South Kolkata is a district of Kolkata. It is less congested and more modern when compared to the rest of the city. One will find more apartment blocks and green patches. The neighbourhoods covered are: Ballygunge, Gariahat, Bhawanipur, Alipore, Chetla, New Alipore and Rash Behari.
South Kolkata can be easily reached from the central regions like Dharmatala and Sealdah easily by bus, taxi or metro railway. From north Kolkata the number of buses is slightly low, but metro railway is always an option. There also are bus links with the East and the Southern fringes. There is a railway system linking the city to the suburbs, and a part of this system passes through the city.
Buses have the most extensive coverage, and is inexpensive. You can travel 20 km at around Rs 10. The exact fare depends on the type of bus, whether it is a state bus, a mini bus, or a private bus.
Point to point auto rickshaws are a cheap and popular means of transport, in most parts of the city, except the central business district. These accommodate four passengers and charge individually.
Taxis are a fast mode of transport, and offer you more comfort and privacy than the other modes. However, they are much more expensive than buses or metro rail. There are many agencies that provide hired cars - AC and non-AC. They charge per km or per hour, whichever is higher.
Metro railway is the fastest and the most convenient way to reach south Kolkata. However, there is only one route which runs along the city from north to south. This means you may have to change to other modes of transport to reach your destination. Trains run every 10-15 minutes and at Rs 4-12. It runs from 8AM to 9:45PM from Monday to Saturday and 2PM to 9:45PM on Sunday.
The metro runs from Dum Dum in the north to Kavi Subhas (New Garia) in the south-east. The entire metro route within South Kolkata is underground. The metro stations in South Kolkata are:
- Rabindra Sadan metro station.
- Netaji Bhawan metro station (Bhawanipur).
- Jatin Das Park metro station (Hazra Morh).
- Kalighat metro station (Rashbehari Morh / Crossing of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road and Rashbehari Avenue).
- Rabindra Sarobar metro station (Change over to overground sub-urban railway at Tollygunge railway station).
The suburban overground railway tracks pass through the eastern and southern edges of South Kolkata. The Park Circus-Majherhat section is also used by the circular railway system. The stations in South Kolkata are:
- Park Circus railway station.
- Ballygungee railway station.
- Dhakuria railway station.
- Lake Gardens railway station.
- Tollygunge railway station (Change for Rabndra Sarovar Metro).
- New Alipur railway station.
- Majherhat railway station.
- Remount Road railway station (Circular Railway only).
- Khidirpur railway station (Circular Railway only).
- Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, 19A, Gurusaday Road, Kolkata - 700 019, ☎ . daily 10AM-5:30PM. is a modern museum with lots of interesting artifacts, shows, events and activities, primarily popular with school-going children. The exhibitions, many of them demanding you to take an active part, can compete with one you could visit in countries like the United States. Rs. 15; special presentations are charged extra.
- Rabindra Sarovar. It is a large open lake and park area housing boating clubs, an open air theatre and eateries.
- Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark. Houses a bookstore and a library, among other amenities, with Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature. It has an auditorium and a well-maintained guest house.
- Birla Temple (Radha-Krishna Temple). 5:30AM to 11AM and 4:30PM to 9PM. The most modernly-opulent in Kolkata and worth a visit. The adjoining tree-lined lane Queen's Park is the most exclusive and fashionable address in the city and is worth a stroll through. Some of the biggest names in the city call it home. A close second is Sunny Park, running parallel to Queen's Park on the other side of the Birla Temple.
- CIMA Art Gallery, Sunny Towers, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Kolkata-700 019 (close to the Birla Temple), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Mon: 3PM-7PM; Tu-Sat: 11AM-7PM. The "Centre of International Modern Art" is a small museum showing modern artworks. free.
- National Library (Ministry of Culture, Government of India.), Belvedere Road, Alipore, ☎ . 9AM-8PM; Sat, Sun, holidays: 9:30AM-6PM. Oldest Library in India with a huge collection, including some rarities.
- Alipore Zoo (Zoological Gardens of Kolkata). Built on 6 hectares of land in 1876. The lakes within are a favourite retreat for migratory Siberian birds.
