Fun Things To Do in Kolkata


Kolkata is renowned in India for its heritage and literary richness apart from the trams, the country’s first metro train and delicious Bengali cuisine. For anyone who happens to be in the city of joy, here are the top 12 fun things to do in Kolkata.

1. Indian Botanical Garden

There are numerous historical monuments, museums and temples in Kolkata. Visiting Indian Botanical Garden is certainly something new. You can have a look at almost each and every plant of the world in this garden. The Indian Botanical Gardens is famed its  Great Banyan Tree,which boasts of having the largest canopy in the world.  You would surely come out with a feeling of relaxation and delight.

Address: Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Botanical Survey of India, Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal
Timings: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

2. Adventure Rides at Nicco Park

Kolkata’s very own Disneyland Nicco Park is a great place to hang out with your family. There are a large number of thrilling rides and a huge lake over here. Kids would obviously enjoy to their fullest. An entire day would not be sufficient to visit this wonderful amusement park. You cannot get enough of this place, no matter what. To add to its awesomeness, there is delicious food too.

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Address:  Jheel Meel, Sector IV, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700106
Timings: 10.30 am to 7.30 pm

3. India’s largest Science City

This place has been developed by the Developed by the National Council of Science Museums, and is one of the largest and finest scince museums in the world. Fun with learning is the main highlight of Kolkata’s Science City. Science Park, Space Odyssey and Dinosaurs complex are must visits here. They even have a toy train and rope way to entertain the kids.

Address: J.B.S Haldane Avenue, Kolkata, West Bengal
Timings: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

4. Nalban for boating

If you are looking for an ideal and peaceful place to enjoy with family, go to Nalban and enjoy boating. Its like a oasis of serenity  in the middle of the madness of the city. The attractions of the place are the paddle boats, shikaras & the hovercraft.

Address: HM Block, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700106
Timings: 9am to 8am 

5. Eco Tourism Park

The New Town Eco Park is a huge green park in Rajarhat, Kolkata. The park is spread over 480 acres  and is surrounded by a 104 acres of waterbody with an island in the middle. Inside one can find children play area with rides, wings and slides, restaurants and theme gardens. A perfect place for a day out, picnic or just for spending some good time with family and friends.
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Address: Major Arterial Road (South-East), Action Area II, Kolkata. 
Timings: 2 pm to 8 pm (weekdays);  12 pm to 10 pm (Sunday);  Closed on Monday. 

6. Millennium Park

Situated in the banks of river Hoogly this a beautiful park that offers some kind of entertainment for people of all ages.  The main attraction of Millennium Park is its nearness to the river Ganga- it offers peace and beauty. Many visitors come here all through the day and evening. The park is covered with greenery all around.

Address: Strand Road, Bara Bazar, B B D Bagh, Kolkata. 
Timings:  10.00 am to  6.30 pm.

7. Victoria Memorial Garden fountains

Victoria Memorial itself is an amazing marble structure that is worth a visit.  But the fountains dancing with lights and sound in the dark ? If not, head to Victoria Memorial Garden at 7 PM and see how amazingly light and sound get blended to present a splendid show.

Address: 1, Queens Way, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071 

8. Marble Palace

The grandeur of Marble Palace cannot be described in words. To have a look at one of the most impressive monuments of the country, visit this palace that is built from over 100 varieties of marble.

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Address: 14, Panchkori Ghosh Road, Barisha, Kolkata.
Timings: 10 am to 8 pm (Sunday Closed)

9. Deer Park at Garchumuk

The deer park in Garchumuk on the banks of River Ganges is one of the most recommended things to do if you are at Kolkata. Located at the converging point of the two rivers, Damodar and  Ganges,  the scenic beauty of this place is really nice. The main attraction here is a lovely barrage with 58 lock gates.

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Address: Uluberia-Shyampur Rd, Srirampur, West Bengal.
Timings: 8am to 7pm (Saturday & Sunday Closed)

10. Amazing Bengali food and coastal cuisine of Kolkata

Eating out in Kolkata is a delight in itself. Be it the street food or the theme restaurants like Santa Fantasea or fine dining restaurants, Kolkata would take you to an amazing foodie paradise. Kolkata is also famed for a great night life and clubbing so when in Kolkata do not miss out on its amazing night life.

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11. Shopping in Gariahat and New Market

One cannot miss out on the fun of shopping at New market which is on of Kolkata’s oldest and most well known market. With over 2000 stalls this place is a bargain hunters delight. After New Market , Gariahat is one such market where you can find everything from branded clothes to flea shops, this is the best place to but saris and gold jewellery in Kolkata. Alo dont miss out in Dakshinapan Market – a crafts and textile item paradise. The things here are reliable and inexpensive but really good.

12. Sudarbans Trekking Trail

The backwaters of Sundarbans, located just 99 kms away from Kolkata city ,  and a boat ride amid picturesque surroundings are a wonderful option if you wish to have some adrenaline rush.

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Other things that can be added to this list of fun things to do in Kolkata are shopping at Bada Bazar,  Lindsay street and experiencing the pious aura at Dakshineshwar Kali Temple.