Bakkhali is a small coastal resort about 130 kilometers south of Kolkata. It is reachable by bus from the Esplanade bus station in Kolkata.
It is located in the Sundarban delta region where the River Ganges empties through many channels into the Bay of Bengal. It is an easier alternative for a Sundarban trip for independent travelers.
There are wide, largely deserted beaches. Bathing is safe in the warm, shallow waters. Sand islands are visible nearby offshore. The forestry department at Bakkhali have a small park where crocodiles and deer are kept in enclosures.
There is a choice of accommodation in the small village of Bakkhali, including a government-run resort hotel and cheaper options. Hotels are also found at nearby Frazerganj where a fishing harbour can be visited, and fresh fish can be bought for cooking in one of the local restaurants.
There is also resort accommodation run by the West Bengal Fisheries Department at Henry Island which is about 6 kilometers from Bakkhali along narrow roads around fish ponds and canals. Local rickshaws are available. There is a small entrance fee to Henry Island where there is a watchtower over nearby mangrove swamps to the coast. There is a small restaurant here. A short walk brings you through the mangroves to a wide beach.
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