The South 24 Parganas lies towards the south-eastern side of
Kolkata. The region being one of the districts of West Bengal
constitutes the periphery of Kolkata city on its south. The South 24
Parganas are gifted with some great tourist spots. The low lying
plains of the region are fertile and full of mangrove forests owing
to the deposits of river Ganges. The place contains one of the
largest delta (any place formed by the sedimentation deposits
brought by the river before joining with the sea), the Sundarbans.
Besides Sundarbans there are many other important localities in the
district like Diamond Harbour, Bakkhali, etc. The region has large
number of salt water swamps and forest growth.
The woodlands and swamps of Sundarbans provide habitat to a number
of species. Sundarbans is the homeland for Bengal Tiger, one of the
most sought creatures around. The locality has a site for the
preservation of tigers which is quite frequently visited by tourists
and environmentalists. The estuaries in the region are infested with
crocodiles. The area has been declared as world heritage site by the
UNESCO. Boat tours are provided at many places in the region.
Bakhali and Diamond are equally popular. The Diamond Harbour
constitutes one of picnic spots around Kolkata. Likewise Bakahali is
a small beach resort not too far from the city (132 kms from Kolkata
city). There are regular bus and rail services to South 24 Parganas
and its precincts from Kolkata city.
- Buses from the Kolkata's city center ply to the region of
South 24 Parganas. The Diamond Harbour Road is the major road
link. The approximate from Kolkata is about 22 kms.
- There is also the railway sevices available for the south 24
Parganas. The South Parganas extend beyond the
- The nearest airport is the Behala located in the Western