A weekend tourist hub, Diamond Harbour is just 50 km from Kolkata. Situated in the South 24 Parganas, the town is at the confluence of Hooghly river (the Ganges) and Bay of Bengal. Diamond Harbour has some historical past. Frequented by the Portuguese pirates, there are still some remnants like Chingrikhali Fort which was built in the 16th century. Renamed as Diamond Harbour by the British, this serene town also has an age –old light house, which is also a major attraction. The best thing to do is to enjoy the beauty of this place while sitting at the bank of the Ganges. Diamond Harbour has hotels and holiday resorts that offer all modern amenities and foods.
Why To Go
Though Diamond Harbour is an all season visit; the best time to make a trip is between October and March. This the perfect time as it is not too hot nor too cold and you can revel in the beautiful scenic views and enjoy serenity of the place. Summer and monsoon are hot and humid and as such it is not advisable to visit during these times. A smart phone or a camera is a must thing.
Things To Do
Diamond Harbour with its serenity is a perfect place to spend your weekend away from the chaotic urban life. The freshness would certainly rejuvenate your energy. One of the enjoyable things to do at Diamond Harbour is to sit in solitude at the banks of Hooghly river and watch the boats that move along the flow of water. However, there are other places of attractions, too. Kapil Muni Temple: Situated on Sagar Island at a distance of 29 km from Diamond Harbour, Kapil Muni Temple is dedicated to sage Kapil. Devotees gather during the festival of Makar Sankranti in the month of January to take a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges river and Bay of Bengal. Gangasagar Mela is organized during this time. Sagar Island can be reached by motor boats from Namkhana jetty or Harwood point, or you may also avail direct ferry service from Haldia. Gurusaday Mueseum: Located in Joka and about 34 km from Diamond Harbour, The museum was founded by Gurusaday Dutta and was opened in 1961. A place where folk art and culture of undivided Bengal comes alive, the museum has a collection of over 3300 art pieces from all over Bengal. There is a lovely garden, too. Musuni Island: Mousuni Island, a small village consists of a virgin beach wrapped up with nature. Staying in tent with, bonfire, barbeque Chicken and awesome food make it marvellous for a short overnight trip. Ferries from Namkhana ghat take just 30 minutes to reach here. A must visit place.
Diamond Harbour amid calmness and beauty is an ideal place to spend your weekend trip. Rejoice in the romance of the golden sunshine and azure water. You may take a leisurely walk along the banks of the river or watch the boats wavering along the waves of water. A boating is truly memorable. You can also take a ferry ride to Haldia which lies at the opposite side of the Ganges river.
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Kakdwip: Located at a distance of 43 km from Diamond Harbour, the river Ganges spread wide here. The place is of historical importance, as it served as the centre of the great Te-bhaga rebellion of undivided Bengal. Just sip in cool coconut water or sherbet and enjoy the sunset… a beautiful beach with calm ambience. Bakkhali: A beautiful resort town, Bakkhali is just 72 km from Diamond Harbour and is one of the few deltaic islands of South Bengal. With a serene beach that stretches from Bakkhali to Frasergunj, it is a must visit spot. Henry’s Island, only few km away is also great place to spend your day. Joynagar: Located few km from Diamond Harbour, Joynagar town is renowned for housing manuscripts, terracotta figurines and black stone images of Buddha, Mahavir and Vishnu, belonging to the 11th and 12th centuries. You may also visit Sharisha Ramkrishna Mission Ashram.