Imagine how it would be to be able to leave the hustle and bustle of a busy week and reach the horizon within just a few hours. Well if you are in Kolkata, you could do exactly that by driving to this 13 kms long spectacular beach at Mandarmani.
Mandarmani, situated at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal, is only 180 kms from Kolkata. Which makes it easier to reach in a few hours drive just. And a host of beach resorts await to welcome you with warm hearts and open arms. And if that is not enough how about a pleasant meal of steaming basmati rice, with a freshly cooked pomfret or crab curry to go with it. And you already got a killer of a holiday.
Two best ways of spending your time in this beautiful little paradise are –
1. Stretch your legs on one of the many arm chairs by the beach, and watch the setting sun. And rely on the resorts to keep you supplied with enough pints of beer to go along.
2. Have a quite stroll or a frenzy drive along the beach filled swarming with tiny red crabs. Run behind them and see how quickly they disappear beneath the thick cover of the sand.
A couple of days at Mandarmani is a perfect excuse to indulge into some laziness. Spend the morning sea bathing in the perfectly calm water of the bay. Follow it with a sumptuous bengali meal accompanied with some wide varieties of local catch – the prawn, or the pomfret, or the crab are one of the popular choices. Chase away some red crabs in the afternoon and then have a quite evening by the beach with pints of beers to keep company. Nothing could describe a quick refreshing break in a better way.
So if you are going through a demanding work schedule, and need a short break desperately, Why not Mandarmani?
If you are wondering where to stay, there are scores of medium ranged beach resorts. You can even try the Neel Nirjaney beach resort. It is pocket friendly and suitable to all your needs.
The best way to reach Mandarmani is by hiring a personal car (every resort provide complementary parking) and take the Kolkata-Digha road. Or you can get A/C buses from Esplanade and change at Chaul khola.
Some memoirs from our trip :-
(clockwise from top left) the beautiful flowers in the Neel Nirjaney resort; me and my wife enjoying amidst a lazy stroll; a solitary fishing boat in the calm sea; we all posing for a group photo at the end of the holiday;