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Bakkhali —  town  — Coordinates Country  India State West Bengal Time zone IST (UTC+5:30) Website s24pgs.gov.in This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (August 2008) Bakhkhali Beach Bakkhali (Bengali: বক্‌খালি) is seaside resort in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. It is located on one of the many deltaic islands spread across southern Bengal. Most of the islands are part of the Sunderbans, barring a few at the fringes. 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. It has a 7 km long beach stretching from Bakkhali to Frasergunj with gently rolling waves. These are twin towns now forming one continuous locality. Casurina trees line the beach. Except on an occasional holiday the beach is not crowded. Even if one part is crowded on a particular day, there will be plenty of barren pockets. A small stretch near Bakkhali has been lighted up. It is a hard beach suitable for cycling or even driving. One can take long walks. Contents 1 Legendary Fraser 2 Activities 3 Tourism 4 References 5 See also 6 External links // Legendary Fraser Sir Andrew Fraser, Lieutenant Governor of Bengal in the early twentieth century ([1]), is credited with “discovery” of the place. He tried his best to popularise it and in recognition of his efforts a part of the town is named Frasergunj. There is a dilapidated house near the beach, which according to the locals was the one in which Fraser used to stay. remains of Sir Andrew Fraser’s house at Frasergunj Local legend has it that he had landed at the place accidentally because of a shipwreck and was helped to survive by a local woman named Narayani. Fraser fell in love with her and visited her regularly. His detractors sent word about his goings on to his wife staying back in England. She came rushing to India and with the assistance of British troops had Narayani shot down. Frasergunj was earlier known as Narayanitala. Activities Bakkhali is unique in many ways. The windmills in Frasergunj generate power for the small locality. These are visible from many places all around. Some of the hotels use solar heaters for heating water. The rickshaw van is the only form of local transport. Buses and trekkers transport people all day long. Windmills at Frasergunj Fishing is the primary occupation of the people all around because the salinity of the environment saps the fertility of the land. There is a fishing harbour at Frasergunj and Benfish, a wing of the state government has a presence nearby. Bakkhali and Frasegunj 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 sackfuls of dried fish is a common sight. Tourism The drive from Diamond Harbour is enjoyable as the road runs through sleepy villages and small market places, occasionally crossing a creek. All the creeks have bridges over them, excepting the Doania Hatania creek at Namkhana. The ferry crossing for cars, buses and humans is a memorable experience for city dwellers. Ferry crossing across the Hatania Doania creek at Namkhana Jambudwip and Lothian are two forested islands nearby. However, neither has any wild animals. The only means of travel to the islands is by the crude motorised country boat and then there are no jetties in the islands. One has to jump out of the boat and wade through water to the beach. With tourist-friendly approach of the local population tourism is picking up fast. Travel from Kolkata has become easier. The railway track has been extended to Namkhana. There already are plenty of hotels. Many more are coming up. References ^ Andrew Fraser on Banglapedia See also Sundarbans Ganges Delta For travel details see Bakkhali travel guide from Wikitravel External links Travel stories published in The Telegraph and The Statesman v • d • e Cities and towns in South 24 Parganas district Alipore Sadar subdivision Alipore · Amtala · Balarampur · Batanagar · Birlapur · Bishnupur · Bowali · Budge Budge · Chak Enayetnagar · Chak Kashipur · Chata Kalikapur · Kanyanagar · Maheshtala · Nungi · Pujali · Uttar Raypur Baruipur subdivision Baishnabghata Patuli · Baruipur · Bhangar Raghunathpur · Harinavi · Jaynagar Mazilpur · Kultali · Narendrapur  · Rajpur Sonarpur · Uttar Durgapur Diamond Harbour subdivision Bilandapur · Diamond Harbour · Falta · Kulpi · Magrahat · Mandirbazar · Mathurapur · Raichak · Raidighi · Uttar Kalas Kakdwip subdivision Bakkhali · Kakdwip · Namkhana · Patharpratima · Sagar Island Canning subdivision Basanti · Canning · Gosaba Related topics South 24 Parganas topics · People from South 24 Parganas district · Haliday Island Wildlife Sanctuary · Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary · Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary · Sundarbans · Sundarban National Park Cities and towns in other districts Bankura · Bardhaman · Birbhum · Cooch Behar · Dakshin Dinajpur · Darjeeling · Hooghly · Howrah · Jalpaiguri · Malda · Murshidabad · Nadia · North 24 Parganas · Paschim Medinipur · Purba Medinipur · Purulia · Uttar Dinajpur West Bengal portal v • d • e South 24 Parganas topics General Bonbibi · Gangaridai • Haliday Island Wildlife Sanctuary · Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary · Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary · Sundarbans · Sundarban National Park Locations Bakkhali · Raichak · Sonakhali Islands Ghoramara Island · Hemry Island · Lohachara Island · Sagar Island Subdivisions Alipore Sadar · Baruipur · Canning · Diamond Harbour · Kakdwip Rivers Adi Ganga · Bidyadhari · Gosaba · Hooghly · Matla · Muri Ganga · Piyali · Saptamukhi · Thakuran Transport NH 117 · Kalighat Falta Railway · Eastern Railway · Kolkata Suburban Railway Lok Sabha constituencies Diamond Harbour · Jadavpur · Jaynagar · Mathurapur Vidhan Sabha constituencies Gosaba • Basanti • Kultali • Patharpratima • Kakdwip • Sagar • Kulpi • Raidighi • Mandirbazar • Jaynagar  • Baruipur Purba • Canning Paschim • Canning Purba • Baruipur Paschim • Magrahat Purba • Magrahat Paschim • Diamond Harbour • Falta  • Satgachia • Bishnupur • Sonarpur Dakshin • Bhangar • Kasba • Jadavpur • Sonarpur Uttar • Tollyganj • Behala Purba • Behala Paschim • Maheshtala • Budge Budge • Metiaburuz Former Vidhan Sabha constituencies Mathurapur  • Garden Reach • Dhakuria • Kabitirtha • Alipore See also Cities and towns in South 24 Parganas district · People from South 24 Parganas district · Community Development Blocks in South 24 Parganas district Other districts Bankura · Bardhaman · Birbhum · Cooch Behar · Dakshin Dinajpur · Darjeeling · Hooghly · Howrah · Jalpaiguri · Kolkata · Malda · Murshidabad · Nadia · North 24 Parganas · Paschim Medinipur · Purba Medinipur · Purulia · Uttar Dinajpur