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5 Best Offbeat places near Kolkata


1 ) Taki


Located just a short drive from Kolkata, Taki is renowned as one of the finest picnic spots in the region. The area is characterized by lush greenery, encompassing wooded areas and expansive farmlands. Optimal for a serene picnic, the banks of the Ichamati River provide a picturesque setting, with the neighboring country of Bangladesh visible across the water. Notable attractions in the vicinity include Machranga Island and Golpata Forest.

 

·        Distance from Kolkata to Taki is approximately 65 km,

·        The journey takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes by car.

·        Activities in Taki range from picnicking to enjoying ferry rides and embarking on jungle walks.

·        The ideal time to plan a visit is between October and February.

 

It's essential to note that being a border town, visitors must carry a valid government ID as the Border Security Force (BSF) checks and issues entry permits.


Taki beach

2) Mousuni


Explore the hidden gem of Mousuni, a lesser-known beach near Kolkata situated on an island! Perfect for birdwatching enthusiasts, this destination offers a serene escape. Capture moments with your camera, relax on hammocks, take a sunset beach walk, or indulge in some ocean swimming and sandcastle building.

 

  • Distance from Kolkata: 120 km

  • Travel Time by Car: 4 hours 10 minutes

  • Activities: Birdwatching, swimming, boating, fishing, beach walks, camping, paragliding, windsurfing

  • Ideal Visit Period: October to February


Mousuni island


3) Gangani


Similar to Andhra Pradesh's Gandikota, West Bengal boasts its own version of the Grand Canyon called Gangani. At this location, the Silabati River meanders through a gorge, flanked by hills that have endured millennia of erosion and weathering. The noteworthy feature of Gangani is not only the distinctive formations shaped by the wind and river on the sandstone hills but also the shallow depth of the river, allowing visitors to easily traverse it on foot!


  • Distance from Kolkata: 180 km

  • Travel Time by Car: 4 hours

  • Activities: River crossing, hiking, photography

  • Ideal Visit Period: October to February


Gangani



4 ) Shankarpur


Upon reaching Mandarmani, you may notice a bustling crowd, prompting us to recommend deviating from this highly frequented weekend retreat near Kolkata and instead driving a bit farther to Shankarpur. This pristine coastline, secluded from significant human hustle and bustle (despite being a fishing village), offers a serene experience for your soul. Explore the beach in the morning to witness fishermen bringing in the day's fresh catch from the sea.


  • Distance from Kolkata: 155 km

  • Travel Time: 5 hours

  • Activities: Enjoy the beach, indulge in swimming, try your hand at fishing

  • Ideal Visit Period: October to February


shankarpur



5 ) Bangriposi


Explore the hidden gem of Bangriposi if you're seeking a getaway to a serene hilly retreat off the beaten path. Nestled in the state of Odisha, this quaint village in the Eastern Ghats offers tranquility, lush landscapes, indigenous wildlife, and a glimpse into tribal culture. The sparsely populated roads, enveloped by verdant trees, create a picturesque and romantic drive. Bangriposi boasts numerous waterfalls, rivers, and trekking trails for adventurous exploration.

Distance from Kolkata: 220 km

Travel Time: 4 hours and 40 minutes

Attractions: Simlipal National Park, Joranda and Barehipani waterfalls, Chahala, Thakurani Hill, Bankabal Lake

Ideal Visit Period: October to February


Bangriposi


 

These five offbeat destinations near Kolkata promise a refreshing escape from the routine, offering unique experiences and hidden treasures for those seeking a break from the ordinary.

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