Winter is picnic season for Bengalis. Next to peeling open oranges, sitting by the window of your home, basking in the soft sunshine, or cuddling up to blankets with a fat book and a steaming cup of tea, a way to soak in Bengal’s warm winters is heading out for a picnic. Not all of the picnic spots near Kolkata are well or widely known, but they are worth looking into.
Amazing Picnic Spots in West Bengal
1. Machranga Dwip
In the district of North 24 Parganas, near the towns of Taki and Hasanabad, between the rivers Ichchamoti and Bhasa, with India on one side and Bangladesh on the other, lies the quiet, sheltered nature walks, the islet of Machranga Dwip-literally translating to Kingfisher Island.
2. Jammu Dwip
A small island located in the South 24 Parganas, it is a beautiful getaway spot, host to a wide range of marine life. Largely uninhabited except for the fishing season between October and February, this is quite enough to provide an uninterrupted experience of appreciating nature, but not without basic facilities.
A virgin beach located some 138 km from Kolkata, this is an idyllic, tranquil picnic spot perfect for picnics, beach walks, sea bathing, and even surfing. Junput provides a wonderful array of natural beauty-the Bay of Bengal, the casuarina trees, and the pristine beach provide a beach destination less bustling than the more popular options, like Digha.
4. Unique Picnic Garden, North 24 Parganas
Located near Madhyamgram Chowmatha and not far from Kolkata, this is an amazing picnic spot gradually gaining popularity. Complete with a pond and a park for children to play in, this is an ideal destination for a picnic. One could only wish that it doesn’t become a famous picnic spot in order to enjoy this beauty alone.
Thirteen kilometers away from Purulia district’s Bundwan town, this place has, for your picnicking needs, wilderness dotted with trees and a river, Satrugang, flowing through it. There are also tourist spots, in nearby forests and tribal villages, ruins of ancient civilizations, and a few temples.
6. Garh Panchkot
A couple of hundred kilometers away from Kolkata, a ruined fort is the major tourist attraction here. At the foothills of Purulia’s Panchkot hills and very near to the town of Asansol, a large variety of plants and the Damodar River bestow it with scenic beauty, making it an ideal picnic spot in West Bengal.
250 kilometers distance from Kolkata, a locale offering the whole gamut of natural beauty is Mukutmonipur– with its woods, its water bodies, and its pristine hills. This is one of the best spots away from city life.
Truly picturesque, it is a spot near enough to the city to make for a day trip. At the assemblage of the rivers, Kansabati and Kumari is a beautiful dam- the second largest in Asia. There is also a lake that provides boat ride facilities for the visitors.
8.1. Are Tourist Attractions Open?
The West Bengal State Disaster Management Authority’s Executive Committee has decided to implement graded limitations. As a result of the new restrictions, parks, entertainment parks, zoos, museums, and other tourist attractions will be open to the public. However, with just 75% capacity.
8.2. What Are the Best Picnic Spots Near Kolkata Within 30 Kilometres?
Talking about picnic spots near Kolkata, within 30 kilometers distance from Kolkata, the ideal picnic areas are Bawali and Barrackpore, where you can spend quality time with your family.
A farmhouse for a picnic near Kolkata can be found in Bawali. Other interesting picnic areas near Kolkata include Taki, Bishnupur, Sanhati Park, Gadiara, Parmadan, and Shanti Sarovar Lake.
8.3. Where Can You Find Fishing Lakes Here?
West Bengal has two minor fishing lakes: one in Shankarpur near Digha and another in Fraserganj in the Sundarbans. The model harbor Shankarpur includes all kinds of infrastructure and is also known as an ecotourism destination.
8.4. Which Areas in Kolkata Offer the Best Ferry Rides and Water Sports for Couples?
These are the top sites that offer the best ferry rides in Kolkata for couples looking for boat cruises and water sports: India Beacons Sojourn, and Tour De Sundarbans.