Mandarmani (or Mandarmoni, Mandarbani) is a beach in Southwest Bengal in India.
I have traveled so may places & beaches but Mandarmani is a destination which is special among all bikers, not because of waves but for sand.. yes... this is a place which is more famous for its sandy beach then the sea itself. its a place for bikers delight... riding through the sandy trails is real fun...
In my places to travel list, the destination was revolving for a long time ever since i shifted to Kolkata but due to the distance (185 Kms from Kolkata) and right opportunity it was getting canceled every time.
So one fine Friday after my office hours i planned to go for it.. i called up my friend and asked him if he wanted to join me as my pillion for the trip, the plan was to go to his place and then go to mandarmani the next day. My friends place is 150 KMs from Kolkata which i reached within 3 hours.
Next day morning some important work came up due to which the plan needs to cancel for that day, by that time i was thinking that this time too the trip needs to be canceled. My friend told, lets go tom morning for sure, i readily agreed to that..
So next day early morning around 5:30 AM we started from my friends place and reach Panskura mode(65 Kms) at 7:00 AM. we took a short cut as displayed in the google map, which goes from panskura to join Kolkata-Digha road but which ultimately became a long cut due to occasional traffic jam because of haat(Sunday bazzar).
We reached Nandakumar(37 Kms) at around 8:00 AM where we had small tea/snack break and then continue our journey, the road from here is really superb with such a good scenery in both side of the roads we thought of enjoying the route by driving a bit slower, 2 km before reaching Contai Town we took Contai Bypass Road, a shortcut that will again drop on the Kolkata-Digha road. The time was already 9:30 and we were dead hungry so we had our b'fast at contai bypass(52 Kms).
Chawalkhola(12Km). 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.
The total trip from Kolkata is around 3.5 hours.
Distances are as follows: Home- 65 km - Panskura- 37 km - Nandakumar - 52 Km - Contai - 12.3 km - Chawalkhola - 4 km - Kalindi - 4 km - Dadanpatrabar - 6 km -Mandarmani - total 180 km.
It's best to cover the whole stretch from Chawalkhola to Mandarmani before dark.
If coming from from Kharagpur drive down the Chennai Highway. This is a good road but drivers need to be careful of the buses and trucks travelling at high speed. Drive for about 40 km till Belda where you have to leave the Chennai Highway and turn left to enter Belda village and proceed towards Egra. This road is comparatively narrow and filled with potholes. Clusters of small villages and towns will come up regularly. From Egra a sharp right hand turn will lead you to Contai from where the road extends towards Chwalkhola. You may also continue straight from Egra to reach Kanthi (Contai) and then take a right turn from there to reach Chawalkhola. From Chawalkhola there is a sharp left turn leading towards Mandarmoni. The road side area is densely populated on both sides and the road has speed breakers placed maybe every few hundred meters. Be extremely careful while driving on this road as the speed breakers may be a bit too high for cars with low ground clearance. There is no electricity in this area and it is strictly advisable to travel before dark. This road will lead towards Dadanpatrabar village where one can go directly towards the beach or take a right turn and travel parallel to the beach for approximately a 100 m, from there one can enter the beach. The distance from Chawalkhola to Mandarmoni is 13 km but it takes approx. 25 to 30 mins by car due to the narrow road.