Year 2008 was amazing for me – “travel”-wise! I visited:

I am happy 2009 started well too – “travel-wise!” ๐Ÿ™‚

Mandarmani - Road guide

I was at Mandarmoni with 3 of my friends in the weekend just gone by. Mandarmani is a virgin beach in the East Midnapore district of West Bengal. It took us over 5 hours to cover the 165 Kms between Kolkata and Mandarmani. It is actually supposed to take only around 3.5 – 4 hours but thanks to traffic congestion, road repairs and a deluge of weekend-revellers meant, we managed to stretched it! To find detailed directions on how to get there, click here!

What I really liked about Mandarmani is its virgin nature! ๐Ÿ˜‰ .. It is pollution-free, non-commercial (at least not yet!), is amidst very natural surroundings and even on a “long weekend” (23rd – 26th January with 26th being a Monday), we had enough private space on the beach – even though each of the 8-odd resorts in Mandarmani were full . Just gives you the feeling that it is an “ideal” get-away for people wanting to avoid the hustle and bustle of Kolkata’s city life and the Digha beach!

I regret not carrying my camera along – for more reasons that one! Anyway, found some pictures on the Wikitravel link for Mandarmani. Just thought I’d share! ๐Ÿ™‚


16 thoughts on “Weekend @ MANDARMANI!

  1. @ arijit,

    I do not remember the name of the hotel where we stayed. There are 8 or 9 sets of cottages next to each other – one of those.

    Charges would be somewhere around Rs. 800 per night for a Double room, I guess.

  2. BEWARE GUYS WHO ARE THINKING FOR MANDARMONI.I went Mandarmoni on 7.1.2010 to 9.1.2010 and stayed in a resort called GARDEN RETREAT. Beware that’s the worst Romm service and hotel I have ever stayed.The beach is not very Virgin and crowded place full of touts.102 hotels are there but very poor infrastructure.Go there see Hotel then book never from Kolkata unless you book very renowned loike Sana or Rosevalley.
    Be very cautious.

    Aniruddha Nag

  3. Mandarmani is a beautiful place. It’s one of the few beaches if not the only one where you can drive down as close to the shore as you’d like to. I visited this year and found no touts and the place was not populated.

  4. Hi,

    I will be going to Mandarmani the coming weekend (20-21 Nov 2010). Heard the roads after Chalkhola are better now and motorable even by a small car…..Will update soon after my return.

  5. 31st Dec 2010 We visited Mandarmoni. It is a very nice place for a weekend trip. The Beach is very nice. But one thing I would like to suggest you please do not stay at “Candlewood Park Beach Resort & Spa”. It is the worst hotel I have seen in mondarmoni. This time out of 10 members 6 members were seriously ill (Vomiting & Stomach Problem) after taking their food. Kitchen & dining is not at all hygienic. We booked for package. which is having food included. Food cost 500/- rs per person per day. The food was so bad we wanted to cancel it from second day. We talked with hotel’s manager & owner but both of them said you have to pay for all the days. Other wise you pay for it and then you take food from outside. And that too very rudely. The hotel owners behavior was also very bad. He just wanted to make money. In 500 Rs they provided Breakfast, lunch, tiffin & dinner. In Breakfast they provided 6 puri’s and sabji, one egg & one sweet. If anyone want one extra puri he/she has to pay extra for that. For lunch they provided one piece on Fish and dinner 3 pieces of chicken. And one plate of rice. If anyone need one extra piece of chicken or fish have to pay extra charge for that. In one single sentence “Candlewood Park Beach Resort & Spa” is the worst hotel in mandarmoni. Management, food and hotel staffs are very very bad.

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  8. Thanks for information of this unique hotspot for one day picnic. Think it is becoming more popular than Digha how about the resorts at Mandarmoni are they worth staying for a week. Apart from the beach are there any other nearby places to visit

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