Directions to Mandarmani



Map of Mandarmani.
Pradeep Kumar Hui writes (November 10, 2012):


While reaching Mandarmani, by mistake we took the newly built kaccha road which lies behind the hotels. The condition of that road is not at all good and it is so narrow that crossing of even two cars simultaneousy was very difficult. The first gear of my car was not working properly and on enquiry we came to know that getting a mechanic is almost impossible at Mandarmani and that one has to be brought from Kanthi, almost 50 km away from there. Luckily the next day I fixed the problem, otherwise we could not have come back through the normal beach road as one needs to drive up to a very steep height to reach the main road from the sea beach.



Raktim Banerjee writes (Oct 26, 2008):

"We started our journey at 5 O'Clock in the morning from Kolkata. I drove my car. I am sure you would enjoy the driving on the National Highway. From Kolkata I crossed Hoogly river using the second Hoogly bridge and proceeded to Kona Expressway. From Kona Expressway, I drove on NH 6 (Bombay Road) till Kolaghat. After crossing Kolaghat bridge I took a left turn onto the road towards Digha/Haldia. A landmark for the turn is a flyover on the highway. You need to take the left turn just before the flyover. An arrow sign pointing to an engineering college can be seen at this point.

After you leave Kolkata Mumbai National Highway you need to go for at least one hour. Ask anyone for directions to the road to Digha. You would reach a circle where the road forks. Take a right turn and proceed towards Digha. As far as I remember, the name of the place is Nandai Gajan. After taking the road to Digha, you go up to Chaulkhola. Form Chaulkhola there is a road to Mandarmani. When I went to Mandarmani, there were constructions on this road. I hope you would enjoy good road till Mandarmani.

At the last phase, the car needs to be driven on the beach to enter a hotel. The only way to enter a hotel is from the beach. There is a slope where the road ends and the beach starts. Lot of sands are accumulated on this slope. Many vehicles get stuck in this area and my car also got stuck in the sand. There are people available to push a stuck car and they charge money. Don't make any derogatory comment about them because they would raise the fee. We negotiated a fee of Rs. 200. When returning I negotiated a deal: I would pay Rs. 100 whether the car gets stuck in the sand or not. One of the local people sat beside me and instructed me. The trick for not getting stuck is that you run the car in second gear with almost full accelerator. This trick worked fine for me and I smoothly drove the car from the beach to the road."



The Road to Mandarmani. Photograph: Raktim Banerjee

A car gets stuck in the sand in Mandarmani. Photograph: Raktim Banerjee

Mandarmani Hotels

Eco Villa Digante The Sana Beach
Neel Nirjaney Anutri Rose Valley
Hirak Jayanti Ganapati Palace Sonar Bangla
JP Resort Debraj Blue Lagoon
Samudra Sakshi Shoreline Kings Crown
Dream Hut Tarangamala Samudra Bilas
Candlewood Garden Retreat Monsoon
Dreamland Priyajeet Masara

Susmita Chatterjee writes:

"We started from Kolkata around 12.30 A.M., Sunday, March 14, 2010. It was a long drive. But thankfully as it was already Sunday, the highway was pretty much clear. We continued our journey till Kolaghat. At Kolaghat we took a tea break, and then again we started. But as we were moving farther away from localities the smog seemed to increase. Visibility on the road was less than 10 meters as we were driving south. We crossed Mecheda, Contai almost at a speed of 30 km. We reached Chawalkhola around 4.30 A.M. It was dark all around. It was time for another tea break.

From Chawalkhola we needed to take a left turn and follow the village road till it ended at a seaside village called Dadanpatrabar. We were worried whether any resort would open its gates for us at such early morning, it could be that we needed to stay on the sea beach in the dark till the daylight came out. With anxiety and hope we ended up at Mandarmani sea beach and drove straight along the seashore and reached Rose valley."