- Horticultural Garden, a lush environ and also the venue for exotic plant and flower exhibitions.
- Kalighat Temple. Houses Kolkata's patron deity. According to the legend, when Lord Shiva’s wife Parvati’s body was cut up, one of her fingers fell here. Rebuilt in 1809, this is an important shrine of Hindu Shakti worship
- Nirmal Hriday (Mother Theresa's home for destitutes). The home for the destitute is just next door to the Kalighat temple. If you are bold, have a look into the building to see the people lying in big dormitories and being cared for by some sisters of the Missionaries of Charity.
- Mother House (Missionaries of Charity), Entally.
- Rabindra Sarobar Stadium (Watch sporting activities). Multi-use stadium. Can accommodate 40,000 spectators.
- Inox (Watch films), Forum Mall, Elgin Rd.
- Gariahat. Gariahat which comes under Ballygunge area is the biggest shopping district of Kolkata, where one can find shops ranging from branded showrooms and malls to numerous smaller shops. It has a good market for saris and other clothing items. The shops are spread along both Rashbehari Avenue and Gariahat Road, and extends into the lanes.
- Pantaloons, Ashutosh Chowdhury Rd, Dover Terrace,Ballygunge.
- Gariahat Mall, Ballygunge.
- The Forum, 10/3 Elgin Rd. 10AM to 9PM Tuesday to Saturday. 1PM to 8PM. Mondays. Closed Sunday.. There is an appealing range of upmarket shops housed across six floors. Forum is a centre of fashion and there are many beautiful clothes, accessories, and shoes to choose from. For those with nostalgia about things foreign, can find shops selling Belgian chocolates, English biscuits and so on.
- Merlin Homeland Mall, 18B Asutosh Mukherjee Road, Bhawanipur. Homeland Mall is one stop mall for house building materials and interior decor items. E Zone Electronic Mall is next to it.
- Dakhsinapan Shopping Complex, Dhakuria. Tuesday to Saturday 11AM to 7:30PM, and Mondays after 2PM. Closed on Sunday.. It is an excellent place to buy Indian handicrafts and artifacts. There are many Indian state government emporiums there, stocked with fixed price goods from all over the country. It also has clothes shops, eateries et al.
- Fancy Market, Khidirpur. Consumer goods market - lots of foreign goods. Fancy items, fancy prices. Beware of fakes.
- For South City Mall see Kolkata/Southern fringes
South City Mall
Address: Prince Anwar Shah Road. It has a food court on the third floor with a number of restaurants. Most of the restaurants have bars. The restaurants are splurge/mid-range. Apart from restaurants at the edges there is a big open space in the middle with seating arrangements. This area is served by KFC and other outlets serving food ranging from South Indian to Kababs. The open space food outlets are comparatively less costly. Spencer's also have a food zone within their outlet in the basement.
- Mainland China Restaurant, Shop No. 313, 3rd Floor, ☎ . Innovative Chinese food.
- Flame & Grill, Shop No. 310, 3rd Floor, ☎ . Variety of Kababs served hot
- Zara The Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Shop No. 309, 3rd Floor, ☎ . Mediterranean food
- Benjarong, Shop No. 308, 3rd Floor, ☎ . Thai food
- Sarson, ☎ .
- Subway, Shop no. 306, 3rd Floor, ☎ .
- KFC, ☎ .
- Pizza Hut, 3rd Floor, ☎ .
- Address: 10/3 Elgin Road
- Oh! Calcutta, 4th Floor, ☎ +91 33 22837161, 22837162. Excellent Bengali food. Mains from Rs 150.
- Ar-Han-Thai, 4th Fllor, ☎ . Lebanese & Thai food
- Spaghetti Kitchen, 4th Floor. Italian food
- Starstruck, 4th Floor. Chinese, Continental, North Indian, Mughlai
Lake Gardens & Jodhpur Park
- Chakhna Shakna Punjabi Dhaba (Flavours of Punjab.), 259-B, Lake-Gardens, Kol-45 (Near Ram-Mohan Mission School,), ☎ . Specialist on Punjabi, Tandoori & North Indian Cuisine. Free Home Food Delivery or Sit'n'Dine service.
