Escape To Henry Island For Quiet Beaches and Perfect Sunsets
Henry Island gives you virgin beaches, scenic spots and fresh seafood – the perfect quiet getaway for a day.
What Makes It Awesome
Henry Island is a quaint beach a 4-5 hour drive away from Kolkata. Just 5 kilometres away from the small town of Bakkhali, it is all about long stretches of golden sand, red crabs and picturesque views which make for the perfect setting for your next photoshoot.
The sunrises and sunsets are absolutely stunning. Unlike Digha and Mandarmani, the beach is deserted, secluded and clean. If you carry a torch, you can even explore the beach at night. During the day, the scenic beach is ideal for photoshoots.
During low tide the sea water recedes and a host of red crabs covers the golden sand of the beach. The water goes so far back it looks like a lake. Watch out because as harmless as the sea may look during low tide, high tide can be extremely dangerous and it isn’t advisable to wander into the water then.
The local fisheries serve fresh seafood. The fish and prawns still taste like the ocean and are a must-try for seafood lovers. The remote lonely beach is populated by a handful of tourists and local fishermen so if you’re looking for a serene location to spend the day, this quiet getaway is where you can head.
It's highly recommend you drive there using your private car or a rented car. The drive will take about 4 hours with a stop at one point where you’ll have to load your car on to a ferry to cross the river. You can access Henry Island by train but it does take quite a while since you will have to catch a bus from the station. Separated from Bakkhali by a narrow creek, you can hire a vehicle if you haven’t brought your own car.
If you do choose to go by train, catch the Namkhana Local via Lakshmikantapur from Sealdah. There’s one at 7:15 am and another at 9 am. You may want to wake up early and hop on the 7:15 train so you can spend the whole day at the island. It takes about 3 hours to complete the train journey after which you have to reach the ferry by bus or rickshaw and then cross the river by boat.