10 Best Sea Beaches Near Kolkata For A Weekend Tour

Imagine yourself seating by a sea beach and watching a magnificent sunset not far away from your home.

Yes, it is possible.

Kolkata is located in such a geographical position, we can easily travel by means of train, car or aeroplane. West Bengal has 210 Km of coastline that includes Bakkhali, Tajpur, Mandarmani, Digha and a few more sea beaches.

Apart from these common destinations, you can also visit offbeat sea beaches like Junput, Baguran Jalpai and Dakshin Purushottampur Sea Beach from Kolkata. You may also visit some beaches in Odisa that is not far away from Kolkata. Here we will discuss the Top 10 Best Sea Beaches near Kolkata that you should visit once in a lifetime.

Top 10 Sea Beaches Near Kolkata

Top 10 Sea Beaches Near Kolkata

Considering beauty, facility, accommodation, availability of hygienic food and distance from Kolkata, I have sorted out the best sea beaches nearby Kolkata. Some of them are very popular with lots of crowds and the rest are mostly offbeat where the sea is almost untouched.

1. Digha Sea Beach

Distance From Kolkata By Road180 Km
Suitable ForCouples, Families, Friends
Ideal Trip Duration1-2 Days
Average Temperature20°C to 31°C
Maximum Rainfall415 mm (August)
Best Time To VisitOctober to February

The most popular beach in West Bengal is Digha which is located in Purba Midnapore. Earlier there was only one beach that is called “Old Digha” today. A new beach ‘New Digha’ has been developed which is about 2 km from the old one. It is most famous among tourists as the best sea beach near Kolkata.

digha sea beach

Main Attractions of Digha

The scenic beauty of the beach is very charming and attractive. There are casuarina plantations along the coastline that enhance the beauty of the beach. Tourists like the artistic sunrise and sunset on the beach which are very eye-catching. The calm sea is quite safe for bathing in New Digha.

While enjoying the beauty of the sea beach and cool breeze, you may like to check out other attractive places nearby Digha. Some of the most popular tourist destinations near Digha are-

Amravati park

It is a small beautiful amusement park. From new Digha beach, it is just within 5 km walking distance. The boating facility and ropeway service make the park more entertaining.

Marine aquarium

This is probably the most well-equipped marine aquarium in India. Varieties of fishes and invertebrates like Starfish, Jellyfish, Eels, lionfish, etc can be seen in this aquarium.

You can visit Mandarmani, Shankarpur, Tajpur, Udaypur etc. from Digha by hiring a motor van.

best sea beaches near kolkata

How to reach Digha?

There are frequent bus services available from the Esplanade bus stand and many other parts of Kolkata to reach Digha. It takes almost 4 to 5 hours to reach.

If you want to come by train then you have to reach Howrah station. Tamralipta Express, Duronto Express, and Kandari Express run daily from Howrah station to Digha railway station.

Digha Sea Beach Map

Where to Stay at Digha?

There are hundreds of hotels to stay in old and new Digha. Here I am mentioning some of the best among them. Hotel Dolphin, Hotel Coral, and Hotel Le Roi Digha are some of the premium hotels that are outstanding in hospitality service. Hotel Santiniketan and Hotel Sonar Bangla are the best budget hotels that you can avail of in Digha.

2. Mandarmani Sea Beach

Distance From Kolkata By Road170 Km
Suitable ForCouples, Families, Friends
Ideal Trip Duration1-2 Days
Average Temperature20°C to 31°C
Maximum Rainfall353 mm (July)
Best Time To VisitOctober to February

Mandarmani in the east Midnapore district is one of the fastest developing seaside resort villages of West Bengal. If you looking for an untouched sea beach near Kolkata, Mandarmani is one of the best options.

Mandarmani sea beach

Main Attractions of Mandarmani

The hotels and the resorts are all on the beach. One who wants to spend luxurious days and also wants to attach to nature then Mandarmani will fulfil his/her wish. Mandarmani is also a fantastic place for photo shooting. So, carry your camera for photography and videography when travelling there.

Most of the resorts are very well maintained and they offer delicious seafood. You can spend the whole night on the lawns of the resorts and cherish the beauty of the sea. Just relax there and enjoy your stay. The sounds of the waves and tranquillity all around will surely refresh your mind.

Mandarmani Sea Beach

How to reach Mandarmani?

Mandarmani is well-connected from Digha and Kolkata. Buses are available from Esplanade, Gariahat, and Howrah. Reach Chawlkhola and from there, an auto-rickshaw will bring you to Mandarmani.

Mandarmani Sea Beach Map

Where to stay at Mandarmani?