From Wikitravel:

"From Kolkata, after crossing the VidyaSagar Setu, take the Kona Expressway. After driving a while turn left to Mumbai Road. Drive till you reach Kolaghat, and turn left toward Digha. 2km before reaching Contai Town you will reach Contai Bypass Road, a shortcut that will again drop you on the Kolkata-Digha road. Drive another 10 km to reach Chawalkhola. Take a left turn from Chawalkhola and follow the village road till it ends at a sea-side village called Dadanpatrabar, around 8km. From Dadanpatrabar take a right turn along a narrow road that runs for another 2-3 Km. At the end of this road, you can either drive straight along the sand or take a right turn again through a narrow village road to reach Mandarmani. The village road is just a soil road with dense vegetation and some population on both sides. There are no lights or any other amenities. This runs for another 3-4 Km. 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. "


The following link gives you a detailed roadmap to Mandarmani. This map is in Bengali script. This map shows Dadanpatra village which is close to Mandarmani. But Mandarmani is not shown in the map!

A beautiful map of the Bengal coast in Bengali script


By bus

Sohini Roy writes (December 05, 2007):

"Regular Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) buses are available from Esplanade to Digha. To reach Mandarmani, get off at Chawalkhola bus stop and take a taxicab. The taxi fare from Chawalkhola to Mandarmani ranges between Rs 350 to 400. Mandarmani resorts offer a car pick-up from Contai or Chawalkhola. Luxury whiteliner buses of West Bengal State Transport Corporation ply everyday from Dharamtala starting at 7.30 am onwards. The fare is around Rs 160 per person."

From Wikitravel:

From Kolkata, catch a bus at Esplanade or at Howrah headed for Chawalkhola, or any bus headed towards Digha. From Chawlkhola there are cycle-rickshaws and auto-rickshaws which you can take to Dadanpatrabar. From Dadanpatrabar, you can again get a cycle-rickshaw, but it is best to take the transport from Chawalkhola till Mandarmani since transport availability from Dadanpatrabar is very uncertain. Get off at Chawalkhola, and look for a taxicab. You may contact Bisu for a ride to Mandarmani. Fare would be about 200 to 250/- for a ride to Mandarmani sea beach.

State Transport Buses are available at a cost of Rs 76. A number of deluxe coaches run daily, fare: Rs 100-110. Whiteliners is the nicest option, departing Esplanade at 7:30AM, fare: Rs 205. Now (May 14th 2010) the Whiteliners bus service will charge you Rs 200 with an additional Rs. 5 as resevation charge. (Careful while booking as most of the time the bus is canceled for mechanical failures.) A/C Volvo buses of Royal Cruiser (Joy Dada) are plying from Kolkata to Digha from which one can disembark at Chawalkhola. Leaves IBT at 6:45 A.M. and Esplanede at 7:45 A.M. Ticket price till Digha is Rs 300."

By train

Sohini Roy writes (December 05, 2007):

"It takes around four hours to cover 185 kms from Shalimar train station (near Howrah) to Digha by train. The nearest station to Mandarmani is Digha. From Digha it takes around an hour by road to reach Mandarmani. However, direct trains are not available from Howrah to Digha. The trains available till Digha are listed below:

Shalimar-Digha Express leaves Shalimar at 8.04 A.M. On Sundays, the train departs from Howrah station instead of Shalimar at 7.45 A.M. You can get off either at Kanthi station or Digha. Vehicles are available from the entrance to the station to get to Mandarmoni.

Santragachi-Digha Passenger Express leaves Santragachi at 6.15 A.M. The train is not available on Sundays."





Shalimar-Digha Train. Photograph: Contai.info.
Actually, there are more trains to / from Digha. The following link gives the schedule of trains to / from Digha

Schedule of trains to / from Digha


Mandarmani Hotels

Eco Villa Digante The Sana Beach
Neel Nirjaney Anutri Rose Valley
Hirak Jayanti Ganapati Palace Sonar Bangla
JP Resort Debraj Blue Lagoon
Samudra Sakshi Shoreline Kings Crown
Dream Hut Tarangamala Samudra Bilas
Candlewood Garden Retreat Monsoon
Dreamland Priyajeet Masara


Mandarmani is on My Mind