Bakkhali: A quiet sea-beach very near to my Kolkata residence: Part-IIContinued from Bakkhali: A quiet sea-beach very near to my Kolkata residence: Part-I
In the evening, we reached the sea-beach. The vastness of the dark blue water made my wife speechless. I perfectly understood her feeling. We sat on a bench on the beach. As that was a week-day, very few people were there. The beach was dimly lit, the sky was black (it was November evening), the sea in front of us was more black. We sat on the bench silently and listened to the roaring sound of waves. We returned from the sea-shore after 9 p.m, had our dinner and returned to the comfort of the Guest House.
Early morning next day, we again went to the beach and enjoyed the quiet and calm beauty of the Bay of Bengal. Then I took her to Henry's Island and she had a panoramic view of Sundarban from the watch-tower. In Henry's Island, we visited the beach. Not a single person was there on that beach. Innumerable red crabs were our only companion on that beach.
From Henry's Island, we visited Fraserganj, another neighouring locality. She, for the first time, saw the bund area ('bheri' in Bengali) where fishes are produced on a mass scale. We also visited the four wind-mills from where electricity is produced.
In the afternoon we hired a boat and visited the confluence of two rivers. The vastness of the rivers of Bengal again made my wife spell-bound. It seemed that there was no end of water, there was no limit. While returning, I showed her the famous mangrove forest of Sundarban. We also noticed a red piece of cloth tied on a tree, which signifies killing of a human being by a tiger at that place. In the late evening, we returned to Fraserganj dock and from Fraserganj, we returned to Bakkhali at a distance of 2 kilometers.
On the next day, we visited the very small Botanical Garden adjacent to the local forest Office. We returned from Bakkhali after a very satisfying short trip.
[Note for the tourists: (a) Try to visit Bakkhali in winter during week days. With very good connectivity, the place is now full of tourists from Kolkata during holidays. (b) Earlier, there was shortage of accommodation, but nowadays there are many hotels. But the State Government Guest House is the best. (c) Don't forget to taste sea-food at small eateries of Bakkhali. The food is unbelievably cheap compared to the sea-food in Goa or Kerala. Not only sea-food, you can also get fresh river-water fish in abundance. (d) However, it is not possible to watch the sunrise or sunset at the sea-beach of Bakkhali. The reason of this phenomenon is not known to me. May be this is due to its geographical position.]