Being the cultural and intellectual hub of India, Kolkata has a lot to offer to witness its artistic grandeur, dazzling culture, and literary legacy. Apart from its rich history, and ancient culture, here are some of the best places for nature lovers to visit in Kolkata which form an essential part of the city’s tourism.
If you are here in the city for current IPL matches, you should definitely check out these serene places to experience nature in its purest form.
The former British capital of India has beautiful parks and lakes which prove to be an exhilarating experience for the visitors.
A Kolkata sightseeing tour is truly incomplete without visiting the ‘Harbour Bridge of India.’ Titled as the ‘oldest but the busiest’ place in Kolkata, it is a 705 m long bridge and is considered to be amongst the best places to visit in the evening where you can hang out with your friends and gaze out at the lit bridge sparkling in the dark.
Sundarbans is one of the natural wonders of the world. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a part of the world’s largest delta formed by the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna. It spans from the Hooghly River in India’s state of West Bengal to the Baleswar River in Bangladesh.
Home to most famous Royal Bengal Tigers, it is also the largest tiger reserve and national park in India. Other than wildlife, the Sunderbans are an epitome of breathtaking natural beauty and the most surreal landscapes. The place is best suited for all time nature lovers.
If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful place amidst nature, this is the place to be. Rabindra Sarovar is an artificial lake in Kolkata and was earlier known as ‘Dhakuria Lake’. It’s a serene lake with lots of birds and a small bridge over it. One can spot ducks in the lake which makes it ideal for nature lovers.
The lake, which serves as home to a huge variety of fishes, measures 73 acres in surface area. Countless shrubs and trees, some of which are over 100 years old, embrace the lake from all sides.
These gardens are known for their extensive floral diversity. Located along the western banks of River Ganga, Botanical Garden is a 273-acre park and houses more than 12,000 different species of plants. For those who wish to witness the mesmerizing beauty of nature, should definitely visit this place.
It is open from 10 am to 7 pm and has an entry fee of Rs. 10 per person.
Built along the banks of the Hooghly river, during the British rule, Princep Ghat is a memorial inspired by Greek and Gothic styles of architecture. It is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata at night as the setup becomes totally lit with dazzling lighting throughout the place.
Surrounded by lush greenery on all sides, it’s the perfect spot for energizing evening walks amidst absolutely natural surroundings. People come here to conduct religious rituals, take a dip in the water, or go boating. The place also has a number of food stalls which kind of makes it a picnic spot too.
New Town Eco Park
Located in New Town, Kolkata, this Eco tourism park is a wonderful place to be at.
New Town Eco Park is an urban park in Rajarhat, Kolkata and the biggest park so far in India. The park is situated on a 480 acres plot and is surrounded by a 104 acres waterbody with an island in the middle. It offers fun activities like cycling, bird watching, kayaking, boating, etc.
The beauty of the location increases ten folds because of a water body that surrounds the park and forms an island in the middle. It is often visited by picnickers or those who want a quick escape from mundane lives. The beautiful and well-maintained landscape is a perfect retreat for nature lovers.