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'''Bakkhali''' is seaside resort located in [[South 24 Parganas|South Twenty-four Parganas district]] of [[West Bengal]].  
 
'''Bakkhali''' is seaside resort located in [[South 24 Parganas|South Twenty-four Parganas district]] of [[West Bengal]].  
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Bakkhali is also the name of a river in the Chittagong division of Bangladesh.  
 
Bakkhali is also the name of a river in the Chittagong division of Bangladesh.  
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==Get in==
 
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The nearest airport is at Dum Dum in northern Kolkata.
 
The nearest airport is at Dum Dum in northern Kolkata.
  
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==

Revision as of 07:05, 16 January 2009

Beach At Bakkhali

Bakkhali is seaside resort located in South Twenty-four Parganas district of West Bengal.

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Understand

Bakkali is located on one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal. Most of the islands are part of the Sunderbans, barring a few at the fringes. Some of these are joined together with bridges over narrow creeks. This small island juts out into the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal.

There is a 7 km long beach stretching from Bakkhali to Frasergunj with gently rolling waves. These are twin towns now forming one continuous locality. Except on an occasional holiday the beach is not crowded. A small stretch near Bakkhali has been lighted up. It is a hard beach suitable for cycling or even driving. One can take long walks.

Bakkhali is also the name of a river in the Chittagong division of Bangladesh.

Beach At Bakkhali
Road Map

Get in

By road

It is 125 km by road from Joka tram terminus at the south-western edge of Kolkata. The road runs through Diamond Harbour and Kakdwip to Namkhana, where the car or bus has to be transported across the Hatania-Doania creek in a special ferry.The ferry service is available from 7am to 11pm except from 12 noon till 1:45pm (lunch hour). The fare for crossing a Car/Jeep is approx Rs 190 (including loading/unloading). The creek is not very wide, just about a hundred metres or so, but is considerably deep allowing the movement of ships from Kolkata to ports in Bangladesh. The creek reduces the journey-time for the ships. Because of this, it is difficult to construct a bridge across the creek. An ordinary bridge will hamper movement of ships and a high bridge is a costly proposition. There is an excellent road from Namkhana to Bakkhali. The 130 km stretch from Kona expressway (with links to the Mumbai and Delhi sections of the golden quadrangle project linking the four metros of India) and Bakkhali has been marked as National Highway (NH) 117.

The road journey from the fringe of Kolkata to Bakkhali takes about three & half hours. However, crowded market places and occasional stretches of bad road can delay movement.

By bus

WBSTC has regular bus service from Dharmatala to Bakkhali. One starts at 6:30 am in the morning from Dharmatala and reaches Bakkhali at around 11:30am and leaves from Bakkhali after half an hour for Kolakta(Dharmatala). Another starts at 9:30 from Dharmatala to reach bakkhali at 12:30 pm and starts from Bakkhali after half an hour forty five minutes. So the bottom-line is that there are two round trips from Kolkata to Bakkhali provided by WBSTC. This schedule is subject to change and one must confirm it from Dharmatala Bus Stand before venturing out from Kolkata. The route of the bus is Dharmatala- Alipore-Chiriakhana-Taratala-Diamond Harbour-Kakdwip-Namkahana-Bakkhali.

There are plenty of local buses up to Namkhana and then again from Namkhana to Bakkhali.

By train

The nearest rail station is at Namkhana. There are regular trains from Sealdah via Lakshmikantapur and Kakdwip.

By air

The nearest airport is at Dum Dum in northern Kolkata.

A Beautiful Sunset in Bakkhali

Get around

Most of the time would be spent in enjoying on the beach but some people look out for opportunities to do other things also.

The ride in the crude bhut-bhuti, a motorised country boat, from Frasergunj fishing harbour to Jambu Dwip, a small, uninhabited and forested island out in the sea, can be a thrilling experience. The two-hour ride (both ways) costs only Rs. 35 per head. The country boats can also be hired for other rides. The weak-hearted are advised not to take the rides.

