After a long, tiring week, nothing beats the heart’s desire to explore a new place near your city and have a close-knit happy family time far from the maddening crowd. Some exclusive family time, potluck, roadside tea, and pictures for family album sounds awesome and perfect. If you’re a Kolkatan in need of a secluded and peaceful place to go out with your family this weekend, all you have to do is go through this article and select a place of your liking. Let’s get on with it, shall we?
Raichak is a small town on the banks of Bhagirathi-Hooghly River, frequently visited and popular as a one-day picnic spot near Kolkata. The luxurious resort right beside the river has enhanced the convenience, glamour and elegance of the picnic area. It is 50 km away from the city and takes about 2 and a half hour drive to reach. A delicious lunch at Fort Raichak and a refreshing boat ride in the Raichak jetty are the ad-on.
How about an overdose of Serenity and surplus of greenery on a Sunday? Bawali offers both, in fact, a lot more. Located very close to the ‘City of Joy’, Bawali is a famous picnic spot near Kolkata that offers joy, fun and thrill. Spread across huge premises, Bawali Farmhouse is graced by few ponds, a lush green field, too many gardens, a play area, a nursery, a school, four cottages for a night stay, three tree-house accommodation, a meeting space and lots of greenery. what more? You even get authentic Bengali food! Nothing gets better than this, does it?
3. Eco Park
Next in our list is Eco Park. It is a man-made park with a humongous compound. The manicured lawns and well-defined paths through them are all you need to have a stroll through the quiet, green gardens. Situated in the heart of the concrete jungle i.e Kolkata, you don’t even need to go that far to enjoy the serenity and beauty of this place. This place provides you with a breath of fresh air. Also, if you enjoy water sports, this place can do wonders for you. You can come here with your family and friends, arrange a small picnic and bask in the fresh air.
For those who love to spend some adventurous time, this place is your place. Situated in the heart of the city, Sector 5, Salt Lake, Nalban is a boating heaven within your reachability. It is a lakeside spot with lush greenery and enchanting views. Go visit this place with your loved one, sit back and just enjoy the beauty of nature along with the soul-soothing peacefulness.
It will be complete bliss to spend one of the weekend days in a rural landscape away from all the hustle bustle of daily city life. Only 67 km away, Deulti with its green coconut trees, winding clayey roads, thatch-roofed huts, and crystal clear fishing ponds is one of the best picnic spots near Kolkata for one day. It takes about 1 and half hours of driving to reach this place and houses the age-old residence (now a heritage property) of the very famous Bengali writer – Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
6. Machranga Dwip
Literally meaning the island of kingfisher birds, the not so famous island is situated between Ichhamati and Bhasa River with India on side and Bangladesh on the other, 113 km away from Kolkata. If you’re a bird lover, this place is like a paradise for you. Rest assured, while there, you will barely hear anything except continuous chirping of innumerable birds. So visit this place with your family, have an outdoor picnic, take long and sooting walks through the natural landscape and get your fill of chirping birds.
7. Sanhati Park
Sanhati Park is situated in Ashok Nagar in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. It is not only a picnic spot but an amusement park which hosts a wide range of fun-filled entertainment options for all ages including a toy train, boating, museum and ropeway. Restaurants and car parking facility is also available here. The park is well maintained with lush greenery all around. A perfect place to have a small picnic and enjoy.
8. Shanti Sarovar
Shanti Sarovar or lake is situated in Mohanpur Panchayat in Barrackpore. The natural beauty of the lake is the main attraction here in the midst of the lush, green garden. Aside from taking a walk around the lake and enjoy small games with your family and friends, you can also enjoy a pontoon ride in the lake. It is a beautiful place to have some family time just on the outskirts of Kolkata.
Bakkhali is a seaside hamlet in Namkhana in Kakdwip. It is located on one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal. Most of the islands are part of the Sunderbans forests. Some of these are joined together with bridges over narrow creeks. This small island juts out into the vast expanse of the Bay of Bengal. There is a fishing harbour at Frasergunj and Benfish, a wing of the state government has a presence nearby. Bakkhali and Frasergunj are unadulterated by urbanisation. One can still hear the cock crow at dawn and watch ducks puddle around muddy pools in the backyards of houses. One can see fishing nets spread everywhere. Country boats carrying a sack full of dried fish is a common sight.
Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district, approximately 160 km north of Kolkata. It was established by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore and later expanded by his son, the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore whose vision became what is now a university town, Visva-Bharati University. Apart from its historical and cultural heritage, it is also a very famous one-day picnic spot. The rural beauty and soothing breeze are all you need for a perfect weekend with your family and friends.
Why eat at a restaurant or watch a movie in the theatres every weekend when you can break the monotony of your regular life? There are several places near and around Kolkata that can provide you with a breath of fresh air while you bask in the natural beauty. Don’t have much time? You can always opt for a place that is located in the heart of Kolkata. Whatever the place is, what is important that you get to spend time with your loved ones. So pick a place of your liking and let us know about your experience.
Contributor: Neha Basu