South 24 Parganas District Tourist places
Bakkhali - Frazerganj - Diamond Harbour - Raichak - Falta
There are many key tourist places in the South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal - some of which are famed sea resorts much known for their serenity and tranquility, which inspire the visitors no end.
The lovely seaside resort of Bakkhali, which is dotted with beautiful casuarinas trees, is situated in the South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal. It offers beautiful views and a wonderful atmosphere. Bakkhali Beach is an unending 7-km stretch that connects another breathtaking beach of the region, Frasergunj. Actually, the two beaches are more of twin-locations and share between them the tourism infrastructure which is almost the same.
The hard and solid sand at the Bakkhali Beach is just right for the purpose of cycling and driving. This lovely beach destination for the weekend tourists is just 132 km from the capital city of Kolkata. One can easily visit it from the city by road, or by train, following which one has to board a ferry to reach the island.
Another lovely beach located in the South 24 Parganas District, the white sand beach of Frazerganj is a lot different from the rest of the beaches of the area. It is almost virginal and stunningly beautiful. One can easily reach the beach from Calcutta, by driving for three-odd hours on the well-maintained roads. The USP of Frazerganj Beach is that one can see several varieties of migratory birds here.
Yet another superb sea destination of the South 24 Parganas District, the Diamond Harbour -- once under the control of the Portuguese pirates -- is located at the mouth of the Hooghly River, at a distance of 48 kilometers from the capital city of Kolkata. Earlier called Hajipur, the Diamond Harbor was re-named by the English.
Diamond Harbour is a turning point for the distributary of the sacred Ganges. Here, the Hooghly River takes a turn towards the south, and into the Bay of Bengal, and this makes the river area deeper and wider enabling the large ships to easily dock at the harbor.
Thanks to its closeness to the capital, the Diamond Harbor proves to be a good choice for those looking for an enjoyable picnic place. No wonder, it is a much loved holiday destination for a day-long trip from the capital. Visitors to the Diamond Harbour must not forget to see the remains of the Portuguese fort and the old lighthouse located at the place.
It is small town of South 24 Parganas District and located on the banks of the Hooghly River, at a distance of 50 km from the capital city of Kolkata. A nice tourist place, Raichak is surrounded by green trees, and gives beautiful vistas of the river with rows of country boats picturesquely sailing down. The USP of the place, however, is a striking 18th century fort (it has now been converted into a luxurious five-star resort) located there which reminds one of Raichak’s great historical backgrounds.
Situated near Raichak, in the South 24 Parganas District, the city of Falta is another sea side destination of the region. Earlier, a Dutch factory existed here. Falta is situated near the other famed tourist places of the area such as Haldia, Alipore, besides Kolkata. Howrah Junction is just 14 kilometres away from Falta.