There are a variety of low-cost and high-priced hotels available in Mandarmani. Some popular hotels are The candlewood park beach resort, Bombay Beach resort, Suncity rose valley resort, Anutri resort, Neel Nirjaney resort, Digante resort, Sana beach resort, Hotel Sonar Bangla, Dream hut resort etc.

Also Read: Best Weekend Destinations near Kolkata

3. Shankarpur Sea Beach

Distance From Kolkata By Road175 Km
Suitable ForCouples, Families, Friends
Ideal Trip Duration1-2 Days
Average Temperature20°C to 31°C
Maximum Rainfall415 mm (August)
Best Time To VisitOctober to February

Shankarpur is a virgin sea beach and a fishing harbour located 14 km east of Digha. It has become quite popular among tourists because of recent developments.

shankarpur sea beach

Main Attractions of Shankarpur

The scenic beauty and cleanliness of the beach make the beach attractive to tourists. Walking on the beach in the evening and enjoying the sunset with a cool breeze can be a great experience there.

There is a small nice park built near the beach recently. Attractive sculptures of sharks and dolphins are placed in the park. One can get the entire view of the beach from the watchtower situated there.

The different activities of the fishermen can also be seen at Shankarpur. Digha and Tajpur are the two popular beaches that are located very close to Shankarpur.

How to reach Shankarpur?

If you come from Kolkata or Digha by bus, you need to get off at Chawlkhola. The Shankarpur sea beach is a nearly 15 minutes ride by an auto ricksha from Chawlkhola.

Shankarpur Sea Beach Map

Where to stay at Shankarpur?

Being an offbeat travel destination, Shankarpur does not have many hotels like Digha. Hotel Nest, Hotel Ashoka, and Hotel Belanibas are well-maintained hotels to stay at Shankarpur.

4. Bakkhali Sea Beach

Distance From Kolkata By Road125 Km
Suitable ForCouples, Families, Friends
Ideal Trip Duration1-2 Days
Average Temperature20°C to 30°C
Maximum Rainfall497 mm (July)
Best Time To VisitNovember to February

The south-facing crescent-shaped beach of Bakkhali is the nearest sea beach to Kolkata. It is located in the Kakdwip subdivision of the south 24 Parganas district. Being close to Kolkata, Bakkhali is one of the most preferred weekend destinations among us.

Bakkhali sea beach

Main Attractions of Bakkhali

An 8 km long beach is stretched from Bakkhali to Frasergunj. Walking along the beach with coconut water gives a pleasant experience. Most of the time would be spent enjoying one beach with calm wind and gushing waves.

October to February are the best months to visit Bakkhali. The beach offers great views of both sunrise and sunset.

Sightseeing like Bakkhali watchtower, Henry Island, Bhagabatpur crocodile project, Sagar island, Frasergunj, and mesmerizing boat ride to Jambudwip are major touring attractions.

bakkhali sea beach

How to Reach Bakkhali?

By Road

West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) has a regular bus service from Dharmatala to Bakkhali. The route of the bus is Dharmatala- Alipore-Chiriakhana-Taratala-Diamond Harbour-Kakdwip-Namkahana-Bakkhali.

It takes almost 5 hours to reach Bakkhali. There are plenty of local buses up to Namkhana and then again from Namkhana to Bakkhali.

By Train

The nearest rail station is Namkhana. There are regular trains from Sealdah via Lakshmikantapur and Kakdwip to Namkhana.

From Namkhana station you will get a van rickshaw or TOTO to reach the bus stand from where one can get buses for Bakkhali. You can also hire private cars or TOTO from the Namkhana bus stand or railway station.

Bakkhali Sea Beach Map

Where to Stay at Bakkhali?

There are many hotels and tourist lodges to stay at Bakkhali. Among all of them, Hotel Amarabati is the best in terms of facility, hospitality and food quality. The WBTDC (West Bengal Tourist Development Corporation) Tourist Complex is nearest to the sea and it is the best choice to stay here.

5. Talsari Sea Beach

Distance From Kolkata By Road203 Km
Suitable ForCouples, Families, Friends
Ideal Trip Duration1-2 Days
Average Temperature19°C to 31°C
Maximum Rainfall485 mm (July)
Best Time To VisitOctober to January

Talsari is located in the Baleswar district of Odisha. If you want to spend some leisurely time with relaxation then you may like to avoid Digha. Talsari sea beach is located around 8 km from New Digha.

the Talsari sea beach

Main Attraction of Talsari

The quiet beach is surrounded by casuarina trees, coconut trees, and palm trees. Apart from being an offbeat sea beach near Kolkata, Talsari also is a riverbank where the Subornorekha river meets with the Bay of Bengal.

