In today’s work culture many of us don’t get ample leave from our workplace due to huge work pressure. Hence we prefer to take break for couple of days for refreshment which really quite helps to freshen up our mind or to boost up from our monotonous daily routine.
Unlike all other metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore, we‘ve very limited option to choose place for such break at Kolkata. Hence people like me who are fond off calm sea beach, they prefer to go to Shankarpur or Mandarmani which are geographically very close to Kolkata.
Shakarpur beach is fringed by casuarinas plantations. And really looks beautiful just like we see in movies – deep and dense. This fishing village offers all the pleasures of a private beach. Shankarpur beach is quite flat & people who love to enjoy in sea water, finds it more comfortable since there is no obstacles of boulders unlike Digha. Shankarpur is also famous for its fishing harbour. I was able to take few snaps of the harbors pasted below.
Distance – Distance of Shankarpur from Kolkata / Howrah would be around 200 Kms . It is very close to Digha which is the most famous beach of West Bengal. In a private vehicle it would be approximately 4 hours drive from Kolkata (including half an hour break time at Kolaghat). At Kolaghat you’ll have one of the best dhaba – Shere –e-Punjab.
Transportation – Regular buses ply between kolkata and Shankarpur. Tourist cabs and luxury cars can also be hired from Kolkata.
Hotels – Though Shankarpur beach is still very isolated compare to Digha, but all type of Private Hotels (including Luxury class) and Goverment Lodges are also available.
Average Hotel charges – Hotel charges are depending upon the type of hotel, u’ll be choosing. An average hotel would cost you between Rs. 850/- – Rs. 1100/- whereas in Luxury hotel cost would be between Rs. 1700/- -Rs. 2000/-. Some of the good Hotels are The Nest, Hotel Sandy-bay, and Ben fish dormitory.
Food: You will find all type of food generally found in sea-side. But to mention specially u should try the spicy Crab preparation at Sandy -Bay Restaurant which I find very delicious whenever I had it. And tell you all it’s the main attraction of Shankarpur.
Best time to visit – The best season to visit is from March to Nov.
Mandarmoni Details :
Mandarmoni is Bengal’s recently developed tourist spot, so you might not find many visitors around. But tell you for all those who like serenity and calm you can relax and have sunbath and enjoy the beach. You can also do fishing, beach cricket and volleyball apart from a very enjoyable swim in the wide beach. But apart from all this, the most lucrative things about Mandarmoni beach is driving on sea beach of around 6- 8 Kms.
But be very cautious and should avoid to go to deep water with the vehicle. And this wide beach looks more beautiful when the sun sets. The reflection of the sun light while setting down is spell bound. I was lucky enough to capture the same in my camera and share with others.
The main occupation for the localities is fishing and tourism. Around the beach you will easily find the fishermen trying to catch the fishes. And it’s really a job of patience that you have to wait for hours spreading the net in the beach to catch the good number of fishes at every go.
Tourist is also the main source of income. At the wide beach you will find children roaming around looking for crabs. May sound silly but these children on demand can take out the crabs inside from the sand for you.
Distance – From Shankarpur, distance of Mandermoni is around 35 kms. If you want to go to Mandarmoni, directly from kolkata then you have to change the root from Digha highway at Chowlkhola More which is just after Ramnagar. If you intend to go without personal vehicle, then you have to take motor-van rickshaw once you get down at chowlkhola. From chowlkhola more, Mandarmoni beach is around 14 kms.
Hotels – Mandarmoni has got more popularity in a short span of time because of its wide sea beach. Hence you’ll find lot of Luxury hotels as well as normal cottages at different coasts. To name a few, Sana Beach Resort, Rosevalley, Hotel Debraj, Hotel Sonar Bangla,Tarangamala Guest House,Garden Retreat are some of the good hotels at Mandarmoni.
Hotel charges are bit costly out here compare to Shankarpur as all the hotels are using there own generator for power supply since electricity is not available in the beach area.
Food - Most of the resorts serve typical Bengali food and Kolkata-style Chinese cuisine. However, food is a bit costly since most of the items have to be brought from far away. Though you will not get much variety but general menus are well available.
Also, do not expect very high quality food as the hotels usually employ local people without much expertise as cooks. However, the food is hygienic and generally clean. However you will find lot of eateries which sells tea, coffee, snacks, omlet, bread etc. After having your breakfast when you go to take bath in the sea, coconut water is also available in these shops.
Hope you’ll like the place & would like to wait for your comment once you come back from these places. Wish u a very happy journey in advance.