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government of west bengal

Beaches

West Bengal stretches to the Bay of Bengal in the south. The coastal strip of West Bengal, extending from the Gangetic Delta to the border of Orissa, has some beautiful coastal settlements, such as Digha, Shankarpur, Mandarmani, Bakkhali, Gangasagara, and Tajpur. Some of these have beaches which are hard enough for cars to drive on.
West Bengal is the state on the eastern coastline of India that overlooks the Bay of Bengal. Encompassing a diverse geography, West Bengal is home to both mountains and beaches. The clear waters of the Bay of Bengal, the estuaries of the mighty Ganga and the lazily stretched coastline make Bengal a paradise for the water lovers. With a number of unspoilt and unexplored beaches, Bengal is lately becoming a first choice for the beach lovers. With the calm and composed atmosphere and the beautifully playing waters, beaches here quietly romance with the undulating beauty of the sea.

Digha
Digha is West Bengal's most popular sea resort. It is located 187 Km south west of Kolkata. Digha has a low gradient with a shallow sand beach extending upto 7 Km in length and has gentle rolling waves. The scenic beauty of this place is charming and alluring. The beach is girdled with Casuarinas plantations along the coast enhancing its beauty. These trees apart from beautifying also aid in reducing erosion of the dunes.

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How to reach

Digha

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By Air: Nearest airport to Digha is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata. Digha is well connected by road and rail network with Kolkata.

By Train: Nearest railhead is Digha railway station. There are frequently trains (Local or Express) available from Howrah station to Digha.

By Road: Digha is well connected by excellent road with Kolkata. One can take a bus from Esplanade, Howrah, Belgharia etc. or can go by car/cab through NH-6 till Kolaghat and then on NH-41 to reach Digha.

Mandarmani
Mandarmani is a seaside resort village in East Medinipur district and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the large and fast developing seaside resort village of West Bengal. It is almost 180 km from Kolkata Airport on the Kolkata - Digha route.

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How to reach

MANDARMANI

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By Air: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose airport at Dum Dum in Kolkata is the nearest airport. From here one can either hire a private vehicle or opt for buses to reach Mandarmani.

By Train: Digha is the nearest railway station. It has regular trains from Howrah. From Digha railway station one can hire private vehicle to reach the pristine beach resort of Mandarmani.

By Road: Several state transport buses as well as private luxury buses are available from Esplanade/Howrah in Kolkata to Digha. Get down at Chaulkhola, from here local vehicles are available to reach Mandarmani.

Tajpur
Tajpur is one of the most hidden beaches in India. Tajpur beach lies in the Purba Medinipur district of South Bengal, one of the southern districts of West Bengal. It lies on the Kolkata - Digha route and just 16 Km before Digha. Tajpur is one of Bengal's recently discovered tourist destination that lies close to ever-popular Mandarmoni and Shankarpur.

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How to reach

TAJPUR

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By Air: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at a distance of about 180 km is the nearest airport.

By Train: From Howrah all Digha bound trains except Duranto Express, halt for a minute at Ramnagar station. From station to the main road i.e. Digha Kanthi road is about 15 mins.

By Road: Kolkata - Vidyasagar Setu - Kolaghat, Turn left - Nandakumar, Turn right - Kanthi, Turn right - Chownkhola More - 4 KM ahead Alampur More, Turn left 3 KM - Tajpur rickshaw stand.

Shankarpur
Shankarpur is a virgin beach town located 14 km east of Digha. It is also a regular fishing harbour. The mornings are cool, when fishermen can be seen hauling their huge nets out of the sea. Here, the morning sun reflecting on the sea waves in the east and the local fishing boats on the coast offer excellent photographic opportunities. Shankarpur Beach is another coastal strip in the adjacent region to Mandarmoni. The beach is also referred as a twin beach of Digha.

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How to reach

SHANKARPUR

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By Air: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose international airport at Dum Dum in Kolkata is the nearest airport. From there, one can hire a cab or take a bus to reach Shankarpur.

By Train: Nearest rail station is Digha. There are local and express trains available from Howrah to Digaha. One can take a private cab from Digha station to reach Shankarpur.

By Road: Buses go to Shankarpur from Dharamtala/Esplanade bus stand, Kolkata. Shankarpur is near Digha and can be reached by taking any bus going to Digha.

Udaipur
This is a spectacular beach, almost virgin, 2 km west of Digha, in West Bengal Orissa Border. One part of this clandestine beach is in West Bengal and the other in Orissa. One enters this beach just walking or driving along Bengal-Orissa border. This beach has not been explored so far. The beach has some USPs which has to be experienced to be believed.

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How to reach

UDAIPUR

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Udaipur, An unexplored virgin sea beach located in the border of Orissa is 3 KM from Digha Station. 

Bakkhali
Bakkhali is located on one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal. Most of the islands are part of the Sundarbans, 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. The south facing crescent shaped beach of Bakkhali is one of the rare ones in the world that offer great views of both sunrise and sunset.

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How to reach

BAKKHALI

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By Air: The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose international Airport at Dum Dum, Kolkata. One can reach there by road or by train from kolkata.

By Train: The nearest rail station is at Namkhana. There are regular trains from Sealdah via Lakshmikantapur and Kakdwip to Namkhana.

By Road: Bakkhali is well connected by road to Kolkata. The road runs through Diamond Harbour and Kakdwip to Namkhana, where the car or bus has to be transported across the Hatania-Doania creek in a special ferry to reach there. The ferry service is available from 7AM-11PM.

Junput
Junput is 177 km from Kolkata and 40 km from Digha; it also has a beautiful sea beach. The place offers spectacular sea-view and lines of casuarina trees. The beach is unspoilt. Brackish water fish cultivation and research are done here by the State Government Fisheries Department. For accommodation, there is an Inspection Bungalow under the Superintendent of Fisheries and a few private hotels.

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How to reach

JUNPUT

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The distance of Kolkata from Junput is 145 km. Drive along the route heading to Digha. From Kathi, Junput is just 9 km away. You can also opt for the railway route.

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
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