(Last Updated on : 24/04/2010)
Tourism in Purba Medinipur district offers many fun activities to the tourists. Apart from the places of pilgrimage interest, such as the Kali temple at Tamluk and the Shiva temple at Chandaneshwar, there are a host of other places of varied interest that the tourist may visit. Located here are two of the most enchanting and much visited beaches in all of West Bengal, Digha and Mandarmoni. They provide the tourists with a leisurely way of relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the beach while swimming, fishing or sun bathing. There are also museums and places of historical interest such as Matangani Sahid Smarak, Rakhit bati, rajbari etc which the tourists can visit at leisure. The various places of tourism in Purba Medinipur district are discussed below.
Pilgrimage tourism in Purba Medinipur District
There is a nearly 1150 year old temple of Goddess Kali
at Tamluk named here as Devi Barghobhima. This temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas in India
. The Indian Puranas
say that the small finger of the left feet of Sati
fell here when Lord Vishnu
cut the sacred Body of Goddess Sati into several pieces to make Lord Shiva
An important spot near Digha
is the Shiva temple at Chandaneshwar which is 6 kms west of Digha. During the Bengali month of Chaitra, an annual fair is organised here which is attended by people from near and far.
Leisure Tourism in Purba Medinipur District
There is an Archaeological Museum in Tamluk
, one of the must see places of the town. The Tamralipta Museum at Tamluk contains artifacts of tamra or copper
. Inscribed copper templates comprise the documents of this museum. The museum has preserved a tamralipta of Greek inscriptions. The Tamralipta Museum preserves the historical heritage of Bengal.
Matangani Sahid Smarak lies at the side of a pond called Banpukur at Abasbari Para near Tamluk Court. During the `Ahimsa`
movement of 1942, while a crowd was trying to capture Tamluk administrative building, the British police open fire in which Smt Matangini Hazara was killed. Later on Mahatma Gandhi
appreciated her bravery and titled her as `Birangana`. This monument is a homage to her by the ex- prime minister, Smt Indira Gandhi.
Rakhit bati is another place to visit in Tamluk. In the beginning of the 19th century it was famous as a secret centre of the then revolutionary party `Anushilan Samiti`
and `Gupta samiti`. Famous historian Late Shri Tailakyanath Rakhit rebuilt this building.
At Digha, apart from the sea, there is Asia`s largest marine aquarium, a science museum and a beautiful park all on the main road from Old Digha to New Digha.
On the outskirts of Tamluk is located the Tamluk Rajbari. The literal translation for "rajbari" is king`s house, and it once housed one of the many kings in West Bengal.
Haldia is a city and a municipality in Purba Medinipur in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a major seaport located approximately 50 kilometres southwest of Kolkata
near the mouth of the Hooghly River
, one of the distributaries of the Ganga River
is an ideal spot for a weekend tour. The Haldia Township is bordered by the Haldi River an offshoot of the Ganga River. The riverside in Haldia is a favourite destination for residents and one can see people strolling down the riverside during the evenings.
Nature Tourism in Purba Medinipur District
Digha is a small but the most popular seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal, India. It lies at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It is located just 183 km from Kolkata/Howrah
via Mecheda and 234 km via Kharagpur. Digha is connected to Kolkata/Howrah by a highway and a rail-link via Contai. Digha`s old beach isn`t as wide as it used to be due to heavy soil erosion. The beach is held together with big stones and concrete steps. Due to excessive overcrowding, a new beach has been developed at New Digha which is about 2 km from the old beach. This beach is much bigger than the old one. It is clean and well-maintained. There are a number of hotels at walking distance from the beach at New Digha and the locality itself seems to be better planned. The entire stretch of the Digha sea-face from Old Digha to New Digha is filled with casuarina plantations, which looks beautiful. Tourists come here and bathe in the sea, stroll by the beach along the casuarina trees
and enjoy the sights and scenes offered by this magnificent stretch of sea.
Mandarmani is another popular beach resort located in the district. It is almost 180km from Kolkata Airport on the Kolkata-Digha route and just 14km from Chaulkhola. Mandarmani is best reached by road. The nearest train station is at Contai and the nearest airport is at Kolkata. One can relax, swim and enjoy the beach here. Activities include table tennis, carrom, beach cricket, beach volleyball, and boat cruises. Fishing and sun bathing is only possible from October to February.
Thus discussed are the various places of tourist interest located in the district of Purba Medinipur.