Haldia Tourism
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Haldia Tourism

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69 Ratings & 21 Reviews

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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Suryasarathi Barat
  • Suryasarathi Barat
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"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
  • Sanjit Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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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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Haldia Info

  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • Altitude: 26 m
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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