Breathtaking Beaches premise the perfect escape to tranquility !!! The
coastal strip of West Bengal, extending from the Gangetic delta land to
the border of Orissa, presents some beautiful options in sea resorts -
Digha, Shankarpur, Junput, Bakkhali, Sagardwip. All of these offer wide,
flat, hard beaches, a gently rolling sea, rows of casuarina forests and
a pleasant, warm weather round the year.
Down south from Calcutta, the coastal areas of West Bengal present
eye-catching beautiful options: - Digha - Shankarpur - Junput - Bakkhali
- Frazergunj and Sagardwip.
The Southern West Bengal is endowed with the most famous beach on the
eastern coast of India – Digha. The beach town of Digha is famous all
over for flat, hard beaches. The beauty of this place was discovered as
early as the days of Warren Hastings. Digha was known as Beercool at
that time. Digha beach is girdled with casuarina plantations along the
coast. The sea is calm and shallow for about a mile from the beach
making it quite safe for swimming.
The white sand beach, is entirely different from the other beaches. It
is pristine pure and holds the charms of a beach unspoilt. It can be
accessed from Calcutta, and is a three hours drive on very good roads.
The destination is also all too famous for the migratory birds that can
be sighted over there
Shankarpur, a virgin beach as yet, is a recent discovery. It is a twin
beach of Digha, around 10 km. from it. It offers nearly all the
pleasures of a private beach. This beach too is cupped with casuarina
plantations. Shankarpur is only 14 km. east of Digha, along the
Digha-Contai Road. It is also a regular fishing harbour. Shankarpur is
now developed as a sea resort with hotels, tourist lodges and other
A lovely destination combining pilgrimage and fun, situated on an island
in the Sunderban, holds the charms of a completely unspoilt beach on the
estuary of the mighty Ganga. Sagardwip presents a quiet, silvery expanse
of beach and the calm sea provides the perfect setting for a quiet
From Diamond Harbour one has to travel to Kakdwip (30 km. past Diamond
Harbour), then to Herwood Point (Lot No. 8), cross the ferry to the
other side of the river Muriganga. The other side is Kachuberia. From
Kachuberia, a journey by bus, minibus or trekker to Sagar Island. West
Bengal Surface Transport Corporation runs direct buses between Esplanade
and Lot No. 8 and ferry vessels across the river.
On Makar Sankranti day in winter (mid-January), pilgrims from all over
India congregate at Sagardwip to take a holy dip at the confluence of
the river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal. After the holy dip, they offer
‘Puja’ at the nearby ashram associated with the legendary sage Kapil
Muni. This has been a famous pilgrim centre from the ancient times.
Gangasagar Mela, held on the occasion of Makar Sankranti is the largest
fair in West Bengal.
The lighthouse at Sagardwip provides a panoramic view of the
It is so near Calcutta and yet so very different from the bustling
metropolis that is Calcutta. Bakkhali is only 132 km from Calcutta. From
Calcutta to Namkhana by bus (105 km.), then a short diversion by the
ferry across the Hatania Doania river, and then another hour and a half
bus journey to Bakkhali. En rout, there is Diamond Harbour (48 km from
Calcutta) where there is a comfortable Tourist Lodge for accommodation.
At Bakkhali, the beach is long and sandy, the waves twinkling in the
sunlight. Dense casuarina groves drape the beach. Red fiddler crabs
march in line on the beach.
Junput is 40 km. from Digha by bus, with a change at Contai. The place
offers beautiful sea-view and lines of casuarina trees. The beach is
unspoilt. Brackish water fish cultivation and research are done here by
the State Government Fisheries Department.