Falta Beach – West Bengal
Falta beach is not exactly a sea beach but a river bank on Hooghly river. It is one of the popular tourist spot in West Bengal. This scenic river bank or beach is located in the small town, Falta, in the South 24 Parganas district. Falta provides for a magnificent view of the confluence of the River Damodar and River Hooghly. This beach served as a shelter to the British when Kolkata was captured by Siraj-Ud-Daula in the year 1756. In addition, Falta is a popular picnic spot.
How to reach the Falta Beach
- By train:
The nearest railway station to Falta is located in Namkhana. There are number of train services from places such as Sealdah and Kakdwip that connect to the Namkhana Railway Station.
- By road:
If you intend to drive to this beach then the ideal starting points would be Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Patna, and Kolkata.
- Via Bhubaneswar:
There are two routes from Bhubaneswar to this beach, and they are via NH-16 and via NH-18 and NH-16.
2. Via Cuttack:
There are two routes from Cuttack to this beach, and they are via NH-16 and via NH-18 and NH-16.
3. Via Puri:
There are two routes fromPuri to this beach, and they are via NH-16 and via NH-49 and NH-16.
4. Via Patna:
There is one route from Patna to this beach, and they are via NH-19.
5. Via Kolkata:
There are three routes from Kolkata to this beach, and they are via Bankura-Beliator-Sonamukhi-Khnadaghosh-Nischintapur Road/Diamond Harbour Road/Kolkata-Diamond Harbour Road.
- By air:
The nearest airport is located in Kolkata. The NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
Climate and the best time to visit the Falta Beach
The summer season at this beach begins in March and ends in June with the mercury rising to about 43 degree Celsius. The rainfall received during the monsoon season which begins in July and ends in September is “heavy”. On the other hand the winter season which begins in December and ends in February is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 23 degree Celsius to a minimum of 12 degree Celsius. So the ideal time to visit this beach is from October to February during winter.
Things/activities to do
There are a couple of things/activities found around this beach worth exploring. They are as follows
- Diamond Harbour:
The Diamond Harbour is located in close proximity to this beach. It is from this harbour that the picturesque view of the confluence of River Hooghly and the Bay of Bengal can truly enjoyed.
2. Bird watching:
A number of migratory birds are located in and around this beach and hence makes it an ideal spot for “bird watchers”.
3. Boat rides:
Enjoyable boat rides along the coast of the Hooghly River are available from this beach which is truly worth experiencing.
Historically speaking, in 1756 the British took refuge at the Falta Beach when Kolkata was taken over by Siraj-Ud-Daulah, the Nawab of Bengal. In addition, this beach also once served as an important Buddhism center.