Life during a pandemic situation is taking a toll on all of us. Being stuck at home for days on end, with nowhere to go outside, can be maddening for many. While this is of utmost importance in the current COVID-19 situation, one can’t help but daydream of days when all this will be over. To make through this bleak period, it's important that we have something good to look forward to. So here's a list of top weekend resorts near Kolkata where you can go for your first weekend trip once this lockdown ends.
After weeks on end being cooped up in our homes, it's only natural to look for a resort amidst green nature. Breathing Earth resort, 20 km from IIM Joka and 12 kms from Amtala, is one of the top weekend resorts near Kolkata. Away from the hustle-bustle of city life, this tranquil getaway boasts of pristine green lawns along with a good dose of raw nature. The rooms here are designed like mud huts, decorated with hand-crafted lamps and wall paintings. It also has a multi-cuisine restaurant to serve a variety of lip-smacking dishes and a well-maintained swimming pool where you can enjoy relaxing afternoons and evenings. The resort is ideal for family outings with several adventure activities like kayaking, archery, ziplining, rock climbing, zorbing, and more.
Another leading Kolkata-area resort, on the banks of Ganges River, this property is built like a royal fort, and focuses on offering guests an aristocratic experience. The rooms are lavishly decorated with antique-style furniture and luxurious accessories. But there are also plenty of modern amenities to enjoy here. Jump into the swimming pool, go for a boat ride on the river, or engage in activities like golf, badminton, table tennis, billiards, and more. The Ffort Raichak also boasts a number of fine restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, from authentic Bengali food to delicious Chinese.
In the town of Howrah, two hours' drive from Kolkata, this 60-room property is nestled in a quiet and idyllic ten-acre setting surrounded by abundant greenery. and offers amenities including a restaurant serving fine Bengali cuisine, a swimming pool, a gym, and indoor/outdoor amusements including games and a kids' playground. The Nirala is also very close to the ancestral home of famed early-20th-century Bengali novelist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (by some measures the most popular fiction writer in India's history), now open to visitors.
If it's the seashore that most appeals to you, consider this property a bit farther afield (some 3½ to four hours from Kolkata) in the resort town Mandarmoni. With 30 air conditioned rooms and cottages set on 12 acres right on the 13-kilometer beach, its amenities include buffet and à la carte dining specializing in fresh local seafood; 24-hour room service; a nice swimming pool; and a lovely spa with both Asian and Western-style treatments;