4 Stops to Make When Visiting the Bay of Bengal, India

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo

There are many quotations and sayings like the one mentioned above by Augustine of Hippo that advocate the benefits of travelling around the world. These references are too many to mention here; however, the takeaway point is that holidaying in new locations around the globe every year offers travellers many benefits, both physical and emotional.

Travelling along the Bay of Bengal Coastline

One such example of a unique and exciting location to visit is the Bay of Bengal, West Bengal, India. Its claim to fame is that it is the largest bay in the world and is the end point for rivers originating in the Himalayas and flowing through the state of West Bengal. In fact, the famed Ganges River flows into the Bay of Bengal.

It should be noted that for accuracy’s sake, the Bay of Bengal runs through more than one Indian state, but we are only concerned with the part that borders on West Bengal.

This region is an ideal area to travel through in an RV rental. You can drive as far as you want each day which allows for a slow trip around the Bay of Bengal, stopping at the following destinations and spending as long as you want exploring the area around each stop without worrying about finding daily accommodation:

Kolkata

While Kolkata isn’t directly on the Bay of Bengal, it’s an ideal place to start your trip. It is situated on Hooghly River’s eastern bank, and the Port of Kolkata is India’s oldest operational port (and its sole riverine port). The city was also the capital city of British East India. Therefore, there are many historical sites to visit such as Victoria Memorial Hall, Indian Museum, and Fort William. There are also many markets to shop at like the New Market (Kolkata’s oldest market) as well as the Bara Market.

Digha Beach

Digha is the most popular seaside resort in West Bengal. It is at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It is approximately 183kms from Kolkata. Consequently, it has become a popular weekend getaway for both locals and tourists alike. Apart from the beach itself, Digha’s main tourist attractions as the Lord Shiva Temple (about 8kms away from the resort centre) and the Marine Aquarium and Research Centre.

Mandarmani Beach

This seaside resort is about 180kms from Kolkata and is known as one of the longest drive-in beaches in the whole of India. The Mandarmani beach itself is the major attraction here. Tourists can enjoy the sea from sunrise to sunset. Other attractions worth visiting are the local shops which offer handmade jewellery, sea shells, and other handcrafts for sale.

Shankarpur Beach

Shankarpur Beach is a fishing harbour and little-known seaside destination 16kms from Digha. It’s known for its isolated beaches and pristine, beautiful surroundings. It’s a great destination to relax and unwind away from the more popular, crowded beach resorts.