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Bakkhali sea Beach

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Bakkhali Sea Beach

Saurashish Sinha
17th Dec 17

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Manish Das

Manish Das5.0/5

3 reviews

Bakkhali

We left on a Friday evening and stayed there till Saturday afternoon. It was a short but recharging weekend. With the Family. The beach is good but not for Bath, it very brackish . The breeze in during the night is good. You can just hire some chairs and sit there for hours the Hotel Dolphin was not that great but for the price and as it was a sudden plan did not have much options overall a good weekend spent.

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Shinjan patra

Shinjan patra2.9/5

9 reviews

Bakkhali- A secluded beach without much attractions

We went to Bakkhali for just a 1 day trip. As we have travelled on 11th of Januarym, the big vessel which carries the vehicles on Hatani- Dowani Creek in Namkhana was on Gangasagar duty. So there was no way to reach Bakkhali via car or direct bus. Journey had to be parted on Namkhana. So we decided to go by train from Sealdah. We took the 7. 14 local to Namkhana which reached there at 10. 15, not a great experience though as you will come across hundreds of daily commuters with very unhygienic compartments compared to other Howrah & sealdah local sections. After reaching namkhana you have to reach the spot where a small boat will carry about 30 passengers over that famouse Creek. This will take 20 min via walking or 10 min via Van. Boats take 5 min to cross that narrow Creek. Then you have 2 board another van to reach the bus stand where Bakkhali bus starts which will take around 10 min. Local buses ply between Namkhana to Bakkhali which takes about 50 mins to travel only 24 km as they will atleast 50 stops in between. So we reach Bakkhali at around 11. 45 am & boarded lodge which was very nice & valued for 1900 odd bucks per night. Sightseeing options are very limited to Henry Island, Kargil beach, Benfish jetty & Jambu Island. The Bakkhali beach is quite swallow & not at all a good option for bathing. Hotels are very limited & this lodge is the only good option. 1 day tour is sufficient & if you really want to spend some lazy moments away from daily hustle, this can be your ideal destination.

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Bakkhali Overview

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.

There is so much to see in Bakkhali.

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