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Bakkhali is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal
Bakkhali is located in India
Location in India
Bakkhali is located in Asia
Bakkhali (Asia)
Coordinates: 21°33′47″N 88°15′34″E / 21.5631°N 88.2595°E / 21.5631; 88.2595
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DistrictSouth 24 Parganas
CD BlockNamkhana
4 m (13 ft)
 • OfficialBengali[1][2]
 • Additional officialEnglish[1]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code+91 3210
Vehicle registrationWB-19 to WB-22, WB-95 to WB-99
Lok Sabha constituencyMathurapur (SC)
Vidhan Sabha constituencySagar

Bakkhali is a village under Namkhana police station of Namkhana CD Block in Kakdwip subdivision of South 24 Parganas district in the Indian State of West Bengal.[3]


Remains of the house of Sir Andrew Fraser, Lieutenant Governor of Bengal (1903–1908) (1903–1908), at Frasergunj

Sir Andrew Fraser, Lieutenant Governor of Bengal (1903–1908) in the early twentieth century, is credited with "discovery" of the place. In recognition of his efforts, a part of the town is named Fraserganj. There is a dilapidated house near the beach, which according to the locals was the one in which Fraser used to stay.[4]


Places in Kakdwip subdivision (Kakdwip, Sagar, Namkhana, Patharpratima CD blocks) in South 24 Parganas district
R: rural/ urban centre
Places linked with coastal activity are marked in blue
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly

Area overview

Kakdwip subdivision has full rural population. The entire district is situated in the Ganges Delta. The southern part of the delta has numerous channels and islands such as Henry’s Island, Sagar Island, Frederick Island and Fraserganj Island. A comparatively recent country-wide development is the guarding of the coastal areas by special coastal forces. The area attracts large number of tourists – Gangasagar and Fraserganj-Bakkhali are worth mentioning. Gobardhanpur holds a promise for the future.[5][6][7]

Note: The map alongside presents some of the notable locations in the subdivision. All places marked in the map are linked in the larger full screen map.


Bakkhali is located at 21°33′47″N 88°15′34″E / 21.5631°N 88.2595°E / 21.5631; 88.2595. It has an average elevation of 4 metres (13 ft).


Bakkhali is unique in many ways. The windmills in Frasergunj serve as a power generating location. The rickshaw van is the only form of local transport.

Fishing is the primary occupation of the people. Agriculture is almost non-existent because of the extreme salinity of adjacent sea which inundates the land heavily affecting the fertility of the land.

There is a fishing harbour at Frasergunj run by Benfish, a wing of the state government has a presence nearby.[8]



Ferry crossing across the Hatania Doania creek at Namkhana

Jambudwip and Lothian are two forested islands nearby. The only means of travel to the islands is by crude motorised country boat and then there are no jetties in the islands.


  1. ^ a b "Fact and Figures". Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  2. ^ "52nd REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LINGUISTIC MINORITIES IN INDIA" (PDF). Ministry of Minority Affairs. p. 85. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Census of India". District-wise list of stautory towns. Directorate of census operations, West Bengal. Archived from the original on 9 August 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2007.
  4. ^ Islam, Sirajul (2012). "Fraser, Sir Andrew". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  5. ^ "District Statistical Handbook 2014 South Twety-four Parganas". Table 2.1 , 2.2, 2.4b. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Census of India 2011, West Bengal, District Census Handbook, South Twentyfour Parganas, Series – 20, Part XII-A, Village and Town Directory" (PDF). Page 13, Physigraphy. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  7. ^ "District Human Development Report: South 24 Parganas". Chapter 9: Sundarbans and the Remote Islanders, p 290-311. Development & Planning Department, Government of West Bengal, 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Beach festival to tickle senses". The Times of India. 13 January 2004.

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