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Buses go to Shankarpur from Dharamtala/ Esplanade bus stand, Kolkata.
 
Buses go to Shankarpur from Dharamtala/ Esplanade bus stand, Kolkata.
  
Shankarpur is near [[Digha]] and the place can be reached by taking any bus going to [[Digha]]. You need to getoff at a place called Choddomile or Chaulkhola (14 miles in Bengali) between Contai (Kanthi) and [[Digha]] - just before Ramnagar. The sea beach is a 15 minute ride by a car from Choddomile. You need to book a car to pick you up from Choddomile. Ask the hotel to do the car booking.  
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Shankarpur is near [[Digha]] and the place can be reached by taking any bus going to [[Digha]]. You need to getoff at a place called Ramnagar between Contai (Kanthi) and [[Digha]] - just before Ramnagar. The sea beach is a 15 minute ride by a car from Choddomile. You need to book a car to pick you up from Choddomile. Ask the hotel to do the car booking.  
  
 
Otherwise, you can go straight to the [[Digha]] Bus stand (a further 25-30 minute ride) and then hire a cab from there.  
 
Otherwise, you can go straight to the [[Digha]] Bus stand (a further 25-30 minute ride) and then hire a cab from there.  

Revision as of 15:17, 1 March 2010

Shankarpur [1] is a beach town in Southwest Bengal in India.

Sunset at Shankarpur

Get in

Shankarpur is about 185 km from Kolkata

By bus

Buses go to Shankarpur from Dharamtala/ Esplanade bus stand, Kolkata.

Shankarpur is near Digha and the place can be reached by taking any bus going to Digha. You need to getoff at a place called Ramnagar between Contai (Kanthi) and Digha - just before Ramnagar. The sea beach is a 15 minute ride by a car from Choddomile. You need to book a car to pick you up from Choddomile. Ask the hotel to do the car booking.

Otherwise, you can go straight to the Digha Bus stand (a further 25-30 minute ride) and then hire a cab from there.

There is also a direct bus to Shankarpur.

The best bus to take is the 7:30AM Airconditioned bus run by the "West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation". It starts from Dharmatala Bus Stand (near the Maidan market). You need to book in advance - the earlier you do so the better.Another good bus is the Ex Armyman's Service.(Reclining seats/Video Coach)This starts from Golpark at 6.30AM and is convenient for those travelling from South Calcutta.Again,advance booking advisable.

Travel Time by Bus: 4:30-5:00 (including a 30-40 minute snack break).

You can also reach Digha by train from Howrah or Shalimar. The train starts from Howrah on certain days of the week. Only on weekends do the railway provide Aircon chaircars. From there you have to hire a taxi / In bus go to Ramnagar and from there you have to hire trekker to go to the beach(approx. 40-50 min journey).

By car

Sunrise @ Shankarpur

If you want to drive down to Shankarpur from Kolkata(Calcutta) - the directions are as follows - Take the Second Hooghly Bridge - Follow Kona Expressway ( 4-Lane road)- At the Bombay Road crossing take a left turn - Follow Bombay Road ( 4-Lane road) - You can break at the A1 Plaza inside the Reliance petro station. It would be to your left - a 30-40 minute ride from the Kona Expressway-Bombay Road junction - Keep straight till you cross the Rupnarayan river ( the bridge is one way and the river is wide)- After you cross the river you will see the Kolaghat Thermal Power Station to your left - Immediately after the Power Station is a junction - turn left towards Haldia - You have now hit the Haldia Highway (NH41), the road is being 4 laned, but most of it is still a 2 lane road - Keep straight till you hit the Nandakumar crossing, you can identify it easily as the crossing has a wide round circle - Turn right at this crossing, you have now hit the Digha Road, Digha Road is a 2 lane road, the road is smooth but narrow and the Buses drive at very high speed, so be extremely careful when overtaking -Follow Digha road - you will cross Narghat Bridge, Chandipur, Bajkul, Heria, Kanthi (Contai) - At Choddomile before Ramnagar take a left towards Shankarpur, This road is bad. You will have a river for company, it will be to your right - The first hotel to come up is Hotel Nest ( The best place to stay but not near the beach) - After Nest you come to a junction where the road bifurcates, the right road leads to the Joar and Matsyagandha tourist lodges, The left road takes you to the Shankarpur beach. Just before the beach an narrow unpaved road leads to the other hotels - Hotel Sandy Bay is the first.Hotel sand Bay is the best if u want to see sea from your bed............ Room No 303,304,305,306 (rate Rs.900/-,after discount Rs.735/-)......Fooding also nice...reasonable rate...

