South 24 Parganas 

This district of West Bengal constitutes the periphery of Kolkata city on its south. The 24 Parganas are gifted with some great tourist spots. The low lying plains of the region are fertile and full of mangrove forests owing to the deposits of river Ganges. The place contains world's largest delta - the Sunderbans.

 
Attractions & Activities

Sunderbans
The Sunderbans is an estuarine mangrove forest turned into a tiger reserve. For a real wild holiday, there is little to beat the myriad charms of the Sunderbans. The wildlife in Sunderbans includes, other than the Royal Bengal Tiger, Barking Deer and Spotted Deer, Monkeys, Civet Cats, Monitor Lizards and Otters. You can also spot aquatic wildlife such as Olive Ridley Turtles, Estuarine Crocodiles, River Terrapins, Gangetic Dolphins, Black Finless Porpoises, Catfish, Mudskippers, Crabs, Shrimps and Lobsters in the Sunderbans. If you are looking for an unusual destination, look no further than the Sunderbans. Sunderbans is only accessible by waterways. Nearest station is Port Canning from where organized group trips start. The other route is through Basanti which is connected by bus service to Kolkata. From here one can take boats to Sajnekhali. One can also come via Port Canning and Gosaba or from Sonakhali to Sajnekhali. Click here for more details.

Diamond Harbour
The holiday destination of Diamond Harbour is at a distance of 48 kilometers from Kolkata in the southern direction. Diamond Harbour was named so, by the British. Earlier the spot was known as Hajipur. The Harbour is a point where, the river Hooghly turns towards the south into the Bay of Bengal.

Bakkhali
Bakkhali is a quiet sea beach only 132 km from Kolkata. From Kolkata to 
Namkhana by bus (105 km.), then across the Hatania Doania river, by ferry and then another hour and a half bus journey will take one to Bakkhali. En-route, there is Diamond Harbour (48 km from Kolkata) where there is a comfortable Tourist Lodge for staying.

Kakdwip
Kakdwip, an important junction for water transport in South 24 Parganas District, is 91 km from Kolkata and 43 km from Diamond Harbour. The river Ganges spreads wide here. The place is of historical importance, for it served as the centre of the great Te-bhaga rebellion of undivided Bengal.

Sagardwip
Sagardwip, 128 kms away from Kolkata presents an ideal repose for a quiet weekend. A small island in the Sunderbans, Sagardwip is bequeathed with a quiet charm amidst the completely unspoilt and silvery beach on the estuary of the mighty Ganga. It has a lighthouse that offers you a panoramic view of the surroundings. Quite a hot spot for Hindu pilgrimage, Sagardwip throngs with pilgrims during Makar Sankranti in mid January.

How to Reach
By Air: Dum Dum (166kms), is the nearest airport at Kolkata.

By rail: The nearest station is at Canning, 48 kms away. The nearest town is Gosaba, 50 kms away. Road: Embarkation points from Kolkata are: Namkhana 105 km, Sonakhali 100 km, Raidighi 76 km, Canning 64 km, Nazat 92 km.
Accomodation
SAJNEKHALI TOURIST LODGE SUNDERBANS,
P.O-PAKHIRALAYA, P.S GOSABA,
PIN-743379 PH: (03218) 214960
MOBILE: 9732509925
online booking:www.westbegaltourism.gov.in

BAKKHALI TOURIST LODGE
P.O LAXMIPUR –PRABARTAK
DIST: SOUTH 24-PARGANAS,
PIN-743357 PH: (03210) 225260
Mobile: 9732510150

BENFISH Lodge: 033-23554931, 9831033181

DIAMOND HARBOUR TOURIST CENTRE
P.O-DIAMOND HARBOUR,
DIST: SOUTH 24 PARGANAS,
PIN: 743331, PH: (03174) 255262
TELEFAX: (03174) 255246,
MOBILE: 9732510035

Piyali Tourist Lodge – 0-9433435181, 9830810023, email :piyalitourism@gmail.com

Kalash Island Forest Lodge – 033-24799032

Kaikhali tourist lodge – 03218-226001-03
 
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