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:
It is 125 km by road from Joka tram terminus at the south-
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.
Jambu Dwip :
The ride in the crude bhut-
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 Mangrove, Sundari 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.
N.B. There is no ATM at Bakkhali so don't forget to carry cash as per you need.