Map of Kolkata Attractions
|List of Attractions in Kolkata|
|Eden Gardens||Dakshineshwar Kali Temple||Victoria Memorial Hall|
|Howrah Bridge||South Park Street Cemetery||St. Paul's Cathedral|
|Marble Palace Kolkata||Birla Industrial & Technological Museum||Park Street|
|Jorasanko Thakur Bari||Indian Museum||Fort William|
|Kolkata Trams||Birla Temple|
Attractions of Kolkata include a number of historical, scenic, recreational and religious places of interest. From east to west and north to south, Kolkata has a rich store of enticing tourist places.
Victoria Memorial, made up of white marble, is another major Kolkata tourist attraction which reminds the visitors of the Colonial Era in East India. Howrah Bridge with a length of 450 meter represents an unparalleled manifestation of the engineering mastery.
The northeastern part of the city houses yet another popular tourist attraction of Kolkata - Nicco Park.
Being a perfect amusement site, Nicco Park offers a number of fun rides like toy train, water chute, pirate ship, flying saucer and many others.
Eden Gardens, which came into being in the year 1864, is probably one of the oldest attractions of the city situated in central Kolkata. Indian Museum, a prestigious site having 60 galleries, is a must-visit attraction of Kolkata. The galleries of Archeology, Botany, Art, Geology, Zoology and Anthropology are present in the Indian Museum which is located at the Jawaharlal Nehru Road in Kolkata.
Apart from the above mentioned ones, Kolkata has many other tourist attractions within its geographical premises. Fort William, Writer's Building, Kolkata Museum, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Marble Palace and Alipore Zoo are among the several attractions in Kolkata that attract huge number of visitors all through the year.
Howrah Bridge was built in the year 1939 over Hoogli River in Kolkata. As one of the major attractions of Kolkata, Howrah Bridge has a length of 450 m. The vehicles and pedestrians were allowed to pass through the Bridge from the year 1943.
Being supported by 280 ft high towers that are placed at a distance of 76 ft from each other, Howrah Bridge was constructed without nuts or bolts. A balanced structure having no pylons, Howrah Bridge has 325 ft anchor arms. There are two 15 ft footpaths on both sides of the Bridge. Also, the Bridge Deck measures 71 feet. Recently on 23rd of November, 2006, Howrah Bridge became one of the lighted bridges with Magenta and Gold color illumination.
Also known as Rabindra Setu, Howrah Bridge is a must-visit attraction of Calcutta. Apart from being an excellent example of engineering skill, Howrah Bridge also facilitate connectivity between Howrah and Kolkata. As per the records, Howrah Bridge provides transportation facility to 100, 000 vehicles everyday including passers-by.
People can reach Howrah Bridge in Kolkata through the nearest railhead - Howrah Station. Taxis and buses are also available to reach the Bridge. There are several places of interest near Howrah Bridge like BBD Bagh, Eden Garden, Bara Bazar and Millennium Park.
Symbolizing the excellent engineering and designing accomplishment, Howrah Bridge of Calcutta should be visited by one and all.
Birla Industrial and Technological Museum
Birla Industrial and Technological Museumlocated on the Gurusaday Road in Kolkata, is the first science museum in Asia and is aided by the Government of India. The museum was opened to the public on May 2nd, 1959.
Alipore Zoo is located at Alipore Road and is considered to be one of the most-visited tourist destinations in Kolkata. Alipore Zoo is also known as Alipore Zoological Gardens. It is spread over 45 acres of land and has a wide collection of plant and animal species. On January 1, 1876 Prince of Wales, Edward VII officially inaugurated this Zoo. However, it was only on 6th May of the same year that the zoo was opened to the public.
Maidan Metro Station is situated very close to this zoo. It is one of the biggest Zoos in West Bengal. Subit Chowdhury is the present director of Kolkata Alipore Zoo.
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is situated in the heart of the city near the High Court of Kerala. The sanctuary is home to a number of bird species. Both the residents and migratory birds are found in this sanctuary. Some of the most common birds which are seen in the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary of Kochi include the Little Cormorant and Black-Crowned Night.
The Bird Sanctuary of Mangalavanam plays a significant role in balancing the ecology of Kochi. The mangroves of the sanctuary keeps a check on the air pollution of the city, thus it is also called as the 'green lung of Kochi'. Mangalavanam bird Sanctuary is surrounded by the backwater and the sea.
How to reach the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
The Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary of Kochi can be easily accessed by the travelers from Cochin Airport and Ernakulam railway station.
Accommodations in Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
Adventurist and bird watchers can stay in a number of private lodges and government guest houses. Some of the well-known living options of the area include:
- PWD Rest Houses
- Govt. Guesthouse of Eranakulam
- Forest Rest House at Mangalavanam
Marble Palace is situated in the northern part of Kolkata at Muktaram Babu Street of Chorabagan. Raja Rajendra Mullick constructed the Marble Palace in 1835 with the use of 126 types of marbles. The Palace is one of the prime attractions of Kolkata. Statues, curios, paintings and sculptures are the major assets of Marble Palace in Calcutta.
The interior of Marble Palace reflects the magnificence of Gothic style. The verandas resembling the Chinese pavilion capture the imagination of visitors in no time. Impressions of Oriental, Greek and Roman architecture are also visible in the Marble Palace.
Indian Museum located on Jawahar Lal Nehru Road, is a popular tourist attraction in Kolkata. Also known as Jaadughar, it is the ninth oldest museum in the world. As it is centrally located, access to the museum is easy from all locations. This three storeyed building covers an area of 930 square meters. The museum features various art collections, mobile exhibition van, fossil collections, Egyptian mummy, collection of meteorites, a library and the varied museum publications. This museum is a self governing institution aided by the Department of Culture of the Government of India.