India -> West Bengal Attractions -> Hooghly River -> Falta-Nainan
We walked south of Hotel Rajhans (take a left after coming out of the hotel) and reached a dirt road that wound its way into what looked like a wood. A short hike down this dirt track and we were there - the hidden meadow. It is wonderfully green and magically hidden by the trees around it. There was a small stream flowing into the Hooghly on one side. A large brick kiln stood some distance away and added colour to the scenery.
We were in Nainan, a town on the east banks of the River Hooghly – south of Budge Budge and north of Noorpur. The Nainan area is the site of the Falta Export Processing Zone. The town of Falta is actually 4-5km north of this place.
What to see:
The biggest attraction is the river – the best place to spend a lazy day is the meadow to the South of Hotel Rajhans.
There is a narrow road that runs along the bank from Hotel Rajhans to the Nainan Ferry Jetty to the North. Though the road was potholed when we went, it was a pleasant walk. One can also sit on the sloping banks and watch the river go by – or maybe watch the fishermen get their catch.
We were told that in season you can get Hilsa (a fish), fresh from the river – didn’t see any of it when we went in summer.
The only place to stay at Nainan (or Falta Export Zone) is Hotel Rajhans. The rooms were not up to the mark – carpets torn – plasters peeling off etc. The toilets were clean and the staff friendly. The swimming pool looked definitely scary – the water was a mossy green. Great for the algae but I suspect bad for humans. The food was good – but the view from the rooms could have been better. Simple things, like the Aircon blocking the river view, narrow windows, etc, make me wonder why the owners and the architect (if there was one) didn’t apply their minds.
There are buses to Nainan from Esplanade and Taratala in Kolkata. SD9/1 starts from Esplanade and goes to Noorpur via Nainan. Some of the SD14s go up to Nainan. You can get them from Taratala in Kolkata. The CSTC also runs buses to Nainan from Esplanade.
Hit Diamond Harbour road from Kolkata. Travel straight down south via Joka, Amtala till you reach a place called Sarisha Hat (not to be confused with Sarisha which is further down). Take a right towards Falta Export Processing Zone. Straight on till you reach a place called Bhadura Hospital Crossing. At this point take a left towards Nainan Ferry Ghat – and at Nainan Ferry take another left. This road travels right up to Noorpur – much before that you would reach the Nainan Police Station. The narrow road to the Police station goes straight to Hotel Rajhans. My strong advice is that you ask someone for directions once you reach Bhadura Hospital Crossing.
When to go:
Winter is the best time, unless you want to watch the swollen Hooghly during Monsoons.