana station. The journey will cost around 0 rupees in total. The beach is not much developed and is less crowded. Do not expect much, as the beach is still untouched and is very natural.
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Joydeep

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"Serene place to go for a weekend!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
One who want to go for a peaceful place for a couple of day, bakkhali is the best place. 3 beaches named bakkhali, frejargang and henry island are still undiscovered. Bakkhali beach is not good for bathing, but if you want some good and cheap fresh sea fishes then must go there in the evening. We taste 12 types of fishes there. Frejargang is quite good for bathing, while henry island is just awesome with lots of red crab. Every where in bakkhali you can sea mangrove trees.

One more thing jambu dwip, the best place in bakkhali, you can hire a van from bakkhali and go to benfish, and then by boat& steamer, just too good. Its a estuaries & fiord of bay of Bengal. You can stay in Bakkhali tourist lodge, is the best and WB government aided.

We stayed in hotel Amarabati, which was not good at all. One suggestion more please don't book hotel near frejargang instead of bakkhali. There you can see a deer park and a crocodile project. For food hotel parijat is very good with lots of variation. One can try kuttu paratha in the morning, its nice. Best time to go October to February, preferably December.

You can reach bakkhali(125 km away from Kolkata) by two ways.
1. Train from sealdah to namkhana, and then ferry for just 2 mins, then by bus for 20 mins. Total cost will be near about 45/person.
2. Bus direct from kolkata(dharmatala) to namkhana / bakkhali aided by wbstc. Total cost will be 90/person.
Go and enjoy for 2 days, its awesome.
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Chayan sarkar

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"An awesome day out, Bakkhali"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 22, 2015
The place, Bakkhali placed south 24Parganas in West Bengal. This is a very good place to travel for 2-3 days outing. Many see food you can experienced from there. Frazergunj and watched tower is also visiting place from here. You can go there by bus. You can take bus from Esplanade bus stand which run every day. It can take 4:30 hours from Esplanade. Or you can go by train from Sealdah. Namkhana station is the nearest railway station from Bakkhali.
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Saurav  sinha choudhury

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"Cheap getaway from busy life nothing more"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2015
Beach is not properly maintained and taken care of. Hotels are nothing to write about. No modern amenities. Just a weekend getaway at almost no cost. Even if one walks half a km into the sea the water is not even waist deep. Still for a change from the busy life of Kolkata one can give it a try.
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Subrata Sanyal

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"A good destination"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Aug 17, 2015
Boarded the train from Sealdah at 7:15 AM and reached at Namkhana at 10 AM. Hired van rickshaw at Rs. 10/- per head to ferry ghat. Crossed ferry ghat at Rs. 1/- per head & again on van @ Rs. 5/- per head to bus stand. Where our pre-booked car took us to our hotel Dolphin at 350/- per trip. By 11:15 we were in our hotel room. We quickly freshened ourselves, had breakfast and headed to the beach. We came back around 2 pm for lunch & returned to our room for some rest. In the evening we again ventured the beach & had some fun.

Next day we rise early for sunrise but was disappointed as weather was mostly cloudy with cool breeze blowing when we headed the sea. We had our lunch crab/hilsa by beach side restaurant 'Banarsi' after lunch we opted for some cool sightseeing. In the evening we returned dead tired. We have our dinner with fish curry & hit the bed.

The next day we rise late had a lazy breakfast packed our luggage & headed toward our home sweet home.

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Sightseeing in maruti van @ Rs. 350/- per car. Time 2 hr.

Some of the sightseeing location are
Henry Island
Crocodile park
Bakkhali beach
Frazerganj beach
Benfish Harbour & fish auction centre.
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"One of the best weekend destination only 125 km from Kolkata"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2015
Bakkhali has its own charm for travellers. The sun, the sand, the sea welcomes you every time you be there. Frasegaunge, Jambu-dwip, henry island, sagar-dwip are some of the best sightseeing spots among others.

There are a few local restaurants which serves bengali cuisines. Sagar Kanya(Bordar hotel) is the best and most famous among them.

It is a must to have a sunbath, enjoy coconut water on the beach during the day and have some fish fries in the evening.

The best option to visit bakkhali is by road and apart from the summer travellers can visit bakkhali at any time of the year.
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"The Virgin Beach- Ideal Weekend Destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2015
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"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 23, 2015
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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