Monsoon is the season of love. It gives us the much needed relief from 4 months of scorching heat. The smell of wet earth after the first shower of rain reminds us that we have been waiting eagerly for the rain. The rain brings cooler weather and the parched trees transform into lush green plants. West Bengal is the land of rain. It becomes most beautiful in monsoon. The rivers, the forests and the hills welcome rain with open arms.

Plan your monsoon trip now

You can experience nature at its best during monsoon. Hence, you should travel in monsoon to explore the beauty of mother nature. Here is the list of 11 places where you can travel to make your monsoon memorable. Kolkata, monsoon, West Bengal, places to visit

1. Gadiara

You can spend a quiet weekend at Gadiara, just 96 km away from Kolkata. Gadiara is situated at the confluence of three rivers – Damodar, Rupnarayan and Hooghly. Haldia, Geonkhali and Nupur are situated on the banks of these rivers. You can spend your evenings enjoying the cool breeze from the rivers and relishing authentic Bengali cuisine. Enjoy the spectacular view of sunset and sunrise over the rivers and you can also go for a relaxing boat ride.

Places to visit – You can visit Garchumuk and Geonkhali by crossing by river.

Stay at – Gadiara has good hotels and guest houses where you can stay. Rupnarayan Tourist lodge provides good accommodation facilities.

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Gadiara

2. Diamond Harbour

Diamond Harbour is located on the banks of river Hooghly. This charming place is perfect for a weekend getaway during monsoon. You can enjoy the breeze while sitting on the banks of the river during sunset. In earlier days, Diamond Harbour used to be a stronghold of the Portuguese Pirates.

Places to visit – The ruins of the Chingrikhali Fort which is also known as Purano Kella can still be seen. There is also a 200 years old Light House which is worth visiting.  For a day trip from Diamond Harbour, you can go to Raichak which is just 4 hours away.

Stay at – Punyalakshmi Resorts is one of the best resorts of Diamond Harbour. You can enjoy a lovely panoramic view of the river from the balcony. The resort also has a beautiful lawn and a swimming pool.

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Diamond harbour

3. Santinekatan

Santinekatan is an all time favourite tourist destination of the Bengalis. Just 160 km north of Kolkata, Santinekatan is situated in Bolpur. The famous Visva Bharati University founded by Rabindranath Tagore is present here. You should definitely visit the Uttarayan Complex where Rabindranath Tagore once lived and it is now transformed into a museum and art gallery. The simplicity of the people and the clean environment of Santinekatan will help you rejuvinate.

Places to visit – Uttarayan Complex, Amar Kutir, Rabindra Bhavan Museum, Kala Bhavan and Sangeet Bhavan are few places worth visiting.

Stay at – Hotel Basundhara, Hotel Royal Bengal and Country Roads offer excellent accommodation facilities.

Santineketan
Santineketan

4. Bakkhali

Bakkhali located in the southern tip of Bengal is considered as one of the best beaches of Bengal. The blue waves splashing onto the white sand beach is a wonderful sight. The good news here is that you can also travel to Bakkhali and south of Sunderban in one weekend. With Crossindia Tourism you can explore the blue waves splashing onto the white sand beaches of Bakkhali and the dense mangrove forests of Sunderban.

Places to visit – In Bakkhali you can enjoy the tranquil Henry’s island and have fun at the Bakkhali beach. In Sunderban you can visit the crocodile park and explore the dense mangrove forests.

Stay at – You can travel on a boat to Bakkhali and Sunderban. Crossindia has made provision for accommodation facilities at Bakkhali.

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En route to Sunderban

5. Sunderbans

Sunderban is the pride of Bengal. Sailing through the vast open sea in moonlight, exploring the rich mangrove forests and watching the sunrise over the horizon is a lifetime experience. You can now explore all these with Crossindia Tourism. You will be amazed to see the beauty of mother nature and it will refresh your mind, body and soul.

Places to visit – Sudhyanakhali watch tower, Sajnekhali watch tower, Netidhopani and crocodile park are few places you can visit in Sunderban.

Stay at – You can stay here at Apanjan hotel. Kolkata, monsoon, West Bengal, places to visit

6. Mukutmanipur

Located at the convergence of Kongshabati and Kumari rivers, Mukutmanipur is a town in Bankura, perfect for a small escapade from your daily routine of life. Lying on the lap of nature, Mukutmanipur is surrounded by vast rivers, hills and forests. The second largest dam of India is found here which is covered with lush green forests and hillocks. Mukutmanipur also has the world’s longest man-made mud-banked water barrage on Kongshabati and Kumari rivers.

Places to visit – Bangopalpur Reserve Forest which is just 2 kms away has a varied collection of flora and fauna. You can also visit the ancient town of Ambikanagar and the deer park located at the end of the dam is also an interesting place to visit. The Parshwanath hills is perfect for those who love trekking.

Stay at – Peerless Resort, Hotel Amrapali and hotel Aparajita are among the most beautiful hotels of Mukutmanipur. The Deer Park and the Dam

7. Sonajhuri Forest

There is nothing better than living amidst forests with a river flowing through it. Sonajhuri forest is located a little away from Santinekatan. If you are looking for spending an unconventional weekend trip, Sonajhuri forest is the perfect destination.

Places to visit – The khowai region – canons created by wind and river is a beautiful place.

Stay at – You can stay at Atithi Nivas and Prakriti Bon Bungalow.

Take a walk through the forest roads
Take a walk through the forest roads

Instead of sulking about the continuous rainfall, pack your bags and go for a short trip in the weekend. The scenic beauty of West Bengal escalates during monsoon and you should be there to see it yourself. In case you are looking for travelling to the lesser known beaches of West Bengal, take a look at http://www.crossindia.in/5-lesser-known-beaches-west-bengal/