Make it a point to visit Henry's island. If you got a car, its around 10mins ride from Bakkhali. Else you can avail the rickshaw vans as well.There are two rest houses in Henry Island. If you wish you can stay there too.One is named Mangrove and another one Sundari which is very close to the sea beach. These lodges belong to the Fisheries Department of West bengal.For reservation, contact: State Fisheries Development Corporation, Bikash Bhavan. Ph: 23376470

The credit for turning Henry Island into a holiday hotspot goes to the fisheries department of the state government, which has set up a pisciculture project here. A government official said that the department has dug more than 50 ponds occupying over 25 bigha on 100-hectare land carved off the 500-hectare island. The department has planted trees like gora, kankru and palm apart from naturally growing sundari and hetal.Henry Island is named after a European who surveyed land in the area in the late 19th Century. Dense mangrove forest parted by numerous canals covered the area then. Wildlife such as tiger, deer, wild pig, crocodile and snake were common. The island was only an extension of the Sunderbans and the surveyor could not have dreamt that it would become a human habitat in little more than a hundred years.

See

The walk over the beach from Bakkhali to Frasergunj is a out-of-the-world experience. The rickshaw van is the only transport available locally. On these rickshaw van you can take a trip for Henry's Island, Watch Tower, etc. In this rickshaw van trip, you will be moving through the beautiful village sides. Once you reach the watch tower you will run short of words to talk since from there you can view the entire Sunderban area. It is a splendid view. On one side you can see the Bakkhali Beach at a far distance and on all the other sides the green of Sundarban. It is cheap and since one has plenty of time, the ride can be enjoyable but do not expect much.

A temple called Bishhalakshmi is at the end of the Bakkhali main beach is worth seeing. The pandit ji is quite different there as he won't allow you in the temple. He has his own rules. God only knows what rules has his men set.

Do

The stationery shops have reasonably good stocks.

Some mobile phone linkage is there. Ideally, one should check with the hotel one intends to check in as to which of the mobile phone service providers have facilities in the town and whether STD calls can be made from the hotel. ISD calls cannot be made from the hotels but there are public call offices at Bakkhali and en route providing that facility.

Taxis or hired transport are not generally available at Bakkhali or Namkhana. Those who desire to travel in hired transport should preferably arrange for it from Kolkata or try their luck at Diamond Harbour. Most Bakkhali hotels have chargeable dormitories for drivers to stay.

Credit cards are not accepted anywhere around and so carry cash.

Eat

  • Hotel Parijat in between the local bus-stand and WBTDC Lodge provides the best food here at moderate prices. You will find all sort of fishes like pomfret, hilsa, prawn and the standard rui and katla too. A normal rui thali with other recepies only costs Rs. 25/-
  • Frazargunj Indian Hotel beside of Hotel Deepak. You will get many varieties with wonderful taste and reasonable price. If you buy sea fish and crab from outside and ask them to preapare it for you, they will do that happily. These young mens are very cooperative.

Sleep

There are large number of hotels at both Bakkhali and Frasergunj. Generally, tourists get a place to stay on arrival even without advance reservation.

  • Benfish Guest House, Frasergunj. Booking with Benfish office 3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East) (first floor), Kolkata – 700 001
  • Hotel Amarabati, Bakkhali, booking +91 9836381994. Standard cottages Rs 350-450.
  • Hotel Deepak, (033) 2464 0081 / 2463 3203 / 3292 9840 (), [1]. at Frasergunj; air-con & non-air-con rooms, lift, swimming pool, bar, Bengali/Chinese/Continental cuisine dorm bed Rs.100/day, rooms Rs.450-850.
  • Hotel Portland.
  • Hotel Bayview.
  • Balaka Lodge.
  • Avijan Lodge.
  • Bakkhali Tourist Lodge. The only lodge near the beach that is run by the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC) at Bakkhali. Tel:+91 3210 225-260. Rates Rs. 80 per bed (dormitory) to Rs. 400 NAC double-bedded room.AC room Rs.850/- plus 15% taxes. Credit cards accepted. Reservation, 120 days in advance is available from Tourism Centre at 3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East) (ground floor), Kolkata.
  • Sagar Balaya Guest House at Frezergung. Double/triple beded rooms from Rs.400/ to Rs. 600/. Discount available upto 50% Veg./non.veg meals available on request. Lokenath Baba Temple is soon coming up in the premises. Kolkata office: 32,Acharjya Jagadish Ch. Bose Road,Behala, Kolkata- 700063. Contact: +91 9231549732 & +9133 2453-5817. E.mail:-sagarbalaya@gmail.com #Conditions apply
  • Henry Island, Henry Island WBFD (10 minutes from Bakkhali), 23376470. A beautiful place to stay. To book contact State Fisheries Development Corporation, Bikash Bhavan. 300-600.

Get out

  • Bhagabatpur – crocodile project
  • Sundarbans National Park – gateway for the West Bengal part of Sundarbans is through Canning and Basanti, but Sunderbans accessible from Bakkhali.




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