South 24 pgs, West BengalBakkhali & Henry Island

Dec,2016
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Address: Namkhana (community development block) in Kakdwip subdivision of South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India.
How to go: Sealdah south-Namkhana (local train) approx. 2.5 hrs > Namkhana railway station - Ferry ghat (local van or toto) approx. 10 min > River crossing by boat, approx. 7 min > Opposite side of ferry ghat - bus stand (local van) approx. 10 min - bus stand to Bakkhali (hired toto approx 1 hr. 15 min. , safari approx. 45 min, bus approx. 1 hr)
Pros: Availability of shops and market.
Cons: lacking of ATM, Communications (sometimes).
What to visit ? Frasergunj Henry Island, Bakkhali beach
Company: Specially for couples, friends.
Minimum day/time to visit: 2 days
Locality: Urban
Expenses: 1000 per head (depends on company), more number of ppl - less cost
More Information: if you are 4 person, hire toto from bus stand, if you are with family you can hire safari as the cost is a bit non negotiable, or you can take bus service which is not that bad.

People may go to Frasergunj and Henry Island for birding and photography. These places are really isolated from crowd and one can go there to get peace for a day. If you can go by walk you will get proper rural vibes, activities, get to know the local people, talk to them and know their activities. You will really get different tastes from those villages.

How to go:

For Frasergunj and Henry Island, if you follow the map you can see both goes in opposite direction from the main road. The main road is a straight one which connects Namkhana and Bakkhali. Towards Bakkhali, you need to take left to Henry Island and take right for the Frasergunj . Yes you can hire auto from the main road, Adjust the price as they won't tell you the fair one. We were crazy as we go and come back by walk. ha ha. Keep sufficient drinking water and dry foods with you.

3/4 people can create a very good company as the nature diversity can influence different people in different way.

We have stayed in Amarabati hotel. To be very frank this is not a bad hotel. It has it's own canteen so you do not have to go outside for food. They cook well and the service is also good. Sea beach is 15 min away by walk and the good thing is you can pass through villages, see the localities and take photographs. You will definitely have a good experience for a weekend trip.

Must try

  • Fried fish in the evening from the beach. Many people think they may get stomach problem, but I have checked it properly, Those fishes are absolutely fresh and few are alive also and the oil they use are also not much used from the previous day. Also I found they don't fry it in open, but they do it behind the cart so that dust or salt from breeze won't get mixed into the fry. So you must enjoy as much as you can. But yes just verify the fishes by your own once for your satisfaction.
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Green Bee-eater
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Lunch in Amarabati Hotel
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Couple Destination
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Best thing to try in Bakkhali, who told you will get a bellyache?
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Dinner from Outside hotel (Just an experiment)
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Towards Henry Island, I prefer to go by walk to find this.
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Towards Henry Island. Paddy steaming process..
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Clay Stove
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Towards Frasergunj Henry Island, wooden bridge.
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Lunch in Amarabati Hotel
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Into the white sand.
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Frasergunj Henry Island
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Freedom
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Pallas' gull flock
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Bird watcher
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Holy crab
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Plock of Plovers
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Lesser sand plover
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Sunrise
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Little heart
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Smooth
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Yes this is Bakkhali....

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    No need to mention
    Posted on: 6th Nov, 2017

    I have been this kind of places so many times. Memories revived after seeing these gallery. Now a days I'm cherishing the friendship with you as same as before.

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