WEEKEND TRIP TO BAKKHALI
Located on one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal, Bakkhali is a seaside village in Namkhana situated in the Kakdwip subdivision of South 24 Parganas. Most of the islands are part of the Sundarbans, barring a few at the fringes. Some of these are joined together with bridges over narrow creeks. This small island juts out into the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal. The south facing crescent shaped beach of Bakkhali is one of the rare ones in the world that offer great views of both sunrise and sunset.
Places of Interest
1) Bakkhali Sea Beach: The long, wide beach of Bakkhali stretches from Bakkhali to Frazergunj. The water and the beach appear grey, as the land slopes into the Bay of Bengal, but the land and the water are both clean. The 7 km coastline is not just the most stunning view of the sea merging into the land, but is also very sparsely populated, which accentuates its beauty.
A silent walk on the beach, especially at sunset, is as therapeutic as it is beautiful.
2) Crocodile Park : The Crocodile Park in Bakkhali is the only crocodile reservation park in West Bengal and one of the few in the world. Bakkhali Breeding centre has a huge collection of crocodiles, with a variant in almost every stage of life from the birth to old age.
3) Fraserganj : Just 2 km north of Bakkhali is the twin town Frazerganj, which is named after Sir Andrew Fraser, Lt. Governor of Bengal (1903-1908). Fraser, in early 1900s, tried to build the area into a resort, which he couldn’t as the waves frequently washed the constructions. His office ruins can still be seen here at Fraserganj Beach. A 7-km long beach stretches from Bakkhali to Frasergunj.
Also there is a fishing harbour in Fraserganj and fishing is the primary occupation of the localites.
4) Jambudwip: Jambudwip is an isolated island situated in the Bay of Bengal about 8 km to the southwest of Fraserganj/Bakkhali in the South 24 Parganas district. It remains uninhabited except in the fishing season, i.e. between the months of October and February. In the past, fishermen came from the Chittagong and Noakhali areas of Bangladesh for fishing. They developed special aptitude and traditional skills for marine fishing. The main reasons for using Jambudwip were the island’s proximity to the fishing grounds, the presence of a natural creek for safe harbouring of their boats, and supply of drinking water.
5) Henry’s Island: Henry Island is named after a European who surveyed land in the area in the late 19th century. Have a look at the view from the watch tower at Bakkhali and do walk to the beach. The walking trail goes through a stretch of mangrove jungle accessed by crossing a small bamboo bridge. The place is famous for its tranquillity, its virgin beach and the crabs that thrive on it attracting not just the locals, but also tourists from all over the world. One is sure to be mesmerised by the fresh air, the unexploited beach and the panoramic view. Trees such as gora, kankru, palm, naturally growing sundari and hetal have been planted.
Day 1 : Bakkhali
At your arrival in Bakkhali check into the hotel. Take rest have lunch and start your expedition. In the late afternoon you can visit Crocodile Park. Enjoy evening in the silvery beach, have the panoramic view of the island from the watch tower and take a stroll of the nearby areas. Night stay at the hotel.
Day 2 : Sightseeing
Start your day with a trip to Henry’s Island and Mohana where you can see mangrove making a canopy which you have to remove to move ahead.
After that, move to Frasergunj, from where you will be visiting Jambudwip by motor boat. Returning from Jambudwip, visit Fraserganj Fishing Harbour and Beach.
Lunch at Bakkhali/Fraserganj.
Return journey towards Kolkata.
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