Kolkata is counted among the top metropolitan cities in India. But the urban life in the city can get taxing after some time. For a refreshing break from the daily hustles of life, here are a few weekend getaways close to the city.
Lying in the southernmost part of West Bengal, Bakkhali is surrounded by dense mangroves. The Bakkhali Beach is one of the top offbeat weekend getaways from Kolkata. It is ideal for spending a relaxed weekend, giving you a break from the excessive commercialization of Kolkata. Listen to calming sound of sea waves crashing on the land, as you witness the sun go down. The crescent-shaped beach is a bit secluded, making it a good spot for watching beautiful sunsets.
Henry’s Island is situated on the western edge of the Sunderbans. This island has a beautiful pristine beach surrounded by dense mangrove forests. The surrounding greenery adds to the charm of this beach. Enjoy leisurely strolls along the beach and indulge in a bit of bird watching. The sunsets are mesmerizing too. The serenity and beauty of Henry’s Island has made this place one of the best weekend getaways from Kolkata.
Located just 4 hours away from Kolkata, Baguran Jalpai is an unexplored beach destination in the East Medinipur district. The tranquil beach is a long stretch of golden sand surrounded by Casuarina trees. It is one of the most serene offbeat weekend getaways from Kolkata. Time passes by as you keep looking at the waves crashing down the sandy beach. Dusk is a beautiful time to spend here. After exploring the beach, you can also pay a visit to the fishermen village. This is a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate, away from the chaos of the city.
A virgin beach located in Namkhana adjacent to the Sunderbans delta, Mousuni Island is one of the newly found offbeat weekend getaways from Kolkata. It offers a perfect combination of the sea, sand and solitude along by the river. Sunset views at the beach are a mesmerizing sight. The Island is also a great place for bird watching. In the evening, just enjoy the sunset by the beach and in the night, spend some wonderful moments by the campfire. For accommodation, tents are available on the beach. You can also visit the nearby fishermen’s villages and get a chance to know about their daily life.
Further beyond the shores of Digha or Mandarmani, only a few people are aware of the beauty of Shankarpur Sea Beach. This offbeat destination promises of serenity and beauty. Being less commercialised, the beach does not see much of crowds. This has kept the natural beauty of this place intact. The Shankarpur Beach is enclosed by tall Casuarina trees, making it a perfect hideout place. Lose yourself in a quiet walk by the sea shore, with only the sound of sea waves keeping you company. As the sun starts to go down, the beach slowly delves into a blanket of darkness. Shankarpur is a getaway for the quiet souls.