Some More Weekend Destinations near Kolkata

There are many more weekend destinations near Kolkata that are either underrated or less explored. If you have gone through the previous list of weekend destinations near Kolkata, then here are some more places that offer you a great respite over the weekend.

1. Mukutmanipur 

Mukutmanipur
The captivating views of Mukutmanipur; Picture Courtesy – Travel World from Home

Surrounded with hills and forests and hosting the graceful Kansabati river, Mukutmanipur is an attractive destination for those looking forward to a short weekend trip. Here’s India’s second largest dam on the Kansabati river. The reflection of the clouds in the still waters of the Kansabati produces a charming sight while sailing can be an enjoyable experience in this trip. Other places of interest are the beautiful idols of Tirthankara Parsvanath and Shiv Linga, situated 6 km away, the Rajbari or palace of Raja Raicharan Dhabaldev, Savitri Temple, Ambikanagar, Deer Park and the confluence of the rivers Kansabati and Kumari.

How to Reach:

You can reach Bankura by availing trains from Howrah and Shalimar station. From Bankura, hire a car or take a bus ride to Mukutmanipur (56km). You can also travel to Mukutmanipur (330 km) through bus service from Kolkata. The bus journey takes about 7-8 hours.

Where to Stay:

West Bengal Government’s Shonajhuri Bungalow is a comfortable option to stay put. Both AC and non-AC cottages as well as family suites are available. Many private hotels are also there in Mukutmanipur. Peerless Resort, Amrapali provide good accommodation.

2. Mython – Panchet 

Panchet
The enchanting scenery of Panchet; Picture Courtesy – Flickr

Located at the border of two states, West Bengal and Jharkhand, the Mython DVC or Damodar Valley Corporation Dam attracts tourists throughout the year. With the 60 megawatt hydel power project constructed on the Barakar river, this is a cool place to spend a weekend amidst pleasant scenery. Enjoy paddling on the waters with your partner or friends, courtesy boating service. Nearby is another dam – Panchet dam – situated in the Dhanbad district of Jharkhand which is also popular for its scenic beauty.

How to Reach:

There are many trains from Howrah. You will have to get down in Barakar station or Kumardoobi station to reach Mython and Panchet.

Where to Stay:

Both private and government accommodations are available.

3. Shantiniketan 

Shantiniketan
The festivities of Shantiniketan; Picture Courtesy – Go Bengal Tours

The place with the golden touches of Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore is a great destination to visit during the winters and spring. Apart from the bliss of visiting the abode of Rabindranath Tagore and the institutional campuses, the serene nature is appealing. Kopai river, Khoai, Ballabhpur Deer Park and bird sanctuary are the other places of interest.

Apart from this, visit the sacred and ancient temple of Kankalitala that is 9 km away from Shantiniketan. You can also visit Bakreshwar, 57 km from Bolpur. Bathing in the hot spring during the winters is an amazing experience.

How to Reach:

Trains from Howrah and Sealdah to Shantiniketan are available. You can also travel by car from Kolkata. The road journey is quite a pleasure.

Where to Stay:

West Bengal Government’s Shantiniketan Tourist Lodge offers both AC and non-AC rooms. Also, many private hotels and resorts are available.

4. The Sunderbans 

The Sunderbans
The majestic Royal Bengal Tiger of the Sunderbans; Picture Courtesy – Tiger Tourist

Make the most of your weekend from an adventurous visit to the Sunderbans. This part of the world’s largest delta formed by the rivers Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna is the home of the magnificient Royal Bengal tigers and needs no further introduction. If you want to spend a weekend in the middle of nature and wildlife, then this is your perfect destination near Kolkata. The months December to February is the best time to visit though the national park is open from September to March. Spotting Monitor Lizards, Crocodile, Olive Ridley Turtles, red crabs, mudskipper, hogs, deers and various migratory birds will keep you occupied. Also, sailing on the rivers and estuaries is an adventurous experience amidst the wild. The dense mangrove forestation with trees including Hetal, Sundari, Goran, Garjan, etc. and the change of scenario with the tidal play is a wonderful add on to explore the delta.

