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South 24 Parganas

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This district South 24 Parganas constitutes the periphery of Kolkata city on its south. The South 24 Parganas are gifted with some great tourist spots. The low lying plains of the region are fertile and full of mangrove forests owing to the deposits of river Ganges. The place contains world's largest delta - the Sundarbans. South 24 Parganas is, indeed, a complex district, stretching from the metropolitan Kolkata to the remote villages upto the mouth of Bay of Bengal.

The Sunderbans is an estuarine mangrove forest turned into a tiger reserve. For a real wild holiday, there is little to beat the myriad charms of the Sunderbans. The wildlife in Sunderbans includes, other than the Royal Bengal Tiger, Barking Deer and Spotted Deer, Monkeys, Civet Cats, Monitor Lizards and Otters. You can also spot aquatic wildlife such as Olive Ridley Turtles, Estuarine Crocodiles, River Terrapins, Gangetic Dolphins, Black Finless Porpoises, Catfish, Mudskippers, Crabs, Shrimps and Lobsters in the Sunderbans.

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How to reach

SUNDARBAN

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By Air: The nearest airport is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport at Kolkata. From there one can take road journey and after that boat ride to reach Sundarbans.

By Train: Local trains to Canning are available from Sealdah (South) at regular intervals. Local shared vans are available from Canning to Godhkhali Jetty, the starting point of boat journey to the Sundabans.

By Road: Sundarbans is well connected with Kolkata. Road transportation is also available from Kolkata for Namkhana, Sonakhali, Raidighi, Canning, and Najat, which are all near the Sunderbans and have access to the riverine waterways. India Beacons arrange vehicles as part of their package tours to pick and drop tourists from Kolkata to Godhkhali Jetty, the starting point of the boat journey to the Sundabans.

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South 24 Parganas

At a Glance

  • District Head Hq
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    ‎Alipore

  • Total Area
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    9,960 Sq Kms

  • Population
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    81,53,176 (Ref: Census 2011)

  • Best time to visit
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    October - March and January

  • Average Rainfall
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    1750 mm

  • Language
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    Bengali

  • Festivals
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    Durga Puja, Eid, Diwali, Kali Puja, Rasajatra, Navanna, Christmas, Ganga Sagar Mela, Poush Mela

  • Places of Interest
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    Sundarbans National Park
    Aquatica
    Alipore Zoological Gardens Zoo

  • Special Feature
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    Sundarbans National Park
    Aquatica
    Alipore Zoological Gardens Zoo

  • Distance from Kolkata
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    63.2 KM

Sundarban National Park
Sundarbans ecosystem is a unique natural wonder of south Asia and the globe. The delta is spread over India and Bangladesh with an area of approximately 10,000 sq kms and is enjoying the status of being largest halophytic mangrove forest in the world. It is a delta of the two great Indian River The Ganga and The Brahamputra which converges on the Bengal basin. The whole area is kingdom of the famous Royal Bengal Tigers.

Sundarban Tiger Reserve
Sundarban Tiger Reserve was created in 1973, and constituted as a Reserve Forest in 1978. The current core area was established as a National Park in 1984. Recognising the region and its unique biodiversity, the National Park was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1985. The entire Sundarban area was declared a Biosphere Reserve four years later.
Tiger, fishing cat, spotted Deer, wild boar, gangetic dolphin, water monitor, estuarian crocodile, river terrapin, olive ridley turtle, ground turtle, hawks bill turtle, king crab, etc.

Bhagabatpur Crocodile Sanctuary
The Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project in the Sundarban has, of late, emerged as an important tourist destination of the Sundarbans. This is the only crocodile project in West Bengal and is located adjacent to the Lothian Island and on the bank of the Saptamukhi Estuary.
The dense mangrove forest at the confluence of Saptamukhi river system has immense natural beauty to attract tourist all throughout the year. This hatchery of estuarine crocodile and Batagur Baska species of tortoise in the project has crocodiles of varying ages.Though this place is easily accessible through Namkhana, one can also visit it from Sajnekhali.

Bakkhali
Bakkhali is a quiet sea beach only 132 km from Kolkata. From Namkhana by bus (105 km), then across the Hatania Doania river, by ferry and then another hour and a half bus journey will take one to Bakkhali. En-route, there is Diamond Harbour (48 km from Kolkata) where there is a comfortable Tourist Lodge for staying.

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How to reach

BAKKHALI

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By Air: The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose international Airport at Dum Dum, Kolkata. One can reach there by road or by train from kolkata.