By train

2857 +TAMRALIPTA EXP HOWRAH JN 06:40 DIGHA FLAG STN 10:05 All days

8001 +KANDARI EXPRESS HOWRAH JN 14:10 DIGHA FLAG STN 17:50 All Days


2858 +TAMRALIPTA EXP DIGHA FLAG STN 10:25 HOWRAH JN 13:50 All Days

8002 +KANDARI EXPRESS DIGHA FLAG STN 18:10 HOWRAH JN 21:45 All Days

Second Class Sitting and AC Chair Sitting avaiable on all days

Get around

Starfish

After you get on the beach, you will see an endless stretch of sea kissing the beach. Around your feet you will see red crabs. On the left side about 45 minutes walking, you will reach Mandar Mani- a small beach. But do not take your car on the beach because you may get trapped in the quicksand. And at night on the desolated beach is a dream for the people seeking tranquility. Undoubtedly, Shankarpur is the Miami of WB.

See

Red crab on Shankarpur beach
  • Sea Beach

The Sea Beach near Hotel Sandy Bay is not crowded - unfortunately it is not a great beach with stumps of trees scattered all over the place. Embankment work is in progress at this part of the beach making access difficult. At places the beach is muddy. The beach near the Benfish Tourist lodges is better.

Do

Buy

Conch shell trinkets as souvenir.

Eat

  • Hotel Sandy Bay serves good Bengali cuisine. Try their sea food - prawns, pomfret, bhetki, parse (a small sweet water fish - cooked whole with the bones - so you need to use your hands to eat), rohu (a form of carp). You can also try out their vegetarian food like mochar ghonto (spicy young green bananas), aloo posto, aloor dum (Bengali style), Kashmiri aloo dum , cholar daal.
  • Hotel Nest serves tastily cooked dishes. Try their fish preparations particularly prawn and topshe. Even if one is not staying there one can use the restaurant. Hotel Nest has a boating park.

Drink

On the beach you have some shacks selling green coconut and tea. Bottled beverages like Coke/ Pepsi etc are also available.

You should drink bottled water - Kinley can be had from the hotel or the small shops near the beach.

No one should leave Shankarpur without relaxing on the beach on a full moon night with a glass of vodka topped up with coconut water. The ambience is mesmerizing. The bar at Hotel Nest is damn good. But from Sandy Bay U can face the sea directly. You can also get enough of country liquor over there. It's a local alcoholic drink very strong in nature.

A liquor shop has opened just 50 m outside the gates of the Fisheries premises on the right fork from Hotel Nest. A variety of medium grade whiskies, rum, etc available.

Sleep

Tourist Lodges

Tourist lodges run by Benfish, the Bengali Fishermen's Co-op:

  • Matsyagandha Rooms Rs. 350 - 600-750 "+91 (33) 2455 1491 (WB State Fiseries Dept)". AC and non AC rooms, Restaurant, children's play garden, spacious complex. Pick up / Drop from Choddomile / Beach available.
  • Jowar New complex at Matsyagandha with slightly better maintained rooms.
  • Kinara Rooms Rs. 400-700.

Hotels

  • Hotel Nest, 09874534777. Easily the best but away from the beach. They are adding more rooms and plan to put in a swimming pool. They have a gymnasium too. The distance from the beach won't really matter since they have a jeep standing by at all hours to ferry guests to and from the beach. They got a portion of the beach reserved for their guest, so one can enjoy there during evening.
  • Hotel Sandy Bay, +91 0 9903570921 (). checkin: 12 Noon; checkout: 11.30 Am. All rooms AC from 1st May 2008 , Multi cuisine AC Restaurant & Bar. Arrangement for Pick up / Drop available. The only hotel having sea-facing rooms as well as AC. Rs 800-1000.


  • Hotel Ashoka Phone number 03220-264275
  • Hotel Bela Nibas
  • Hotel Blue Sea ,Rs. 400-2150, Phone number 9883477099- The worst hotel.... Its actually a lodge kind of a establishment with no arrangement for boarding(fooding). They charge around Rs. 250 for a meal which they arrange from the nearby shacks. In those shacks it costs Rs.40/-. the next worst thing is the quality of its linens, towels etc. The staff are all young inexperienced local fellows... overall, the hotel is not at all worthy staying!!!
  • Hotel Sweet Home Inn All sea facing rooms..Tariff Rs 550- 1200...It's situated 200metres from the sea on the Sea Beach. Contact Mr.Pranab Kumar Ghosh. Ph: 09831003490.

Get out

  • Digha is about 14 km from Shankarpur


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