Best Day Trips from Kolkata

Best Day Trips from Kolkata

Best Day Trips from Kolkata

The phrase “City of Joy” describes Kolkata so well that people from all around the globe flock here to get a taste of it. The art and cultural capital of the Indian subcontinent, Kolkata is well known for its rich music, literature, movies and cuisine. A former capital of the British India, this metropolitan city is a splendid blend of colonial-era architecture and urban slums along with vibrant new-town suburbs. The grand architecture like The Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, and Birla Planetarium here are bound to get some jaw dropping reactions from visitors. This already lively city is full of contagious high energy during Durga Puja, wherein people from all around the world visit here to celebrate and experience the incredible festivities around that time. It is aptly said that Kolkata is not just a city, it’s an emotion!

Being a gigantic metropolis that it is, Kolkatta is immensely dense in population too. In fact after a while, one is bound to get bored from the large crowds, traffic, honk infested roads, and humid weather. But luckily, Kolkata also has some excellent destinations nearby which makes for a great getaway options. Following are a few of them which can be covered in a day’s time without any hassle:

1. Digha

Perhaps the most popular weekend getaway option, Digha is a crowd favourite for all the right reasons. Its stunning beaches, scrumptious seafood, and close proximity with Kolkata lures city dwellers weekend after weekend. The Casuarina lined beaches offer a calm environment, perfect to escape the monotonous lives and just relax and enjoy the slow pace. For thrill seekers, the beaches do host a bunch of water sports. Some of the other attractions in the city are Lord Shiva temple at Chandaneshwar and The Marine Aquarium Research Centre. Stationed 185 km away from Kolkata, there are frequent buses and trains running from Kolkata to Digha. And it takes approximately 4 hours to cover the distance by both of them.

2. Mandarmani

Almost 163 km away from Kolkata, Mandarmani is just coming up on the radar of curious travellers. Still far away from the talons of commercialisation, Mandarmani makes for a perfect getaway from the crowds and the noise. Its 13km long beach is said to be the longest stretch of beach in India where you are allowed to drive. The quiet water with low tides is truely refreshing and the serenity which transcends upon this place is nothing if not rejuvenating. You can also take part in various water sports activities like banana boat ride, jet ski and the likes. There is ATV rides and bungee jumping available at fairly affordable prices for budget travellers. But the ultimate pleasure here drives from taking long walks on the glistering white water beaches! To enjoy and relax here, all you need to do is drive here in 3.5 hours, or maybe take up bus services which complete the journey in a little less than 4.5 hours.

3. Sunderbans

Home to the largest population of Royal Bengal Tigers on earth, Sunderbans offers an amazing opportunity of sighting this endangered species. This wildlife sanctuary is the world’s largest river delta, comprising of a network of channels and semi-submerged mangroves. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also home to many endemic species of flora and fauna, that are supposed to go extinct in near-future due to global warming. If it’s your good day, then you may also spot some Siberian ducks, spotted dear, olive ridley turtle and king crab. The lush green surroundings and the occasional chirping sounds nearby make it a totally different experience. However, make sure to visit them soon as Sunderbans may not be there long enough, due to fast changing climatic conditions. The most preferred way to reach here is to board a train from Kolkata to Canning, from where local vans will take you to the boat ride, where the exploration starts from. The whole thing takes 3 hours.

4. Talsari Beach

An unexplored beach town in Odisha, Talsari Beach is known for being a fisherman’s paradise. A clean and pristine beach gifted with stunning panorama and minimal commercialisation and lined up with coniferous tree all around, Talsari offers itself as a laid back sojourn for the easy travellers. The freshly caught fish and cooked to perfection near the beaches make for a delicious meal after a relaxing day. It is also touted as being the last beach on the north east coast of India. 191 km away from Kolkata and 8 km from Digha, you can reach Talsari by taking a bus or a train from Kolkata to Digha and from there, an autoriksha to this beach town.

5. Tajpur

One of the newest discovered destinations for tourists in Bengal, Tajpur is quietly gaining popularity for a weekend getaway from Kolkata. Surrounded by dense forests and home to 2 beautiful and serene beaches, Tajpur is a delight for visitors! The shallow sea is ideal for swimming in calm waters and white pristine beaches are perfect to bask under the sun. The vibrant atmosphere and courteous hospitality found here in this place is unparalleled! An ideal picnic spot for family plus a romantic outing for the couples, this place shouldn’t be missed! For those seeking adventures, there is paragliding, rock climbing, and river rafting. Red crabs are found in plenty, so take an early morning stroll to catch them scrambling about. Situated 19 km away from Digha, you can take a bus or train to Digha from Kolkata and take a cab to Tajpur from there, which will take about 20-25 minutes to reach.

6. Henry Beach

Henry Beach is a Mangrove Forests beach that is perfect to spend some alone time away from the bustle of the city. It has become a favourite beach destination in West Bengal for quite some time now, thanks to the unspoilt and undisturbed beauty of it. The beach is an ideal spot to spend a lazy day doing nothing, besides being a great place to indulge in locally acquired and cooked seafood. The most recommended activity here is to take boat rides during sunset and lose all your problems in the mesmerising view overlooking the Ganges. Situated 130 km away from Kolkata, it takes 3-4 hours to reach here via bus or train.

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