Haldia Tourism
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Haldia Tourism

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Haldia Info

  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • Altitude: 26 m
  • District: East Midnapore
The township of Haldia, situated on the banks of River Haldi, lies in the Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. It is a chief seaport of West Bengal with its location being 50 kilometres south-west from Kolkata.

Due to this reason, the town has evolved as a beehive of commercial activities. Along with a major seaport, the Bay of Bengal along the city houses a base of the Indian Coast Guard and hover ports.

The sea beaches, ancient bungalows and green woodlands in the backdrop of the Hoogly and Haldia Rivers give an opportunity for outdoor, recreational and sightseeing activities. Tourists can engage in leisure walks across the riverside. Among major sightseeing attractions of the town are Hindu shrines like Gopaljee temple and historic testaments like Mahishadal Rajbari.

Mahishadal Rajbari is one of the major highlights of the town, established in the 16th century. The estate comprises two palaces in its compound, which also features a renowned Gopaljee temple. The ancient palaces and the temple are well maintained.

Travellers can also visit the ancient palace of Tamluk, which was constructed in the 5th century B.C by the Mayuradha dynasty. The palace has withstood 2,500 years of turmoil and still bears its historic charm.

Those visiting Haldia during December or January can also be a part of the celebrations of the Haldia Utsav.  

The township witnesses a temperate climate with the temperature ranging from 7⁰ Celsius to 22⁰ Celsius in winter. On the other hand, summers are extremely hot and humid, with the temperature ranging from 28⁰ Celsius to 44⁰ Celsius. Keeping in mind the weather conditions, the ideal time to visit Haldia is February to April.

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Suvobroto Ray chaudhuri

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A Small Township"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jun 13, 2016
A small Industrial town about 120 km from Kolkata. By road from Kolkata it takes about 2. 5 hours to reach Haldia. Government buses - Non AC buses ply daily at an interval of 30 minutes. Some AC Bus services are also available from Haldia to Kolkata. One can even cross river and come to Haldia from Kolkata via Raichak.
Haldia is located on the banks of River Haldi. Haldia is built in a planned manner with Industrial Belt at one end and the main Township is about 10kms away from the belt. Haldia Township is also built in planned way, and it is divided into clusters.
Haldia is a good location for spending weekend. Some good hotels are there in Haldia for good stay.
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Pranjul Khanna

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"Nothing much"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
Full of industries, nothing much all about work, work is religion at this place. Local food is all about fish and rice, coconut water is available at every step. Cheap place to roam around. If you are looking for a VEG food you will find it in hotel CLASSIC INN nice restaurant.
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Suvobroto Ray chaudhuri

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"The Renovation - Beautification"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 29, 2015
Haldia, a major river port and industrial belt located near to Kolkata. Haldia Township, the planned township is bordered by the Haldi River, an offshoot of the Ganges River. Being an industrial township, Viswakarma Puja is the main puja of the locality. River side also called Marine Drive of Haldia, is the best location to be during leisure time in Haldia. Haldia Municipality have undertaken major renovation and beautification of the river side and planned it very well for travellers. The river side now has been constructed in a more planned manner. You will get a vehicle parking place, sitting arrangements and well decorated for sitting and enjoying the view of the river and movement of ships to the seas. You will also find food stalls if you feel hungry. The riverside have been renovated with some major artisans and artwork from all around Bengal. Overall feel of visit to the place would be awesome.
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Basab Ray chaudhuri

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"An industrial port town at your door step"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 4, 2015
Haldia is situated in the confluence of River Hooghly and River Haldi in East Medinipur. It takes only 2hrs 30 minutes to travel to Haldia from Kolkata. Excellent road through NH 6 and NH 41 connects both the places. Haldia is a Port town centering which number of big industries are located. Oil Refinery, Fertiliser Factory, Petrochemical Complex, Mitsubishi Chemical are some of them. Haldia is a clean and green town. The marine drive on the confluence of River Hooghly and River Haldi is of tourist interest. Sun set on river Haldi is worth seeing. From Haldia, you may take short trip to Mahisadal Raj bari and Bargabhima kali temple at Tamluk. There are so many good hotels at Haldia with comfortable stay and food. I suggest that you must visit Haldia this winter.
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Debayan Bhowmik

