Purba Medinipur District of West Bengal at a Glance

About Purba Medinipur District :

Purba Medinipur district with its headquarter at Tamluk was carved out of erstwhile district of Midnapore on 1st January 2002 under Burdwan Division. It is located in the southern part of West Bengal surrounded by Rupnarayan & Hooghly rivers in the East, Paschim Medinipur district in the West and North and Bay of Bengal in the South. Total area is 4151.64 sq.km predominantly under agriculture and partly under industries. It has four Sub-divisions namely Tamluk, Haldia, Contai and Egra, 25 Developmental Blocks and 5 Municipalities. After the delimitation, Purba Medinipur has two Parliamentary Constituencies and sixteen Assembly Constitutencies. The places of tourist interests in the districts are Devi Barghobhima temple, Tamluk Rajbari, Archeological Museum in Tamluk, Rakhit bati, Matangani Sahid Smarak, Maahishadal and Geonkhali, Kolaghat, Digha’s Beach, Mandarmani beach resort and Haldia.

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Tourist Places :

Tamluk :

Tamluk is the district headquarters of Purba Medinipur district. The present town is located on the banks of the Rupnarayan River close to the Bay of Bengal. The bank of river Rupnarayan is famous for picnic

There is a nearly 1150 year old Temple of Kali named here as Devi Barghobhima. This temple is a part of 51 Shakti Peethas. Puranas say that the small finger of left feet of Sati/Parvati fell here when Lord Vishnu cut the sacred Body of Goddess Sati into several pieces to make Lord Shiva quite.

Tamluk Rajbari is on the outskirts of town. The literal translation for “rajbari” is king’s house, once housing one of the many kings in West Bengal. The Mayura-dhwaja ( Peackok ) Dynasty had been named in Mahabharata, Bhagvat, Bramhabaibarto Puran etc as a very rich and wealthest one of that region.

There is an Archeological Museum in Tamluk; it is a must see place of the town. Mr Kamal Kundu is the one of the prominent person who did his best to run this museum. The Tamralipta Museum at Tamluk contains artifacts of tamra or copper. Inscribed copper templates comprise the documents of this museum. The museum has preserved a tamralipta of Greek inscriptions. The Tamralipta Museum preserves the historical heritage of Bengal.

Rakhit bati is the another place to visit in Tamluk. In the beginning of 19th century it was famous as a secrete center of the then revolutionary party ‘Anusilan Samiti’ & ‘Gupta samiti’. Famous historian Late Shri Tailakyanath Rakhit rebuilt this building.

Matangani Sahid Smarak at the side of pond called Banpukur at Abasbari Para near Tamluk Court is another place of tourist interest. During the ‘Ahimsa’ movement of 1942, while a crowd trying to capture Tamluk administrative building, British police open fire in which Smt Matangini Hazara became ‘Sahid’. Later on Mahatma Gandhi appreciated her bravery and titled her as ‘Birangana’. This monument is a homage to her by Ex- prime-minister, Smt Indira Ghandhi. This is about 7Km from Tamluk station and on the way to Tamluk college.

Digha :

Digha is a small but the most popular seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal, India. It lies at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal.It is located just 183 km from Kolkata/Howrah via Mecheda and 234 km via Kharagpur. Digha is connected to Kolkata/Howrah by a highway and a rail-link via Contai

Digha’s old beach isn’t as wide as it used to be due to heavy soil erosion. The beach is held together with big stones and concrete steps. Since it is one of very few popular beaches in West Bengal, overcrowding, especially during the cooler winter break, is another problem. A new beach has been developed at New Digha which is about 2 km from the old beach. This new beach is not only bigger than the old one, but might be considered a better one. It is clean and well-maintained and is not surrounded by a congested locality like the older beach. There are new and better hotels a walking distance from the beach at New Digha and the locality itself seems to be better planned. The entire stretch of the Digha seaface from Old Digha to New Digha is filled with casuarina plantations, which looks beautiful. Tourists come here and bath in the sea, stroll by the beach along the casuarina trees and enjoy the sights and scenes offered by this magnificent stretch of sea.

Apart from the sea, there is Asia’s largest marine aquarium, a science museum and a beautiful park all on the main road from Old Digha to New Digha. Another important spot near Digha is the Shiva temple at Chandaneshwar which is 6 km west of Digha. During the Bengali month of Chaitra, an annual fair is organised here which is attended by people from near and far

Mandarmani :

Mandarmani is a beach resort in Purba Medinipur district of South Bengal, one of the southern districts of West Bengal. It is almost 180km from Kolkata Airport on the Kolkata-Digha route and just 14km from Chaulkhola

From Chawlkhola you will get mechanised/non-mechanised cycle vans which will take you to a place known Dadanpatrabar. Though this is not proper Mandarmani which is about 5.5km. One thing what everyone should remember before going to Mandarmani is that there are no proper motorable road after Dadanpatrabar. After you reach Dadanpatrabar, you will have to drive through the sea beach. If there is high tide in the rainy season the beach gets partially submerged and sometimes you will have to wait till the low tide starts