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Tourist Places To Visit In Mandarmoni
Mandarmani is a popular tourist destination in West Bengal located at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. Over last few years, the town has grown in importance and has been drawing fair number of tourists from all over the state and even outside. A quick weekend getaway or a long drive from Kolkata, Mandarmani is ideal for both. There are a number of places to visit in and around the town. Let us take a quick look at some of these places.
As a seaside town, the primary attraction in Mandarmani is undoubtedly the beach. It has the longest motorable beach in the country stretching about 13 km in length. Driving through the beach is an amazing experience and must not be missed. The beach is clean and not as crowded or polluted as yet. It is great for spending a relaxing day on the beach, lazing in the sand, taking quick dips and enjoying the surrounding scenic beauty. It is therapeutic watching the large waves breaking on the shore and the sun rising in the horizon.
This is another beach destination located at a stone’s throw distance from Mandarmani. A 30 mins drive from the town will take tourists to another amazing locale. It has a pristine beach unaffected yet by the onslaughts of tourists. Lined with rows of tamarisk trees and dense forests the beach is a stunner. Another interesting feature of the beach is the red crabs who are all over the place and it is fun to watch them play hide and seek on the beach.
This is located about an hour’s distance from Mandarmani and is another gem. It is an almost virgin beach lying on the West Bengal Orissa border. It is so far unexplored and unaffected by tourists which accounts for its charm. Lined with Casuarina trees, the beach is a wonder and extremely peaceful.
A 40 minutes drive will take tourists to the twin beach of Shankarpur. Though popular among tourists for some reason the beach has still maintained its serenity. It is largely secluded and the beach is fringed by towering eucalyptus trees and casuarinas trees. Shankarpur is primarily a fishing harbour and in the mornings fisherman can be found on the beach hauling their nets out and studying their prized catch of the day. An early morning stroll down the beach watching the rising sun and the fishermen’s boat disappearing in the horizon is mesmerizing.
Located 30 km from Mandarmani is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the state and a place embedded in Bengali nostalgia, Digha. Long before any of these beaches came into prominence, Digha used to be the biggest seaside attraction for the Bengalis. Throughout the year Digha witnesses heavy tourist footfall. The sea is relatively calm here and ideal for swimming. It remains crowded for greater part of the year but still does not deter people from visiting their favourite haunt.