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Choto Kolagachia, Sunderbans – 82 kms from Kolkata...

This is a small riverside town at the confluence of Chota Kolagachia River and Rampur River on the fringe of Sunderban. A small busy Ferry Ghat ferries passengers and goods to different parts of Sunderban from here. Country boats pass through the river every minute carrying daily supplies of Sundarban and you can spend the whole day sitting in your guesthouse’s balcony watching the tides of the river, the passing boats and the setting sun. You can also take a walk in the nearby villages and witness the daily chores of the villagers, the fishermen bringing their daily catch and the changing landscape. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHOTO KOLAGACHIA Places to see in Choto Kolagachia: This is at the confluence of two rivers – Chota Kolagachia and Rampur, which gives rise to Boro Kolagachia River. The Boro Kolagachia River ultimately meets Raimongal River downstream. [AFG_gallery id=’90’] Distant chimneys of nearby brick kilns on the riverside, villages, Ferry Ghats, few abandoned temples, mosques, fishing lakes (Bheris) and endless network of rivers make Choto Kolagachia a great weekend spot. Bounded by two rivers, this small village on the fringe of Sunderban is a perfect destination for nature lovers. Nearby attractions of Choto Kolagachia: You can hire a boat from the Ferry Ghat and visit few villages in Sundarban across the river. The guesthouse would arrange a local guide to take you to the nearby villages and show you few attractions too. If you have some time, then you can hire a boat and visit various parts of Sunderban like Jhingeykhali Watch Tower and Marichjhapi village within two hours. You can also visit Buridabri or Hemnagar in Sunderbans from here. Things to do in Choto Kolagachia: The rivers are the lifeline here and you can spend the whole day watching the tides and passing boats from the lawn of your guesthouse. You can always hitch a ride from a passing boat on the river for a few hours or take guided village – walks with a local villager. If you inform the guesthouse authorities in advance, they can also arrange local cultural programs like Tusu Dance, Monosha Bhasan and Bonobibi Jatra. Bird watching and wildlife watching are two other activities you can enjoy here. Best time to visit Choto Kolagachia: The dark clouds spread over the horizon and the river during monsoons. In winters, birds chirp all around the villages and the cool river wind soothes the soul during the summer. Choto Kolagachia can be visited anytime of the year. How to reach Choto Kolagachia: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and reach Malancha. From Malancha, you have to go ahead to Sarberia from where you have to take a left turn towards Dhamakhali. There are also buses from Kolkata connecting Dhamakhali. The guesthouse is just a walk from the Dhamakhali Bus stop. It takes around 2 hours from Science City Crossing on EM Bypass to reach Dhamakhali. Lodging and dining facilities in Choto Kolagachia: There is only one guesthouse with four Double Bed rooms and a dormitory. The rivers flow just beside the guesthouse, which has a lovely lawn, a couple of viewpoints, a children’s park and other facilities like attached Western bathrooms, canteen, car parking and hot water geysers. Every room in the guesthouse has a balcony facing the rivers. The guesthouse is available for day picnic groups as well as for individual guests who want to stay overnight. Food served...
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Sajnekhali, Sunderban – 130 kms from Kolkata...

