Imagine a weekend when you are on a beautiful beach looking at the sunset, away from the monotony of daily life. Your imagination will be real if you come to Henry’s Island, which has become one of the most popular beaches adjoining the Sunderban. Under the supervision of the Fisheries Department of the Government of West Bengal, some 100 hectare land is being used for pisiculture along with forest conservation. A place like this always appears enchanting. There is a watchtower which offers a complete panoramic view of the entire island from its top. The sea here is quite timid and as you walk on the slightly black colored beach, you will see many ships sailing in the distant sea. BOOKING DETAILS OF HENRY’S ISLAND
Places to see at Henry Island: The main attraction of Henry Island is the beach adjacent to the Sunderbans. Besides, there is a watchtower where you can climb and get the complete view of the island. Then there are the Bheris – large shallow lakes, nearly 30 of them scattered throughout the island dedicated to pisiculture.
Nearby attractions at Henry Island: Bakkhali, Frasergunj, Jambudwip are the nearby attractions of Henry’s Island
Things to do at Henry’s Island: You can take a stroll on the beach and enjoy the sunset and watch the fishing boats sailing in far off sea. You can also get to the watchtower and get the complete panoramic view of the island. Every morning, the Govt. registered fishermen catch fish in one of the Bheris. It is a nice experience to see them catch fishes. You can also buy the fresh catch from them at Govt. prices. Henry’s Island has recently earned reputation as a bird watching site. Some of the birds sighted at Henry’s Island are Lesser Whistling Ducks, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Black-Rumped Flameback, Kingfisher, Common Snipe, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot and others
How to reach Henry’s Island: You have to turn left from Jelighat stop which is some 4 kilometers before Bakkhali. On driving some 1.5 kilometers, you will come across the lodges one by one.
Best time to visit Henry Island: Throughout the year.
Lodging & Dining facilities at Henry Island: There is a tourist lodge available. You can dine at any of the restaurants in Bakkhali or avail the dining facilities at the lodge in Henry’s Island.
Photographs by Anindya, Arpan Chowdhury.