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The weekend is upon us. And here’s where you should be heading!

Here are the top five getaways from Kolkata

1. Mandarmani

Mandarmani

The seaside resort village of Mandarmani, located a little over 170 km from Kolkata, is best known for the Mandarmani beach, which is the longest drivable beach in India.

The beach is also popular for water sports like surfing, jet skiing and banana boat rides.

Mandarmani is believed to be one of the fastest developing tourist destinations in West Bengal but still it manages to retain its tranquility.

Despite (or rather because) there isn’t much to do in Mandarmani, you can have a relaxing weekend here.

Travel time: 4 hours

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2. Bishnupur

Bishnupur

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Known for its terracotta temples, Bishnupur is a little over 140 km away from Kolkata.

The terracotta temples here, built during 17th and 18th century are the best examples of the classical style of Bengal architecture.

The town’s glorious past can be seen in its traditional architecture and handicrafts.

Buy terracotta pottery, artifacts and jewelry or swing by to the Rasmancha, Bishnupur Museum, Nutan Mahal or the memorial of Shreenibas Acharya.

Travel time: 3 hours 30 minutes

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3. Bolpur

Bolpur

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Known for its proximity to Santiniketan, Bolpur is located just over 160 km from Kolkata.

It is considered to be one of the important places of culture and education in West Bengal.

While Santiniketan is a major attraction around Bolpur, one can enjoy a simple stay in this village and enjoy its natural backdrop.

The Baul singers add to the old world charm of Bolpur.

Travel time: 4 hours

4. Mayapur

Mayapur

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Located on the banks of Ganges, Mayapur is over 120 km from Kolkata.

The headquarters of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) are situated in Mayapur.

If you are a religious person, you won’t regret a visit to this town; it is home to numerous temples dedicated to Radha and Krishna.

For more sightseeing, you can visit the tomb of Chand Kazi and explore Ballal Dhipi.

You can also get out of the town to head to Bethuadouri Forest or Nabadwip City.

Travel time: 3-4 hours

 

5. Bakkhali

Bakkhali

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A popular seaside resort, Bakkhali is located on one of the deltaic islands in southern Bengal. It is over 120 km away from Kolkata.

The south facing crescent shaped beach of Bakkhali is a rare one, it’s known to offer great views of sunrise as well as sunset!

The crocodile park and mangrove forest are major attractions here. A visit to Henry’s Island should be on the itinerary too.

Travel time: 3 hours 50 minutes