If your soul lusts for greenery and adventure, then you will truly treasure your stay at Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary nestled amidst lush Sunderban Forests at the confluence of River Matla and Gumdi. Sajnekhali being the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger is also a heaven for varied species of birds. From Sajnekhali watch tower you can get a panoramic view of Sunderbans and watch out for deer, tiger and other animals. A Nature Interpretation Centre has been built at Sajnekhali, which is protected by a wired fence. Adjacent to this centre is a crocodile farm, a turtle farm and a pond inhabited by sharks. A number of watchtowers are built throughout Sajnekhali for wildlife viewing. Apart from tigers, the forest also offers shelter to animals like Fishing Cats, Wild Boar, Macaques, Flying Fox, Chital, Pangolin and others. BOOKING DETAILS OF SAJNEKHALI Places to see in Sajnekhali: You can spot the daily life of the wild animals from Sajnekhali Watch Tower. You can also visit the Nature Interpretation Centre to discover more information about Sunderbans and its inhabitants. There is a crocodile pond where you can watch the feeding frenzy of crocodiles. A smaller turtle farm and a pond inhabited by sharks can also be found here. You can also spend sometime at the Sajnekhali jetty watching over the mighty Matla River and the passing boats. [AFG_gallery id=’39’] At Shajnekhali, you will truly savor the splendid sight of some exotic birds like Spotted Billed Pelican, Caspian Tern, Fish Eagle, Osprey Herring Gull, Green Backed Heron, Purple Heron, Open Billed Stork, Night Heron, White Bellied Sea Eagle, White Ibis, Grey Heron, Common Kingfisher, Egret and Paradise Flycatcher. This sanctuary is also visited by the rare winter migrants like Asian Dowitchers. Nearby attractions of Sajnekhali: From Sajnekhali jetty, you can catch a ferry to Bhagabatpur Crocodile breeding farm, Halliday Island (famous for Barking Deer) and other parts of Sunderbans.  You can also enjoy a ferry ride to the small village settlement of Gosaba, located in the Canning subdivision. You can also visit Netidhopani, which has the remnants of a mysterious 400-year-old temple. A trip to Kanak is also quite rewarding for travelers, which is the nesting ground of Olive Ridley Turtles. Things to do in Sajnekhali: Apart from touring the sightseeing destinations at Sajnekhali, take out some time to visit the nearby villages. You can interact with the local people of the place and watch their life style to have an insight into their lives. How to reach Sajnekhali: Caning is the gateway of Sajnekhali, where motorboats are available departing for the destination. Canning is well accessible by bus and train services from Kolkata. To reach Sajnekhali, you can also hire boats from Basanti, Gosaba, Namkhana and Najatare, which are well connected by roadway from Kolkata. You can drive straight to Sonakhali and take a 3 hour ferry ride to Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge.  Sonakhali is about 90 kms from Kolkata and takes 2.5 hrs by bus from Esplanade. The route is via EM Bypass — Bantala — Ghatak Pukur — Sarberia.  Alternatively, you can also reach Sajnekhali through Basanti (90 kms from Kolkata) and take an auto rickshaw to Gadkhali (another 11 kms away) to arrive at Gosaba. From Gosaba you can catch another ferry (about 20 mins) to reach Sajnekhali. Best time to visit Sajnekhali: You can visit Sajnekhali throughout the year but the best time to visit Sajnekhali is from September to March. Many tourists also fall under the spell...
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Raidighi, Sunderbans – 110 kms from Kolkata...

If you are yearning for a break from your bustling city life, plan for a weekend holiday at Raidighi, which is truly an enchanting weekend destination. The small town of Raidighi is located on the way to Sunderban. The location is one of its kind, offering something for each kind of traveler – be a nature lover or religious or adventure minded tourist.  The nearby Jatar Deul, located seven kilometers from Raidighi and a boat ride along the fringes of Sunderbans would be an experience of a lifetime. The most memorable part is to watch the sun going down over the Sunderbans. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAIDIGHI Raidighi is a popularly gateway of Sunderban, the place offers a real visual treat to the nature lovers. You can savor a breathtaking view of emerald green vegetation and forest covering major portion of Raidighi. The site also boasts of some exotic wildlife and birds. The River flowing through Raidighi is blessed with loads of fishes and crabs. Apart from these, the place also has religious importance, as it houses a number of temples and shrines. Moreover, the place also treasures some remarkable architectures belonging to the Maurya, Gupta, Pal and Sen Periods. Raidighi has been named after a large water body. Many decades ago, Raidighi was known as Rainagar. During 1489 AD, Rainagar was established by Shubuddhi Ray, who was the ruler of Gour. Afterwards, in 1492 AD, his son, Durgadas Ray, dug a huge water body spanning an area of 33 acres and the name of Rainagar was also changed to Raidighi. Today also, the prime attraction of Raidighi is this massive water body. There was a fort called Raimangal Fort in the north-east corner of the water body, which was attacked by emperor Akbar in 1595 AD, where he wage a war against Rangeela Ray, the son of Durgadas Ray. Thus, if you want to savor the authentic essence of rustic Bengal, Raidighi is undoubtedly one of the prime destinations. [AFG_gallery id=’63’] Places to see in Raidighi: Raidighi is a small town on the fringes of the Sunderbans. You can take a ride in a launch and roam around the rivers of Sunderban and watch the wonder of nature and wildlife unfolding. Sunset over the Sunderban is a spectacular site. Temple of Tripura Sundari: This age-old temple is located just five minutes away from Krishnachandrapur. The temple is noteworthy as it was blessed by Sri Chaitanya on his way to Nilachal. The fourhanded deity of the Goddess of Shakti, worshipped in the temple truly evokes a sense of spirituality.   Padapith Tirtha: During 1510 AD, people at Gaur were experiencing unrest, due to the war, which broke out between Hussain Shah, the Nawab of Gaur and Prataprudra, the King of Orissa. At this point of time, Sri Chaitanya, who preaches the doctrine of peace and love, visited the house of Ramchandra Khan, a reputed scholar in the village. Now, the footprint of Sri Chaitanya has been preserved at the place, which gradually became popular as ‘Padapith Tirtha’. Jatar Deul: This huge deul measuring 60 feet in height is a historical structure. It was built by Raja Jayanta Chandra during 975 AD. Temple of Andhamuni: This temple is located nearby Andhamunitala. It is a strong belief of the locals that a number of ailments, especially related to eye are recovered by offering prayers in this temple. Barashi Shiva Temple: This is an ancient temple of Shiva located at a distance of...
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Frazergunj, Sunderbans – 127 kms from Kolkata...