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"Good place for a leisure weekend"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2015
Haldia is the place for spending some quality time for a day or two. The smriti soudha, the hamilton school etc are some must visit places among others. Local food are nothing of special mention, however the hotel serves many delicious cuisines. We just hovered around the compound of the hotel or in the dock apart from the sightseeing sessions. Tourists are advised not to come here in summer. Apart from that the weather remains pleasant and cheerful.
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Suryasarathi Barat

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"Haldia revisited"

  • Posted Jan 25, 2013
It is a nice city and has got the competency to become a very large indutrial city

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The hotel I stayed is Royal Harbour which offers very nice food

Activities & things to do: The river fronts are nice to visit

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: I took up train to Tamluk and then by car. There is only passenger train to Haldia as of now. However good buses are there upto Mecheda. Can cross the river at Kukrahati around 25 KM and reach Raichak.
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Sanjit Chatterjee

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"A Day Trip to Haldia"

  • Posted Sep 1, 2012
Haldia is 128 KMs from Kolkata by Road. One can access this town by bus, car or a combination of train (Howrah to Mecheda) - bus (Mecheda to Haldia) or bus (Esplanade to Raichak) - ferry (Raichak to Kukrahati) - bus (Kukrahati to Haldia) from Kolkata. The place earned its name form the river Haldi which flows along her banks.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The Haldi riverside is the main attraction - there are many good picnic spots and since Haldia is a commercial place with a port - Refiniery - Petrochemicals etc - decent hotels and eateries are not much of an issue.

Activities & things to do: If you love nature:
Sit under the shade of a tree on the bank of the river and enjoy the serenity of the place and watch the ships and boats plying on the river. You can read a book, listen to music or daydream yourself on distant lands as Sinbad the Sailor.

If you like to dig into the past then visit:
Mahisadal Palace - built in the 16th Century and the Gopaljew Temple in the complex.
Tamluk Palace - built in the 5th Century - presently in ruins

If you are into temple research:
Then visit the Jagannath Temple and the Natmandir.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Haldia is about 3 Hr drive from Kolkata. If you start from Kolkata at 7 AM you can take the Kona Expressway after crossing the 2nd Hooghly Bridge (vidyasagar Setu) and take the left lane after crossing Santragachi to be on the right track to Kharagpur or popularly what is known as Bombay Road. You can have breakfast just after crossing Uluberia, at the Azad Hind Dhaba - decent place beside the BP Petrol Pump just after crossing the Truck Lay by. The route is Uluberia - Mecheda - Nandakumar - Haldia.

Road conditions: The National Highway till Mecheda is a part of the Golden Quadrilateral (Toll Road) and from Mecheda you take the State Highway where you should be careful about goats and cows running into your path. There are also many motels to tickle your taste buds on this route.

While Coming Back:
If you start in the evening - you can have dinner at the Sher e Punjab at Kolaghat. The food is decent and you get good North Indian food. Please do not venture into Chinese or Continental at Sher e Punjab - unless you really want to curse the food!
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Mousumi Guha

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"A Long Drive to Haldia"

  • Posted Apr 27, 2011
We have spend a very good day at Haldia

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We have taken food from the hotel's restaurant. The most beautiful spot not to be missed is Haldia Township beside the seashore.

Activities & things to do: None

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best to reach there by car. But there are also good Bus services from Kolkata and Mecheda.
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ghoshbihu

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"Haldia - Rupnarayan River"

  • Posted Feb 17, 2010
Gadiara is only around 70km from Calcutta by road, situated on the bank if Rupnarayan River. Opposite is HALDIA

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Very nice & peacfull place to visit at weekend, journey around 2.30 hrs. from Calcutta. No shopping place is there.

Activities & things to do: Very cool & cum place to stay at Rupnarayan tourist lodge, maintained by WB Tourism Deptt.,

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By road, 2.30hrs. via Uluberia-58gate-Gadiara. dist.around 70km. Can reach by Bus, to be taken from Esplande.
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