What are the best islands near Kolkata

The charm of beaches is special and always inviting. That sound of waves, dramatical sunsets and soft sand can give a stiff competition to any other destination. We will never get bored looking at the infinity of the sea. Even West Bengal is blessed with the coastal line and they are just magical. In this article, let us explore the top beaches near Kolkata.

Mandarmoni Beach

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Mandarmoni Beach

The coastal village of Mandarmani is gaining popularity as one of the best weekend getaways near Kolkata. Situated in the East Midnapur district, Mandarmani Beach is developing as yet another drive-in beach of India. The enthusiastic set up around Mandarmoni Beach is alluring for many travellers. It is said to be the cleaner version of Digha Beach and hence serves as one of the favourite hangouts in West Bengal.

Distance: 172km

How to Reach Mandarmoni

Mandarmoni is well-connected by road. State run buses ply from Kolkata to Mandarmoni on a daily basis. However, the nearest railway stations are Contai and Digha.

Digha Beach

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Digha Beach

Another coastal stretch was developed as New Digha in West Bengal. Now it is more popular than the Old Digha Beach. However, tourists love to visit and enjoy at Digha. That too in recent times, it has became a hot-favourite destination for the people of Kolkata. The vibrant and vivacious charm of Digha is one of the top beaches near Kolkata.

Distance: 185km

How to Reach Digha

Digha is one of the famous seaside resorts in West Bengal. It is accessible by road or train. State run buses ply this route on a daily basis. Tourists can also hire cabs or private transport to reach Digha from Kolkata.

Bakkhali Beach

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Bakkhali Beach

Bakkhali is a small island which is known for the twin beaches of Bakkhali and Frasergunj in Namkhana. One speciality of this beach is the Casuarina trees that line the coast. Most of the other islands near Bakkhali is a part of Sundarbans. The gentle waves and a unique vegetation makes it one of the desirable offbeat destinations in West Bengal.

Distance: 128km

How to Reach Bakkhali Beach

Bakkhali Beach is accessible by road and railways. There are state-run buses from Kolkata to Bakkhali on a daily basis. Tourists can also take train from Kolkata and get down at Bakkhali Railway Station. Local auto rickshaws are available at the bus station and railway station which takes you to the beaches.

Tajpur Beach

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Tajpur Beach

Tajpur Beach is a stretch of coast which lies between Mandarmoni and Shankarpur. It is actually an unexplored beach in the West Bengal. Travellers who want a peaceful time can visit the Tajpur Beach as it is not crowded like Digha Beach. The quiet and clean Tajpur Beach is still a tourist place in the making. Surely, it has all the potential of becoming a famous place in West Bengal.

Distance: 173km

How to Reach Tajpur Beach

Tajpur Beach is enroute Digha from Kolkata. A small deviation on this route will take you to this scenic spot. Tajpur Beach is well-connected through roads and several buses are there from Kolkata. However, there is no railway station here, so you have to get down at Digha Railway Station and hit the road to reach Tajpur Beach.

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