If you are looking for a serene holiday location to enjoy your lazy weekend, Frazergunj will be the ideal destination for you. Frazergunj is a part of a pristine white beach, stretching for 7 km located on one of the Ganges deltaic island admiring the south of Bengal. It is a pulsating fishing village adorned with muddy and undulating beach. Morover, Frazergunj is a prime hub of Pisiculture in the country. However, the scenic beauty of the region, situated at one corner of Sunderban is truly admirable. Frazergunj is also considered an ideal site for the avid bird watchers. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO FRAZERGUNJ Places to see in Frazergunj: The unexploited pristine beach of Frazergunj, renowned for its whitish silver sand is the major attraction of the tourists. The truant red crabs running to and fro, offer a grand sight at the beach. Beside this, you will find a number of windmills bodering the beach. Nearby attractions like Bakklhali, Jambudeep, Henry’s Island and temple of Banabibi, is located within a radius of about 5 km from Frazergunj. You can hire a cycle-van to Bakkhali, located around 3 km from Frazergunj. The crocodile-breeding centre of Bakkhali is worth visiting, which provides shelter to six crocodiles and a number of deer. The place is also inhabited by some stray groups of monkeys. If you move a little further along the coastline, you can locate a colossal deserted buoy. The beach of Bakkhali is bordered by casuarina groves, leading to the temple of Banabibi, a locally worshiped idol. Nearby attractions around Frazerganj: You can also enjoy a boatride to Jambudeep, a serene island, which is the refuge of the local fishermen. A trip to this place during monsoon is truly adventurous. Do not miss the spectacular sunrise behind the windmills.  Henry’s Island which is around 20 mins from Frazerganj by Cycle Van Rickshaws is a newly developed tourist spot with a pristine beach bordered by mangroves. It has earned fame due to its good bird watching possibilities. Things to do in Frazergunj: Frazergunj is an ideal site for the avid bird watchers. You can see an array of colorful migratory birds, which include, gulls, terns, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Sea Eagles, Black-capped and Collared Kingfishers and Hobby. Take a stroll along the beach to the embankment, where you can pass quality time by sitting for hours, savoring the view of the fishing boats passing by. How to reach Frazergunj: You can avail the direct buses to Bakkhali that are available from Esplanade in Kolkata. From Bakkhali, you can reach Frazergunj by hiring a cycle van. Some tourists also hire cars directly from Kolkata to reach Frazergunj. If you prefer trains, then catch a train to Namkhana from Sealdah and cross the Hatania Doania River on a boat and take a bus from the other side of the river to reach Bakkhali. Best time to visit Frazergunj: The ideal time of visiting the destination is the period between July and March. Lodging and dining facilities in Frazergunj: The numbers of hotels are limited at Frazergunj. However, decent accommodation and dining facilities are offered by these hotels. You can also stay at nearby Bakkhali which has more accommodation options. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Piyali Island, Sunderbans – 75 kms from Kolkata...