- Tandoor Park, 28/4 Gariahat Road South (Near Jodhpur Park Post Office), ☎ +91 33 40007588, 9836370051, 9831458972, 9830006647.
- Domino's Pizza, 1/432 Gariahat Road South, Jodhpur Park, ☎ +91 33 - 24837471-24837474-76-32402551/ 40004601. 11AM to 11PM.
- Don Giovanni's, 1/114 Jodhpur Park, ☎ +91 33 40007830, 033 24133243.
Gariahat & surrounding areas
- Mirch Masala, 49/2 Gariahat Rd (Near Pantaloons), ☎ +91 9830644484, + 91 33 24618900. Great Punjabi food, also has a Chinese restaurant.Drinks served.
- Bhojohari Manna, 18/1A, Hindustan Rd, ☎ +91 33 24663941, 24667686. Authentic Bengali food. Fish and vegetarian speciality - sukto, mochar ghanto, chital macher muitha, chingri macher malaikari, kankra (crab) et al . Mutton Dak Bungalow has become a trade mark. No hard drinks.
- Bhojohari Manna, 9/18 Ekdalia Rd. Mostly for take-away service. Food also served.
- Corn N Kebab, 5th Floor Gariahat Mall, 13 Jamir Lane.
- Tero Parban, 49C Purna Das Rd (Near Gol Park), ☎ .
- Krystal Chopstick, 71 H, Hindustan Park (Opposite Basanti Devi College), ☎ .
- South India Club Canteen, 70 B, Hindustan Park, ☎ . Budget restaurant. Place not posh but tasty food.
- 6 Ballygunge Place, 6 Ballygunge Pl, ☎ +91 33 24603922, +91 9903975614. Bengali & North Indian cuisine. Buffet lunch Rs. 375 (Monday to Friday), Rs. 425 (Saturday). No drinks.
- Chinese Pavillion, P 21 Old Ballygunge Rd (At Ballygunge Phari crossing), ☎ . Chinese and Thai cuisine
- The Dhaba, Ballygunge Phari, ☎ +91 33 40081178, +91 9230804192. North Indian and Chinese cuisine. Try out Punjabi speciality;makka di roti and sarson di saag
Lake Market-Deshapriya Park
- Tamarind, 177 Sarat Bose Rd (Near Deshapriya Park), ☎ . South Indian Non-vegetarian. Snacks like idli and dosha not available. Specialised main meal dishes. Enjoy Keralian food, Coorgi dishes et al.
- Banana Leaf (A unit of Komala Vilas), 74&75 Rashbehari Ave (Near Lake Market), ☎ . South Indian vegetarian snacks and thali meal. Great food. Authentic South Indian taste - very different from the road side stalls catering to Bengali taste.
- Zeeshan, 187 Sarat Bose Rd (Near Deshapriya Park), ☎ . Great Mughlai food
- Kurry Club, 176 Sarat Bose Rd, ☎ . Mexican, Italian and other cuisine
- Khawab, 166A, Sarat Bose Rd (Near National High School For Girls), ☎ +91 9836033337, +91 9874246629, +91 33 24669695. Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani, Mutton Rogan Josh
- Bijoli Grill, 38 Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rd, ☎ .
- Pepper Chino, 37 Sarat Bose Rd (Opposite Lakshmi Narayan Temple), ☎ .
- Bhojohari Manna, 23A, Priyanath Mallick St (Near Hazra Morh), ☎ . Authentic and traditional Bengali food
- Sangu Valley Restaurant, 6A, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rd, ☎ +91 9831361928,8583962171.
- Bonophul, 28A, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rd (Near Bharati Cinema Hall), ☎ .
- Shiraz Golden Restaurant, 135 Park St (Near AJC Bose Road crossing), ☎ . Biryani and Mughlai food
- Arsalan, Park Circus five-point crossing, ☎ +91 33 22844010, 22848556. Biryani and Mughlai food
- Zeeshan, 17 Syed Amir Ali Ave, ☎ +91 33 22806842, 65202226. Biryani and Mughlai food
- Only Alibaba, 28A, Syed Amir Ali Ave, ☎ . Biryani and Mughlai food
- Jimmy's Kitchen, 7/1A, AJC Bose Rd (AJC Bose Road-Shakespeare Sarani crossing), ☎ +91 33 22800486, 22907139. Chinese food. Drinks available.
