The weather is getting milder as Durga Puja is approaching and this is the season when every Bengali is in a festive mood to celebrate and enjoy. If you want a break from the monotonous schedule of pandal hopping, bhuri bhoj, din and bustle of the city, then you should definitely think of visiting a beautiful and serene place like Mandarmani, which is the perfect getaway for enjoying nature and its beauty.
Mandarmani, a beautiful beach in the northern end of Bay of Bengal is about 180 kms away from Kolkata. It is one of the most beautiful bayside locations and is also said to be the longest drivable beach in India. The journey to Mandarmani by train or by road is amazing as you get a glimpse of rural Bengal.
The beach at Mandarmani is the principal tourist attraction and is thronged by beach lovers year round. It is a quiet place with very few people around and some good resorts and hotels of various price ranges. Mandarmani is also a wonderful place for fish lovers. It is famous for its exquisite sunrise and sunset, a perfect place to unwind away from the hectic life of the city.
If you want this Durga Puja to be unique and a memorable one, then Mandarmani can be your best pick. Some of the holiday hotel in Mandarmani provides a wide range of puja vacation packages where you can expect to enjoy the beauty of nature and yet feel at home. Some of the resorts that come up with special packages make all kinds of arrangements to celebrate Durga Puja in the resort itself. It starts from sashti with Debi Bodhon and goes on till Dashami with Bishorjon and sometimes till Ekadashi with Bijoya Sommeloni. This would provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the place and yet not miss the vibe of the puja.
Tourists can start enjoying the beach from early morning to late afternoon. Few local shops selling jewellery, shells or food can also be found on the beach. The beach lovers can enjoy the beauty of the place by just relaxing on the beach and watch the waves changing their color and pattern every now and then. The long beach is full of red crabs, which is yet another unique attraction of Mandarmani. After 3 pm, people start heading back to their resorts because of the high tide. Also, few tourists prefer visiting the Mohana, which is a short distance away from the beach, to view the sunset.
Though, Mandarmani is visited throughout the year, this Durga Puja would be the perfect time to enjoy while being attuned with nature.