If you want to experience the tranquility of nature along with a touch of the Sunderban, then you can make a trip to the Piyali Island. You can drive to the Piyali Island after crossing a small bridge over River Piyali. The two rivers Matla and Piyali surround this island.  The Piyali River actually flows through the Island and mixes with Matla River at a later stage. There is only one tourist lodge in this island but it has well-supported infrastructure for tourists. There are ample things to do in Piyali Island – you can take a nature walk, enjoy a boat ride, do some bird watching, enjoy in the gardens and savor the village life. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO PIYALI ISLAND Places to see in Piyali Island: The Island itself is the main attraction with its paddy fields, meandering Piyali River, sparse jungles, Matla River, the mangrove forest on the banks of the island and village life. Some migratory birds also flock to the coats of Piyali Island during winters. Nearby attractions in Piyali Island: Those who want to explore nearby destinations can easily organize an enjoyable trip to Jhorkhali and Kaikhali from Piyali Island. Things to do in Piyali Island: There is only one privately run tourist lodge in Piyali Island, which has nice arrangements for overnight staying. You can enjoy in the gardens, take a wilderness walk, enjoy a boat ride and do some bird watching. The village life surrounding Piyali Island can also be relished. Moreover, Piyali Island is also famous for organizing educational tours. How to reach Piyali Island: Piyali is located at a distance of 75 km from Kolkata. While traveling by car, cross the Baruipur Railway gate and take the right hand road leading to Gochoron crossing. From there, drive to the Barasat crossing. Turn left to reach the Mohishmari crossing. If you are traveling by train, get down at the south Barasat station. Shared trekkers are available on the spot that will take you to Piyali Island. Best time to visit Piyali Island: You can arrange for a tour to Piyali Island any time of the year but the winters would be a nice time to watch the birds. Lodging and dining facilities in Piyali Island: There is a splendid tourist lodge offering nice accommodation facilities. Decent dining facilities are provided in the lodge. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO PIYALI...
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Bakkhali, Sunderban – 132 kms from Kolkata...

Bakkhali has been a very popular place of attraction for a long time. Moreover, with the development of barge over the Hatania-Doania River, Bakkhali became all the more accessible. Bakkhali today is completely different from what it used to be some 10 years back. All this has become a reality with the development of transport and communication system. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO BAKKHALI Places to see at Bakkhali: Bakkhali offers quite a lot of attractions like the windmills of Frasergunj as well as the crocodile propagation centre at the place. The narrow path that enters into the casuarinas forest lying adjacent the beach will lead you to the temple of Banabibi, a local deity. [AFG_gallery id=’2′] Nearby attractions from Bakkhali: Bakkhali offers so many places of attractions that are located nearby like the Henry’s Island which was created by the State Fisheries Department. Frasergunj, the twin town of Bakkhali can be visited on a day trip. Things to do in Bakkhali: Sightseeing is the best thing that you can do in Bakkhali. Take a walk over the beach from Bakkhali to Frasergunj and enjoy solitude. Plus, you can also take a look at the daily life on the villages and experience the different rhythm of life these villages live in. How to reach Bakkhali: You can board a bus from Kolkata (Esplanade) till Namkhana and then a ferry ride across the Hatania-Doania River. Then you have to board another bus to reach Bakkhali. However, you can also board direct buses to Bakkhali from Kolkata. You can also reach Namkhana by train from the Sealdah station. By road, you have to travel through Diamond Harbour and Kakdwip to reach Namkhana. Best time to visit Bakkhali: You can visit Bakkhali throughout the year. Lodging and dining facilities at Bakkhali: There are plenty of lodges and hotels as well as guest houses for tourists. Dining facilities are available in almost all the lodges. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Kalash Island, Sunderban – 100+ kms from Kolkata...

