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.
One of the only tourist attractions of Shankarpur, the Shankarpur beach is breathtaking, in every sense of the term. Clean water, white sand and mildly blowing winds make the Shankarpur beach, not just a great tourist attraction, but also one of the most sought after beaches on the entire Eastern Coast.
The small town, and the lack of too many distractions, gives you the opportunity to spend as much time at the beaches as possible. Too many water sports aren't available, but they are slowly coming up. The beach has a few shacks and bars, where coconut water and vodka and other drinks and sea food is available.
Digha Beach, located in the proximity, is referred to as 'Brighton of the East'. The low gradient with a shallow sand beach extends 7 km in length. The beach gives a beautiful view of sunrise and sunset. It is a safe beach for swimming as sea at Digha is calm and shallow for about a mile from the beach.
How to reach
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.
Located in Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, India on the shore of Bay of Bengal (near Digha) Tajpur is one of the new additions in tourist map of Bengal. The prime attraction of Tajpur is its pristine sea beach fringed with a dense forest of tamarisk trees. The beach is infested with infinite number of red crabs which are great to watch when they are in numbers. There are fishermen's villages in the vicinity, where one can observe the mundane life of fisherman.
How to reach
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.
Mandarmani is a large and rapidly developing seaside resort village. It lies in East Medinipur district and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. Mandarmani is connected to Kolkata/Howrah by a highway. From Contai this can be travelled through a place called Chaulkhola.
How to reach
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.
Tamluk is the district headquarters of Purba Medinipur district. The present town is located on the banks of the Rupnarayan River close to the Bay of Bengal. The bank of river Rupnarayan is famous for picnic. There is a nearly 1150 year old Temple of Kali named here as Devi Barghobhima. This temple is a part of 51 Shakti Peethas. Puranas say that the small finger of left feet of Sati/Parvati fell here when Lord Vishnu cut the sacred Body of Goddess Sati into several pieces to make Lord Shiva quite.
How to reach
It is the best to reach Tamluk by Train and Bus. The nearest train station is at Tamluk and the nearest airport is at Kolkata. The road route from Kolkata is: Esplanade - around 63 kms - Kolaghat - around 3 kms - Mecheda - around 14 kms - Tamluk From Kolkata. Bus at Esplanade or at Howrah headed for Digha. The bus route traverse via NH-6 via Kolaghat to Nimtouri (NH-41).From Kolkata, bus at Esplanade or at Howrah headed for Digha, reach at Mecheda Stn. and then take local bus routes ( Mecheda stn. to Haldia / Mecheda stn. to Srirampur / Mecheda stn. to Nandigram) to reach at Tamluk. From Howrah Railway Stn. Tourists can avail Haldia Local which traverses via Mecheda via Panskura Stn. to Tamluk Stn. From Howrah Railway Stn. by any Local train upto Mecheda Station then take local bus routes (Mecheda stn. to Haldia / Mecheda stn. to Srirampur / Mecheda stn. to Nandigram) to reach at Tamluk.
HOW TO REACH
By Air: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose airport at Dum Dum in Kolkata is the nearest airport.
By Train: Schedule departure of train service is at 8:00 A.M. from Shalimar and reaches Digha around 11:30 A.M.
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.