Weekend destination to Bankiput beach near Kolkata

Are you planning to spend your weekend nearby Kolkata in West Bengal? Wait no more! Bankiput is easy accessible by State run buses and express trains from Kolkata and it takes only four to five hours to reach there. You would have the pleasure of a peaceful tranquil locality where you would be all by yourself. The Casuarina forest, the Dariapur lighthouse and the Petua Ghat fishing harbor would keep you engage for hours.

No matter where we travel to dip ourselves into the serenity and beauty of nature, the State of West Bengal and its surroundings have its own unique experience to offer. We travel to destinations out of India and sometimes even to other different parts of India spending huge amount of money and time without realizing we are still to visit the nearby regions. If we check in and out closely, we would find several nearby regions which could offer the same level of excitement and pleasure as traveling to far destinations. Moreover, we do not need to sacrifice an inch extra of our time and energy if we choose to explore these nearby tourist spots locating within the state of West Bengal. Since, these spots are very close to us we need only a few days to a week to explore any of these places. Today, we are going to find out about Bankiput (Gopalpur) and all the necessary details about it.


Far away in the middle of the distant sea, huge ships are making their way through the rippling water wavelets, fishing boats are moving in rhythm of the seawater with colorful masts searching fish, crabs form red carpet on the silent sea beach. Together with these, the noise of the trees coming from the Casuarina forest sets the atmosphere. Do not you want to know where the place is? Though the summary of the place, given above is brief, but the place is not that far from us to visit. It only takes five hours to reach there from Kolkata. It is only 13 Km away from the Kathi region of Midnapore. It is only four Km away from another tourist spot, Junput. Since, Bankiput is not yet popular and well-known among the tourists, the question of dealing with madding crowd does not exist and one could enjoy a couple of days peacefully here.

How to reach Bankiput?

From Kolkata, you may reach the Bankiput (Gopalpur) directly by a car. Alternatively, you may board Tamralipta express from Howrah Station. It departure time from the Howrah station is 6:40 am and reaches Kanthi (Contai) by 9:25 am. From here, you may reach Bankiput on a hired carriage. The hire may cost you around RS 500 to RS 600, but in winter, you may have to pay some extra money as hire because of a big rush of tourists. You have another option available for you from the Howrah Station. Kandari express departs from Howrah at 2:10 pm and arrives at Kanthi (Contai) at 5:10 pm.

Another alternative for you is to board a state bus from the Esplanade (Dharmatala) bus terminus. From here, buses depart for Digha every hour from morning to 4 pm in the evening. It would take around four and a half hours to reach Kanthi and the bus fare is around RS 65. Besides, you may also get buses departing for Digha from the Howrah station.

Best time to travel

You may travel to this place at any time of the year and one thing that it guarantees you for sure is pleasure. Pleasure of peace, delight of tranquility and soothing of your inner soul. If you are traveling in winter, you can bathe yourself in the lovely sunshine of the sea beach. If you are traveling in the monsoon, gray clouds with thunder, lightning and raindrops would greet you and give you an eternal satisfaction.

Food and Lodging

Only one guest house exists near the sea beach. Jhinuk Residency is serving the guests or tourists for a long time now. It is a two-floor structure and has double bed-rooms for the visitors. The rooms are spacious and airy with attached bathrooms. A double bed room may cost you RS 850 to RS 950 per day. It also serves food and make arrangements for touring the nearby region at extra cost.

Nearby attractions

The Casuarina forest hisses and dances with the soft winds blowing near the beaches. The sea beach looks like a red carpet with countless crabs of different sizes hovering over it. The sea gets restless during the high tides and water spreads very far. You may sit near the beach and enjoy the romanticism of the sea, water, soft wind and the vast sky overhead. Besides, you may also mix with the locals to get more details about the place. Moreover, the Dariapur lighthouse built during the British rule is also a great attraction of the place. If you get an opportunity to climb at the top, the scenic beauty of the sea and surrounding place would weigh-in your heart. Moreover, you may hire a rickshaw and visit the nearby Petua Ghat Deshpran fishing harbour. It is a big harbour that pleases you with picture perfect view of the surroundings.


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