Alipore & New Alipore
- Amrit National Hotel, 43 Diamond Harbour Rd, ☎ . Budget restaurant. Biryani and Mughlai food.
- Arsalan, 23A/29 Diamond Harbour Rd (Opposite Mint), ☎ . Biryani and Mughlai food. Mid-range restaurant.
- Bhaatti-e Swaad-e-Punjab, 19/6 Block J, Shahpur Colony (Near Triangular Park), ☎ . North Indian food.
- Sheesh Mahal, 28 Karl Marx Sarani (Near Fancy Market), ☎ .
- India Restaurant, 34 Karl Marx Sarani (Near Fancy Market), ☎ .
- Note: For places to eat in Tangra/ China Town see Kolkata/East, for the Park Street area see Kolkata/Esplanade
The Lassi at Sharma's Confectioners in Mandeville Gardens is worth checking out.
- Mysore Guest House, 5A, Mysore Rd (Near Lake Market), ☎ .
- Hotel Komala Vilas, 74&75 Rashbehari Ave (Near Lake Market), ☎ .
- Sharani Lodge, 71/K Hindustan Park, Gariahat, ☎ +91 33 24635717, 24641999, 24644971.
- Fern Hotel & Restaurant, ☎ +91 33 24407797, 9831477704.
- Park Inn, 10/1 Tal Bagan Ln (Near Park Circus Maidan). 20 US dollars for standard double bedded room.
- The Red Carpet, P-399, Keyatala Lane, Kolkata-700 029. (The Red Carpet lies in an extremely posh neighborhood of South Kolkata nestling in between two of the major thoroughfares of South Kolkata, Southern Avenue & Rash Behari Avenue.), ☎ . Rs. 2,500/-.
- The Best Inn, 1B Sushil Sen Road, Kolkata-700025 (off crossing of Chowringhee Road & Elgin Road, near Rabindra Sadan Metro Station), ☎ . Amenities include air-conditioning, telephone, internet connectivity, TV (Cable), laundry service, housekeeping, room service, continental breakfast. Deluxe Suite (King size Double Bed)/Deluxe Queen (Queen Double Bed)/Deluxe Twin (two single beds) rooms with attached bathrooms. Rs. 2,000 - 3,000.
- Mrs. Dam's Guesthouse, Near Ballygunge (Near Ice Skating Rink), ☎ . Modern, prettily furnished rooms with attached bath, air-con, TV etc. in a quiet, safe neighborhood. Helpful owner lives in the same building, and is a handy source for tips on what to see/where to go in Kolkata. They also have a great cook, so make sure you try a home-cooked Bengali meal when you're there. Rs. 2000.
- Central B&B, 7th Floor, Lansdowne Court, 5B, Sarat Bose Rd (Near Minto Park), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 minute drive from Park Street and 1 minute from Minto Park. It’s on the 7th floor of a residential apartment. 3 bedrooms with attached bathrooms, common kitchen. All rooms are air conditioned. Owners live in the same building. Great location, safe, and 24/7 security. Recommended for backpackers. Rs. 1,500.
- Lee International, 53D/1,Tiljala Road,Park Circus, ☎ +91 33 23431678, 23431679, e-mail: email@example.com. Check-out: 12 Noon. Rs. 2595-4095.
- Hotel Akash Ganga, 1 Orient Row (Near Park Circus maidan), ☎ +91 33 2287 4056, 2287 5817, 2289 5791. Check-out: 12 noon. Rs. 990-2,500.
- Hotel Samilton, 35A, Sarat Bose Rd. Rs. 3,000-4,500.
- Hotel Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road, Alipore., ☎ , fax: +91 33 2223 1766. It is one of the best in town. 5 star rates.
- Hotel Hindustan International, A.J.C. Bose Rd (near Minto Park). Good location near Rabindra Sadan metro station. Good food. Five star rates.
- Bodhi Tree Boutique Guesthouse, 48/44, Swiss Park, Kolkata. (Rabindra Sarovar Metro Station-Swiss Park.), ☎ , fax: +91 33 2424 1598.