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Bakkhali is located on one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal. Most of the islands are part of the Sunderbans, barring a few at the fringes. Some of these are joined together with bridges over narrow creeks. This small island juts out into the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal. There is a 8 km long beach stretching from Bakkhali to Frasergunj with gently rolling waves. These are twin towns now forming one continuous locality. Except on an occasional holiday the beach is not crowded. A small stretch near Bakkhali has been lighted up. It is a hard beach suitable for cycling or even driving. One can take long walks with coconut water.History.

Andrew Freser former Lieutenant Governor of Bengal  explore this beautiful place which is previously known as Narayanitala in early 19th century. Now its known  as Freserganj. Lieutenant Governor Mr. Freser popularize this place among the Europeans and tried to start a sanatorium hear. But due to his early return to Europe his dream was not fulfilled. In the year 1972 Kashi Kanta Maitra, Honourable Minister of W.B. Govt. start a Govt. Tourist Lodge,  named “Bakkhali Tourist Lodge” at Fradric Island on the eastern bank of a creak named “BAKKHALI”. Thus the same sea beach famous in two names – ‘ FRESERGANJ’ & ‘BAKKHALI’ the physical distance is approx 2 km only between the two spots.

HOW TO REACH:

BY ROAD:

It is 125 km by road from Joka tram terminus at the south-western edge of Kolkata. The road runs through Diamond Harbour and Kakdwip to Namkhana, where the car or bus has to be transported across the Hatania-Doania creek in a special ferry. The ferry service is available from 7AM-11PM. The road journey from Joka at the outskirts of Kolkata to Bakkhali takes about 3 - 3.5 hours. WBSTC has regular bus service from Dharmatala to Bakkhali. One starts at 7AM in the morning from Dharmatala and reaches Bakkhali at around 11:30AM and leaves from Bakkhali after half an hour for Kolkata(Dharmatala). Another starts at 8AM from Dharmatala to reach bakkhali at 12:30PM and starts from Bakkhali after half an hour forty five minutes. So the bottom-line is that there are two round trips from Kolkata to Bakkhali provided by WBSTC. This schedule is subject to change and one must confirm it from Dharmatala Bus Stand before venturing out from Kolkata. The route of the bus is Dharmatala- Alipore-Chiriakhana-Taratala-Diamond Harbour-Kakdwip-Namkahana-Bakkhali,


BY TRAIN:

The nearest rail station is at Namkhana. There are regular trains from Sealdah via Lakshmikantapur and Kakdwip to Namkhana. From Namkhana station you will get a van rickshaw to reach the place from where you need to cross a narrow creek in a small boat. Van fare is Rs 5 per head or Rs 30 if you reserve a van and for crossing the creek you need to pay Rs 1. Then from the bus stand one can get buses for Bakkhali which take around 45mins to 1hr and their fare is Rs 15/20. The Bakkhali bus stand is very close to all the hotels and just a 5 min walk from the beach.


Nearest Airport: Netaji Subhash Chandra (NSC) Bose International Airport (Dum Dum) 130 KM.


Get Around:

Jambu Dwip :

The ride in the crude bhut-bhuti, a motorised country boat, from Frasergunj fishing harbour to Jambu Dwip, a small, uninhabited and forested island out in the sea, can be a thrilling experience. Currently people are not allowed to go to the actual island so the trip includes only a sightseeing from the boat. The two-hour ride (both ways) costs Rs 800 per trip (for 15-20 persons). The country boats can also be hired for other rides. The weak-hearted are advised not to take the rides. For all the spots a Ricksaw van will charge you at max Rs 150 per trip (max 5 persons) and it will take around 5 hrs to visit all the spots and stay for about 1 to 2hrs in Jambu Dwip .

Henry's island :

Make it a point to visit Henry's island. If you have a car, its around 10mins ride from Bakkhali. Entry fee is Rs 5. You can also use the rickshaw vans as well. There are 3 guest houses on Henry Island. If you wish you can stay there too. The lodges are named MangroveSundari and Bani. Bani has a watchtower on the roof is very close to the sea beach. You can enjoy a good view of the surrounds from there. These lodges belong to the Fisheries Department of West Bengal. For reservations, contact: State Fisheries Development Corporation.


DISTANCE:

KOLKATA-KAKDWIP         91 KM.

KOLKATA-NAMKHANA    105 KM.

KOLKATA-BAKKHALI       130 KM.


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N.B. There is no ATM at Bakkhali so don't forget to carry cash as per you need.




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