Bakkhali, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
Bakkhali is seaside resort in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. It is located on one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal. It is around 125km from Kolkata, West Bengal.
It has a 8 km long beach stretching from Bakkhali to Frasergunj, a twin beach, with gently rolling waves. These are twin towns now forming one continuous locality. Casuarina trees line the beach.
Bakkhali is unique in many ways. The windmills in Frasergunj generate power for the small locality. These are visible from many places all around. Some of the hotels use solar heaters for heating water. The rickshaw van is the only form of local transport. Buses and trekkers transport people all day long.Fishing is the primary occupation of the people all around because the salinity of the environment saps the fertility of the land.
Bakkhali and Frasegunj are unadulterated by urbanization. One can still hear the cock crow at dawn and watch ducks puddle around muddy pools in the backyards of houses. One can see fishing nets spread everywhere. Country boats carrying sacks full of dried fish is a common sight.
How To Reach
Places of Interest
Bakkhali & Frazergunj Beach
This is an 8 km long beach stretching from Bakkhali to Frasergunj with gently rolling waves. The walk over the beach from Bakkhali to Frasergunj is a pleasant experience. It is a hard beach suitable for cycling or even driving. One can take long walks with coconut water.
Henry Island & Watch Tower
Henry Island is an island near Bakkhali in South 24 Parganas, India. Henry Island is named after a European who surveyed land in the area in the late 19th Century. Dense mangrove forest parted by numerous canals covered the area then. There is no one to pry other than the red fiddler crabs dotting the shore. Lazing on the sprawling and deserted beach is very enjoyable. From the watch tower you can view the expanses of the Mangroves on three sides where as on one side you can have a bird's eye view of the sea beach and the sea. The view is excellent and refreshing.
Jambudwip is the name of an isolated island situated in the Bay of Bengal about 8 km to the southwest of Fraserganj/Bakkhali in the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. It remains uninhabited except in the fishing season, i.e. between the months of October and February.
Jambudwip were the island's proximity to the fishing grounds, presence of a natural creek for safe harbouring of their boats, and supply of drinking water.
To reach Jambudwip, you have to travel via boat in high waves, the boat ride is just thrilling. On arrival you will be delighted to see the beach full with Red Crabs.
A temple called Bishhalakshmi is at the end of the Bakkhali main beach and is worth seeing. The pandit ji is quite different there as he won't allow you in the temple. He has his own rules
It is 125 km by road from Joka tram terminus at the south-western edge of Kolkata. The National Highway (NH 117) runs from Kolkata to Diamond Harbour to Kakdwip to Namkhana and ends at Bakkhali. 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. There are two round trips from Kolkata to Bakkhali provided by WBSTC. One must confirm the from Dharmatala Bus Stand before venturing out from Kolkata. Also there are plenty of local buses up to Namkhana and then again from Namkhana to Bakkhali.
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. Then from the bus stand one can get buses for Bakkhali which take around 45mins to 1hr. The Bakkhali bus stand is very close to all the hotels and just a 5 min walk from the beach.