By Train: The nearest rail station is at Namkhana. There are regular trains from Sealdah via Lakshmikantapur and Kakdwip to Namkhana.

By Road: Bakkhali is well connected by road to Kolkata. The road runs through Diamond Harbour and Kakdwip to Namkhana, where the car or bus has to be transported across the Hatania-Doania creek in a special ferry to reach there. The ferry service is available from 7AM-11PM.

Kakdwip
Kakdwip, an important junction for water transport in South 24 Parganas District, is 91 km from Kolkata and 43 km from Diamond Harbour. The river Ganges spreads wide here. The place is of historical importance, for it served as the centre of the great Te-bhaga rebellion of undivided Bengal.

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How to reach

Kakdwip

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Kolkata (West Bengal) to Kakdwip (West Bengal) distance is 88 km and can get there car just over 2 hours and 38 minutes with fares starting from ₹ 1760. The temperatures at this time of the day are in a comfortable range.
Bus timings from Kolkata to Kakdwip is around 1.31 hours. The estimated travel time from Kolkata to Kakdwip by bus may vary or it will take more time than the above mentioned time due to the road condition and differnt travel route. Bus fare from Kolkata to Kakdwip may be around Rs.63.
There are also several trains from Sealdah station to reach Kakdwip.

Sagardwip
Sagardwip, 128 kms away from Kolkata presents an ideal repose for a quiet weekend. A small island in the Sunderbans, Sagardwip is bequeathed with a quiet charm amidst the completely unspoilt and silvery beach on the estuary of the mighty Ganga. It has a lighthouse that offers you a panoramic view of the surroundings. Quite a hot spot for Hindu pilgrimage, Sagardwip throngs with pilgrims during Makar Sankranti in middle of January.

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How to reach

Sagardwip

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Sagardwip is not very far from Kolkata and lies only 135 kms away. Can drive through the Diamond Harbor road to reach the Harwood point, no.8 Lot Ghat. From there by crossing over a barge, reach Kochuberia on the other side. Then again drive for another 30 kms to reach Sagardwip.

Gangasagar

Gangasagar or Sagar Island is an island in the Ganges delta, lying on the continental shelf of Bay of Bengal about 100 kms (54 nautical miles) south of Kolkata. The island is large - with an area of 224.3 kms. Gangasagar is a charming tourist destination, which attracts both pilgrims and adventure lovers. Located on an island in the Sunderbans, Gangasagar offers the charms of an un-spoilt beach on the estuary of the river Ganges. Gangasagar offers acres of silver sand and clear blue sky, and the calm sea for visitors who would like to spend their weekend in tranquillity.
Also known as Sagardwip, Gangasagar is still unexplored and therefore unexploited. The island of Gangasagar is one of the most famous Hindu pilgrimage centres in India. Every year on Makar Sankranti (mid-January), pilgrims from all over India, gather at Gangasagar for a holy dip at the confluence of the river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal. After the holy dip, the pilgrims offer 'Puja'; at the Kapil Muni Temple or Ashram. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, Gangasagar Mela is organized in this island, which is one of the biggest fairs in West Bengal.

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How to reach

Gangasagar

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By Air: Nearest airport to Gangasagar is the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport which is situated in Kolkata. It is well linked with several cities.

By Train: Trains run on the Sealdah South lines from Kolkata through Kakdwip to Namkhana where at Bakkhali, there is a ferry across the Muriganga distributary (Channel Creek) to Sagar Island (Gangasagar).

By Road: Buses ply from Esplanade (Kolkata) to Harwood Point. After crossing the river Muriganga at Harwood point by boat, one can reach Kachuberia. From Kachuberia, a bus service is there that takes tourists to Gangasagar.

Jater Deul
Jater Deul to some historians it was a Temple of Mahadev (as the name Jata) of Sen Era. But according to Pandit Haraprasad Sastri, it was a Buddhist Temple of Pal Era. Nearly 30 mtrs in height and with a squre size basement of area of 25 sq mtrs.

How To Reach

By Air: Dum Dum is the nearest airport at Kolkata.
By Train: The nearest station is at Canning, 48 km away. The nearest town is Gosaba, 50 km away.
By Road: Embarkation points from Kolkata are: Namkhana 105 km, Sonakhali 100 km, Raidighi 76 km, Canning 64 km, Nazat 92 km.

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
E-Mail : wbtourismpublicity1@gmail.com