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South Kolkata is a district of Kolkata. It is less congested and more modern when compared to the rest of the city. You will find more apartment blocks, green patches and affluent homes in some of the neighborhoods.


Get in[edit]

South Kolkata can be easily reached from the central regions like Dharmatala and Sealdah easily by bus, taxi or metro railway. From north Kolkata the number of buses is slightly low, but metro railway is always an option.

Buses have the most extensive coverage, and is inexpensive. You can travel 20 km at around Rs 10. The exact fare depends on the type of bus, whether it is a state bus, a mini bus, or a private bus.

Metro railway is the fastest and the most convenient way to reach south Kolkata. However, there is only one route which runs along the city from north to south. This means you may have to change to other modes of transport to reach your destination. Trains run every 10-15 minutes and at Rs 4-12. It runs from 8 a.m. to 9.45 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and 2 p.m to 9.45 p.m. on Sunday.

Taxis are a fast mode of transport, and offer you more comfort and privacy than the other modes. However, they are much more expensive than buses or metro rail, so they may be avoided.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Tollygunge Club, Tollygunge (about 20 min drive from Chowringhee Road (Esplanade)), [1]. The Tollygunge Club is one of the oldest clubs and a famous colonial relic, housing a golf course, horse riding facilities, and accommodations etc. Only members and their guests are allowed. Visitors may have to make prior arrangements..  edit
  • Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, 19A, Gurusaday Road, Kolkata - 700 019, 033 22877241/2/3, [2]. daily 10AM-5.30PM. is a modern museum with lots of interesting artifacts, shows, events and activities, primarily popular with school-going children. The exhibitions, many of them demanding you to take an active part, can compete with one you could visit in countries like the United States. Rs. 15; special presentations are charged extra.  edit
  • Maulana Azad Museum, 5, Ashraf Mistry Lane, Ballygunge, Kolkata-700019 (Near Ballygunge Military Camp Gate), +91 33 23356623, [3]. Mon-Fri, 10:30AM-5:30PM. The former home of the learned great Indian freedom fighter and First Education Minister of India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Maulana Azad's work interpreting the mystic Sarmad of Prince Dara Shikoh's court is also a cornerstone to the secular tradition of India. The museum is replete with narrations of his life, times, work, personal archives, and belongings. No Entry Fee. (22.533024,88.3565683) edit
  • Rabindra Sarovar is a large open lake and park area housing boating clubs, an open air theatre and eateries.
  • Royal Calcutta Golf Club. The oldest golf club in the world after St. Andrews in Scotland.  edit
  • Tollywood (the home of Bengali Films) and Television centre are also found in Tollygunge.
  • Ramakrishna Mission Institute, Golpark. Houses a bookstore and a library, among other amenities, with books written by and about Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, ...  edit
  • Birla Temple (Radha-Krishna Temple). 5.30AM to 11AM and 4.30PM to 9PM. The most modernly-opulent in Kolkata and worth a visit. The adjoining tree-lined lane Queen's Park is the most exclusive and fashionable address in the city and is worth a stroll through. Some of the biggest names in the city call it home. A close second is Sunny Park, running parallel to Queen's Park on the other side of the Birla Temple.  edit
  • CIMA Art Gallery, Sunny Towers, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Kolkata-700 019 (close to the Birla Temple), (91) 33 2485 8717 / 2485 8509 (), [4]. Mon: 3PM-7PM; Tu-Sat: 11AM-7PM. The "Centre of International Modern Art" is a small museum showing modern artworks. free.  edit
  • National Library of India, Belvedere Road, Alipore, (+91) 33-24791381, [5]. 9AM-8PM; Sat, Sun, holidays: 9.30AM-6PM. Oldest Library in India with a huge collection, including some rarities.  edit
  • Alipore Zoo (Zoological Gardens of Kolkata).  edit
  • Kalighat Temple. Houses Kolkata's patron deity (Kali, the goddess of death.) The temple also got famous because Mother Theresa opened her first dying home next to the temple. The Kalighat, though physically unimpressive compared to the larger Kali temple across town, is the likely origin of Calcutta's name. The temple is also one of the holiest sites in Hinduism, as it is the seat of the greatest idol of Bengal's patron goddess. The idol, which depicts eyes staring from the blackness of death, is unconventional and often replicated in sacred art throughout India. The temple is also the site of some of the last legal regular animal sacrifice in India due to special protections for the practice.  edit
  • Mother Theresa's Hospital. The hospital for the destitute is just next door to the Kalighat temple. If you are bold, have a look into the building to see the people lying in big dormitories and being cared for by some Sisters.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Gariahat which comes under Ballygunge area. It is the biggest shopping district of Kolkata, where one can find shops ranging from branded showrooms and malls like Pantaloons,westside,Raymonds to numerous smaller shops. Has a good market to buy Saris and other clothing items.
  • Malls: The Forum (Elgin Road), Gariahaat Mall [13] (Ballygunge).
  • SouthCityMall, Prince Anwar Shah Road ((near Gariahat)), [6]. Biggest Shopping Mall in Kolkata  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]


