Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta) is located on the eastern banks of the Hooghly river. One of the most populated cities in the world, Kolkata was also the capital of India from 1772 to 1911. Originally under the rulership of the Nawabs, the British took over control in 1772 because of the city’s strategic importance and wealth. The town has given rise to meteoric figures like Rabindranath Tagore and several others. It was and continues to be an essential place for heritage, culture and architecture.
You can see this firsthand and this article will help you with what can arguably be considered the top 10 places to explore in Kolkata.
Location: Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071
Victoria Memorial is a grand example of British architecture. Curzon had it built as a memorial to Queen Victoria. This monument eventually became a museum where sculptures, paintings and works of art are now displayed. It is a good place to go to understand the uniqueness of Indian culture and perseverance as a result of which it occupies the first spot on this list of top 10 places to explore in Kolkata.
Dakshineshwar Kali Temple
Location: Dakshineswar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700076
The temple was built in honour of Bhavatarini (a form of the Goddess Kali). The land on which the temple was built originally belonged to the Christian and the Muslim faith – integrated 3 faiths. Everyone is welcome to come and worship or see the Goddess.
Location: Kolkata, West Bengal 700001
Howrah Bridge is an engineering marvel built over the Hooghly river linking the two cities of Calcutta and Hooghly. It doesn’t have any support beams and was built in the 1900s which makes it all the more marvellous. It plays a vital role in the city’s functioning with its location. There’s a bus stand, railway station, and ferry making it one of the most accessible places ever. Howrah Bridges looks incredible at night when it is all lit up and more so on occasions like Independence Day or a certain festival where its colours are changed to match the occasion.
Location: JBS Haldane Ave, Mirania Gardens, East Topsia, Topsia, Kolkata, West Bengal 700046
Science City is one of the most iconic attractions of Kolkata. It is divided into 2 parts – the Science Centre and the Convention Centre. The Science Centre contains the attractions like Space Odyssey, Dynamotion, Science Exploration Hall, Maritime Centre and the Science Park. The Convention Centre as the name might indicate has one Main Auditorium, one mini-Auditorium and one Seminar Complex. These host conventions, exhibitions, trade shows and cultural programmes.
Location: 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Fire Brigade Head Quarter, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016
Established by Dr Nathaniel Wallich in 1814, The Indian Museum is one of the oldest museums in the world. It showcases the natural history and botanical information as well. It has ornaments, mummies, sacred texts and paintings as well.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Location: Cathedral Rd, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071
St. Paul’s Cathedral was built in 1847 in an Indo-Gothic style. It feels like going back to the 1950s with its peaceful prayer hall. A unique white structure surrounded by its adjoining garden is a must-visit place, especially during Christmas time.
Location: Major Arterial Road(South-East, Biswa Bangla Sarani, AA II, Newtown, Kolkata, West Bengal 700156
One of the greenest attractions in Kolkata is Eco Park. It is a massive place divided into 3 sectors – Eco Zone, Theme Gardens and Open Spaces. The park has amenities like halls, cottages, an island, and food outlets. It is often for marriage events, seminars, official events and such. There is a range of activities to do like kayaking, cycling, boat rides, paddling, riding the mini-train and many more.
Location: Salt Lake Bypass, Jheel Meel, HM Block, Sector IV, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700106
Nicco Park is known as the largest and most popular amusement park in India. Perfect for friends, family, and partners, the parks will be a fun experience for everyone. It has water ride attractions and those who want a non-wet fun experience won’t be feeling left out either. Bowling, hockey, derby, and darts are among some of the available games.
Nehru Children’s Museum
Location: Nehru children’s museum, 94/1, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020
An entertaining place to go with children is Nehru Children’s museum. The museum is unique in the way it helps children understand mythology, science, culture, tradition and art. The museum also hosts several art contests and workshops. It is a popular destination for school picnics and visits as well.
Location: Maidan, B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021
If you are an avid Cricket fan you have to know about Eden Gardens. It is the second-largest stadium in the world. While you will get to experience it fully in a T20 IPL match or an international match, it is a sight to behold and one of the many attractions that give Kolkata its uniqueness.
Last but not least I would like to say exploring all these top 10 places in Kolkata would be a great delight. However for instance if you would like to explore more there is a bonus addition to this list:
Chandannagar – A French-era city with charms like that of the moon itself. From its delicious street food and its attractive sites to visit, this city has a spirit of its own.
Have fun exploring the top 10 places in Kolkata!