The most interesting thing about Talsari is its backwater. During high tide, one needs to take a boat to cross the river to reach the other side of the beach which is a huge calm sand island with casuarina trees. But the same place can be reached on foot over the sand during low tide.

By seeing the hide-and-sick game of the red crabs and the different activities of the fishermen, you can spend some quality time here. One can visit the famous Chandaneswar temple which is just 3 km distance from Talsari beach.

Blue Flag Golden Beach is another beautiful sea beach in Odisha. It is located near Swargadwar beach of Puri. This sea beach is important as it is blue flag certified and one of the cleanest beaches in India.

How to Reach Talsari?

To reach Talsari from Kolkata, one needs to reach Digha. It is well connected with Kolkata with the short frequency of bus services. Then by hiring a trekker or an autorickshaw one can easily reach Talsari beach.

Talsari Sea Beach Map

Where to Stay at Talsari?

OTDC Chandaneswar is a decent option if you want to stay at Talsari.

6. Udaypur Sea Beach

Distance From Kolkata By Road185 Km
Suitable ForCouples, Families, Friends
Ideal Trip Duration1-2 Days
Average Temperature20°C to 31°C
Maximum Rainfall421 mm (August)
Best Time To VisitSeptember to March

The virgin Udaypur sea beach is nestled between New Digha and Talsari. The beach is famous for its calmness and serene beauty. As you are looking for the best sea beaches near Kolkata, it can be a good choice.

Main Attraction of Udaypur?

A long walk while drinking coconut water along the seashore will refresh your mind. You can taste traditional seafood like prawns, crabs, and fish curry near the sea beach. The uninhabited beach will give you a great feeling of relaxation. Remember to carry all your travel essentials as there are a few shops nearby the location.

Udaipur sea beach

How to Reach Udaypar?

The Udaypur sea beach is just 3 kilometres away from the Digha bus stand. First, you have to come to Digha by bus. The buses are available from different parts of Kolkata. Local transports like van rickshaws, trekkers will bring you to Udaypur beach from Digha.

Udaypur Sea Beach Map

Where to Stay at Udaypur?

One who likes adventure can stay here in tents which are operated by West Bengal Tourism. Oceana Tourist complex is another good choice to stay here.

7. Bankiput Sea Beach

Distance From Kolkata By Road162 Km
Suitable ForCouples, Families, Friends
Ideal Trip Duration1-2 Days
Average Temperature20°C to 30°C
Maximum Rainfall415 mm (August)
Best Time To VisitOctober to February

You can have a wonderful time with your dear ones and get your privacy if you go to Bankiput sea beach, a golden sand sea beach located nearby Kanthi in East Midnapore.

Main Attractions of Bankiput

The border of this sea beach is densely populated with casuarina trees. You can spend time away from the crowds in a quiet and secluded environment by uniting with nature.

The heavenly sunrise and sunset make the beach more beautiful. Undoubtedly it is the best sea beach tourist spot near Kolkata where you can walk with your loved ones.

You can go to Dariyapur lighthouse which is just 7 kilometres from Bankiput. From the top of the lighthouse, a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape and sea can be seen.

Around 5 km from Bankiput, there is Pethuaghat, which is located by the Rasoolpur River, where it meets the sea. In Pethuaghat, don’t forget to see Desharpan fishing harbour. Fish lovers can buy some fresh dried fish in this harbour.

How to Reach Bankiput?

If you want to travel by train, you have to reach Kathi station. From there, hire a trekker or private taxi to reach Bankiput.

If you prefer to travel by road then come to Kanthi by bus and then take a shared trekker to Junput. After reaching Junput, the trekker will take the road connecting Baghaput, and then get down at Bankiput.

Bankiput Sea Beach Map

Where to Stay at Bankiput?

Bankiput beach resort is a well-known guest house to stay at Bankiput. The spacious sea beach resort near Kolkata is just a one-minute walking distance from the beach.

8. Baguran Jalpai Sea Beach

Distance From Kolkata By Road165 Km
Suitable ForCouples, Families, Friends
Ideal Trip Duration1-2 Days
Average Temperature20°C to 31°C
Maximum Rainfall415 mm (August)
Best Time To VisitOctober to February

If you are looking for an unknown sea beach from Kolkata, then Baguran Jalpai can be the perfect option for your trip. The place is nearly 165 km away from Kolkata and is located under the Contai Subdivision of East Medinipur.

Baguran Jalpai sea beach

Main Attractions of Baguran Jalpai

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the waves, the cool breeze, the chirping of birds, and millions of red crabs accompany you here. The silence of the beach and much-needed peace will blow exhaustion away from your tired body.

In the evening, the cool breeze and the sound of waves crashing on the shores can get you some worthy moments of spending here.

