During the Easters of 2018, we finally decided to go on a weekend trip. The seven of us decided on exploring islands across the southern parts of Bengal. The one we chose was Bakhali.Bakhali, a small Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal bulges out in the great Bay of Bengal. It is known for its mesmerizing views of both sunrises and sunsets and is also very less crowded, especially on off seasons.We also visited another island called Henry Island. It takes about thirty to fourty minutes to reach the island from Bakhali beach on a Toto ( an auto sized car which runs on electricity). The road to Henry Island is an adventure in itself.In order to reach the Island, we have to go through a village which offers a sight of very beautifully made mud huts, which otherwise can't be seen in a concrete jungle. The toto only goes upto a certain point to the beach because of the dense mangrove forest which stretches from the main road to the beach, which is why a bridge, entirely made of bamboos runs through the forest. On reaching the beach, we are welcomed by a very strange yet scenic arcade of trees which kind of reminds me of the wardrobe that leads to Narnia.On the whole, a short weekend trip to this mostly unexplored part of Southern Bengal is the best way to spend your weekend with your loved ones and to reboot yourself from the daily humdrum.One more reason to visit Bakhali is that it is totally budget friendly.  For three days and two nights,  we only spent about 2,500 rupees each.PS. Do not forget to try out the amazing sea food sold on the shore in the evening. Also, if you're looking for a fulfilling lunch/dinner, visit Maa Shardamayi Hotel near the bus stand for the best Fish Thali.Here's our itinerary:
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!
The next day,we set off early,and made our way to the beach to see sunrise.The stunning beauty of that morning cannot be expressed by words.I found,in surprise,the sea departed way back from where i have seen last night.I stretched my eyes as far as i can,to find the white sand spread over the entire area.The other side of seashore covered by dense mangrove forest.
We moved on to the local market that bordered the beach resort. Encircling the lodge boundary, long stretches of bamboo roofed small shops had sprung selling shell products. Conks, necklaces, human figures, ear rings, all made of shells were on display.Bags adorned with small shells of colorful pattern were on sale.