Next morning, we hired a car for the usual sightseeing in and around the island — the watch tower, the whole sale fish market, Bakkhali beach and Jambudwip (or Jambu Island). Earlier, fishermen spend a few months on this island to dry their catch. No one, except them, went there, especially because of the stench. However, being a strategic naval security point, the navy has now taken over the island. So, all you can do is go somewhat near the place on a rather large boat and come back. The journey is beautiful and if you are sitting inside the boat instead of the deck, you will get drenched.We kept the next day simple — good food and a walk to the beach. We went to the beach for an early morning walk. It wasn’t early enough and we missed the sunrise. The walk might be a bit too much for some but the cool breeze brushing your hair and the wet sand under your feet make it all worth the effort.After a lip-smacking lunch, we boarded a West Bengal State Transport bus to return to Kolkata with beautiful memories of our weekend in Paradise!!
10. BAKKHALI BEACHThe beach stretches from Bakkhali to Frazerganj. The water here is grayish in color since the land, slopes into the Bay of Bengal. There is also a Mangrove forest that can be visited where no tigers are present, making it a safe place to see the Mangrove trees. If you are done taking a dip in the beach then you should head to the Crocodile Park which is situated near the beach and has about 6 crocodiles and many deer. As memories, from the beach, you can buy local handicrafts sold at the beach by the vendors there.Best Time to Visit: October to March.How to Reach: Take the local train that leaves from Sealdah to Namkhana. From there you can take the ferry till Bakkhali. The distance from Kolkata to Bakkhali is about 125 km.Bengal has a mix of crowded and secluded beaches. If you love the calmness of the beach then definitely go for the secluded beaches but if you want to get involved with a lot of water sports and find budget accommodation then visit the crowded beaches. Lastly, avoid visiting the coastal regions during the monsoon months. Hope that this article helped you out!