One of the best weekend getaways from Kolkata is Bakkhali. But it's not very popular because of the lack of proper communication and infrastructure. One has to cross the Hatani-Doania river on a vessel as there is no bridge over it. But that's a blessing in disguise as it filters the crowd to Digha and recently Mandarmoni leaving Bakkhali a peaceful abode.
Reaching Bakkhali is either through road or train. One can reach Nathan station from Sealdah and from there cross the river on a ferry and then take a rickshaw to bakkhali. Or one can drive all the way, cross the river on a vessel and directly drive to the resort.
Best place to stay is the West Bengal Tourist Lodge. But reservation is recommended as its always in demand. Other than that, there are many new hotels of different budget which are not bad. We stayed at Hotel Deepak and it was refreshingly good.
The things to do in Bakkhali 1. Relax 2. Relax 3. Relax It's the peace and tranquility that makes you fall in love with this place. The other places to visit are Jammu Dwip and Henry's island.