If you are all set to get off the tourist trail and spend a winter weekend exploring a lonely, pristine sea beach near Kolkata – Dakshin Purusottampur Beach is the perfect place for you. It is situated East Midnapur district of West Bengal.
We four travel freaks, on one cold Saturday morning, assembled at the Esplanade Bus Terminus, Kolkata and boarded Digha bound SBSTC ( South Bengal State Transport Corporation) bus to visit this not so popular exotic sea beach.
The bus left the terminus by 7.45 am. Initially it started moving through the roads of the city and soon crossed the Toll plaza of second Hooghly bridge and took the Kona expressway. It was a foggy winter morning. The sun was less bright. We were enjoying our journey through country side seating on a window side seat. The bus will stop once at Kolaghat for breakfast break. You can finish your breakfast from one of the road side dhabas.
We got off at Chowlkhola more around 12.30 pm and took an auto for the destination. Initially the road was good. But after some distance, the road became bumpy and the journey was really painful. At last we reached Shri Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission, Mandarmani Branch – It is the only place to stay here.
Two double bedded room was pre-booked.
As soon as you enter the premises, a large courtyard welcomes you. Across the courtyard, a double storied building of the Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission stands.
First floor contains double & three bedded rooms. There are office room and dining room in the ground floor. There is a large Prayer Hall and a small pond on either side of the courtyard.
There is a high School building with attached hostel for poor children and a Health Clinic in the same campus.
A number of trees bearing variety of fruits, a number of seasonal flowers and chirping of variety of birds
add to the beautiful ambience of the Mission.
We were welcomed by the Maharaja of the Mission. We were allotted two rooms in the first floor. Rooms are spacious (Non AC) with attached bathroom. Geyser is available.
After quick freshen up, we gathered at the Dining Hall. A spacious kitchen and a Dining Hall cater to inmates and visitors. Both veg and non veg meal is available.
Meal is cooked mainly with fresh vegetables from the fields and fish from the pond. After having done with a sumptuous lunch, we took rest for some time. We set off to explore this virgin beach by 3pm.
The beach is a five minute walk from the Mission through a narrow trail flanked by the fields of tomato.The view of the beach was simply breath-taking. The wide stretch of beach lies in front of us. The Bay of Bengal was seen far away. It was may be low tide time.
Some boats were parked on one side of the beach. A few fishermen were busy at their work far off near the shoreline. There was no soul on the beach except we four. Cool breeze was blowing. A walk along this secluded beach far away from hustling bustling of the city life is a heavenly experience.
You just forget all the worries of life. Totally isolated from the flock of tourist, this serene beach has lot to offer.
The most interesting thing is red crabs. They found in millions and make the beach like red carpet. They are moving around but hide into their hole as soon as they feel any sound around.This beach also known as "Red Crab Beach".
Numerous wild flowers were the added beauty. As we walked along the beach, we saw at a distance some fishing boats were gliding over the sea. Gradually the sun started setting down.
The aura of the setting sun tinted the place golden yellow. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We all were speechless.
After witnessing this gorgeous sunset, we started moving back to the Mission.
In the evening, we attended the evening prayers along with the students of the Misson. After puja and arati we all (both inmates and guests)were provided with snacks and tea.
We sat on the balcony, chit- chat for some time. As the night progressed, we began feeling cold. Hence we preferred to sit inside the room. We were served with sumptuous dinner by 9 p.m.
Woke up early morning. Spent some time roaming around the Misson campus, watching beautiful birds flying around, listening to the morning prayers at Prayer Hall. You may take a early morning stroll in the beach.
After having breakfast we took an auto and went to visit the surrounding rural areas. On the way we came across a beautiful mosque.
We saw the preparation of Molasses from date palm juice. It is a very familiar site in the early winter morning in rural Bengal.
The villagers collect the date palm juice from trees overnight and in the morning they boiled this juice in a container at low temperature for a considerable period of time.
This juice then turns into wonderfully scented liquid molasses ( in Bengali, it is called Nolen Gur) and date molasses (Patali gur ). We all bought both liquid and date molasses and came back to the Mission.
We had our lunch by 12 noon and started our return journey. We reached Kolkata by 7 p.m.
Best time to visit:
Winter is the best time to visit the place.
How to go :
Nearest rail head is Howrah/Sealdah. Nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport. Board any Digha bound bus from Esplanade Bus Terminus and get off at Chowlkhola More and then take auto or you can hire a cab from Railway station or airport.
Cost of fooding & lodging :
Rs. 500/- per head per day.
Contact numbers :
8116793234 : 8768435247 : 9735197738
Pre booking is mandatory.