Top 10 Beaches of West Bengal
There is no other destination than a beach that can give you complete relaxation and rejuvenation. So, if you are in West Bengal and are looking for a place to relax and rejuvenate, you can pick from any of these top 10 beaches. These beaches are not only known for their natural beauty and charm but are also known to be perfect destinations to unwind.
While in West Bengal, make it a point to visit the following beaches, as these beaches of West Bengal are known for their exquisite beauty and charm.
One of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal, the Bakkahali Beach is an 8 kilometers long beach that stretches from Bakkahali Island to Frasergunj. This beautiful beach is known for its beautiful rolling waves and pristine sea shore. Both Bakkahali and Frasergunj form twin towns, which are known to be great tourist attractions. The Bakkahali Beach is known for its long line of casurinas that dot the coastline, giving it an all the more pristine and beautiful look. The beach is generally free and not crowded except during holidays. Even then if one area is crowded, there are numerous isolated regions along the coastline. The destination is perfect for a long drive, cycle ride or even long walks.
Located on the southern banks of the Hooghly River, the Diamond Harbour is one of the most popular tourist destinations, which is located in and around Kolkata. Located in the South 24 Parganas district, Diamond Harbour was once known as Hajipur. It got its name Diamond Harbour by the British, and it was believed to be a safe haven for ocean going ships. This Harbour offers a beautiful and spectacular view of the Hooghly River. The Diamond Harbor was even a stronghold of the Portuguese pirates at one point. Another interested destination here is the Chingrikhali fort ruins, which simply adds beauty and charm to an already beautiful harbor.
Digha Beach is one of the most popular beaches in West Bengal; this beach is considered one of the most romantic spots of the region and is also one of the biggest tourist attractions of West Bengal. Every year thousands of tourists simply flock to the Digha Beach to spend some relaxing time in this beautiful pristine beach. The Degha beach is also one of the oldest beaches of West Bengal. While in West Bengal do make it a point to visit this beautiful beach.
Falta is another one of the popular beaches of West Bengal, and is also a major tourist attraction of the state. The Falta beach is known for its exquisite beauty and rolling waters. Like most of the beaches of West Bengal, the Falta Beach too has a rich colonial history. The region was a British retreat way back in 1756, and it is also is famously known as the region from where Robert Clive reconquered Kolkata. The Damodar River flows down and joins the Hooghly just below the Falta.
Frazerganj Beach along with Bakkahalli form a twin town, this region is known for its pristine white sands and a line of beautiful Casurinas that dot the coastline. Running along 8 kilometers this beach is known for its white sands and is also the prime hub of Pisiculture in India. Along Frazerganj is the famous Henry Island, which is equally picturesque. Like the other beaches of West Bengal, Frazerganj too has colonial history, but there also in an interesting legend attached to the region.
It is said that once the Lt. Governor of Kolkata Andrew Frazer was attracted to the region and decided to come and settle here, he even built a bungalow at Narayanitala, which is a village nearby. There still is the bungalow nearby, however it is in ruins. Frazerganj is one of the most beautiful beaches of West Bengal.
Junput is another one of the famous beach towns of West Bengal, the Junput Beach is known for its natural pristine beauty, which simply makes it stand apart from the other beaches of West Bengal. The beach is surrounded by beautiful trees and it is the perfect destination for a picnic with family and friends. The beach is known for its red crabs and fir trees that dot the coastline.
One of the most beautiful beaches of West Bengal, Sagardwip is also known as Ganga Sagar. Located on the estuary of the Ganga River, Sagardwip is one of the beautiful unspoilt beaches of West Bengal. Located on the Sunderbans, Sagardwip is a weekend attraction for those who live in Kolkata. Apart from relaxation and rejuvenation, Sagardwip is also a famous pilgrimage spot and destination, as it is point where the river Ganga meets the Bay of Bengal. Every Year during the auspicious occasion of Makar Shankaranthi, thousands of pilgrims flock here to take a dip in the waters of Sagardwip.The beach area is known for its clear blue sky and white sands.
Sagardwip is also been mentioned in the ancient texts of Ramayana and Mahabharata apart from being featured in the works of Rabindranath Tagore and Bankim Chandra Chatterjee.
Located 14 km east of Digha in West Bengal, the Shankarpur Beach is one of the few virgin beaches of West Bengal. The Shankarpur beach is known for its cool mornings, and there even is great number of fishermen in the region, who are seen hauling their nets in the morning. The region is perfect for numerous photographic opportunities, thanks to the clear waters that simply reflect the rising sun, and the local boats that dot the coastline. Shankarpur is a part of the Kosi Basin, thus making it a very fertile land, and the region is known for its flat alluvial plain. There are numerous temples as well in and around the region.
Also known as Mandarmani, this beach features in the top ten list of must see beaches of West Bengal. The Mandarmoni beach is relatively calm and most people are known to visit the beach to relax and rejuvenate. The waves are invariably calm and at most times, one can spot fishermen in the waters.
There is a river delta known as mohana at the end of the beach and this region is also known for its fishing settlements. There are numerous resorts and hotels along the coastline, which offer a picturesque backdrop of the ocean and the delta. It is interesting to note that while on one side is the fishing village on the other side there are dense jhau trees, and when one goes a bit further on the other side of the bank there is more dense vegetation. While the forest region might appear close, it is rather far and it is unadvisable to attempt going there.
The Tajpur beach too is located on the east of Midnapore. Of all the beaches of West Bengal the Tajpur beach is one of the most recent discoveries of West Bengal. This beach is rapidly gaining popularity and fan following, thanks to the undulating terrain and seclusion that the Tajpur beach offers. It simply is an ideal location for a weekend vacation. This beach is simply infested with numerous red crabs, which sometimes make the coastline look crimson! The beach is also fringed with dense tamarisk trees making the location all the more pristine and picturesque.
Thus, West Bengal simply has too many breathtaking beaches to make a simple mention of them. These beaches are not only popular tourist attractions; they even offer a wide variety of adventure sport activities. They are also known for their rich flora and forest regions, fauna and aquatic life that is present here. Thus the beaches of West Bengal are one of the most beautiful and breathtaking locations of the country.