How to Reach:

You may avail trains from Sealdah to Canning which takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. From Canning, you will have to take a local transport to reach Godkhali Jetty from where boats or launches take you to the destination. By road, Sunderbans is about 110 km from Kolkata which is accessible and well connected. To save time, you may opt for connected waterways.

Where to Stay:

There are numerous camp resorts in Sunderbans; both budget and luxury resorts are available. To stay in government accommodations, you can contact West Bengal Tourism Department and book your room online at http://www.wbtourism.gov.in/

5. Henry Island 

Henry Island
The beautiful beach of Henry Island; Picture Courtesy – Flickr

Since Bakkhali-Fraserganj is a popular weekend destination in Bengal, they remain crowded. If you are looking for a quieter respite, then move on to Henry Island about 3 km from Bakkhali. The quiet virgin Kiran beach with thousands and thousands of red crabs will surely win your hearts. Walk on the beach, hit the waves, chill out in the sand or see the area from the watch tower – this is a great place for relaxing over the weekend. The mangrove forestation of the island includes trees like Hetal, Sundari, Goran, etc. Few islands of the Sunderbans are also visible far from here.

How to Reach:

You may take a bus ride from Esplanade, Kolkata that directly takes you to Bakkhali. Then take a rickshaw to reach Henry Island. By rail, you can avail a local train to Namkhana from where you will have to cross the river to reach Bakkhali. Best option is to hire a car from Kolkata and reach directly to Henry Island.

Where to stay:

There are two resorts of State Fisheries Development Corpration in Henry Island.

6. Malda 

Firoz Minar Malda
The magnificent Firoz Minar of Malda

Located on the banks of rivers, Kalindi and Mahananda, the historical town of Malda offers a bundle of amusements for tourists. Visit Gaur and Pandua from Malda and make your trip memorable. Bara Sona Masjid, Dakhil Darwaza, Qadam Rasool Masjid, Lotan Masjid, Firoz Minar are the major sites of attraction in Gaur. In Pandua, visit Adina Masjid and Adina Wildlife Sanctuary. Don’t miss to see the famous mango garden of Malda.

How to Reach:

Numerous trains depart from Howrah, Sealdah and Kolkata terminal to Malda.

Where to Stay:

With many private hotels around, staying in Malda is pleasant. There is a sole government tourist lodge as well.

7. Paushi 

Paushi
The beautiful cottages at Paushi village; Picture Courtesy – Flickr

To explore rural Bengal and have a completely different kind of experience over the weekend, head off to Pausi, a little known village of East Midnapore. Situated on the banks of river Bagda, the beautiful rural landscape surrounded with river, green paddy fields, ponds, pools, trees and expanded greenery is fit to win your hearts. Stay in beautifully constructed huts made of bamboo, straw and hogla to experience the rural bliss. All modern amenities are available in the huts. Sit back in the balcony and enjoy the scenic beauty by the riverside. Expect a wonderful weekend in the rural setting!

How to Reach:

Avail a bus to Digha from Kolkata and get down at Kalinagar bus stand. Pausi is merely 6 km from Kalinagar. You can hire a car to take you to the resort at Pausi.  If you intend to travel by rail, get down at Contai railway station, 24 km from Pausi. The resort provides pick up service from the station on informing in advance.

Where to Stay:

There is a single resort, Monchasha Resort, in Pausi. With four cottages that can accommodate six persons including two kids, the resort has all modern facilities.

So, where are you heading to this weekend? Have you been to these places before? Then share your experiences in the comments section below.

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Madhurima is a digital marketing specialist, editor and content marketer. She is also a published writer on the web. When she is not working, she is either travelling or writing her travel stories to share to the world. She believes in inspiring people to travel and shares her travel diary on her travel blog, mangoladydiaries.com.
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