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: