Mandarmani is a beach resort in the Purba Medinipur district in Southern West Bengal.
The adjacent train station is at Contai and the adjacent airport is at Kolkata. It may be noted that at the instant there is no suitable road for the last 6km into Mandarmani, which compels to drive all along the beach, somewhat that the locals encourage, but has a seriously unfavorable affect on the neighborhood ecology, not to reveal the atmosphere of the beaches. But whilst driving on the beaches one needs to pursue the driving track or risk getting trapped in loose mud.
It's best to cover the whole stretch from Chawalkhola to Mandarmani before dark. The total trip from Kolkata is around 3.5 hours.
Distances are as follows: Esplanade - 63km - Kolaghat - 3km - Mecheda - 80km - Contai - 12.3km - Chawalkhola - 4km - Kalindi - 4km - Dadanpatrabar - 6km -Mandarmani - total 166km.
From Kolkata, bues are available from Esplanade or from Howrah heading towards Chawalkhola, or towards Digha. From Chawlkhola there are cycle-rickshaws and auto-rickshaws which you take to Dadanpatrabar. From Dadanpatrabar, cycle-rickshaws are avilable, but it is most excellent to take the transport from Chawalkhola till Mandarmani because transport accessibility from Dadanpatrabar is extremely uncertain.A number of deluxe coaches also run daily, Whiteliners is the best option.
A/C Volvo buses of Royal Cruiser are plying from Kolkata to Digha from which one can get down at Chawalkhola.
One would most possibly be walking between the resort and the beach, nevertheless if one needs to take a trip to longer distances, stay away from the excitement to drive on the beach more than essential.
On the beach, there is no electricity and after dark the only sources of light are the lights of the small beach-side shops which get their electricity from generators or batteries. As the evening progresses, the high tide causes the sea to rise. The sea takes up nearly a quarter of the entire width of the beach. If one had visited the beach for the duration of daytime, be careful as the sea will unquestionably be nearer in the evening.
What to See
* The beach – the majority people are here to spend time at the beach. The waves tend to be tranquil, speckled with a small number of fishermen going about their every day routine.
* The Delta – At the last part of the beach, there is a 'mohana' the place where a river meets the sea. There are a number of fishing settlements as well close by. This place is about 5-6 Km from the focal fraction of the beach where majority of the hotels or resorts are positioned. The place is really stunning with a picturesque backdrop. On one side of the river there are thick jhau trees, whereas on the further side is the fishing village. A bit remote from the village on the further bank of the river is intense vegetation.
One can observe the fishermen footing or wading through knee deep water while they lay their nets or to catch fish and crabs.
Red crabs are observable over a huge stretch of the beach near the Mohana.
Unwind, swim and get pleasure from the beach. It is likely to have lots of visitors around and that's the attractiveness of this beach. Actions include fishing, table tennis, carrom, beach cricket, volleyball, along with boat cruises. Sunbathing is most excellent from October to February. On the other hand, this beach is not frequently visited by foreign tourists and so if someone plans to sunbath at this point, be sure to take into account the local culture. Please bear in mind to carry essential medicines as there is no shop in close proximity in case of emergency.
* Fresh fish and crabs – occasionally obtainable from the local fishermen.
* Shells: the tiny shops dotting the beach as well sell small curios made out of shells and oysters. One can buy shell ornaments and further stuff. Beach balls, hats, toys, brought from the Kalindi market or Chawalkhola, are as well sold here.
Most of the resorts serve up distinctive Bengali food and Kolkata style Chinese cuisine. Nevertheless, food is a bit expensive because most of the items have to be brought from far-flung Kalindi market. The local raw resources accessible in the nearby village will not typically serve the necessities of the hotels or resorts.
Also, do not anticipate incredibly high quality food as the hotels habitually employ local people with no much proficiency as cooks. Nonetheless, the food is hygienic and normally hygienic. Crab along with Prawn preparations are worth savoring. Prices are negotiable.
The beach in addition has a number of little eateries which sell tea, snacks etc. If someone wants to have meals from at this point, you have to place an order with the owners, previously.
From the eateries you can borrow chairs to sit on the beach.
Green coconut water is generally sold by the neighboring farmers. One can get a restricted assortment of alcohol from the shops in the vicinity of the beach, but be sure to arrange of the containers accurately rather than littering the beach. In addition be informed that the alcohol is extremely costly.
Several resorts are spread along a 6 km stretch of beach:
* Debraj Beach Resort, +91 33 2231-0909 Three star facility adjacent to the beach, contemporary design, and all rooms come with a/c and en suite toilets.
* Digante, +91 98 3104-3365 A mid-priced beach retreat with a private sunbathing beach backed by sand dunes and Jhau plantations. AC rooms available
* Hotel Sonar Bangla, +91 98363-81994. All sea facing rooms.
* Garden Retreat,+91-9831167537, +91-9831769790, Eco-friendly beach resort with standard sea-facing and non sea-facing rooms. Restaurant serving delicious Bengali, Chinese and Tandoor dishes.
* Hotel Dream Land, +91 9804090739,AC/Non AC Sea View Cottages and Rooms, Multicusine Resturant.
* Neel Nirjaney, mandarmani, +91 93318 82883, On Call Doctor. Massage Parlour. Swimming Pool. Children's Park. Multi-Cuisine Restaurant (Palki). Car Parking. Car Rental. Sight seeing Facility.
* Resort Hirak Jayanti,033-2286-6969.Some sea-facing rooms and some with a/c. Can provide meals to hotel guests only.
* Rose Valley, 033-25006470,All rooms have a/c and face the sea.Boating, garden & a/c conference hall. Breakfast complimentary
* Samudra Sakshi Resort,+91 97 3286 1020. A resort with a small park, good for kids. Rs 400-1800. edit
* The Sana Beach, +91 3220 217252
* Tarangamala Guest House,+91 99 3297-7184, A basic mid-range hotel with cottages around a lake.
* Samudra Bilas, mandarmoni Sea beach 033-40078155. A village resort consisting of 14 rooms, rest are twin sharing, the resort have 32 bighas of land including ponds, children park, boating, restaurant.
* Hotel Sea Bird, Super Deluxe Cottage Sea Facing car parking Drivers Stay Free, Childrens Park Multi Cusine Restaurant, laundary service .On call Doctor.
* Shorelene, +91 9239572058. checkin: 12Noon; checkout: 11.30AM. Sea Facing, Sea View Rooms, Children's Play ground, Breakfast Complimentary.
* Resort Dream Hut, Mandarmoni sea beach, 9831417919. A seaside Resort with modern amenities, children's play ground, swimming pool, Multicusine restaurant, A/C & Non A/C Rooms with attach bath with T.V & intercom.
* Masara Beach Resort, 09903814999, Built on a natural sand dune with an old English colonial look with similar coloured cottages, brick paths through flower gardens and waterbody.
* Eco Villa, Mandermani, 9933856580, Newly opened boutique hotel, rooms are all sea facing with antique cottage villa, all food starting from Indian, chinese, bengali etc