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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Suman Bhattacharjee
  • Suman Bhattacharjee
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  • 3 Reviews

"A refreshing trip to the quite sea of Bakkhali" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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
  • Gokul Das
  • 1 Review

"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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Anik Ghosh
  • Anik Ghosh
  • 1 Review

"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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Rahul Mittal
  • Rahul Mittal
  • 2 Reviews

"A peaceful and affordable place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2014
Bakkhali is the nice place to visit and there are no ATM in the place. There are many affordable hotels at the place and its a place for those who like peace and want some break from the busy schedule. There are places which are very nice but there is a problem of good food for vegetarian people.
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Sourav Roy
  • Sourav Roy
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"A very relaxing weekend."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted May 18, 2014
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
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  • 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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"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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"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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"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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