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Mandarmani is a fast developing beach resort, off the Bay of Bengal, in the East Midnapore district, one of the southern most districts of West Bengal, at the state border with Orissa. Mandarmani lies 180 km from Kolkata, the state capital, on the Kolkata-Digha road. Mandarmani is crowned as the longest motor able beach of India. It’s natural beauty, colorful surroundings, enchanting sunrise and mesmerising sunset will leave the visitor spellbound. Mandarmani boasts of a 13 km long beach, the longest motor able beach in India, and the third longest in Asia. The hard sand on the beach in Mandarmani makes it easy for vehicles to drive on. Thousands of small crabs crawl around the 13 km long virgin beach making it look like a simmering field of the red flower, Mandar, giving this place the name Mandarboni. In course of time the name changed to Mandarmani. Mandarmani remains the very same bright and serene seaside, fanned by tropical breeze; the only difference it is now an exotic holiday destination. A lot of sophisticated resorts with luxurious beach cottages with all the five star facilities have come up around Mandarmani. There are a lot of hotels in the mid and budget range also to cater to all your needs. All of these hotels can arrange for the water sport activities. Recently a four day Digha and Mandarmani Beach Festival has been started by the West Bengal Tourism Department to popularise these beaches. The 30 km stretch between Digha and Mandarmani beaches is packed with activities like beach cricket, beach volleyball, kabaddi and all-terrain bike competitions. One could get to ride the waves on a water scooter, parasail and land on the golden beach or select your favourite sea food ranging from 150 myriad varieties of sea fish, oysters, prawns, squids, lobsters from the aquarium and see it getting cooked in a live kitchen on the beach.
At the end of the beach, there is a delta where the river meets the sea which is worth seeing. Boat rides can be arranged to view both the sunrise and sunset. Due to the presence of the extensive wetlands, a lot of migratory birds can be found in Mandarmani. Bird watching is a popular activity here. The sea at Mandarmani is not rough and the relatively low waves make it a safer beach than Digha. Mandarmani is connected by road and rail. The best way to reach Mandarmani is by road. Numerous state owned buses and private buses ply from Esplanade and Howrah bus station in Kolkata to Mandarmani. The nearest railway station in Mandarmani is Contai. The beaches of Digha and Shankarpur can also be visited from Mandarmani as they are close by.