Better known as Midnapore, Medinipur is an important agricultural district, in West Bengal. The city is also notable because of its position as a centre of culture and as a major railway hub
Further divided into East Medinipur and West Medinipur, the area is replete with a fascinating history and plenty of tourist attractions. This has made it a popular tourist site, especially with the local population of Bengal.Medinipur also played a significant role in the Indian freedom movement, with many local freedom fighters laying down their lives for the country. Blessed with abundant greenery, thick forests, and beautiful beaches, Medinipur promises fun-filled vacations to visiting tourists. If you’re headed to the east of the country, take a few days to explore this beauteous region.To make the most of this vibrant district, divide your trip in terms of time and number of days between East Midnapore and West Midnapore.Digha is undoubtedly the most popular spot in East Medinipur, a favorite beach destination for many Bengalis and Calcuttans. However, if you’re looking for a less commercial, more pristine beach, make a trip to Shankarpur, which is a lot calmer and possibly a lot more beautiful.West Medinipur is where the forested regions of the district are situated. Jhargram and its forests are perhaps the most visited tourist spots in the area. The dense forests are home to various animals such as the elephant, deer and birds, making any trip to the region unforgettable. Old palaces and temples showcase the cultural heritage of the region, as well. Other places that you can visit include Arabari Forest Range and Hatibari, among others. While local buses and auto-rickshaws are available, your best bet would be to hire a private car or jeep to explore all that Medinipur has to offer.Try to solicit the services of a guide when visiting forested areas.Some parts of the beaches may not be suitable for swimming, so ask locals before venturing in
Medinipur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Kolkata at a distance of 118kms.
There is no regular trains to Medinipur from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Kharagpur which is located at a distance of 12kms.
Railway Station(s): Kharagpur Jn