  • Chakhna Shakna Punjabi Dhaba (Flavours of Punjab.), 259-B, Lake-Gardens, Kol-45 (Near Ram-Mohan Mission School,), 9002107890 / 9474453800, [7]. Specialist on Punjabi, Tandoori & North Indian Cuisine. Free Home Food Delivery or Sit'n'Dine service.  edit
  • Bhojohori Manna, A local chain serving perhaps the best, most consistent Bengali food in town. Their Mochar Ghonto and Nolun Ghur ice cream are delicious.
  • Casa Mexicana, Located on the Ajoy Nagar strip in Santoshpur. Casa Mexicana has delicious roti-inspired mexican food. Very cheap. Home delivery.
  • The Joint, Located on the Ajoy Nagar strip in Santoshpur. The Joint has the best pizza in Calcutta as of 2014. Offers whole wheat, thin crust. Very cheap. Home delivery.
  • Raj Restaurant, tel: +91 33 2475 4344. Located in South Kolkata also offers clean, tasty and cheap South Indian and North Indian food. It also operates a hotel that offers clean living rooms on its second floor. At one point of time it used to provide very good South Indian Food.


  • Momo I Am, Located on a side street across from South City Mall Serves great food. Darjeeling based, fusion inspired. Midrange for Calcutta.


  • Oh Calcutta!, Elgin Rd, (top floor of Forum Shopping Mall). Excellent Bengali food. Mains from Rs 150.
  • China Town near Park Circus houses some of the finest Chinese eateries.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The Lassi at Sharma's Confectioners in Mandeville Gardens is worth checking out.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Red Carpet, P-399, Keyatala Lane, Kolkata-700 029. (The RED CARPET lies in an extremely posh neighborhood of South Kolkata nestling in between two of the major thoroughfares of South Kolkata, Southern Avenue & Rash Behari Avenue.), +91 33 40086847, [8]. Rs. 2,500/-.  edit
  • The Best Inn, 1B Sushil Sen Road, Kolkata-700025 (off crossing of Chowringhee Road & Elgin Road, near Rabindra Sadan Metro Station), (+91) 33 24549101. Amenities include air-conditioning, telephone, internet connectivity, TV (Cable), laundry service, housekeeping, room service, continental breakfast. Deluxe Suite (King size Double Bed)/Deluxe Queen (Queen Double Bed)/Deluxe Twin (two single beds) rooms with attached bathrooms. Rs. 2,000 - 3,000.  edit
  • Mrs. Dam's Guesthouse, Near Ballygunge (Near Ice Skating Rink), +91 33 2290 4533. Modern, prettily furnished rooms with attached bath, air-con, TV etc. in a quiet, safe neighborhood. Helpful owner lives in the same building, and is a handy source for tips on what to see/where to go in Kolkata. They also have a great cook, so make sure you try a home-cooked Bengali meal when you're there. Rs. 2000.  edit
  • CENTRAL B&B, 7th Floor, Lansdowne Court, 5B, Sarat Bose Road (2 minute walk from Minto Park), (+91) 9836465400, [9]. checkin: flexible; checkout: flexible. 2800 sqft. Central B&B is a 10 minute drive from Park Street and 1 minute from Minto Park. It’s on the 7th floor of a residential apartment. 3 bedrooms with attached bathrooms, common kitchen. All rooms are air conditioned. Owners live in the same building. Great location, safe, and 24/7 security. Recommended for backpackers. $24. (22.541656,88.35444) edit


  • Hotel Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road, Alipore., (+91) 33 2223 3939 (fax: +91 33 2223 1766), [10]. It is one of the best in town.  edit
  • Hotel Hindustan International, A.J.C. Bose Road (near Minto Park), [11].  edit
  • Bodhi Tree Boutique Guesthouse, 48/44, Swiss Park, Kolkata. ("Rabindra), (fax: +91 33 2424 1598), [12].  edit

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