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Top 5 Places to Visit in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

The district of South 24 Parganas makes up the southern edge of West Bengal.

South 24 Parganas is a complicated district that stretches from the urban area of Kolkata to outlying villages and all the way to the mouth of the Bay of Bengal.

Being close to Kolkata, these places are the ideal getaway destinations to recharge your soul and scrape off all your worries. 

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The district is bestowed with great tourist attraction ideal for relaxation and watching vivid flora and fauna.

Due to the deposits of the Ganga River, the district’s low-lying plains are productive and home to a variety of mangrove forests too.

The Sundarbans, the largest delta in the world, is located here which houses one of the significant species of Tiger in the world that is the Royal Bengal Tiger.

In this article, you will get to know about the following places to visit in South 24 Paraganas,

  1. Diamond Harbour
  2. Bakkhali
  3. Sundarbans
  4. Gangasagar or Sagardwip
  5. Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary

Let’s see each of these places in detail…

1. Diamond Harbour

Diamond Harbour serves as a significant destination for foreign trade that is carried out in India.

Diamond Harbor is poised to become the upcoming key tourist destination in West Bengal in the South 24 Paraganas due to its extensive collection of historical sites, parks, and local marketplaces.

The site has been gaining immense popularity because of the tourists who come to see the confluence of River Ganga with the Bay of Bengal.

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The natural beauty of this place is rare and the serene ambiance allows locals and tourists to stroll leisurely along the water bank and arrange a picnic there.

Diamond Harbor is one of those unique sites that are deep-rooted in the history of Portuguese pirates, lighthouses, and old fortresses.

You can explore this pristine place and other interesting places nearby for adventures and excitement.

Raichak is another popular place located close to Diamond Harbour.

2. Bakkhali

Bakkhali is a nature’s delight and a small beach town located in South 24 Paraganas.

This coastal town is wrapped in peacefulness.

You can have a good time there arranging campfires, a good session of music and strings, along with barbeque chicken or seafood.

Undoubtedly the untouched beach is a wonderful weekend destination from Kolkata.

The lovely getaway is ideal if you are looking for some relaxation amidst the surreal nature.

If you visit Bakkhali don’t forget to click amazing pictures of Henry’s Island and enjoy boat rides in the water. 

You can also visit the wind farms and watch the fishermen’s community rolling their nets to earn their livelihood.

3. Sundarbans

Sundarbans Mangrove Forest

The Sundarbans mangrove forest is one of the largest mangrove forests in the world (140,000 hectares) and lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers.

It was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1987.

This place in South 24 Paraganas is blessed by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats, and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests, and exemplifies a wonderful ecosystem. 

The area is known for its wide range of fauna, including 260 bird species, the Royal Bengal tiger, and other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python.

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You can click amazing pictures of these species, mangroves, and lowly elevated mudflats.

Many visitors travel through the narrow waterways drooped over by Sundari trees and witness breathtaking vistas.

Another fascinating thing you can observe here is the wild honey harvesting by the locals of Sunderbans.

4. Gangasagar or Sagardwip

Gangasagar

Nothing attracts more tourists than the holy destination of Gangasagar.

The Gangasagar formed by the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the holy Ganges attracts many tourists, locals, saints, and yogis to attain salvation and redemption from sins.

There is a common saying called “Sab tirtha Bar Bar, Ganga Sagar Ek bar”, which means visiting Gangasagar once in a lifetime is equivalent to visiting all other Dhams multiple times.

Every year in the middle of January, thousands of pilgrims travel to Sagardwip to take a holy river bath during the Ganga Sagar Mela.

The Ganga Sagar Mela is the second most popular religious gathering in India, just after the Kumbh Mela.

Sagardwip is the place for you if you want a glimpse of India’s intricate culture and customs.

5. Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary

Deer at Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary

Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary is located between the Peechkali and Gomti rivers in South 24 Paraganas. 

This bird sanctuary occupies a vast 362 square kilometer area in the northern Sunderbans delta.

It is the ideal place to visit while on vacation if you love nature and birds in particular.

Observing lovely birds up close with your camera and listening to the sound of their chirping will relieve your life’s stress.

The Sajnekhali Bird Century, which is close to the Sunderbans tiger reserve, is home to the heron, the hermit, and numerous other bird species.

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The nearby Mangrove Interpretation Center is open to tourists.

Tourists can stroll around this area and take photographs of the vivid types of birds.

The Sajnekhali Watch Tower is a major tourist destination of the Sunderbans and from here tourists can see the sizable groups of tigers.

You can also see Wildlife such as crocodiles and axis deer. 

Not far away from Kolkata, this is an ideal getaway destination for wildlife and photography lovers.

These are some of the popular places to visit in South 24 Paraganas.

So don’t wait for anything, just grab the right time and set out for these beautiful places in South 24 Parganas.

Escape the webs of urban hassles and drench in the beautiful ports, sanctuaries, rivers, and deltas.


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