Kolkata is a great place to visit in India and if you want to do even more during your stay here, we’ve got just the thing for you – short breaks close to the main city. The areas surrounding Kolkata offer a range of things for tourists such as beaches, forests, historical sites, lakes and even a national park.
If you’re looking for a quick break away from the city, then check out these places located 50 kilometers to 200 kilometers away from Kolkata for a little rest and relaxation.
Places to visit near Kolkata: Under 50 kilometres away
1. Salt Lake City
If you’re looking for a quick break to escape the chaos of the city, then take a day trip to Salt Lake City. The area is beautiful, green and the air is cool and crisp. Apart from relaxing, this place also has Nicco Park, which has a number of rides that make for a great day out.
Distance: 10 kilometres
Traveler Tip: You can also go boating at Salt Lake City
This is a famous port, and was up and running even during the Mughal era. This area boasts of the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden where you can spot all kinds of flora and fauna from around the world. It’s a great place to get in touch with nature.
Distance: 11 kilometres
Traveler Tip: Do make sure to see the large banyan tree at the botanical garden – some say it’s the largest in the world.
The best time to visit this lovely area, that has a heavy Chinese influence is during February, when they celebrate Chinese new year. Some other attractions include the Chinese Temple Complex and the nearby Budge Budge Ferry Ghat.
Distance: 31 kilometers
Traveler Tip: You can easily spend a weekend here if you enjoy history
4. Diamond Harbour
This stunning location is where the river Hooghly meets the Bay of Bengal. Some of the most enjoyable activities here include having a picnic or taking a boat ride during the sunset. There is also a few restaurants nearby that serve good seafood. You can get here by taking a bus or cab as it is so close by.
Distance: 50 kilometres
Traveler Tip: Do visit the abandoned Portuguese fort nearby
Places to visit near Kolkata: 50-100 kilometres from Kolkata
Chandannagar, given its mixed history, has influences from its past rulers such as the Nawabs, English and French. Here you can take in the impressive Anglo-Indian architecture and cuisine with European influences, that’s all reminiscent of its past. Some of the best places to see include the Sacred Heart Church and Chandannagar Museum.
Distance: 53 kilometres
Traveller Tip: Check out KMDA Park for its lush greenery and open space
Do not miss this beautiful and peaceful pilgrimage site located on the banks of the river Ganges. Located close to Kolkata, you can either drive or take a bus here. Some of the attractions apart from the impressive Tarkeshwar Temple include taking a tip in the Dudh Pukur Tank and visiting the Buddha Temple.
Distance: 62 kilometres
Traveller Tip: Mahashivratri is a popular religious festival celebrated here
If you want to get a sense of the roots of Bengal then visit this spot that boasts of natural beauty and clean air. This little village is located on the banks of the river Ichamati and is worth visiting for a day. Some of the attractions include a visit to Machranga Island.
Distance: 67 kilometres
Traveller Tip: Taki is well connected by roads and railways.
8. Piyali Islands
If you don’t want to make the journey to the Sundarbans, then stop by this perfect little getaway. After a scenic short drive from Kolkata, this region offers serene beauty, a great landscape and clean air. There are a number of trekking and boating options available here and if you love nature, don’t forget to go bird watching.
Distance: 70 kilometres
Traveller Tip: The best way to get here is by car
9. Golpatar Jungle
This is one of the lesser known spots to visit and we think it is best for a day trip as there are not too many overnight options. Located on the fringes of the Bangladeshi border, here you can enjoy boat rides on the nearby river. Do make sure to carry some ID as you may need to show it to enter the some parts of the forest.
Distance: 80 kilometres
Traveller Tip: To get here take local train from Sealdah to Taki Railway Station
This is a famous river port but travellers will be happy to know it has a lot to offer nature and heritage enthusiasts. The people here are very hospitable and here you can check out the Mahishadal Rajbari and Gopalajew Temple, spend some time along the marine drive, to get great views of the dock and port.
Distance: 91 kilometres
Traveller Tip: You get daily trains from Kolkata to Haldia
Places to visit near Kolkata: 100-150 kilometres from Kolkata
11. Sagar Island
This beach is located where the Ganges meets the Bay of Bengal, and this area is also host to the second largest festival in the world, the Gangasagar Fair, which is held annually in January. Sagar Island offers a nice getaway and also has quite a few historical attractions, making it a good weekend getaway.
Distance: 107 kilometres
Traveller Tip: Other attractions include the Sagar Lighthouse, Onkarnath and Kamil Muni temples
The Sunderbans is a great weekend trip for those who love the great outdoors. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the national park is spread over 54 tiny islands and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Here you will be able to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger, spotted deer, jungle fowl and Siberian ducks.
Distance: 109 kilometres
Traveller Tip: The Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary, Sagar Lighthouse and Dublar Char Island are worth visiting
This historic location is under a four hour drive from Kolkata. This holy town translates into nine islands and offers nearly 200 temples to visit. Here you can talk a walk through the beautiful winding forest paths, enjoy bird watching and relish some traditional local cuisine. ISKCON Temple, Radha Rani Temple and Purbasthali Bird are some sites to see.
Distance: 124 kilometres
Traveller Tip: The best time to visit is between October to March.
Bakkhali is located close to the Sundarbans and it offers a lovely getaway that’s close to the city. This is one of the most secluded white sand beaches in India and boasts of a 7 km long beach. It is the perfect way to spend a weekend – don’t miss catching the sunset on the beach.
Distance: 126 kilometres
Traveller Tip: Attractions include the Crocodile and Mangrove forest and Benfish Harbour
This small town is situated near the Damodar River and has taken off in tourism in the recent past thanks to its nature and religious sites. Some of the must see places here include the lush deer park, the stunning temples and even the lake park. There is a lot of culture to take in and we recommend you spend at least 2 days here.
Distance: 103 kilometres
Traveller Tip: October to March is the best time to visit
Places to visit near Kolkata: 150-200 kilometres from Kolkata
This is a popular spot to visit among tourists and locals alike. This town has a very young and modern vibe to it, and since you will find a lot of students here, there are a number of fun things to do. Some must visit attractions include Rabindra Bhavana Museum, Upasna Ghar, Tagore’s Ashram and Khoai Mela.
Distance: 161 kilometres
Traveller Tip: The best time to visit is from August to March as the weather is pleasant
A drive from Kolkata to Bishnupur will not disappoint thanks to the hassle free roads. One of the main attractions to see is the Bishnupur Museum, Jor Bangla Temple and Rasmanch, a terracotta-based pyramidal tower, which is an impressive structure.
Distance: 180 kilometres
Traveller Tip: This is a good place to pick up handwoven saris
This is a short drive from Kolkata and makes for a great short break as there are plenty of things to do here. There are a number of water sports to be enjoyed here and the cuisine is surely worth trying. Some of the places you have to check out include Digha beach and Marine Aquarium.
Distance: 184 kilometres
Traveller Tip: October to May is the best time to visit
Kolkata has many places close by that are great weekend options for tourists to visit. No matter what you’re looking for, these towns and villages will not disappoint with their rich heritage, culture, sites and nature. So, if you’re visiting Kolkata don’t forget to check out the nearby spots.