Located on the banks of the Bay of Bengal is the Kalash camp and lying beside it the Kalash beach. The forest conservation department has created the Kalash camp over an area of 4 acres. Although, it is well protected with a fence of 10 feet high and 20 feet trench, it is still believed to be not enough to prevent Royal Bengal Tigers from coming to the beach in search of the sweet water pond located there. Such is the adventure that defines an outing in Kalash Island. Tourists are restricted from touring the beach all alone and must be assisted by forest rangers as the island is often visited by the Royal Bengal tigers. The island is otherwise uninhabited and the beach is flanked by Olive Ridley turtles that come here for nesting during winter. BOOK A TRIP TO KALASH ISLAND Places to see at Kalash Island: The entire island located in seclusion is a great place of attraction. Nearby attractions at Kalash Islands: You can visit Namkhana or the Lothian Island or the crocodile project of Bhagbatpur on your way back home from Kalash Islands. Things to do at Kalash Islands: A complete adventurous place to watch out for. Check out the Olive Ridley turtles on the beach and if luck is in your pocket, you can spot a Royal Bengal Tiger as well. How to reach Kalash Islands: If you are going to Kalash Island directly, then you can board a bus or a car to reach Ramganga via Diamond Harbour-Kulpi. From there, you have to hurry a bit and start your journey before the high tide to reach Kalash Island in 3 hours time. Another way to reach Kalash is using the Bidya River from Bani camp to enter the Chulkati channel which will take you to Kalash camp. Best time to visit Kalash Islands: Throughout the year. But if you want to see Olive Ridley turtles nesting on the beach, then come during the winter. Lodging and dining facilities at Kalash Islands: You can either avail the camps or the cottages for lodging. Dining facility is available at your place of stay. BOOK A TRIP TO KALASH...
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Jambu Dwip, Bakkhali – 132 kms from Kolkata...

Jambu Dwip is a small island located at the seamouth of Ganga in South 24 Parganas. This island houses a great range of bird species, reptiles and fish life. Besides, it is also the home of a huge casuarinas grove. Places to see at Jambu Dwip: The main attraction of Jambu Dwip is the island itself which is the home for a wide range of species of bird and reptile. Besides, you will be amazed to find such a great range of marine life, mainly fishes.  BOOK A TRIP TO JAMBU DWIP Nearby attractions from Jambu Dwip: You can take a trip to witness the beach life of Bakkhali or visit Frasergunj which is often considered to be the twin town of Bakkhali. You may also find the Lothian Island located nearby. Things to do at Jambu Dwip: Take a stroll around this small island and enjoy the exquisite beauty of nature and wildlife, particularly birds and plant life. How to reach Jambu Dwip: You first have to reach Frazergunj from where you can take a motor boat for Jambu Dwip. Best time to visit at Jambu Dwip: You can visit Jambu Dwip throughout the year. Lodging and dining facilities at Jambu Dwip: You can put up at guest house for a stay. The guest house generally offers dining facilities as well. BOOK A TRIP TO JAMBU...
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Sagardwip, Sunderban – 135 kms from Kolkata...

Sagardwip is highly famed as a major Hindu holy site, where millions of pilgrims assemble from nook and corner of India every year for taking the holy dip in the Sagar (the large water body). However, apart from this, the place is still not much recognized as a tourist destination, though Sagardwip features an array of tourist resources and you will not be disappointed while visiting the site, to enjoy a weekend tour.  BOOK YOUR TRIP TO SAGARDWIP Places to see near Sagardwip: The remaining of the destroyed lighthouse is a major sight-seeing site in Sagardwip. Nearby attractions: Kapil Temple, Bharat Sevashram Sangha temple and Kachuberia on the other side of the river. Things to do at Sagardwip: Visit the temples or explore the calm and serene beach of Sagardwip, which experience a major footfall of tourists mainly during the famous Gangasagar mela but otherwise remain fairly isolated in the rest of the year. You will be truly amazed by savoring the sight of the flocks of different species of birds. You can just also relax on the beach, witnessing the silent passing of the ships. How to reach Sagardwip: Sagardwip is not very far from Kolkata and lies only 135 km away. Drive through the Diamond Harbor road to reach the Harwood point, no. 8 Lot Ghat. From there by crossing over a barge, reach Kochuberia on the other side. Then again drive for another 30 kms to reach Sagardwip. Best time to visit Sagardwip: You can visit Sagardwip at any time of the year. If you want to see the Sagar Mela then visit the place during the mid week of January. Lodging & dining facilities at Sagardwip: Off late, village tourism has been developed by a joint effort offering decent accommodation facilities. Moreover, you will also spot a number of guesthouses in the area. Fairly good dining facilities are available in most of the guest house. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Henry’s Island, Bakkhali – 140 kms from Kolkata...

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. [AFG_gallery id=’1′] 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. BOOKING DETAILS OF HENRY’S...