With the holiday season around the corner, it is the perfect time to plan a vacation to have fun with your family and friends. Whats Up Kolkata comes to your rescue with a series of posts on some amazing trips you can plan in and around Kolkata. For starters here is a list of Best Beach Seaside Holiday Weekend Beaches near Kolkata!
Digha is one of the most popular beach holiday retreat near Kolkata. Digha is located in the East Midnapur district at the border with Orissa. The beaches of Digha are beautiful and are a haven for lovers of nature and serenity. One can engage in many activities in this area. The place is completely crowded during peak seasons and during holidays. The area is bound by Casuarina trees and the sea is safe for swimming. You can laze around in the sun or play on the beach or even resort to horse riding. You can also shop for local artefacts like sea shell made ornaments, hand woven mats and cashew nuts.
Distance from Kolkata: 185kms
Puri is one of the most sacred places for Hindus in the country with the famous Lord Jagannath Temple located here. It is situated along the coast of Bay of Bengal in Orissa and is also popular as a beachy holiday destination. You can not only enjoy on the multiple private and public beaches here but can also indulge in the huge repository of art and architecture of Orissa. A major celebration in Puri is Rath Yatra which is celebrated every year. You can enjoy coconut water, laze around on the beaches or just visit the beautiful architecture. It is the perfect place for a weekend retreat.
Bakkhali is a beautiful place in the southern part of West Bengal. It is the perfect getaway for the tourists who would want to avoid crowded places and want to be surrounded by nature. The windmill of Frasergunj and the Crocodile Propagation Centre are the major attractions in Bakkhali. You can enjoy long walks on the beautiful beaches too. You can also visit Jambu Dwip, a reserved forest island which is a 40 minute boat ride from there.
Distance from Kolkata: 132kms
A much hyped and most visited place these days is Mandarmoni which is yet another beach destination. It attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year. It has huge beaches which are clean and well maintained. It also has a number of beach resorts which promise to make your stay even more memorable.
Distance from Kolkata: 163km
Shankarpur is a popular sea beach in West Bengal which is only 14 kms away from Digha. It is fairly new on the tourism radar and yet to become too commercialised hence making it idyllic for a peaceful holiday. Hence this place is preferred by people who like to stay away from the hustling crowds. Shankarpur has spectacular sights to offer to nature lovers and is a great place to rejuvenate yourself.
Distance from Kolkata: 185km
Chandipur is located in the Baleswar District of Odisha and is not very crowded. It is a small but quaint seaside retreat for the tourists in Kolkata. The beach is the main attraction of this place and is extremely beautiful. It is famous for its silvery sand beach. A place you must visit on your trip to Chandipur is Balaramgadhi where you can witness the confluence of river Budhabalang or Buribalam with the sea.
Distance from Kolkata: 265km
Located at the border of Odisha and West Bengal, Talsharee or Talasari Beach is the perfect getaway for beach lovers in Kolkata. A visit to this serene destination will refresh you to take on the city life. When here you can visit the Chandaneshwar temple and the Udaipur Beach which are very close to the Talasari Beach.
Distance from Kolkata: 191km