Bakkhali is an ideal place to enjoy a short weekend trip. The place is at the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, quite near from the capital city of Kolkata. There is ample bus service available from Esplanade to Bakkhali. You can also travel via car; it is a meagre 3 hours journey from Kolkata.
As you start your journey, the first glimpse of nature awaits you at Diamond Harbour. It is an ideal spot to relish your breakfast, while witnessing the beauty of River Ganges.
As you reach Namkhana, the next phase of journey begins. You need to cross the River Hatania Doania via the vessel service of the Narayanpur Jetty Ghat; it is a unique experience to cross the river on the vessel, sitting in your car.
As you reach Frazergunj, there are many government and private hotels; you will be spoiled with choices of both budget and luxurious accommodation.
The prime attraction of Bakkhali is the Bay of Bengal. You can enjoy a mesmerizing sunrise and sunset at the beach. There are plastic chairs available on the beach where you can spend some memorable time chatting with your loved ones. Capture the golden moments with the help of the expert photographers roaming on the beach; you can get the photos in just 5 to 10 minutes.
Your next destination can be the well maintained park of the Bakkhali forest range. Here you can witness wildlife in natural habitat. The chattering monkeys, the grazing herds of deer and the lazily lying crocodiles are the attractions of this park.
Your next trip is to the Henrys Island. This quiet island is an apt place to watch various kinds of birds. Prawns and Hilsa are the two main types of fish that are farmed here. You can also checkout the mangroves and sundari trees along with rare red crabs crawling over the marsh land. Get an awesome view of the stretches of Sunderban from the watchtower of Henrys Island.
The journey ends with a visit to the Jambu Dwip. It is a thrilling two hours journey from the Frazergunj fishing harbour via motorboat. This coastal area is the confluence of the Hugli River and the Bay of Bengal; another paradise for bird watchers.
You can also buy beautiful home décor from the stalls located near the Bakkhali sea beach. The souvenirs made of sea shells are beautiful and worth for gifting.
Last but not the least; you can satisfy your taste buds to the fullest at this deltaic island of West Bengal. There are several sea food stalls near the sea beach. You can relish jumbo crab curry and friend prawns and other local fish at these stalls. Among sweets, the coconut barfis are worth a try. If you are visiting Bakkhali during winters, you can buy home-made jaggery and pure palm sap.
Hence it can be said that your trip to ‘Beautiful Bengal’ is incomplete without a visit to this eastern coastal region of South Bengal.