(Last Updated on : 24/12/2009)
Bengal is endowed with some of the most famous beaches. Most of the beaches of Bengal are exotic and presents a spectacular effect. Beaches in Bengal provide the most tempting of sun, sand, sea and surf. The sun kissed beaches of Digha, Sankarpur,Junput,Bakkhali and a lot many lures the traveler to take a break in the lap of nature. All of these offer wide, flat, hard beaches, a gently rolling sea, rows of casuarina forests and a pleasant, warm weather round the year. Although one can visit these beaches on the entire year round but the best time to visit is July to march.
Digha is positioned on the southern tilt of West Bengal. Digha originally known as Beerkul, is one of the most popular destinations in West Bengal and is among the top tourism destinations. The shallow waters make it a safe haven for swimmers. The old Shiva temple at Chandaneshwar is just 9 k.m from Digha. The beauty of this place was discovered as early as the days of Warren Hastings. Digha is well connected by good roads and train tracks.
Sankarpur is an identical twin beach of Digha. This beach is refreshingly devoid of the commotion of its more popular sibling. It is girdled with casuarina plantations. A major project for development of Shankarpur as a high-class beach resort is in the pipeline. Shankarpur is among the newer discoveries in the beach circuit of West Bengal.
Bakkhali is the second popular sea resort of west Bengal. It is located on one of the many deltaic islands, which spread across southern Bengal. Despite being isolated and having limited accommodation, it is very popular with the citizens of Calcutta. It is quiet and charming. Bakkhali is situated only 132 km away from Calcutta and there is a 7 km long beach stretching from Bakkhali to Frasergunj with gently rolling waves. The beach is not crowded, except on an occasional holiday. It is a hard beach suitable for cycling or even driving. The road journey from the fringe of Kolkata to Bakkhali takes about three hours. West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation runs a direct bus service from kolkata to Bakkhali.
Junput offers beautiful sea-view and lines of caesarian trees. Junput is placid and is strikingly beautiful. Half-a kilometers from Junput there are the Dariapur lighthouse and the Kapalkundala mandir. The beach is unspoilt and is sandy. Salty water fish cultivation and research are done here by the Department of The State Government Fisheries.
Situated on the sundorbon island, Sagardip sea provides a quite, gray expanse of beach and perfect setting for weekend. Sagardip mela is the largest fair in west Bengal. From all over kolkata millions of piligrams come for a holy dip on Makar Sankranti. After the holy dip, they offer `Puja` at the close by ashram associated with the famous sage Kapil Muni. West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation runs direct buses between kolkata and sagardip.