The beach gets more beautiful with a dense forest of casuarina which covers the entire area. Though the beach is the main attraction in Baguran Jalpai, you can also explore places around the area and visit the village nearby.

By interacting with the locals in the village, you can learn about their culture, language, and way of living. There is a fishing harbour in Baguran Jalpai where you can visit and spend some time talking to the local fishermen about their work and lives on the water all-round the year.

How to Reach Baguran Jalpai?

It takes almost five hours to reach Baguran Jalapai from Kolkata. After reaching Kanthi, you have to take Junput road to reach here.

If you want to come here by train, then take a train from Howrah station and get off at Kanthi station. From there you will reach Baguran Jalpai by auto.

Baguran Jalpai Sea Beach Map

Where to Stay at Baguran Jalpai?

Apart from Hotel Sagar Niralay, there are yet no other staying options to stay in Baguran Jalpai. Around 100 meters away from the sea, Sagar Niralay is located in the middle of the casuarina forest. The resort has both room and tent accommodations.

9. Junput Sea Beach

Distance From Kolkata By Road158 Km
Suitable ForCouples, Families, Friends
Ideal Trip Duration1-2 Days
Average Temperature20°C to 30°C
Maximum Rainfall439 mm (July)
Best Time To VisitSeptember to February

Junput is one of the lesser-known beaches in West Bengal and it is a perfect place for solitude seekers. If you are looking for the best seabeach near Kolkata, it can be a suitable choice.

Main Attractions of Junput

Those who want to escape from the crowd and spend some peaceful moments to be connected with nature must come to Junput. Sunrise on the beach gives a special treat to the eyes of the visitors. Dariapur lighthouse is one of the best places to see here.

There is a famous old temple of Kapalkundala that has historical importance. Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote his famous novel Kapalkundala in the background of this temple. The fir trees make the beach wonderful.

A leisurely walk on the deserted beach will give a divine experience. A beach trekking from Junput to Mandarmani is famous among tourists.

Junput Sea Beach

How to Reach Junput?

By Road

Junput is about 9 km from Contai. From Kolkata, you have to reach Contai via NH6. Then take an autorickshaw to reach Junput.

By Train

Contai is well connected via a railway network. From Howrah station, you have to take the train to reach Contai. Then by auto or rickshaw, you will reach your destination.

Junput Sea Beach Map

Where to stay at Junput?

Junput resort is possibly the only option to stay here.

best sea beaches near kolkata

10. Dakshin Purusottampur Sea Beach

Distance From Kolkata By Road162 Km
Suitable ForCouples, Families, Friends
Ideal Trip Duration1-2 Days
Average Temperature20°C to 30°C
Maximum Rainfall414 mm (August)
Best Time To VisitOctober to March

If you want to spend time at a lonely pristine sea beach near Kolkata then Dakshin Purusottampur is the perfect choice for you. It is located beside the Mandarmani sea beach in the East Midnapore district in West Bengal.

Main Attraction of Dakshin Purusottampur

A walk along this scheduled beach will give you a heavenly experience. Being far away from the hustling and bustling of the city, you will forget all your worries about life.

Millions of red crabs are found here and they will play with your hide and seek. This beach is also known as ‘ Red crab beach’. During the sunset, the beach becomes golden yellow and it is a breathtaking view. It is a new seabeach near Kolkata where you can spend quality time.

How to Reach Dakshin Purusottampur?

Reach Chawlkhola more by bus (bus service is available from many places in Kolkata). Then take an auto rikshaw which will bring you to Dakshin Purushottampur.

Dakshin Purusottampur Sea Beach Map

Where to Stay at Dakshin Purusottampur?

Shri Ramkrishna Temple, Vivekananda Math Is the only place to stay here. The ambience of the mission is outstanding. You will reach the beach just a five-minute walk from the guest house.

sea beaches near kolkata

We all love sea beaches for their beauty, ambience and activities. The best sea beaches near Kolkata are mostly within 200 kilometres. Some outstanding offbeat sea beaches are included in this article that are unknown to many travellers earlier. These sea beach tourist spots are very good to visit if you live nearby Kolkata.

Every sea beach I have mentioned above, has some amazing attractions nearby. We all prefer seaside hotels and resorts to enjoy the beauty of the sea. Here, you can find such hotels to stay in and have delicious meals.

Hope you find a suitable sea beach near Kolkata in this article. So, plan and take out your bag to travel. Share your favourite one in the comments below!

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Koyeli is a travel blogger and photographer on NatureDiary. She has an enormous experience in travelling, trekking and hiking across India. Backed by an M.Sc. degree in environmental science, Koyeli writes travel content based on her experience at various tourist attractions and travel destinations.

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