A village at the confluence of the Hooghly and Rupnarayan rivers, Gadiara is considered to be an ideal destination for weekend tourists and makes a good escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby Kolkata and Howrah.
Gadiara is about 50 km (31 mi) south of Howrah.
Regular buses are available from Esplanade in Kolkata. Bagnan–Garchumuk bus is available via the Shyampur bus stop and Shyampur–Gadiara bus is available from the Shyampur Bus stop.
Local trains are available from Howrah for Bagnan. Local conveyance bus, auto from Bagnan to Gadiara via Shyampur.
From Howrah, drive down NH 16 up to Bagnan (46 km (29 mi)) and turn left to Shivpur (33 km (21 mi)). The picnic spot is 1 km (0.62 mi) beyond Shivpur.
People who want to visit via Diamond Harbour can go there by ferry from Raichak, which is available from 5PM to 5.30PM.
- 1 Gadiara Ferry Terminal.
See and doEdit
The confluence of the Hooghly and the Rupnarayan rivers is the main sight in the town. The rivers are extremely wide here and the surroundings have a typical rural atmosphere. You can also enjoy river cruises in country boats. Picnic spots are available in the tourist complex.
- Gadiara Fort. In the 18th century, the British built a fort at this place to guard the entrance by the river against river pirates. However, the fort is now in ruins and is visible at low tides.
Flowers made of coconut leaf.
Eat and drinkEdit
Good Indian food at a reasonable price is available at New Chalantika Tourist Lodge. Basic local fast food stalls are situated near the bus stand. A bar is also there, open from 11AM to 11PM. Local green coconut is also available near the river bank.
- 1 Roopmanjari Tourism Property (Rupnarayan Tourist Lodge), ☏ +91 3214 263125. AC and non-AC rooms are available. Sheds/ open ground for picnics available. Bookings can also be done from Tourism Centre in Kolkata.
- New Chalantika Tourist Lodge, AC & Non-AC rooms ₹250-₹350-₹700, Reservation from Kolkata Phone 09433585945. Lodge direct phone: 03214-263108/127 Mob: 09732583213
- 1 Garchumuk. Another picnic spot, this time at the confluence of Damodar and Hooghly rivers. There's a deer park at Garchumuk.