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Piyali Island, West Bengal Overview

Situated at a distance of 72 kms from Kolkata, Piyali is a pristine island in West Bengal. Covered in lush greenery and boasting of surreal natural beauty, the island is an ideal weekend getaway and is a haven for birdwatchers. Nestled at the confluence of the rivers Matla and Piyali, the mangroves covered Piyali Island can be reached by crossing a small bridge atop river Piyali. The island provides peace and tranquility like no place else and is also considered the gateway to the renowned Sundarbans National Park. In addition to this, you can spot exotic birds as the place is home to a wide variety of bird species and/or go boating in the Piyali river. The place provides several accommodation options and is also a popular picnic spot in the region.

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Things to Do at Piyali Island

  1. The island has a rich avifauna diversity. It is home to several exotic bird species and several others migrate here every season. So remember to carry a pair of binoculars to spot some of these beauties.
  2. There are several pedal and motor boating options available at the Piyali River which you can avail.
  3. The Piyali Dam connects the island to the mainland. The serene spot is an ideal picnic destination and the ripples of water flowing beneath is a visual treat to the eyes.
  4. You can also explore the surrounding villages, take a peek into the rural lifestyle and also interact with the locals.
  5. The surrounding dense mangrove forests and the green paddy fields are a perfect place to take a walk and to find peace amidst nature.

Best Time to Visit Piyali Island

The best time to visit Piyali Island is during the winter months of October to December when a lot of migratory birds are visiting. The island comes alive with colours and activity. Most tourists visit the island during this time including the avid birdwatchers and photography enthusiasts.

How to Reach

The nearest airport to Piyali Island is Kolkata Airport and the nearest railway station is Barasat. From here, there are shared cars and autos available that can take you to the island. But if you are driving or you are travelling by a private vehicle from Kolkata, take the right road to Baruipur Railway Gate road towards Gochoran crossing. Take a left from here to reach Mohishmari crossing. This road will take you to Piyali Island. The total time estimated during the journey from Kolkata to Piyali Island is ideally 2.5 hours.

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