Bakkhali is one of the many deltaic islands that lies on the southern fringe of Bengal. Some of these islands are connected by bridges over narrow creeks and jut out into the Bay of Bengal. A popular weekend tourist destination, Bakkhali is located at a distance of 122 km from Kolkata. The crescent shaped long beach stretching 8km from Bakkhali to Frasergunj, is one of the rarest in the world that offers a grand view of sunrise and sunset. Covered with white sand, the beach, because of red crabs appears as a crimson carpet. Bakkhali is famous for its vast sea beach and sea food delicacies, especially fish items that are available aplenty on the beach or across the town.
Why To Go
Although preferred by travellers all throughout the year, the best time to visit this beach town is between the months of October and March. While summers are hot and humid with temperature touching as high as 40°C, monsoon is equally adverse. Relish on the sea food items whenever you make a visit to Bakkhali.
Things To Do
Bakkhali is a sublime tourist destination to move out from the daily chores. A walk along the white beach is really enchanting and thrilling. Just behold the beautiful waves unrolled at the white sand beach. Bakkhali Beach: The long, wide beach of white sand stretches 8 Km from Bakkhali to Frazergunj. One of the most breathtaking beaches, you can enjoy a stunning view of the sea that merges into the land making it more attractive. The mangrove forest close to the beach is yet another lovely spot, thronged by visitors. A quiet walk along the coast, on the beach and witnessing sunset is a beautiful experience. Bishhalaxmi Temple: A Hindu Temple on Bakkhali beach is a quaint place where you can cherish sometime of your stay. The Crocodile Park: The only crocodile reservation park in West Bengal and one of the few in the world, The Crocodile Park in has a huge and varied collection of crocodiles. Frazerganj,: Just 2 km from Bakkhali and named after Andrew Frazer who in the 19th century tried to build the area but was unsuccessful because the waves washed every construction he made, you can see a Wind Energy Farm here.
A small town, Bakkhali is a perfect place to unfold yourself during a short vacation. Commuting around the place can be done on rickshaws and vans, the cheapest and widely modes of communication. If you wish to travel to nearby places, buses are available. Walking on the beach, viewing sunset or sunrise and munching on fried fishes or sea food delicacies is an awesome experience.
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Sagar Island: An island covering an area of 300 sq. Km, Gangasagar or Sagar Island is located where the Hooghly river meets the Bay of Bengal. 20 km car drive or bus journey from Bakkhali to Namkhana and then you need to avail the ferry service to cross Muriganga to arrive at Sagar Island. Thousands of tourists flock here in January on the occasion of Makar Sankranti to visit the Gangasager Mela, and take a holy dip at the confluence of Holy Ganges and Bay of Bengal. Then there is Kapil Muni Ashram, where devotees also pay a visit during the mela. The island is also a popular bird watching spot along with mangrove swamps. A favoured tourist destination. Henry Island: Just 4km away from Bakkhali, Henry Island is named after a European who surveyed this place in the 19th century. Walk along the beach through the stretch of mangrove forest to experience the flavour of jungle. Trees such as gora, kankru, palm, naturally growing sundari and hetal have been planted here. Jambudwip: An isolated island situated about 8 km to the southwest of Bakkhali, Jambudwip remains uninhabited except during the fishing season. You can watch live fishing if you pay a visit during fishing season.