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“Secluded Beach”
Review of Henry's Island

Henry's Island
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Bakkhali
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

It is a very secluded beach which can be accessed through Mangrove forest. Lots of Red and Yellow crab. This is also a paradise for bird watcher.

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Reviewed November 29, 2014

The food is extremely cheap and home cooked. Best part are the fresh fishes which are quite cheap as well. The beach is a real gem as you will be probably the only one.

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Reviewed November 25, 2014

Extremely quiet and with not much crowd. Not commerically well developed either.
But its excellent if you are finding solace.
Go there for sunrise... Its beautiful.

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Reviewed November 17, 2014

Limited budget - Less chaos - Uncompromisable fun : If this is your formula for a weekend gateway (around kolkata), look no further than Henry's place.

Reaching the place: Take a train from sealdah south section to 'Namkhana' and then move to the jetty by local rickshaw. Cross the river on local water transport and then catch a tempo or some other vehicle to reach the destination. Do remember that it is most local transport around the place to reach to the destination. So if you need private transport, make sure you have a booked one prior to reaching the place, else you will be over-charged. Alternative to the train, buses can be availed from 'Dharmatala / Esplanade main bus stand'.

Stay: At Henry's Island, only place is the west bengal fisheries dept. govt bungalows and rooms. Booking can be, rather should be done around a month earlier. Check the govt website for contact details. There is an entry fee for visitors but people with booking at govt bungalow are exempted from that. The rooms are close to the sea (2-3 min away) but at around 30min walking distance from main road.

Food: The govt facility has fooding arrangements in house. So food is not an issue. But being govt run, limited items are practically available although the menu book is full of items. Prices are same as of outside and a bit high. Quantity served in meals are sufficient but very low with snacks. Fish lovers do get a variety.

Overall experience: This place is still untouched. People who love sea but does not want the chaos associated with it. This place is a total 'solitude in bliss' - free from all worldly chaos. If the sun is not on high, one can spend hours at the sea side. Plenty of natural breeze all around the place. The place is mostly solar powered and there is not much security around. So visitors are requested to be back from the sea by the early evening. It may be a bit loss because one loves to spend the evening by the sea but one won't feel much loss as you do get to spend the evening at the roof top or at the watchtower. That really an experience of its own. One can roam around for 4-6 hours during the day to nearby places like bakkhali on a pre-booked car or local transport. There is a small zoo type place with some crocodiles and deers. Visiting the frazerganj fishing harbor and the jambu dwip also adds some more unique experience to the entire package of happiness. Do try to have a lunch or some more snacks at outside food stalls or local restaurants (prices would be same but tastes do vary).

You will only feel the importance of this place once you are at the Bakkhali beach which is more popular and thus far more chaotic.

Overall if you want to have a peaceful weekend with family or friends with full of leisure times, look no further.

Useful tips: 1. Book the cottage or bungalow rooms. The building with watch tower has 4 rooms but during the day, its pathetic to stay inside as people are always moving in and out of this building.

2. Do carry some mosquito repellants (especially cream and coils) as power cuts may make the liquid ones in-effective.

3. If you need to leave early in the morning, do clear all the bill by 8pm of the evening of he day before. The manager is off to sleep very early.

4. Outside visitors are around the place from around morning 6am to avg 2pm (mostly at the watch tower).

Happy holidays...

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Reviewed November 16, 2014

You must visit Henry's Island and lose yourself among the dark mangroves. This is part of the famed Sunderbans Tiger Reserve. After you have walked the rickety bridge over the marshes, you will encounter an awesome sight. The vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal in front of you with rarely any human in sight. This beach is virgin and swimming isn't allowed here.

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